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The Findlay School District is looking for a new place to locate a bus garage. The Courier reports the school board talked about possibly buying land or swapping land with the city in executive session last night. The property most likely to be used is on the east side of Broad near Cooper Field. The former Pepsi bottling plant site is also in the mix.

The goal is to get the bus garage out of the flood plain, which is where the existing facility sits. Marathon Petroleum donated more than $1 million in February to be used for the math and science programs, as well as a new bus garage.

Before the district buys new land, soil and geological surveys have to be done. The school system is working with the city to learn all they can about the site before moving forward.

MORE: The Courier

 

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7/14/14   10:47 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County’s Halt Hunger Initiative received a big boost today.

The Toledo Community Foundation approved a grant from the Promedica Advisory fund for over 28 thousand dollars to help Hancock County’s United Way buy a 16-foot refrigerated truck.

The truck will be available to community organizations assisting in feeding the community’s hungry.

United Way program/grants coordinator Heather Heilman said the need for the truck comes from experience. Heilman said there have been opportunities where food is available but the United Way hasn’t been able to transport it in a timely manner.

The truck will cost over 62-thousand dollars with the remainder coming from a grant from the Marathon Classic Golf Tournament and Halt Hunger Initiative funds.

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7/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Gas prices are once again cheaper as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.46 this morning. That’s down from $3.55 last Monday and $3.88 a month ago.

In Findlay the average price was around $3.35 a gallon early this morning. Drivers in Ottawa were reporting prices around $3.39. In Fostoria the price was right around $3.35.

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7/14/14 – 5:16 A.M.

CSX is spending big money to expand its intermodal facility in North Baltimore. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the rail giant will pour $43 million into the center, which could make it one of the busiest freight facilities in the nation in the future. Currently the intermodal site can handle 650,000 containers a year. When the expansion is finished it will be able to handle more than a million.

The expansion started in the spring with the shipping area and parking lot. That project should be finished this year. Construction on two new cranes will start toward the end of this year.

CSX proposed the expansion last year and asked for federal dollars to help move forward. The money never came, but the company decided to move forward.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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7/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The future of a wind farm near Leipsic is in doubt. The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from Iberdrola Renewables talked to the Putnam County Commissioners about the issue last week.

Jim O’Conner is with Iberdrola. He says wording in a House Bill passed in June means his company would have to get set-back waivers from 50 percent or more properties.

House Bill 483 mandates wind turbines have setbacks 1,250 feet from the nearest property lines.

O’Conner says Iberdrola is considering if it is possible to move forward in Putnam County.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/14/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Five people were injured in a weekend crash on I-75 in Findlay. The State Highway Patrol reports a van overturned near the U.S. 68/State Route 15 interchange around 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

One Michigan resident and four Canadians suffered minor injuries after the van rolled over. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.


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7/14/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Putnam County resident had a big scare over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a Jackson Township resident reported a masked person walked into their house early Saturday morning. The burglar left without incident after coming into contact with someone living in the home.

If you have any information on the incident you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)523-3208. Tips can also be given through Twitter or Facebook.

Authorities are also reminding people to keep their homes and cars locked at night.

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7/11/14 – 11:28 A.M.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay took a big step forward today. The “Little Main Street” display opened in the Findlay Village Mall, giving a sample of what organizers hopr to achieve in a future stand alone location…

Audio: Nikki Bonomo

Children’s Museum President Nikki Bonomo says a lot of people from the community volunteered their time to help build the displays…

Audio: Nikki Bonomo

Little Main Street is open Tuesdays through Sundays until 5 p.m. in the mall. It will be closed on Monday’s.

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7/11/14 – 6:51 A.M.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler is now on the same page as county officials about the future of the Early Childhood Development Center. Opportunity Center Superintendent Lewis Hurst talked about the possibility of selling the building the development center is located in last month. The problem was that Keckler hadn’t been informed.

Keckler tells the Review Times he’s had a chance to meet with everyone involved now, and has a better understanding of the issue. He said he wanted to make sure the program wasn’t lost altogether.

Right now the county is only exploring the possibility of selling the building to the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Committee. If they would sell, the center could still operate from there, or find a new location in Fostoria.

MORE: Review Times

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7/11/14 – 6:42 A.M.

A Findlay woman who survived a fatal crash in Erie County this week had her condition upgraded Thursday. 68-year-old Nancy Moody-Russo is listed in serious condition at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was critically injured in a crash that took the life of her husband, Ralph Russo.

Funeral arrangements for Russo are pending at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home. In the meantime the State Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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