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11/5/14 – 6:37 A.M.

The Kroger store on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay was robbed this morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened just after 3:15 a.m. A man entered the store and physically forced a cashier to open a cash register and give him money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt in the store.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5’6″ and having a medium build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, and had a black bandana over his face. He did not display a weapon during the robbery.


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11/5/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A contested race for Seneca County Commissioner was won by Republican Michael Kerschner Tuesday. Kerschner defeated former County Commissioner David Sauber Sr. He’ll take the seat currently held by Jeff Wagner, who did not seek reelection.

Elsewhere in Seneca County there were several renewal levies on the ballot. They all passed. The renewals included an ambulance levy in New Riegel and Big Springs Township, an operations levy for the Mohawk School District, and a fire protection levy for Liberty Township.

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11/5/14 – 5:20 A.M.

One of the closest margins of victory on election night was in Putnam County, where a levy request for the Putnam County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Board passed by around 300 votes. The renewal of a the 0.3 mill levy called for an additional .04 mills to be added.

Director Mike Ruhe said he was grateful voter support will help the board tackle increased needs. The owner of a property appraised at $100,000 will pay $21 per year for the 0.7-mill levy.

Elsewhere in Putnam County renewal levies all passed. In the only countywide race, Putnam County Commissioner John Love took 75 percent of the ballots cast.

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11/5/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Voter turnout was just about where it was predicted to be Tuesday. Hancock County Board of Elections Co-Director Jody O’Brien thought about 40 percent of voters would show up, and the number ended up being 39.6 percent…

Audio: Jody O’Brien

Four years ago a little less than 45 percent of Hancock County voters turned out at the polls. Eight years ago more than 57 percent voted.

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11/5/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Incumbents fared well in elections that spanned multiple counties in northwest Ohio. Congressman Bob Latta easily earned another term in Congress taking, 68 percent of the votes in the 5th Congressional District. The landslide paves the way for Latta’s fourth term in office.

State Representative Robert Sprague won reelection in the 83rd Ohio House District. Sprague took 74 percent of the ballots cast in the district, beating challengers Kevin Rettig and Libertarian Gregg Morris.

The district encompasses Hancock and Hardin Counties as well as part of Logan County.

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11/4/14 – 11:09 A.M.

The November election is here, and polls are open in Ohio until 7:30 p.m. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Liberty-Benton and Van Buren school levies, as well as the contested races that include our area like the Ohio 83rd district race. Our election coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m.

In the meantime if you haven’t voted, there’s still time. If you’re unsure of your polling location you can find that information by calling the board of elections office, or by looking it up on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

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11/4/14 – 10:57 A.M.

Parking will be less of an issue when the Hancock County Performing Arts Center opens next year. The county commissioners signed an agreement today that allows for shared use of a parking lot near the facility. The cross-license agreement gives the center permission to use a parking lot behind the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

The lot will be used for vehicles related to performances or performers who are using the center. The agreement says there will be minimal impact on property owned by the county.

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11/4/14 – 5:19 A.M.

A Findlay school has been recognized for going above and beyond in maintaining high academic standards. The Courier reports Northview Primary School has been designated a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education. The award is given to schools that maintain high academic achievement by their students. It also takes into account service to students from economically disadvantaged circumstances.

Northview was the only school in Hancock County to win the award this year.

In order to qualify for the honor, at least 40 percent of the school’s enrollment must include economically disadvantaged students.

MORE: The Courier

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11/4/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Residents from three area counties are no longer being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Associated Press reports the people from Putnam, Hardin, and Seneca Counties who had potential contact with a nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola never showed signs of the disease.

County health departments had been monitoring the temperature of the people twice daily.

Those being monitored had visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson, who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly after she visited northwest Ohio. She was found Ebola free recently. Vinson had cared for a man who died from the disease in Texas.

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11/4/14 – 4:58 A.M.

There hasn’t been much interest in filling a vacant spot on Findlay City Council. The Courier reports only one person has applied to fill a seat left open by former 6th Ward Councilman Andy Douglas. Douglas took a job elsewhere in the state and resigned effective October 22.

Hancock County Republican Party Chair Jim Baker says anyone interested in filling the spot should give him a call at (419)889-5447. The deadline to do so is Thursday. The Republican Central Committee will interview candidates Thursday night.

Baker wants to have the position filled by the next city council meeting.

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