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8/19/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A couple of military veterans are lobbying Seneca County officials to provide better transportation to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bob Sheffer and Floyd Adams addressed the county commissioners Tuesday. Sheffer said transportation to Ann Arbor is only provided on Wednesday and Thursday. He said that’s a problem if a doctor needs to see a veteran at a different time.

Adams said the door-to-door service is appreciated, but that they would be willing to meet in a centralized location if it would help travel arrangements. He added that surrounding counties made daily trips to Ann Arbor.

The commissioners agreed to check into the issue with the veteran service board.

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8/19/15 – 5:02 A.M.

The impact of the POET ethanol refinery in Leipsic was discussed during a meeting in Putnam County last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports farmers, politicians, and company representatives learned the results of a third-party economic impact study.

In 2014, POET employed more than 4,500 people in Ohio. The study shows the company also paid $228.2 million in state and local taxes.

The study also showed as a whole, POET produced 1.7 billion gallons of Ethanol, displacing 1.2 gallons of gasoline. Company officials said that figure show ethanol is reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/19/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Hancock County is working to get money to help rural homeowners replace their septic systems. The Courier reports the county received a $160,000 grant in 2011 that helped 18 low-income homes replace their system. The commissioners, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, and the county health department are again working to get a similar grant.

BRWP coordinator Phil Martin says failed septic systems are blamed for contamination in Lye Creek near Houcktown. He added that replacing the 18 systems reduced suspended solids, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the water.

MORE: The Courier

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8/18/15 – 11:27 A.M.

Sales tax collection numbers remain strong in Hancock County. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says numbers just received back from the state look good…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

Total collections for the year are more than $9.2 million, compared to $8.3 million in 2014.

The numbers reflect collections through June. There is a lag time between what the state reports and then disbursement to the county.

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8/18/15 – 11:09 A.M.

A Findlay street is closed today for gas line repair work. Columbia gas says a gas line along Westfield Drive between Bentley Court and Stanford Parkway on Findlay’s west side was damaged. The road is expected to be closed until 4 p.m.

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8/18/15 – 10:54 A.M.

The former Friendly’s location in Findlay won’t sit vacant much longer. Firehouse Subs will move into the building in the 1900 block of Tiffin Avenue later this year. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says a revolving loan fund from the Hancock Regional Planning Commission has been approved by the county commissioners…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson added it’s good to see the building redeveloped…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The Hancock Regional Planning Commission approved a $50,000 revolving loan fund for the business.

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8/18/15 – 7:57 A.M.

Sewer line work will cause traffic issues at a busy Findlay intersection today. The city’s engineering office says southbound and northbound traffic on Broad Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction near Trenton Avenue. The lane shifts will be between Foulke Avenue and Rockwell Street.

The work is expected to last through 4 p.m. today.


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8/18/15 – 7:16 A.M.

Arlington needs help in flushing its fire hydrants. The Courier reports the village has seen a declining number of volunteers help with the effort. Village council members discussed the issue during their Monday meeting. Officials say hydrants need to be flushed to get rid of sediment in the water lines.

In the past, members of the fire department and village workers have done the job. But with a declining number of volunteers, council members said they would have to look into different ways to get the work done.

MORE: The Courier

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8/18/15 – 6:55 A.M.

An auto parts manufacturer is expanding its operations in Tiffin. City council approved a job-creation tax credit during its Monday meeting, paving the way for Taiho Corporation of America to invest $8 million in its Seneca County facility.

The expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs. The facility already employs around 180 people.

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8/18/15 – 6:49 A.M.

The village of Carey will apply for a grant to upgrade its sanitary sewer system. The Courier reports council approved an ordinance that seeks $420,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission. If the funds are approved, Carey would upgrade three of five sanitary sewer lift stations. The village would also install a force main line from the lift station near Arrowhead Commerce Park on East Findlay Street to the wastewater treatment plant on Wyandot Avenue.

The village would use matching funds from the sewer capital improvement fund to pay for the $400,000 project.

If less funds are approved, a secondary project is ready to go. The village would repave Crawford Township Road 96 from West to South Vance streets, for about $100,000.

MORE: The Courier

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