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7/6/15 – 4:51 A.M.

The Putnam County YMCA more than met its fundraising goal for the 2015 Legacy Campaign. The Lima News reports the campaign brought in $1.9 million, nearly double the $1 million goal. Putnam YMCA executive director Lori Fetherolf told the newspaper the money will be used to pay down debt.

Fetherolf credited former State Representative Lynn Wachtmann for his efforts in securing a big grant to help the fundraising campaign. State Senator Cliff Hite and Governor John Kasich were also given credit for their support.

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7/2/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Nearly 3,100 Hancock County residents signed a petition to make marijuana use legal in Ohio. The ResponsibleOhio organization submitted more than 690,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday. If the issue makes it to the ballot and is approved by Ohio voters, it would legalize marijuana for medical use and personal use by adults 21 years old and older.

ResponsibleOhio claims that by 2020 legalized pot would generate $554 million in revenue for the state. It projects Hancock County and its municipal governments would see a total of $3 million a year.

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7/2/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Weekend rain washed out the final day of the Putnam County Fair, cancelling some entertainment events. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fair board isn’t giving up on hosting the events though. A “mini-fair” might be held in September.

Fair Secretary Peg Kruse said the demolition derby and a Nashville Crush concert had to be postponed because of safety precautions. The entertainment tent was soaked, putting extra strain on the poles supporting it. The demolition derby pit was essentially a lake Saturday.

Kruse says the fair board will talk about holding a September event at their next meeting.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/2/15 – 5:04 A.M.

A proposal to add extra requirements on where addiction recovery homes can be located in Ohio was vetoed Tuesday. Governor John Kasich used a line-item veto to do away with the proposal from State Representative Robert Sprague. If approved, the measure would have required a “resolution of support” from county commissioners before recovery housing could be bought.

Kasich said the rule could have violated fair housing laws and led to illegal discrimination. Sprague tells the Courier, “I guess the governor and I disagree on fair housing.” He added he wanted to ensure accountability and transparency in how tax dollars were being spent. Sprague will not continue to pursue the proposal.

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7/2/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A man accused of assaulting a Hancock County corrections officer in his home was indicted Tuesday. The Courier reports 38-year-old Kevin Potts of Denver, Colorado is charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Potts allegedly brandished a handgun when he broke into the correction officer’s home in Arlington on June 25. A struggle ensued and the officer suffered a minor injury. He did not seek medical attention.

Potts reportedly had previous interactions with the officer. He is being held in the Wood County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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7/1/15 – 10:58 A.M.
Update – 11:34 A.M.

Ohio’s new budget kills a controversial Common Core test, and at least one area superintendent isn’t sad to see it go…

Audio: Merri Skilliter

McComb’s Merri Skilliter says there are still a lot of unanswered questions though.  For instance, Skilliter says there’s no word on how much it will cost for the state to put another test in place.  She’s also uncertain on how this will affect student growth and teacher effectiveness measures.

Van Buren Superintendent Tim Myers echoed those thoughts, but also has some concerns.  Namely, what will the Ohio Department of Education do to replace the test, and will the same mistakes be made?

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says in the short term, he doesn’t believe the decision will change the curriculum at Van Buren.

Both Skilliter and Myers had concerns about how the change will impact school district grades, which were in-part based on PARCC scores.

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7/1/15 – 9:45 A.M.

Lima Police are still looking for two people of interest in a fatal hit-and-run in the city. NBC-Lima reports a$1,000 reward for information about the death of Aaron Ehrnsberger is being offered in hopes of drumming up leads. Ehrnsberger was killed May 31 when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop.

The car involved in the crash was registered to 26-year-old Catherine Wilson. 31-year-old Robert Catlett III is also named as a person of interest in the case. They haven’t been seen in over a month, and investigators last thought they might be in Florida.

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7/1/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A missing Michigan firefighter’s car has been found in Wood County. Media partner WTOL-11 reports a dark green Saturn belonging to 22-year-old Timothy Graves was recently found at a rest stop south of Bowling Green. Graves was last seen leaving the Healthlink EMS building in Belleville, Michigan on June 28.

Graves is also a firefighter for the Belleville Fire Department. He’s described as 5’6″ tall and wears glasses. We have a picture on our website.

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7/1/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Independence Day fireworks celebration in Lima has fallen victim to the recent wet weather. The Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the Star Spangled Spectacular has been postponed until September 5. Soggy conditions in Faurot Park forced the delay.

The Freedom 5k Run/Walk is still set to take place in Lima Saturday.

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7/1/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Seneca County voters could see a levy for the Seneca County Opportunity Center when they cast a ballot this fall. The Courier reports the agency asked the county commissioners to approve placing a 2.5-mill continuing levy on the November ballot. If approved, it would generate around $2.75 million a year.

Business Operations Manager Dick Williams said the last time the center asked for new money was 14 years ago. He added that with increased expenses and declining revenue, they would see a $1.4 million deficit by the end of 2017.

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