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11/4/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Replacing a large piece of equipment at the Hancock County landfill won’t come cheap. The Courier reports the county commissioners approved buying a new compactor/dozer machine for the facility. The machine’s price tag is a little more than $768,000. The money will come from the landfill’s budget.

The machine will replace another piece of equipment that needed electrical repairs.

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11/3/16 – 7:37 A.M.

Area Waze users report a crash has reduced I-75 southbound just south of Bowling Green to one lane. ODOT confirms the crash closed the left lane in the area near Mile Marker 177. Media partner WTOL-11 says the crash involved two semi-trucks. The State Highway Patrol says there were no injuries.

The crash is causing a traffic backup. To get around it, Waze suggests you exit I-75 at U.S. 6, head west to South Dixie Highway, and take that down to Cygnet. That will save you a little more than 20 minutes right now.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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11/3/16 – 7:35 A.M.

Crews will start repaving streets in Carey next week. The Courier reports you’ll see repaving take place on North Patterson Street, from East Findlay Street to National Avenue; Ogg Street, near the water tower; May Street, between Newhard and Brayton streets; and Glenn Avenue and Blue Devil Parkway, through Memorial Park to the new school.

Village officials say you can expect delays in those areas.

The Shelly Company of Findlay submitted a bid of a little over $76,000 to win the contract.

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11/3/16 – 5:32 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society is pushing ahead with plans for a rail museum in the city. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council heard a first reading of a petition to rezone a building at 420 Columbus Avenue for the project. FRPS President Pete DiCesare told council re-zoning the property from an R-2 District to an S-1 would allow the organization to seek specialized funding for the project.

The original plan called for parking spaces for campers for people visiting from out of town. The FRPS dropped that part after council questioned if that would fit zoning regulations.

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11/3/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Fostoria has roughly a month left to finish a plan to get out of fiscal emergency. The Review-Times reports the city’s Finance Committee got an update from Mayor Eric Keckler Wednesday. Keckler told the committee he and his administration have spent the last few days in extensive meetings with members of the state auditor’s office. The group has been looking at every line item in the budget.

Keckler says a representative of the state auditor’s office is coming back to town on November 8 for another meeting. He adds they hope to have a presentation ready for city council for their November 15 meeting.

The recovery plan has to include a five-year forecast. Council has to approve the plan before it can go to the state’s financial oversight commission.

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11/3/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Changes in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office continue. Last week former county commissioner Phil Riegle was sworn in as the new prosecutor for the county. The Courier reports a couple more changes have also taken place. Colleen Limerick started as an assistant county prosecutor on Monday. She has served as an assistant prosecutor in Hardin and Allen counties in the past.

Limerick takes the place of Elizabeth Smith, who lost her job following a drunken driving incident in April.

Riegle named assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece criminal chief last Friday. Treece will oversee the criminal division of the prosecutor’s office.

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11/3/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The first community meeting addressing the search for a new Liberty-Benton superintendent took place Wednesday night. The Courier reports consultants with K-12 Business Consulting met with residents to talk about finding a replacement for the retiring Jim Knable.

Deb Campbell and Kathy Lowery are with the consulting agency. They told the newspaper they’ll hold a series of meetings with teachers, students, and district residents to create a “superintendent search profile.” The document will outline lists of the school district’s strengths and issues, and the characteristics the community would like to see in a superintendent. It will also have a ranked list of 10 traits the consulting firm finds essential.

Campbell and Lowery say they’ve already talked to more than 20 potential candidates. They tell the newspaper waiting for the search profile is important in narrowing the list down. They expect to have six to eight candidates set for interviews by late January.

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11/02/16 – 3:41 P.M.

Economic Development Director Tony Iriti is leaving Findlay soon to take up a new job. Iriti said he looks forward to working with the new organization but that leaving Findlay isn’t easy.

Leaving

Iriti has helped Findlay grow and achieve economic goals through his various positions. He says he still has a few things left to do first.

Last Job

Soon he leaves for Henderson County, Kentucky where he will be in charge of economic development. He says that they have a similar organization to Findlay but want to find their own path to success.

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11/2/16 – 11:45 A.M.

Ohio Supreme Court candidate Pat DeWine made a campaign stop in Findlay Wednesday. While speaking to supporters at the Republican Party headquarters, DeWine talked about his vision for Ohio’s highest court…

Audio: Pat DeWine

DeWine says it’s important you pay attention to who you vote for in the Supreme Court race…

Audio: Pat DeWine

DeWine also addressed any conflict of interest with his father, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Pat said he would only have to abstain from a case if Mike DeWine appeared in front of the court. That hasn’t happened in the six years Mike DeWine has been Attorney General.

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