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2/13/14 – 11:57 A.M.

An Allen County home sustained heavy damage following a gas explosion this week. WIMA radio reports the explosion happened in Bath Township at 711 Taylor Avenue Tuesday morning just after 9 a.m. There were people in the home at the time of the blast. One person was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The blast and subsequent fire caused $25,000 worth of damage.

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2/13/14 – 11:29 A.M.

A warm-up is in the forecast for next week – which would be welcome news except for one thing; all of that snow on the ground has to go somewhere. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik tells the Courier the city is working with the National Weather Service to monitor any potential flooding issues on the horizon. Mihalik says we’re still a few days away from forecast models really solidifying on what to expect next week.

In the meantime it’s expected the NWS will ask for snow pack and ice stream measurements over the weekend or early next week. Those figures will determine what the agency predicts for river crest levels.

Currently it looks like Findlay will get above 40 degrees for a few days early next week.

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2/13/14 – 11:19 A.M.

One of the largest churches in Hancock County is expanding. The Findlay planning commission approved plans from Gateway Church to build a more than 29,000 square foot addition. Administrative Pastor Scott Long tells the Courier the expansion will house a sanctuary space with 1,000 theater-style seats, a new nursery, and a remodeled infant area along with other amenities.

The expansion will cost nearly $5 million and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. It will nearly double the size of the existing facilities.

MORE: The Courier

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2/13/14 – 6:51 A.M.

The Allen County Fair is bringing one of the biggest names in country music to the area this summer. The fair board announced Wednesday Toby Keith will be the featured performer this year.

The concert will be part of the “Shut up and Hold On Tour.” Tickets go on sale March 8.

Keith’s numerous hits include “Made in America,” “Drinks after work,” and “How do you like me now” among many others.

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2/13/14 – 5:28 A.M.

The Hopewell-Loudon school board is working to move to school bus stops inside the district. The Review-Times reports the school’s current policy requires all stops be within the district lines, but as it stands now there is one stop in Fostoria and one in Tiffin.

The Fostoria bus stop is located at the old St. Wendelin Elementary School building. However that location doesn’t allow the bus driver to see children get picked up by their parents. The district has talked with the owner of the Nest on State Route 18, who will allow parents to park there to pick up their children. Superintendent Nichole Jiran assured board members the gentleman’s club near that location doesn’t open until 7 p.m. so it wouldn’t be an issue.

The change to the Tiffin bus stop is still being worked on.

MORE: Review-Times

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2/13/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Stealing from the Tiffin Walmart has landed a Findlay man in prison. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 27-year-old Jeremy Sherbrook was sentenced this week to three years behind bars for a robbery reported last fall. Sherbrook and 22-year-old Jonna Boyette of Findlay tried to take several items from the store, including a 50″ flat screen TV. When they were confronted Sherbrook assaulted a store employee.

Boyette pleaded no contest to theft charges last year and was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

MORE: Advertiser-Tribune

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2/13/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A little talked about but well used gym owned by the city of Findlay is in line for some upgrades this year. At this week’s city council Appropriations Committee meeting, members talked about the $15,000 budgeted to fix up the facility on South West Street. Some members of the committee weren’t aware that the gym existed.

The Courier reports the facility is mostly used by police officers and firefighters. However the gym can be used by any city employee and with a new wellness plan in place, officials are hoping more people will take advantage.

Deputy Auditor Ginger Sampson told the committee the gym started off as a contract provision for the police department. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer added, “I would think the Police Department likes the fact that it’s not open to the public. I know I wouldn’t want to be lifting weights next to some guy that I just threw cuffs on.”

The city is looking to buy cardio equipment, a squat rack, kettlebells, bicep curling bars, hex bars and rubber plates.

MORE: The Courier

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2/13/14 – 4:58 A.M.

A Findlay man will spend 11 years in prison for his role in a December shooting. 22-year-old Tyrel Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. On December 19 Jones shot 19-year-old Christopher Ingleston in the torso. Police say Jones believed there was money and drugs in the home at 222 Prospect Avenue.

Ingleston was treated for his injuries at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

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2/12/14 – 12:30 P.M.

Findlay-based National Lime and Stone Co. has added a new business to its portfolio. The company says it has bought Lash Paving of Martin’s Ferry. Lash Paving is an asphalt producer and paving contractor. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of National Lime.

In all, Lash Paving operates three asphalt plants in eastern Ohio.

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2/12/14 – 12:17 A.M.

Real estate taxes for the first half of 2014 for Hancock County are due Friday. Hancock County Treasurer Steve Welton says his office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday to accept payments. A number of lending institutions also accept payments on behalf of the county.

If you are going to mail your payment it needs to have a U.S. Postal cancellation date of February 14. For more information call (419)424-7213.

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