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8/8/16 – 7:25 A.M.

Findlay’s annual fire hydrant flushing maintenance program will start today. The water distribution department reports work will happen this week in an area that stretches west to North Blanchard Street, east to Bright Road, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue.

If you have any questions you can call (419)424-7192.

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8/8/16 – 6:58 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for village employees in Kalida. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council approved increases for five employees at a recent meeting.

Council also got an update on increasing insurance costs. Mayor Alan Gerdeman said an 18 percent increase in medical insurance amounts to around $1.63 an hour increase for the employees.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/8/16 – 6:45 A.M.

A Tiffin restaurant was the big winner at the Rib-Off on Broadway in Findlay over the past weekend. Wally’s Great American BBQ took first place in the judge’s and people’s choice categories. Wally’s came in third place in the best sauce competition.

Chief’s Smokehouse on the Road came in second place for its ribs and first place for its sauce.

The judges gave Off the Bone BBQ third place for its ribs and second for its sauce.

The Rib-Off event raises money for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County’s arts education programming and community enrichment events.

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8/8/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are up slightly over the past seven days. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.07 to start the week. That’s up four cents since last Monday, but down seven cents from last week’s high of $2.14 a gallon. Prices are 37 cents cheaper than they were a year ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.09 for a gallon of regular. That’s up four cents from last week.

The statewide average is $2.15 a gallon, which is up seven cents over the last seven days.

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8/8/16 – 5:24 A.M.

ODOT has a couple of projects planned in Putnam County this week. The agency reports State Route 65 from Columbus Grove to Leipsic will be restricted to one lane at times for resurfacing. The work will not take place in Ottawa, where the work is essentially already finished. The work between Ottawa and Columbus Grove is already underway.

Elsewhere in the county, State Route 696 from State Route 12 to the Allen County line will see a drainage project taking place. Traffic will be maintained through the work area.

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8/8/16 – 5:11 A.M.

It’s another week of road work in Findlay. The city’s engineering office says you’ll see closures or delays in the following locations:

Broad Avenue is still reduced to one lane in each direction between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street as that stretch of road is repaved. Davis Street also remains closed between Morey Avenue and Cory Street for a waterline installation project.

Curb replacement is taking place on Harmon Street between Crystal Avenue and Parskide Place; Windsor Place between Bright and Old Mill Roads; Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive, Avalone Terrace between Woodworth and the dead end; Greendale Avenue from Woodworth to the dead end and between Londonderry and Sutton; and Osborn Avenue between Wedgewood and Sandusky streets.

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8/8/16 – 5:05 A.M.

There will be plenty of orange barrels on highways in Hancock County this week. ODOT reports I-75 from just south of State Route 235 to an area just south of Hancock County Road 60 near Findlay will be reduced to one lane in each direction again this week. Crews will be resurfacing the interstate in that area.

U.S. 68 from the U.S. 30 interchange south to the Hardin County line will also be reduced to one lane for a resurfacing project.

Ramps from U.S. 30 connecting to U.S. 68 and State Route 37 will be closed at times. Pavement repair began on the U.S. 68 interchanges last Thursday. Work will start on the Route 37 interchanges this Thursday.

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8/8/16 – 4:50 A.M.

A shed fire also damaged a nearby home over the weekend. The Liberty Township Fire Department reports firefighters were called to 8189 Parkwood Drive around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night. They remained on scene until nearly 3 a.m. Sunday.

The flames caused up to $16,000 worth of damage to the shed and the outside of the home at the property. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No one was injured battling the blaze.

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8/5/16 – 6:52 A.M.

The University of Findlay has named a new choir director. SeaHwa Jung will direct the Concert-Chorale and University Singers, and also teach voice and music appreciation. A release from the university says Jung comes to the university from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. He directed choral ensembles, orchestra, and taught music appreciation.

Jung takes the place of Michael Anders, who retired earlier this year.

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8/5/16 – 6:46 A.M.

A man accused of shooting a Fostoria woman and her daughter in January will stand trial this fall. The Review-Times reports 34-year-old Terrance Williamson of Toledo is scheduled to be tried on October 4 in Wood County. Williamson is charged with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of kidnapping. He also faces several other charges.

Authorities say Williamson shot 36-year-old Lashelle Norman and 17-year-old Alexia Johnson at Nye’s Trailer Park in Fostoria on January 30. Police Chief Keith Loreno said Williamson allegedly forced Norman to drive to Fostoria at gunpoint that day. He is accused of hitting Norman and then shooting her when she refused to give him money. Johnson was shot when she tried to help her mother.

Williamson is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Norman and Johnson spent a week in the hospital recovering from their injuries.

MORE: Review-Times

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