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2/19/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The location of a highly anticipated meeting of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services has been set. The organization says they will meet from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. February 24 at the Fellowship Hall at St. Andrews Church on West Sandusky Street.

The ADAMHS board could make a decision on whether to locate an addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Avenue during the meeting.

Those attending should use the Crawford Street entrance.

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2/18/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A change in emergency dispatch procedures was a cause for alarm at Tuesday’s North Baltimore village council meeting. The Courier reports the Wood County Sheriff’s Office wants a uniform method of dispatching fire and ambulance runs by April 1. Police Chief Allan Baer says this means they want to handle all the emergency calls for the village or none at all.

North Baltimore dispatchers handle most calls for the village, but the sheriff’s office handles some as well. According to the sheriff’s office, this can create confusion.

Both sides are expected to discuss the issue at a council-of-the-whole meeting next Tuesday.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 5:27 A.M.

The Carey Fire Department is getting a new training facility. The Courier reports the village council is ready to submit an order for a “burn house” The building will cost a little more than $98,000 and will be constructed off of Elm Hill Road.

The equipment will be two-stories tall and be able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees. It will also have moveable walls, plus a tower for rappelling training.

The building kit should arrive by the end of April.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The Fostoria City School District is looking for a new transportation director. The Courier reports Brian Whitta is stepping down from the post at the end of the month. Whitta, who had held the position since 2013, is taking a job in real estate.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the school board a replacement has not been lined up yet. He added the district is working on options.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Fostoria’s general fund balance ended in the red last year, but officials say it’s not a big cause for concern. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner gave a 2014 year-in-review presentation to the city council Tuesday night. Garner said timing was the big issue. Reimbursement funds from a few grants arrived late, which led to the fund ending the year in the red. He added that if the funds had arrived sooner, everything would have balanced at the end of the year.

The general fund was a little more than $285,000 in the red when all was said and done.

General fund revenue was $6.2 million last year, down from $6.5 million in 2013. Expenses were up 6 percent from 2013’s $6.4 million.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Pandora preschool now has eight iPads to help teach children. The Lima News reports Hilty Preschool and Child Care recently was given a $1,500 grant to pay for the equipment.

The Midwest Electric Community Connections Fund awarded the grant. The school was able to stretch the money after Begonia Computer Services gave a big discount on the iPads.

MORE: Lima News

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2/17/15 – 11:30 A.M.

Part of a Findlay road will be closed today and tomorrow. The city engineering department reports Greendale Avenue will be shut down between Sutton Place and Bristol Drive until 5:30 p.m. today and between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for sewer line repair work.

If you use Greendale east of Bristol to access Wilson-Vance, you’ll need to use other neighboring streets to get through.

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2/17/15 – 11:07 A.M.

The ongoing debate over the location of a recovery home in Findlay took center stage at the Hancock County Commissioners meeting today. Commissioner Brian Robertson moved for a line item in a purchase order for ADAMHS be tabled until the ADAMHS board makes a decision on where to locate the home…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioners Mark Gazarek and Phil Riegle did not second the motion, so it was not approved. However, the commissioners did pull the purchase order from today’s vote, meaning it could come up for a vote again on Thursday.

According to Robertson, the line item for a little more than $49,000 would pay for managers to run a recovery home at the Glendale Avenue location.

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2/17/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A Marion man was arrested in Kenton recently for an alleged incident of domestic violence. Kentontoday.com reports police officers were called to an apartment complex to look into a complaint. They found the victim had marks around her throat, bite marks on her wrist and finger, and her thigh was swollen from being hit with a shower rod.

26-year-old Nicholas Griffith was arrested. Charges are pending in the case.

MORE: Kenton Today

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2/17/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A new apartment building is planned for Bluffton. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to a rezoning ordinance that would clear the way for the new housing units. The land in question is near the intersection of State Route 103 and Road 15 in the village. Stanley Clemens has asked council to change the zoning from residential to commercial.

Clemens owns an adjoining commercial property that already houses an apartment complex.

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