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8/7/15 – 10:56 A.M.

A few parking spaces in downtown Findlay have reopened. The Courier reports nine spots on the east side of South Main Street between Hardin and Lincoln Streets are now available again. Deb Frye is the co-owner of Guitar Ranch in the 600 block of South Main, and had petitioned to have the spots reopened.

Frye tells the newspaper Mayor Lydia Mihalik helped get the parking spots back. She said Mihalik walked down to the businesses and stuck around to see how parking was effected in the area.

The parking spots had been closed for the ongoing Marathon Petroleum campus expansion downtown.

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Video: Thousands Expected To Attend Flag City BalloonFest

Schedule from FlagCityBalloonFest.com

Friday – August 7, 2015

7am          Hot Air Balloon Media Flight* – click to see the balloons
3pm           Radio Controlled Airplane displayClick for more info
5pm-9pm    Kids Fair open (The children’s area includes inflatables, carnival type games,
and other activities) Ticket sales end at 8:30pm.
4pm-8-pm    Knocker Ball! click for video
4pm        Food Vendors open
5pm-9pm Pony Rides Available
5pm        Beer Garden Opens
5pm-Dark Caricature artist on site
5pm        Hourly Civil War Demonstrations begin
5:30pm    Opening ceremonies
5:30-6:30pm   Life Flight Helicopter on display
6:15pm-8pm    Tethered Balloon Rides* $20.00  (1 balloon available)
6pm        Hot Air Balloon Flight – mass launch from Emory Adams* –  click to see the balloons
6pm        Paid Balloon Rides* – Click to register
6:30-10:30pm  Live music in Beer Garden- The Tony Godsey Band (Blues and Rock) Click for more info
7pm-8pm        Miss Ohio Signs Autographs
8:30pm    Hot Air Balloon Illumination*
10pm                Fireworks sponsored by Meijers

Saturday – August 8, 2015

7am             Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into Emory Adams Park* –  click to see the balloons
7am           Paid Balloon Rides* – Click to register
8am       5K Up, Up, and Away Run, “Click to register
8am – 5pm        Spikeball Tournament Click for registration
10am-dark           Hourly Civil War Demonstrations begin
10am-9pm          Pony rides available
10am-9pm          Jungle Island Petting Zoo will be open. www.jungleislandzoo.com
10am-9pm        Kids Fair Open (The children’s area includes inflatables, carnival type games,
and other activities) Ticket sales end at 8:30pm.
12pm        Beer Garden opens
12pm-5pm          Emcee and Music by Dino Gerdeman in Beer Garden
12pm-8pm       Knocker Ball! click for video
12pm-dark        Radio Controlled Airplane display – Click for more info
1pm-5pm        OSU Buckeye Mobile TourClick to see more! 
2pm-5pm        Vintage Baseball Game.  1880’s era game played by the Wyandot Ghost Riders vs
the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers.  Vaun Wickerham will   provide the play by play action.
4pm-6pm        Life Flight Helicopter on display
4:30pm-5:15pm  Balloon Pilot autograph session
5:30pm        Welcoming Ceremonies and Scholarship Presentation
6pm-7:30pm  Live Music in the Beer Garden Pete Blevins Click for more info
7:30-10:30pm Live music in the Beer Garden Smokin’ Ham Band (country) Click for more info
6pm        Hot Air Balloon Flight.  Fly in to the park* –  click to see the balloons
6pm            Paid Balloon Rides* – Go to Info tent by 4:00 to see if any available.
6:15pm-8pm    Tethered Balloon Rides* $20.00  (1 balloon available)

8:00 pm NAMI “Snap Stigma” Glow stick snap Click for more info
8:30pm    Hot Air Balloon Illumination*

Sunday – August 9, 2015

7am    Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into Emory Adams Park* –  click to see the balloons

No Pets Allowed, Service Animals Welcome

* Weather permitting

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8/7/15 – 8:32 A.M.

A Wood County man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening a Bowling Green business. The BG Police Department reports officers were called to VehTek Systems around 6:15 p.m. to respond to a phone call that threatened a shooting rampage at the factory.

Police identified the caller as 30-year-old Jeffery Wegmen II of Jerry City. He was arrested without incident as he reported for work at VehTek. Wegmen has been charged with aggravated menacing and making false alarms.

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8/7/15 – 8:17 A.M.

Findlay Police were involved in their second high-speed chase this week early Friday morning. The police department reports an officer attempted to pull over 20-year-old Casey Fowler of Rawson in the 800 block of Howard Street after he was seen driving without his headlights on around 1:45 a.m. Fowler refused to pull over and took off at a high rate of speed to the west.

Fowler then attempted to turn west onto U.S. 224, but was going too fast to make the turn. His car went off the road and hit a tree and concrete culvert before overturning. Fowler was not hurt. He was arrested and charged with underage consumption and fleeing and eluding.

Findlay police officers were also involved with a high-speed chase on Blanchard Street early Sunday morning. Kevin Misamore was arrested after trying to flee on his motorcycle.


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8/7/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Despite rumblings to the contrary, a company rumored to be locating to Carey says they have no plans to move in just yet. According to the Progressor Times, Hanon Systems has been rumored to be building a location at the Arrowhead Commerce Park. Tracey Stallings is a spokesperson for the company and says they are, “currently exploring options to support our global expansion plans. No decision has been made, nor has the company announced any specific plans.”

In June the Carey school board, village council, and Wyandot County commissioners have all approved a 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement agreement which covers a $19 million investment. The agreement says the company would hire nearly 140 people over three years.

Hanon Systems supplies heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment to the auto industry. It previously was known as Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.

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8/7/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Two children were injured in Findlay Thursday afternoon when the moving truck they were riding in hit an overpass. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on East Main Cross Street under the Osborn Avenue bridge.

40-year-old Nathan Hill of Tiffin was driving a U-Haul truck west on East Main Cross when he hit the bridge. The impact of the crash injured a 6-year-old and a 14-year-old riding in the truck. The children were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hill was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and a seat belt violation.

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8/7/15 – 5:09 A.M.

The first public meeting about a proposed water and sewer district in Putnam County was held last night. The Courier reports around 60 people attended and had plenty of questions. Some of those on hand asked if the creation of another government entity was what the county needed. The county commissioners responded by saying Putnam County doesn’t have a sanitary engineer, and it doesn’t own any water or sewage plants.

Others in the attendance weren’t thrilled about not being able to vote on who ends up on the water district board. If the district is created three board members would be named by villages, three would be named by townships, and an “at large” member would be appointed by the other six board members.

Thirteen Putnam County governmental agencies have signed on to be petitioners for the district. A $100,000 state grant would help pay for the start-up costs. Judge Randall Basinger will have the final say on if the organization is created. He’s expected to receive a petition next month.

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8/7/15 – 4:55 A.M.

A Rawson man will not be able to withdraw his guilty pleas to rape charges. The Courier reports Gary Martin’s requests were denied this week. In January, Martin pleaded guilty to four rape charges involving an 11-year-old girl.

Martin initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was evaluated twice and found competent to stand trial both times. He then changed his plea to guilty. However, in May his attorney submitted a request to withdrawal the pleas. A Michigan doctor testified Martin abruptly stopped taking antidepressants, causing mental issues.

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8/6/15 – 11:29 A.M.

A former Hancock County government building in downtown Findlay will be torn down to make way for parking. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the building at 222 Broadway, next to the library, has reached the end of its useful life…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

With that in mind, Gazarek says they hope to have demolition done by early November. The goal is to have the lot paved by the beginning of December.

The project will go out to bid late this month.

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8/6/15 – 11:14 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber sales were down in the second quarter of the year, but operating profit rose. The company issued its second quarter earnings report Thursday. The figures show the tire company had net sales of $752 million in April, May, and June. That’s down from $889 million during the same months last year. However, operating profit was $99 million in 2015, compared to $77 million in 2014.

A release from Cooper says the decline in sales is due to the sale of a former joint venture in China. The Cooper-Chengshan Tire Company contributed sales of $172 million in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of the CCT sale, 2015 sales were actually up 5 percent.

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