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6/24/14 – 7:28 A.M.

It will be a little while longer before Carey fills a vacant spot on its village council. A special meeting set for June 30 to address the issue has been cancelled. Four council members were available to cast a vote, but Mayor Steve Smalley can’t make it to the meeting to break a tie if need be.

Councilman Chad Kin will abstain from voting, since his mother, Linda, is seeking the appointment. Lois Kurtz has also thrown her hat into the ring.

The position came open when John Green stepped down on May 31.

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6/24/14 – 7:27 A.M.

Home sales are continuing a downward trend in our area. Numbers released by the Ohio Association of Realtors for May show sales in the Hancock County region were down 18.6 percent compared to the same time in 2013. The silver lining for people looking to sell their homes is that the average sale price is higher. In May the average sale price was nearly $128,000. That’s up just over 4.1 percent from 2013.

So far for the entire year there has been a 19.1 percent drop in home sales in our region. That’s the second largest drop in the state

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6/24/14 – 7:24 A.M.

The widening of Road 5 in Putnam County was a hotly contested issue in 2012 and 2013. The project was finished last year, but now an appeals court is saying perhaps it shouldn’t have been. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals of Ohio overturned a ruling by the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas related to the widening. The ruling overturns an a lower court ruling against an injunction request filed by property owners along the road.

The denial of the injunction allowed work to continue.

The appeals court ruled that the Putnam County Commissioners did not proceed “in the statutory manner” and began buying property for the expansion before passing a resolution passing the project. The court also said the case raises a question of what the proper solution is.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/24/14 – 7:22 A.M.

The Findlay City School District is looking at ways to reduce energy costs. The Courier reports the school board heard from a Dallas, Texas based energy conservation company last night. Cenergistic representatives estimated the district could save more than $107,000 in the first 16 months of a new energy plan.

Cenergistic would take its payment from part of the school’s energy savings for the first five years. If the savings goal isn’t met, the company would then cut the district a check for the difference. No decision has been made yet.

Superintendent Dean Wittwer says Cenergistic would hire a local person to manage the district’s energy policy.

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6/24/14 – 7:21 A.M.

Findlay residents heard more about the fight against prescription drug abuse Monday. State Representative Robert Sprague talked to the Findlay Rotary Club about recently passed legislation designed to combat the problem. Sprague said the legislation touches on three fronts.

First, doctors must now check a patient prescription database before offering painkillers. Second, hospices have to destroy narcotics of deceased patients. Finally, the law requires doctors to notify parents before prescribing opioids to minors.

Sprague said the state is facing a pain killer crisis. He added an average of five people die a day in Ohio as a result of drug overdoses.

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6/24/14 – 7:16 A.M.

Repaving is taking place on North Main Street in Findlay today. Crews will be working between Bigelow Avenue and County Road 99. You can expect land restrictions in that area until around 7 p.m.

The Findlay Engineering Office also says there will be minor delays at times at the intersection of North Main Street and Bigelow.

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6/24/14 – 7:14 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an inmate at the Allen Correctional Facility in Lima. The Lima News reports Larry Bumphus died on June 4 following an altercation between him and another inmate on May 22. No other information on the case is available.

Bumphus was serving a 27-year sentence for a rape conviction in Sandusky.

MORE: Lima News

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6/24/14 – 4:40 A.M.

State Route 65 is closed in northern Putnam County this morning. The Sheriff’s Office reports a tanker truck rolled over between Belmore and the Henry County line. You’re urged to avoid the area until further notice. The department’s Facebook page says the road could be closed for awhile because of a possible Haz-Mat situation.


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6/23/14    3:46 p.m.

Cooper Tire reannounced their Global Technology Center Monday afternoon. Roy Armes, CEO and President of Cooper, said creating such a center for the company keeps it relevant in an ever-changing global tire market.

Audio: Roy Armes

The center will cost over 35 million dollars and will be ready by the end of the year. A portion of the money to fund the project will come from the state, which has committed just under 3 million dollars through an industrial research and development center program grant.

Armes said Cooper is planning to hire about 40 scientists and specialists to work in the new facility which will be housed in the current North American Technology Center on Cooper’s Findlay campus just off Lima Avenue.

Cooper’s Vice President for Global Research and Development Chuck Yurkovich said Cooper has revamped 75 to 80 percent of their tire portfolio since 2007 in another effort to stay ahead of the competition.

Though Cooper had other options for location for their technology center, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is grateful they chose Findlay.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

State Representative Robert Sprague was also on hand and thanked the company for choosing Findlay to house the new facility over the stiff competition from Europe and Asia.

The center was originally announced a few years ago but was put on hold after a potential buy-out from Indian company Apollo Tyre was in the works. Cooper terminated the buy-out agreement late in 2013.

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