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4/25/16 – 5:16 A.M.

There are a couple of new road construction projects to look out for this week. ODOT reports U.S. 30 between Hancock County Road 183 and New Stark will be reduced to one lane in certain locations for pavement repair. In Putnam County, State Route 65 will be closed north of County Road H starting today for a culvert replacement.

You’ll also see continued lane reductions on State Route 103 between Arlington and State Route 698.

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4/25/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Ada police are continuing their search for a missing 14-year-old girl. A statement from the department says 14-year-old Elizabeth Saracson was last seen Friday night at 10 p.m. She was staying the night at her sister’s home. Ada police believe she left “on her own accord.” She was still missing as of this morning.

Saracson is white, with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She is 5’8″ and weighs around 140 pounds. She also has a mole on her neck.

Saracson was last seen wearing jeans, a Bowling Green T-Shirt, and tennis shoes. She reportedly had a blue duffel bag with the name “Lizzy” in sparkled letters.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Ada Police Department at (419)637-0010.

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4/25/16 – 4:58 A.M.

You’ll see resurfacing work on nearly 20 Findlay streets this summer. The Courier reports this year’s $1.9 million road plan was recently finalized.

Some of the biggest projects include resurfacing Broad Avenue from Howard Street to Trenton Avenue, East Melrose Avenue between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road, and Osborn Avenue between Sandusky and Center streets. ODOT will kick on around $560,000 for these projects.

The city is helping you keep track of where construction is happening this year. Two maps will be placed on the Engineering Department’s website. One will show all the planned projects while the other will show current construction.

You can see a list of all the planned projects in today’s Courier.

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4/22/16 – 7:16 A.M.
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Power was restored to more than 700 AEP Ohio customers in Hancock County just after 9 a.m. today. The issue was centered in the Rawson area. Several hundred Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative members were also affected, but they were reconnected a short time after the outage began.

As a result, the Cory-Rawson school district cancelled classes today.

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4/22/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash west of Fostoria Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 62-year-old Ann Barth was driving a van north on Washington Township Road 262 when she stopped at the intersection with Hancock County Road 226, and then pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 63-year-old Jeffery Hooper of Fostoria.

Barth and her passenger were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Hooper was not hurt. Barth was also cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.

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4/22/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A company in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park in Findlay could be facing a large fine for safety issues. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sanoh America exposed workers to fall and amputation hazards. That could lead to a fine of up to $82,500.

The findings issued this week said Sanoh failed to disconnect equipment from a power supply and install safety guards on certain equipment.

Sanoh manufactures brake lines. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2009 and 2012 at plants in Findlay and Mount Vernon.

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4/22/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The field at Donnell Stadium will be repaired at no extra cost to the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports the company that installed the artificial turf last spring has agreed to fix the issues. Problems with diagonal drains underneath the field made for an uneven playing surface in 2015. Once the work is completed, the Donnell Foundation will pay the bill for the new field, which is around $516,000.

Findlay Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt said another issue was uneven lettering in the endzone.

The repairs should be finished by June 1.

MORE: The Courier

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4/22/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Plans to create a special court to work with families dealing with addiction issues are moving forward in Hancock County. The Courier reports Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson asked the county commissioners to help pay for a coordinator of a Family Dependency Treatment Court Thursday. The position would be responsible for coordinating treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help.

Johnson told the commissioners family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases. She added 30percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.

A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for the position. The commissioners agreed to provide county benefits.

Johnson said addiction is a growing issue for families in the county. In 2015, the number of children removed from a parent’s home for drug issues was greater than removals due to neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse combined. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.

MORE: The Courier

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4/21/16 – 11:41 A.M.

The hotel business in Findlay appears to be booming. The Hancock Convention and Visitors Bureau reports the first quarter of 2016 saw 2,400 more people buy hotel rooms than the previous year. CVB Director Alissa Preston says it’s shaping up to be a banner year for area hotels…

Audio: Alissa Preston

Preston says most of the hotel guests this year have been in town for business and construction. She adds the coming months will see more people coming to town for sports tournaments and other events in the community.

Plenty of hotels have been built in Findlay over the past few years. Preston says the latest numbers show they were a good investment…

Audio: Alissa Preston

The number of rooms bought in March was just over 26,000. For comparison, that’s on par with numbers from last summer in Hancock County. Summer months typically see more hotel reservations.

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4/21/16 – 10:20 A.M.

One economic indicator in Hancock County continues to see positive momentum. County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says the April sales tax report shows a 19 percent increase over the same month last year. More than $590,000 was collected during the latest reporting period, compared to $493,000 in April of 2015.

Year-to-date, sales tax collections are up 12 percent. $5.2 million has been reported through this April, compared to $4.7 million through April of 2015.

April reports are reflective of sales tax collections made in January.

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