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8/10/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Findlay’s online financial transparency tool is now up and running. FindlayOhioFinances.com shows all the city’s revenues and expenses, and will be updated weekly. The site was recently previewed for city council members.

Users can also look up city employee salaries. Findlay Auditor Jim Stashciak says employee salaries are popular public record requests.

The site will eventually export data to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com. Stashciak says he expects that to start happening later this year.

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8/10/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson is expected to return to work soon. The Courier reports Robertson could be back in his office as soon as this Thursday. He had been out of state since early July when his wife was hit by a car while they were on vacation in Florida. Jane Robertson’s injuries were severe enough that she was unable to return to Ohio until recently.

Commissioner Phil Riegle told the Courier Robertson might be able to make Thursday’s meeting. If he doesn’t, he’ll be back by next Tuesday at the latest.

State law allows commissioners to have a 90-day absence before a vacancy can be declared.

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8/10/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County Republican leaders say they are backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid, despite rumors to the contrary. Local party chief Jim Baker tells the Courier that any rumblings that the party is withholding support are, “absolutely not true.” Baker says the Republican Party headquarters in Findlay has been used by supporters to organize. He adds they have spent around $1,900 on Trump signs.

Baker says he believes the rumor got started when it was reported no elected officials from Findlay attended the Republican National Convention last month. Baker said the convention isn’t open to all Republicans. He added that it’s expensive if you aren’t a delegate or alternate delegate.

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8/10/16 – 4:26 A.M.

A northwest Ohio university is making scholarship athletes out of video game players. Tiffin University is offering “e-sports” scholarships to students who excel in competitive gaming. As many as 40 students will be awarded three-thousand-dollar scholarships this year through Tiffin’s athletic department. “Newzoo” reports e-sports is the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world, with more than 200-million players and viewers.

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8/9/16 – 11:20 A.M.

The process of building a diversion channel for the Blanchard River in Ottawa has hit an expected bump in the road. During Tuesday’s Maumee Watershed Conservancy District meeting, members were told two property owners have not attempted to negotiate a price for their land. The conservancy voted on a measure to declare it “necessary to appropriate the land.” That means the eminent domain process will begin soon.

Notices will be sent to the landowners in question. They’ll have 28 days to respond, but can file for an extension. Negotiations for land rights can still take place during the process. Mediation is a possibility, but the cases could also land in front of a jury to determine a fair price.

The “100 percent” plans for the Ottawa diversion channel are completed. While a final price estimate wasn’t available, project manager Steve Wilson said he expects the price to be less than originally expected.

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8/9/16 – 11:04 A.M.

Members of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District were given an update on the Blanchard River flood mitigation process Tuesday. Representatives from Stantec Consulting were on hand to detail their process so far…

Audio: Scott Peyton

Scott Peyton is with Stantec and says the gap analysis is nearing completion. Once that is finished they’ll vet the diversion channel plan laid out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to see if it the best option.

Peyton says he believes if the diversion channel is the best flood mitigation plan, it can still be constructed in time to meet ODOT’s accelerated I-75 widening schedule.

Audio: Scott Peyton

Peyton says the most important thing is to make sure the selected plan is the best solution for the community.

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8/9/16 – 6:47 A.M.

An arrest has been made in connection to the robbery of a Kenton restaurant. WKTN radio reports 25-year-old Tyler Lake of Toledo was recently arrested in Lucas County on an unrelated charge. The process of extraditing him to Hardin County has started.

Lake is accused of robbing the downtown Subway on July 23. He allegedly got away with a small amount of money.

Lake is charged with aggravated robbery.


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8/9/16 – 6:41 A.M.

An Ada Police officer was injured in a two-car crash Monday afternoon. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Johnson Street.

Sgt. Donald Deckling was driving along North Avenue when he was hit on the passenger side of his cruiser by a car driven by Summer Miller of Lima. The impact of the crash tipped the police cruiser on its side.

Deckling was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of his injuries. Miller was treated at the scene of the crash. Miller was also cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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8/9/16 – 5:20 A.M.

One person was killed in a two-car crash near Deshler Monday afternoon. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Routes 65 and 281 around 2:15 p.m.

A preliminary report says one car may have failed to yield. A second crash victim was taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo.

No other details were immediately available.

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8/9/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The new Carey school building is all set for the new school year but the district is facing one small issue. The Courier reports more bus drivers are needed. Superintendent Mike Wank says efforts to provide several school bus stops in the village have been delayed because they don’t have enough drivers. He adds there is also a shortage of substitute drivers.

One bus driver retired after the last school year and another will retire in early 2017. So far efforts to advertise the open positions have been unsuccessful.

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