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7/6/16 – 10:18 A.M.

A coffee shop owner in Bowling Green will be running for an Ohio House seat. The Wood County Democratic Central Committee has picked Kelly Wicks to be the party’s candidate in the 3rd House District race this November. Wicks has owned the Grounds for Thought coffeehouse for 27 years.

The seat came open when Representative Tim Brown stepped down to become the president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Brown is a Republican, so the GOP will pick his immediate replacement. The GOP will also have to pick a candidate for November.

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7/6/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Several members of the Democratic party are expected to be on hand at an event in Findlay next week. The Hancock County Democrats will host a dinner on July 12 at the Waldo Pepper’s Banquet Room. State party chairman David Pepper and several candidates on the state and local ballots will be in attendance.

For more information or to RSVP, you can call party chairwoman Nancy Stephani at (419)423-9499.

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7/6/16 – 7:26 A.M.

Work on a bike path in Bluffton should be finished by the end of October. A paving contract for the Augsburger bike path has been awarded to Bluffton Paving for $266,000. That’s $18,000 more than the original ODOT estimate. The Lions Foundation in Bluffton has agreed to pick up the extra cost.

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7/6/16 – 7:21 A.M.

Officials in Carey continue to debate who should be the new mayor following the death of Mayor Steve Smalley last month. The Courier reports Columbus attorney Stephen Smith has offered a free initial discussion of the issue. Research on the subject would cost $5,000. No time frame has set for discussing the findings.

Former Law Director Bob Maison was sworn in as mayor last month. However, there is debate on whether council president Armand Getz should move into the role.

Council business has effectively ground to a halt while the issue is sorted out. While Maison has there is an obligation to do the business of the village, Getz and others aren’t voting on legislation until a legal opinion is given.

MORE: The Courier

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7/6/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Health concerns have forced the president of Fostoria City Council to resign. The Review-Times reports Dave Clark is entering hospice care with stage 4 lung cancer. Clark served as the council clerk until July of 2014, when he was initially diagnosed with the disease. He was given a clean bill of health in January of 2015 and ran for council president, winning an uncontested race that November.

Clark said, “I would never have ran for council president if I thought it would’ve come back.” He found out in January that the cancer returned. In April he was informed it had progressed to stage 4.

Clark added he enjoyed his time as council president.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/6/16 – 6:42 A.M.

The Arlington swimming pool is suffering from a lack of lifeguards, and as a result will have reduced hours this week. The Courier reports the pool will only be open from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, and will be closed Saturday. Arlington Council members were told the pool doesn’t have enough lifeguards on staff right now.

Normally there are 16 to 17 lifeguards, but that number is down to around 12 this year. With some of them going on family vacations and taking part in other activities, that doesn’t leave enough people to staff to pool.

To help the situation, the pool manager may become licensed to certify lifeguards.

MORE: The Courier

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7/6/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The news about Fostoria’s budget has gone from bad to worse. The Review-Times reports projections for 2017 show a deficit of $1.6 million. The news comes after the state placed the city under a fiscal emergency earlier this year. Fostoria is projected to have an $800,000 shortfall at the end of 2016. City Auditor Steve Garner presented the numbers during a public hearing Tuesday.

Garner projects city revenues will only be $6 million next year. That’s down from more than $8.5 million eight years ago. Estimated expenses for next year are around $6.9 million. Garner says one of the biggest issues is the end of a $500,000 of grant used to pay the salaries and benefits of eight firefighters.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/6/16 – 5:15 A.M.

A grant from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will help collect and check sediment in the Blanchard River. The Courier reports city council has approved a $355,000 grant that will install a sediment collector near Findlay reservoir one. The goal of the project is to see how removing sediment from Maumee River tributaries affects water quality. It will also test how some of the sediment collected can be used.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said Findlay won’t contribute any money to the project. The city will help oversee operations.

MORE: The Courier

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7/6/16 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants the county commissioners to pay for an upgrade in the software that helps manage the jail. Back in March, Sheriff Mike Heldman said the software from the ProPhoenix Corporation can help cut man-hours needed to manage the jail and use data to identify crime trends among other features…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman says the program could also be used to let the public file complaints online. He added he isn’t sure if he wants to do that yet.

The Courier reports the cost of the software is a little more than $387,000 up front, and more than $42,600 per year for support and maintenance.

Heldman tells the commissioners the current software has been used since 2004 and is problematic. He added jailers still have to record everything by hand because the software can be unreliable.

The commissioners took no action on the issue during the Tuesday meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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