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12/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The Blanchard River could see increased recreational in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Thursday to support the Hancock Park District’s plans to make the Blanchard a state water trail. The move paves the way for the state to promote the river for canoeing and kayaking.

To do that the park district will improve river access locations, provide restrooms at parks along the river, and install signs identifying parks from the river. Signs identifying hazards in the river will also be installed.

The water trail would run from the Blanchard River Nature Preserve near Mount Blanchard to the Blanchard Landing boat launch west of Findlay.

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12/12/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The Van Buren school district is looking at the best ways to make expensive repairs to its facilities. The Courier reports Superintendent Tim Myers is working to prioritize the immediate needs of the existing buildings. At last night’s school board meeting Myers said the school is working with engineers to find the best way to move forward.

Myers says experts will be looking at the electrical, water, and sewer systems. He adds that he believes there are issues in all three areas. The gym roof and HVAC systems will also be inspected.

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12/12/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Findlay’s budget hearings were held Thursday, and there wasn’t much for city council members and administrators to butt heads over. The Courier’s Max Filby says the meetings went smoothly…

Audio: Max Filby

The 2015 budget is likely to include a slight increase to the capital improvements budget. This year 17 percent of the city’s budget went towards capital improvement. Next year that could increase to 18 percent.

There was also good news from the airport. The facility will not need a subsidy from the city to sustain operations in 2015. They city paid $50,000 to the airport in 2014, and more than three times that the year before.

The news wasn’t as good for the Riverside Pool. The city is expected to increase its subsidy from $22,500 to $49,000 to help keep the pool operating.

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12/12/14 – 4:34 A.M.

A 17-year-old accused of breaking into several homes and vehicles in Wood County is behind bars. Officials say the arrest should serve as a reminder to keep your doors locked. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the teenager got into the homes through the garage and even opened some garage doors himself by getting openers from unlocked cars.

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12/11/14 – 11:38 A.M.

A Findlay recycling firm is expanding its operations. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved site plans today for Rader Environmental. The company will be building a new facility at 1752 West Romick Parkway. Owner Joe Rader says they need more room to sort the electronics his firm recycles.

The plan is to break ground in the early part of 2015. Rader says they hope to have the new building in use by the end of the year.

The new building will be in addition to Rader’s current location on East Hardin Street.

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12/11/14 – 11:36 A.M.

A new warehouse in Findlay will create nearly 20 news jobs. The Findlay City Planning Commission gave approval to a site plan today for a 71,400 square foot building to be constructed at 1640 Westfield Drive. The warehouse will service TH Plastics. TH Plastics has an existing facility on Bentley Court in Findlay.

Findlay’s Building, Planning, and Zoning Committee must approve zoning variances before the project goes forward.

Plans are for construction to begin in spring of 2015. They goal is to have the warehouse open by late fall.

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12/11/14 – 10:40 A.M.

Findlay officials will review the city’s zoning code next year. Hancock Regional Planning Director Matt Cordonnier talked about the process at today’s city planning meeting…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

Cordonnier says he doesn’t expect major changes…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

Cordonnier says there will be plenty of chance for public comment between city planning and city council meetings. Discussion is expected to start in January.

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12/11/14 – 6:54 A.M.

The mayor of a Wyandot County village has stepped down. Sycamore Village Council received a resignation letter from Matt Boucher this week. The letter said, “I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of my family to do so.” Council President Vicki Weininger has been sworn in as the acting mayor

Boucher and the village council had recently had several disagreements over the use of executive sessions that excluded the mayor. Council cited Boucher’s absence at council meetings as a cause for concern. Council is currently considering an ordinance that would fine the mayor for unexcused absences in the future.

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12/11/14 – 6:43 A.M.

The death of a Fostoria man is under investigation. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says 34-year-old Shannon Parker was found dead in his bedroom in a home at 1037 North Main Street last night. Family members discovered Parker in his bedroom around 6:45 p.m.

Loreno says there didn’t appear to be foul play, but there were signs of drug activity. The Seneca County Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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12/11/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Residents in the McComb school district will be asked to renew a permanent improvement levy in the spring. The Courier reports the McComb school board voted this week to put a 3.36 mill, five-year renewal levy on the May ballot. The levy currently brings in a little more than $205,000 for the district each year.

Voters first approved the levy in 1995. Money from the levy pays for things like maintenance and repair of McComb’s facilities.

Last May McComb voters approved the renewal of a half percent income tax that pays for operational expenses.

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