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4/26/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Teenagers all over Hancock County were given warnings about heroin Monday. The Courier reports Team Recovery, a Toledo-organization that educates about the heroin epidemic, spoke at three high schools. Students at Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Cory-Rawson heard from recovering addicts, who talked about how they became addicted. The group will speak at Van Buren and Vanlue today.

While the speakers’ paths toward addiction varied, one message stood out; none of them thought they would become addicted. 29-year-old Matt Bell told students his spiral toward addiction began with his first cigarette. Bell said it wasn’t so much the cigarette that led to getting hooked on heroin, as it was the poor decision-making.

40-year-old Sarah Heslet told the teens she was the head cheerleader when she was in high school. She added that decisions like drinking on a Friday night to fit in led to other drugs which then led to opiates.

Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankart tells the Courier the school wanted to do something informational on the subject for the students.

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4/25/16 – 9:01 A.M.

An annual cleanup effort in Mount Blanchard is set for May 7, but organizers are working to line-up volunteers now. Community service projects will take place at Island and Hurricane Parks, the baseball diamonds, and in the downtown area. Most of the projects will include picking up litter, painting, and minor repair work.

Village leaders are hoping community groups will step up once again to help. For more information contact RuthAnn Bushong or Jackie Porcello.

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4/25/16 – 7:31 A.M.

A Fostoria man was injured when his motorcycle collided with a semi Sunday night. The State Highway Patrol reports 48-year-old Mark Jordan was riding south on State Route 635 when a northbound semi turned left in front of him onto County Road 592. The truck was driven by 64-year-old Michael Tippin of Tiffin.

Jordan was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of what were called non-life-threatening injuries. Tippin was cited for failure to yield.

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4/25/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Gas prices jumped over the last week, and as a result, we’re paying more to fill up as we head back to work today. OhioGasPrices.com reports a wide range of prices in Findlay right now, anywhere from $2.08 per gallon to $2.17. Depending on where you get gas, you’re paying 3-to-12 cents more per gallon compared to a week ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.14 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent increase from last Monday.

Local prices are following a statewide trend. The average for a gallon of regular in Ohio is $2.16. A week ago it was $2.09.

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4/25/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Local delegates for this summer’s presidential nominating conventions have been selected. The Courier reports both parties have named who will represent the various congressional districts in the state. The 5th Congressional District encompasses most of our region.

The Republicans will send Findlay Businessman Frank Guglielmi, State Representative Barbara Sears, and Fulton County Recorder Sandra Barber to Cleveland to represent the Fifth District. Democrats will send BGSU professor Barbara McMillen of Perrysburg, and Oregon Clay science teacher Dennis Slotnick of Genoa.

Republican delegates are already pledged to John Kasich because the Republican Party opted for a “winner-take-all” style primary. Fifth District Democrats are pledged to Bernie Sanders. The Fifth District was his only victory over Hillary Clinton in Ohio.

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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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