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12/15/14 – 7:17 A.M.

A road on the west side of Columbus Grove will be closed for the foreseeable future. The Columbus Grove Police Department says West Sycamore Street will be closed between Road 11 and Deblanche Street. The closure is due to an ongoing sewer project in the village.


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Year In Review: Marathon Announces Major Expansion

12/15/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We begin our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County today, with a look at an announcement that promised to be a big economic driver for the community. On February 3, Marathon Petroleum announced a major expansion in downtown Findlay.

Audio: Gary Heminger

Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said many locations were scouted for a permanent home for MPLX, but ultimately the decision was made to keep it in Findlay. Heminger added he believed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was committed to solving the flooding problems in Findlay, making it desirable to stay here…

Audio: Gary Heminger

The new buildings announced by Marathon in February included a new office complex for MPLX, two new parking garages, and the potential for a new hotel in downtown.

Construction on the parking garage at the corner of Sandusky and East Street began in the spring. Completion of the entire project is expected to take up to three years.

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12/15/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Chances are you’re going to be traveling over the next couple of weeks for the holidays. If you’re traveling with children, the Findlay Health Department wants to make sure you’re keeping them safe. With that in mind, the Findlay Area Safe Kids Chapter will have a car seat inspection on December 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fire Station 4 on County Road 236.

The event will allow you to make sure your car seats are installed properly. Certified child passenger technicians will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you have questions in advance you can call (419)424-7441.

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12/15/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A McComb man is facing drug charges after he was found overdosed on heroin in Bowling Green last week. The Bowling Green Police Department reports 29-year-old Matthew Chapman was found in a car on East Wooster Street on Thursday. Paramedics used Narcan to reverse the effects of the heroin and took Chapman to the hospital. He was later taken to jail.

Chapman is charged with two counts of possessing drug abuse instruments and a count of possession of a controlled substance.

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12/15/14 – 5:07 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened on Hancock County Road 99 at the I-75 off-ramp around 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

85-year-old Diane McDonald of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan was driving on Road 99 when she ran the stop light and hit a car driven by 36-year-old Thomas Nye of North Baltimore.

McDonald was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. She was also cited for failure to stop at a red light.

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12/15/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Gas Prices are continuing to tumble. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.40 around the state. That’s down 10 cents from Friday. A month ago the state average was nearly 50 cents a gallon higher.

Local prices are following the same trend. The average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay was $2.39 early this morning. A month ago we were paying $2.86 a gallon. Gas prices in Ottawa were also averaging $2.39 this morning.

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12/15/14 – 4:39 A.M.

Bowling Green State University will be missing a player this weekend at the Camellia Bowl. Officials say Jhalil Croley was suspended from the team following last week’s arrest at his off-campus apartment. Officers were there on a loud music complaint and when Croley opened the door, they smelled marijuana.

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12/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The Blanchard River could see increased recreational in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Thursday to support the Hancock Park District’s plans to make the Blanchard a state water trail. The move paves the way for the state to promote the river for canoeing and kayaking.

To do that the park district will improve river access locations, provide restrooms at parks along the river, and install signs identifying parks from the river. Signs identifying hazards in the river will also be installed.

The water trail would run from the Blanchard River Nature Preserve near Mount Blanchard to the Blanchard Landing boat launch west of Findlay.

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12/12/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The Van Buren school district is looking at the best ways to make expensive repairs to its facilities. The Courier reports Superintendent Tim Myers is working to prioritize the immediate needs of the existing buildings. At last night’s school board meeting Myers said the school is working with engineers to find the best way to move forward.

Myers says experts will be looking at the electrical, water, and sewer systems. He adds that he believes there are issues in all three areas. The gym roof and HVAC systems will also be inspected.

MORE: The Courier

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12/12/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Findlay’s budget hearings were held Thursday, and there wasn’t much for city council members and administrators to butt heads over. The Courier’s Max Filby says the meetings went smoothly…

Audio: Max Filby

The 2015 budget is likely to include a slight increase to the capital improvements budget. This year 17 percent of the city’s budget went towards capital improvement. Next year that could increase to 18 percent.

There was also good news from the airport. The facility will not need a subsidy from the city to sustain operations in 2015. They city paid $50,000 to the airport in 2014, and more than three times that the year before.

The news wasn’t as good for the Riverside Pool. The city is expected to increase its subsidy from $22,500 to $49,000 to help keep the pool operating.

MORE: The Courier

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