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5/23/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Area firefighters battled a garage fire late Sunday night. The Delaware Township and Wharton fire departments were called to 18590 Delaware Township Road 155 near Mt. Blanchard around 11:40 p.m.

An unattached garage was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

No other details were immediately available.

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5/23/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The McComb school district is moving closer toward all-day kindergarten in the future. The Courier reports while the school board hasn’t voted on the subject yet, they are likely to take action this summer. If approved, the program would be launched starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The projected cost is almost $118,500.

The cost could increase if a kindergarten aid is hired. The number of kindergarten classes needed would also influence the price tag.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says all-day kindergarten appears to be what the staff, school board, and community wants. Teachers in the district were given a survey of district needs, and all-day kindergarten was ranked as the highest priority. Other options included: hiring a reading intervention teacher; a middle school and high school special education teacher; an elementary special education teacher, or an administrator because there are two for the three schools.

MORE: The Courier

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5/23/16 – 4:51 A.M.

There’s a new crime prevention website in Hancock County. The Courier reports the Crime Prevention Association of Findlay/Hancock County developed the site to keep people from being victims of crime. It differs from the Crime Stoppers website because it offers prevention tips to area residents.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker tells the newspaper the site will offer a “Tip of the month.” This month’s topic is “10 home safety tips for the summer.”

MORE: CrimePreventionFHC.com.

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5/20/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The search for a man wanted on several felony warrants led to a short lockdown at Bowling Green middle and high school Thursday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the lockdown started at 12:40 p.m. and only lasted eight minutes.

BG police officers were tracking a suspect at the time and thought he might be near school property. They were unable to find the man.

The suspect was only described as a white man in his 50s, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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5/20/16 – 5:07 A.M.

A maintenance project will clear logjams from the Ottawa River in Putnam and Allen Counties. The Courier reports the Joint Board of County Commissioners approved the project Thursday. The joint board includes Hancock, Putnam, Allen, and Hardin Counties.

Work on the project will begin next month and will continue through next spring.

Rahrig Tree Company of Forest submitted the low bid for the project, at just over $91,500. The contract will be paid for by fees collected by landowners in the watershed.

MORE: The Courier

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5/20/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A forum addressing Ohio’s opioid epidemic will be held in Findlay in June. Congressman Bob Latta says a panel discussion will take place June 27. It will focus on three areas; why and how opioid dependence is so prevalent, what resources are available to help those who are addicted, and how to stop opioid abuse.

A release from Latta’s office says the event will take place at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Latta is scheduled to be in attendance, along with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.

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5/20/16 – 4:31 A.M.

New houses are springing up at an increasing rate in northwest Ohio. The Commerce Department released new data yesterday showing new home construction is especially spiking in Hancock, Wood and Putnam Counties. In Wood County, there have been 94 new home permits filed so far this year, up from 83 during the same period last year.

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5/19/16 – 7:15 A.M.

A Seneca County company will be adding new jobs in the future thanks to an Ohio Rail Development Commission grant. Church & Dwight Company in Old Fort will get $100,000 to use as part of a $2.5 million expansion. JobsOhio is also providing $170,000 in Roadwork Development Grants to improve a mile-long section used by trucks. Once the company’s expansion is complete, the company plans to add 20 new jobs.

The facility makes Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal cat litter.

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5/19/16 – 6:55 A.M.

A bomb threat temporarily stopped production at a North Baltimore business Wednesday afternoon. Media partner WTOL reports Wood County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Equity foods facility on Grant Road after a threat was found in the building. Employees were temporarily evacuated, but nothing suspicious was found inside.

As a precaution, ODOT closed the exit ramp from I-75 between Eagleville and Quarry Road for a short time.

The incident remains under investigation.

Equity is a division of Keystone Foods, which released this statement:

“There is nothing more important to Keystone Foods than the safety and security of our employees. A bomb threat was reported at our North Baltimore facility this afternoon. Keystone officials worked in full cooperation with the sheriff’s department and authorities, who, after a thorough search, declared the facility secure.

Keystone Foods takes these issues extremely seriously and has plans in place to safely evacuate employees in the event of situations like this. Employees were evacuated for a short time and were permitted to return to the facility once police declared it safe to reenter.

In addition to taking every precaution to ensure the safety and security of our employees, we also worked to minimize the disruption to both our employees and our customers. Production was suspended during the investigation, but service to our customers was not affected.”

-Keystone Foods

MORE: WTOL-11

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