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12/2/15 – 7:08 A.M.

Fostoria’s current and former mayors are battling it out publicly over a proposed change in tax policy. The Courier reports former Mayor John Davoli spoke out against ending a tax credit for people who work outside the city during a Tuesday night meeting. Davoli accused the current administration of failing to prepare for the end of a grant paying for firefighters. He also said the city should cut overtime for the police and fire departments.

The speech didn’t go over well with current Mayor Eric Keckler. He said most overtime is due to contractual obligations. Keckler added that an amendment to the city’s charter made when Davoli was mayor makes it impossible to make changes to overtime policy.

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12/2/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Blanchard Valley Center has announced her retirement date. The Courier reports Connie Ament will step down on March 31. Ament was hired as the interim director of the center in 2007. She has worked in the state’s system for the developmentally disabled for nearly 40 years.

Kelli Grisham will take over when Ament retires. Grisham was hired to work at the Blanchard Valley Center on August 3 of this year.

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12/12/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A longtime fixture in the Putnam County Common Pleas Court is calling it a career. The Lima News reports Judge Randal Basinger will not run for reelection in 2016. Basinger was first elected in 1986.

He did not give a reason for his decision.

Two Putnam County lawyers are running for the position. Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder tells the newspaper he’ll file soon and run as a Democrat. Keith Schierloh has filed to run as a Republican candidate.

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12/2/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of robbing three convenience stores in the city. The Courier reports 29-year-old Jeremy Sherbrook was indicted by the Hancock County grand jury Tuesday. Sherbrook faces two counts of aggravated robbery and a count of robbery.

Investigators say Sherbrook robbed Som Carryout at 825 North Main Street on November 8. He’s accused of holding up the Mobil gas station on North Main Street the next day. Sherbrook was arrested on November 21 when he allegedly tried to rob the Marathon gas station at 535 West Trenton Avenue, but was tackled by employees and customers before he could escape.

The suspect in the robberies at Som Carryout and at the Mobil station held a knife and demanded cash. Sherbrook remains in the Hancock County jail.

MORE: The Courier

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12/1/15 – 9:37 P.M.

A new contract with the union that represents Findlay’s firefighters and the city was approved by city council Tuesday night. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says much of the groundwork for the new three-year deal was laid out in the last contract…

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer says issues like health care were taken care of three years ago…

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

The new deal includes a 2 percent cost of living wage increase for each year of the contract.

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12/1/2015 – 5:09 pm

Hope House is celebrating an anniversary this year. For the past 25 years the organization has helped to serve the needs of homeless individuals in Hancock County. CEO Angela Crist says that the demand for help is as needed today as it was when the organization first began.

Audio: Angela Crist

Crist says that in the past people would deal with homelessness by living with friends, but today more and more people are living in cars and campers. The high cost of rent in Findlay and Hancock County can be an issue for people making minimum wage.

Audio: Angela Crist

Hope House continues its mission to impact lives in the community. If you would like to know more information about their work and programs, you can visit them online at www.findlayhopehouse.org.

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12/1/2015 – 4:35 pm

The Halt Hunger program, funded by the Hancock United Way, is designed to help eliminate hunger in Hancock County. John Urbanski with the Hancock County United Way says that the program feeds people, but it also teaches people how to live healthy with resources they already have in their homes.

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski says that the program runs for a couple of months and teaches people how to use tools already in their homes for repairs, for cooking, and for keeping up their standard of living.

Audio: John Urbanski

Information about Halt Hunger and how to support it can be found on the Hancock United Way’s website.

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12/1/2015 – 3:35 pm

If you enjoy reading, you have the opportunity to share that joy with children this holiday season. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will offer patrons the opportunity to share the joy of books with kids during the “Give the Gift of Reading” program. Donations are being accepted through December 31st.

Funds donated will help to support the work of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is run by the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County. The program mails age-appropriate books each month to kids ages 0-5 years old who are enrolled. Over 1100 kids in Hancock County participate. Donations may be made at the library or sent to the library at 206 Broadway in Findlay. For more information, call the library at 419-422-1712.

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12/1/2015 – 3:25 pm

MarkWest Energy Partners was bought today by MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s pipeline and logistics company. The Courier reports that unitholders voted today to approve the offer at a special meeting. Gary Heminger, Chairman and CEO of MPLX said that the company was pleased that the majority of the unitholders at MarkWest supported the offer.

MarkWest is based in Denver and is the nation’s second-largest natural gas processor. The deal is expected to close on Friday.

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12/1/2015 – 12:16 pm

If you lost a bag a heroin in the Village of Risingsun in Wood County this week, you can claim it at the village police department. Local police posted to their Facebook page a bag of heroin which was found earlier this week is at the department. The post says if you “lost it in the 100 block of Main St. We have it and you can come claim it with a photo ID and a receipt from your sales person. Free room and board included.”

If you would like to claim the missing heroin, you can do so at the Risingsun Police Department at 420 Main St, Risingsun, OH 43457.

More: Risingsun Police on Facebook.

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