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7/25/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Another step toward putting a levy on the ballot for the Arlington swimming pool and parks was taken late last week. The Courier reports village council agreed to ask the Hancock County Auditor’s Office to figure out how much revenue a levy would generate. A special meeting on the subject was held Friday.

Village officials say they will likely place a 2-mill continuing levy on the November ballot. Initial estimates figure that 1 mill of taxation in Arlington will raise $20,000 per year.

Concerns about the rising costs of pool repairs started the conversation about a levy earlier this year. The village has until August 10 to place a levy on the ballot this fall.

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7/25/16 – 7:11 A.M.

A two-car crash near Findlay injured three people over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Route 15 and County Road 180. 16-year-old Philip Gardner was driving north on County Road 180 and reportedly failed to yield as he crossed Route 15, pulling into the path of an SUV driven by 60-year-old Jerry McClain, of Logan, Ohio.

McClain and a passenger, 58-year-old Jane McClain, were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of serious injuries. Gardner’s family took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/25/16 – 7:00 A.M.

Employee health insurance costs are going up in a Putnam County village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Kalida village council members discussed the issue at a recent meeting. Dennis Recker with Fawcett, Lammon and Recker Insurance told council members there would be an 18 percent increase to renew the current plan. That will amount to around an extra $1,400 per month for the village.

Council discussed different options but decided to renew the plan.

The health insurance plan for village employees includes a $2,500 individual deductible and $5,000 family deductible. There is also a Health Reimbursement plan that pays up to $2,000 of a deductible.

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7/25/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Nobody likes to pay a fine, but at least it’s easier to do so now in the city of Findlay. The Courier reports an online program was rolled out this month that allows people to pay tickets, bonds and other court costs at the website GovPayNow.com. Clerk of Courts David Spridgeon says Findlay is the first city in Ohio to use the site.

The site accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and debit cards. You can also call in a payment by dialing 888-604-7888.

Court officials say the service comes at no cost to the city.

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7/25/16 – 5:27 A.M.

Road work will continue in several locations in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering office says you’ll see closures or delays in the following locations:

Broad Avenue will once again be reduced to one lane in each direction between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. There will be temporary lane closures on East Melrose Avenue between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road. There will be waterline installation on Davis Street from Morey Avenue to Cory Street.

Installation of a new gas line will also take place on Center Street between Carnahan and McManness avenues.

Curb replacement is taking place on Harmon Street between Crystal Avenue and Parskide Place; Windsor Place between Bright and Old Mill Roads; Avalon Terrace from Woodworth to the dead end, Greendale Avenue from Woodworth to the dead end; and on Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive.

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7/25/16 – 5:17 A.M.

U.S. 224 will be closed west of Findlay for around three days starting today. ODOT says culvert replacement will take place between County Road 139 and County Road 140.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

Several other areas in our region will see roadwork this week as well. You can see today’s edition of the Courier for the full listings.

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7/25/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A robbery was reported in Findlay early Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. in the 800 block of West Trenton Avenue. A man told police five black men took his wallet and assaulted him. The victim then walked to the BP station and called the police.

One suspect was described as being around 30 years old. Another was said to have facial hair, was unclean, and was wearing a red shirt. No other description was provided.

The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a minor hand injury.

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7/22/16 – 7:24 A.M.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center in Tiffin today. The festivities will take place at 10 a.m. on Courthouse Square, which is where the former courthouse once stood. Construction of the new facility is expected to take around 16 months.

A time capsule will be included in the construction. Suggestions can be emailed to nsmith@seneca-county.com. A suggestion box will also be located at the county and township association tent near the entertainment building during the Seneca County fair next week.

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7/22/16 – 7:11 A.M.

Fostoria-based Mennel Milling is expanding its operations. The Review-Times reports the company has a tentative deal in place to buy a bakery mix and packaging facility from General Mills. Company President D. Ford Mennel is finalizing negotiations with the BCTGM International Union and Local #57. The goal is to close the sale before November 1.

The General Mills facility is located in Marion County and is about an hour south of Fostoria.

A news release from the Mennel says, “This is an exciting opportunity for The Mennel Milling Company to extend into the bakery mix business. It allows us to continue to add value to wheat flour and expand our product offerings to better serve our customer base.”

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