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12/7/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A former Hancock County Commissioner is returning to public life. The Courier reports Ed Ingold will fill an opening on the Hancock Park Board of Commissioners. Judge Kristen Johnson appointed Ingold to fill the unexpired term of Barbara Deerhake. The term runs through the end of 2018.

Ingold has been a member of a group that financially supports the district. He resigned his role on the Hancock Parks Foundation Board of Trustees after getting the appointment to the park board.

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12/7/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Findlay City Council will now get updates on how many people and businesses are delaying payment of estimated taxes. The Courier reports council approved an ordinance that requires the tax administrator to report the number of approved deferments each month. The report will include the number of missed payments as well.

Auditor Jim Stashiak argued the legislation has a loophole. Staschiak says if a business doesn’t file a declaration of estimated taxes then it’s up to the tax administrator to decide whether to include it in the monthly report. Andrew Thomas is the tax administrator for Findlay. He says he follows up on missing declarations. Thomas adds there are other ways to determine the estimates.

City council approved rules in 2009 that allow businesses to defer paying estimated taxes. The goal was to reduce the amount of refunds given due to overpayment.

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12/7/16 – 4:24 A.M.

A northwest Ohio police chief and his wife are back home after escaping the Tennessee wildfires. Green Springs Chief Charlie Horne tells WTOL-TV they had spent a weekend hiking near Gatlinburg last month before being evacuated when high winds swept the fire near their condominium. Horne says he still has a cough from inhaling the heavy smoke and his wife’s car still smells like the fire, but they’re fortunate to be alive.

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12/6/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A one-car crash injured an Upper Sandusky man on U.S. 23 Sunday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office says 78-year-old James Racheter was driving north on the highway around 4:45 p.m. when he lost control on the State Route 199 exit ramp. His pickup truck went off the road and went airborne before hitting a fence.

Wyandot EMS took Racheter to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies cited Racheter for failure to control.

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12/6/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Carey village council approved issuing bonds to pay for a new fire truck during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports council issued more than $868,000 in bonds for the new truck. The village expects to get the fire truck by the end of next year.

Carey was able to lock in a lower than expected interest rate. The village is paying a little more than 2.3 percent interest on the amount borrowed. Initially estimates set the interest rate at 2.75 percent. Village Administrator Roy Johnson says that means a yearly savings of around $4,500.

The repayment plan calls for a nearly $50,000 payment twice a year for 10 years.

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12/6/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Pandora officials are moving toward making restroom upgrades at the Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council heard the first reading of an ordinance to borrow money for the project at their last meeting. The ordinance says council can’t take out the $200,000 loan unless the project gets state approval. The project must also get Community Development Block Grant funding.

Money to run the center is privately raised. Village council has to approve loans for the center, but village funds are not used to fund the facility.

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12/6/16 – 5:12 A.M.

There could be some movement to repair Main Street in Arlington. The Courier reports village council members were cautiously optimistic about the project during their Monday meeting. Councilman Brian Essinger says ODOT officials will conduct a “scope of project” walk-through of the first phase this Friday. He added that State Senator Cliff Hite mentioned extra funding for the project could find its way into the state’s next funding cycle.

Main Street in Arlington doubles as U.S. 68. The estimated cost for both phases of the repair project is $2.3 million. The goal is to pay for the work with a mix of grants and loans from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Public Works Commission, along with village funds.

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12/6/16 – 5:02 A.M.

The Hancock County Engineer’s Office is ready for winter. The department bought 900 tons of road salt for the winter driving season at a cost of nearly $41,000. The county’s salt shed can store up to 1,000 tons.

County Engineer Chris Long tells the Courier crews have finished maintenance on the trucks that will plow the roads. He added that plowing and salt can only do so much. Long reminds drivers to slow down when snow and ice are in the forecast.

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12/6/16 – 4:43 A.M.

The controversial NEXUS Pipeline won’t be crossing city-owned land in Bowling Green. City Council members voted last night against a request to build the natural gas pipeline on city property, citing residents’ opposition to the project. Safety and property values have been the main concerns among the project’s opponents. The pipeline’s developer could now change the route or get a court order to build on the property.

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12/6/16 – 4:27 A.M.

A Heidelberg University student is in jail, accused of stashing an arsenal of weapons in his dorm room. Tiffin police say David Conrad was arrested yesterday after a tip led to the discovery of two firearms, knives, a blow-dart gun and brass knuckles. Conrad is charged with aggravated menacing and marijuana possession, with more charges expected. He’s no longer welcome on the Heidelberg campus.

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