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8/5/16 – 6:52 A.M.

The University of Findlay has named a new choir director. SeaHwa Jung will direct the Concert-Chorale and University Singers, and also teach voice and music appreciation. A release from the university says Jung comes to the university from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. He directed choral ensembles, orchestra, and taught music appreciation.

Jung takes the place of Michael Anders, who retired earlier this year.

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8/5/16 – 6:46 A.M.

A man accused of shooting a Fostoria woman and her daughter in January will stand trial this fall. The Review-Times reports 34-year-old Terrance Williamson of Toledo is scheduled to be tried on October 4 in Wood County. Williamson is charged with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of kidnapping. He also faces several other charges.

Authorities say Williamson shot 36-year-old Lashelle Norman and 17-year-old Alexia Johnson at Nye’s Trailer Park in Fostoria on January 30. Police Chief Keith Loreno said Williamson allegedly forced Norman to drive to Fostoria at gunpoint that day. He is accused of hitting Norman and then shooting her when she refused to give him money. Johnson was shot when she tried to help her mother.

Williamson is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Norman and Johnson spent a week in the hospital recovering from their injuries.

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8/5/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Two migrant students in Putnam County were honored by the state Thursday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports letters signed by the members of the Ohio State Board of Education’s Committee on Urban and Rural Renewal Education were given to Angel Salinas and Miguel Cortes Jr.

Salinas and Cortes are both enrolled in Putnam County’s 30-day summer migrant education program. They both wrote testimonials about their experiences. Cortes said, “it has helped me a lot because if I never would have come here, I would not know what to do in school.” He added the program has helped him get good grades and become an honor roll student.

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8/5/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Authorities in Allen County are investigating a Thursday morning robbery. The Lima News reports the incident happened west of Bluffton around 8 a.m. A woman was driving westbound on Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road near State Route 696 when she saw a black truck following her. When she stopped at the intersection a man got out of his truck and asked her for directions. The next thing she remembered she was seeing blood, and noticing her purse was gone.

The suspect is described as a black man who was about 5’8″ and weighed around 150 pounds. He might have been wearing a green baseball hat.

The victim suffered injuries to her face, but refused treatment at the scene of the robbery.

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8/5/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Area educators have been spending their summer working to make sure kids don’t suffer from “brain drain.” The Courier reports summer camps and child care centers have made education a big part of their curriculum over the past two months.

Anne Whitmer is an office assistant at Something Special Learning Center in Findlay. She says the kids there have been active this summer using their brains instead of “just taking a break.” Reading, journaling, science projects, and field trips have all been part of the summer time activities.

Annie Hayes is the assistant director at the Child Development Center at the Findlay YMCA. She says learning activities do focus on fun this time of the year. She adds school age children go on several field trips when they are out of the classroom for the summer.

Monica Logan is the vice president of programs and systems quality at the National Summer Learning Association. She tells the newspaper day care centers can play a large role in preventing a summer time learning slide. She says it’s important for kids to stay active and engaged.

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8/5/16 – 4:51 A.M.

Thursday’s second quarter financial report from Cooper Tire & Rubber was the final report issued with Roy Armes at the helm of the company. Armes announced earlier this year he would retire on August 31. He’ll be succeeded by Brad Hughes, who currently serves as the chief operating officer.

Thursday’s report showed increased profit over the second quarter of 2015. In a release, Armes said, “I’m proud to bring news of such strong performance as I move forward to a new chapter of my life.” He added, “it’s always great to end on a high note.” Armes also gave credit to the entire team at Cooper for the hard work they put in.

The Courier reports Armes has been the CEO of the company for nearly 10 years.

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8/4/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Even though net sales were down for Cooper Tire & Rubber in the second quarter of 2016 compared to last year, the company posted an $11 million increase in net income. Second quarter results for the Findlay-based tire maker were released today. The numbers show net sales were $740 million for April, May, and June. That’s down $12 million from the same period in 2015.

At the same time, operating profit increased by 10.5 percent, from $99 million last year to $110 million this year. That accounts for 14.8 percent of net sales, which the company says is a record for the second quarter.

The release from Cooper says the increase in operating profit was partially due to better raw material costs. Higher unit volume and lower expenses in other areas also helped increase profit for the quarter.

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8/4/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for teachers in the Liberty-Benton school district. The Courier reports the school board approved a new three year contract with the teacher’s union during their Wednesday meeting. The new deal includes a base pay raise of around 1.35 percent in the first two years, followed by a 1.65 percent raise in the third year.

The new contract also gives opportunities for more raises based on performance. Step increases based on years of service have been eliminated. As part of the deal, entry level pay will increase by nearly $1,000 to around $33,800 by 2018.

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8/4/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County will get nearly $5,000 from the state to train poll workers for the November election. The Courier reports that in a change of pace, the money for training is coming up front. Hancock County Board of Elections Director Jody O’Brien says typically the state has reimbursed the county for training costs.

On Wednesday Secretary of State Jon Husted announced $760,000 from the state’s general fund will be used to offset the costs of getting poll workers ready for the election. Hancock and the surrounding counties will see a total of a little more than $31,000 of that money.

O’Brien says Hancock County will train 300 workers before November.

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