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8/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The Hancock Park District is getting new computers. The Courier reports the park board approved spending $9,000 for new equipment during a Tuesday meeting. That will buy eight desktop computers and two laptops.

Park district director Gary Pruitt says the equipment getting replaced was running an obsolete operating system.

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8/13/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A Fostoria driver avoided injury when his car hit a power pole Tuesday afternoon. The Fostoria Police Department reports the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on North Countyline Street.

Witnesses say the driver of a Saturn L-300 lost control of the car and hit a road sign before smashing into a wooden power pole. The crash caused a live power line to drape across the sidewalk.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to control. Police say the vehicle was owned by 65-year-old Donald Correll.

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8/13/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The debt used to pay for the expansion of the Findlay-Hancock County Library in 1988 has been paid off. The Hancock County Commissioners signed the deed for the building over to the library board during their Tuesday meeting.

In 1988 the county commissioners sold bonds to finance improvements to the library. That decision came after voters defeated a $3 million bond issue in May of that year.

The money from the bonds paid to expand the library to the south at its 206 Broadway location.

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8/12/14 – 11:09 A.M.

Some Hancock County residents will pay less to tap into a new sewer line. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed today to charge residences in the Distribution Drive area $1,000 to connect to the new line. Previously the amount was set at $5,500.

Commissioner Phil Riegle explained the change…

Audio: Phil Riegle

A TIF, or Tax Incriment Financing means that the development pays for infrastructure improvements. Reigle says that because the county didn’t have to get a bond to pay for the work, the commissioners felt the break on the connection fee was fair…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The expansion of Distribution Drive was mostly paid for by Tax Increment Finance funds.

Riegle said the break only applied to five properties.

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8/12/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A 13-year-old Allen County boy has entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to charges stemming from a school threat. The Lima News reports the boy, who has not been named, was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The teen had planned to kill the principal and assistant principal at Elida Middle School. Investigators say he also planned to attack anyone else who approached him. The boy brought three knives and a box cutter to school, but ended up admitting his plan to the principal instead of carrying out the assault.

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8/12/14 – 6:39 A.M.

One of the steps being taken to determine the future ownership of Cooper Tire & Rubber’s joint venture in China is going to take a little while longer to complete. On Monday the company announced it is briefly extending an option commencement deadline. The deadline is part of the agreement between Cooper, Chengshan Group Company Ltd. and the CCT labor union reached in January of this year.

According to CEO Roy Armes, that means Cooper is giving more time for an independent firm to give its fair market value assessment of the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company. Monday was the original deadline for a report.

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8/12/14 – 5:30 A.M.

McComb could look into having a supply of bottled water on hand for emergencies. Village council talked about the subject in the wake of Toledo’s recent water crisis. The Courier reports Councilman Gordon Meyers said council should be proactive on the matter.

It was suggested that stored water not used before its expiration date could be donated to charity.

No action was taken last night.

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8/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The post office in a Henry County village is one of the first to make changes to its hours designed to keep it open. The Courier reports Hamler’s post office started operating with shorter hours Monday. The office is now open from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s also open Saturday mornings.

David Van Allen is with the U.S. Postal Service, and tells the newspaper reduced hours are a way smaller post offices can cut costs without closing. He added that many smaller communities in northwest Ohio have been surveyed about their preferences.

Some of the options available to villages include reducing hours, or closing the post office in exchange for curbside delivery. Another option is to install a post office in a convenience store.

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8/12/14 – 5:10 A.M.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is threatening to place Findlay on probation for its flood insurance program. The Courier reports if FEMA goes through with the threat, it could mean an increase in the cost of flood insurance premiums. The newspaper says FEMA submitted a letter to Mayor Lydia Mihalik on April 15. In the letter, officials said the city has to resolve the “112 outstanding issues and potential violations.” The city also has the option to submit a corrective action plan.

Both Mihalik and Findlay flood plain administrator Todd Richard say the city will submit the information before the Wednesday deadline. Mihalik says the threat from FEMA seems to be the result from the city trying to join a flood insurance rate-reduction plan. She added she found it comical that FEMA has set a deadline to respond when it has typically been the city trying to get FEMA’s Region 5 to give updates.

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8/12/14 – 4:53 A.M.

If you use U.S. 224 on a daily basis in Findlay, you’ll want to avoid the area near I-75 for the next few days. The bridge was closed Monday night and will remain closed through Thursday morning. Traffic from I-75 is being diverted up the entrance ramps and back onto the interstate from the exit ramps.

During this time there will be no direct access from I-75 to U.S. 224. After the bridge reopens Thursday, both the north and southbound ramps will remain open for the rest of the construction.

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