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3/9/16 – 6:52 A.M.
UPDATE – 8:32 A.M.

A Wood County teenager was found unresponsive in a barn minutes after the Sheriff’s Office issued an alert looking for her this morning. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the 16-year-old girl was taken to the hospital from a barn at the corner of Euler and Kiel roads near Weston around 6:40 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation.

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3/9/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Two people were hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay Tuesday night at the intersection of Howard Street and Broad Avenue. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Montrel Moss of Findlay was driving south on Broad when he ran a red light and hit a car driven by 31-year-old Freddie Robertson of Findlay, who was driving east on Howard.

Robertson and a passenger, 25-year-old Jessica Turney of Findlay, were taken to the hospital for treatment of incapacitating injuries. Moss was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal. Robertson and Tumey were cited for failure to wear safety belts.

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3/9/16 – 7:13 A.M.

Bluffton is applying for grant money from the Hancock Park District to build a trail outside the village’s parks, but there are several questions to be answered first. The Courier reports there could be a few issues with the plan though. First, none of the village’s parks are in Hancock County. Part of Bluffton is in Allen County. There’s also a question about using park grant money for facilities outside of a park.

Park District Commissioner Barb Deerhake has asked that representatives make a presentation about the project at a future meeting.

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3/9/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Governor John Kasich is bringing his presidential campaign to the region later this week. A release from the campaign says Kasich will be in Lima for a town hall meeting Friday. The event will be held at the Lima Pallet Company at 1470 Neubrecht Road on March 11 starting at 2 p.m. MSNBC Morning Joe with Joe and Mika will moderate the event.

Tickets are needed to attend, and only a limited number are available. For more information on attending, call (419)331-5655.

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3/9/16 – 5:24 P.M.

As plans move forward to upgrade Hurricane Park in Mount Blanchard, the public is being invited to comment. The Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul group will hold a meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in Village Council chambers to talk about the proposal.

The plans call for adding soccer fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a new playground area and upgraded baseball fields. Also included in the design is a gazebo, concession stand with kitchen, community garden and walking path.

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3/9/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Findlay officials are looking at ways to reduce traffic congestion on East Sandusky Street. The Courier reports one proposal would widen East Sandusky from Blanchard Street to Bright Road. It would also add a bike path along the south side of the road that would help connect city parks.

The plan also calls for bike and pedestrian paths to be added to Blanchard and Lincoln streets.

To pay for the work, the city is planning to apply for a $4 million grant from the state. Findlay would only be required to have a 5 percent match.

Construction wouldn’t begin until 2019 at the earliest.

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3/9/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Dredging debris behind the Riverside Park dam could cost up to $2.7 million. Those were the findings presented to city and county officials Tuesday. The Courier reports several factors still have to be considered before a final pricetag is in place. That won’t be known until officials determine things like desired water depths, areas to be dredged, future use and habitat goals, and restoration plans.

The initial findings from the consulting firm Hull & Associates cost $15,000. The bill was split by Findlay and Hancock County.

The next step will be to determine if there is any contamination in the sediment. That will cost around $32,000. A survey to find out of an endangered species of mussel lives in that area of the Blanchard will also be taken.

In the meantime city and county officials are looking to see if grant money is available to pay for the project. A proposed timeline would see the dredging take place between July and September of 2017.

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3/8/16 – 10:36 A.M.

Unemployment was up all across the region in January. While rates jumped in the first month of the year, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment is still lower in every county in the region than it was in January of 2015. Unemployment typically jumps in January with the end of seasonal employment.

In Hancock County the jobless rate was up to 4.4 percent from 3.6 percent in December. While only 200 people left the labor force, 500 less people were employed in January. That led to 300 more people looking for work during the first month of the year.

Three other local counties were below 5 percent unemployment in January; Wyandot (4.5), Putnam (4.9), and Wood (4.9). Elsewhere in the area, Hardin County saw 5.2 percent joblessness, Allen was at 5.5, Seneca County saw 6.1 percent unemployment, and Henry County was at 7.2 percent.

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3/8/16 – 7:32 A.M.

A joint effort from the Bluffton Fire Department, the Red Cross, and Bluffton University will help residents in the village prepare for fires in their homes. The Courier reports teams of three will go door-to-door on March 26 and offer free home assessments. Fire Chief Joe Kinn says the groups will check to see if a smoke detector has been installed properly in the house. They’ll also check the batteries.

Kinn said if a home does not have a smoke detector, a new one will be installed at no cost to the homeowner.

The group hopes to visit between 100 to 200 homes.

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