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5/12/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer spoke to a crowd of nearly 4,000 people at the University of Findlay Monday night. The Courier reports ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi served as the moderator of the event, which saw Meyer talk about how he got started as a football coach and about how he deals with problems in the workplace.

Meyer told those on hand that you can’t control everything, so when something bad happens it’s important not to simply react. He added that you should, “Press pause, get your mind right, and then get going setting it right.”

The event was presented by State Bank and co-sponsored by Cooper Tire and the University of Findlay.

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5/11/15 – 9:59 A.M.

Growing up poor in northwest Ohio is less of an obstacle to future success than in other areas of the state. That’s according to a new study by Harvard and visualized by the New York Times. The study shows that poor children in Hancock and the surrounding counties are likely to make more money by the age of 26 compared with a “childhood spent in the average American county.”

The biggest example of this is in Putnam County. According to the study, children who grow up poor in Putnam County would make 21% more annual income than a poor child who grew up in an average community. That amounts to around $5,500.

How other counties stack up:

Wyandot County = $3,500 more as young adults.
Henry County = $3,070 more as young adults.
Seneca County = $2,760 more as young adults.
Hancock County = $1,270 more as young adults.
Wood County = $1,140 more as young adults.
Hardin County = $270 more as young adults.
Allen County = $1,770 less as young adults.

In Hancock County kids across all income classes can expect to make more as young adults than kids in the average community, except for boys who grow up in a home in the top one percent of earners. Boys in that class in Hancock County statistically earn $150 less per year as young adults than boys who grow up in the top one percent in the average community.

MORE: New York Times Visualization
MORE: Havard Study

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5/11/15 – 7:30 A.M.

Local gas prices are falling as we start a new work week. According to Ohiogasprices.com, the majority of Findlay gas stations are selling a gallon of regular for around $2.39. That’s down four cents from last Monday and 20 cents lower than last week’s high of $2.59 a gallon.

Prices in Ottawa are also down from last week’s high but are still higher than last Monday. Ottawa drivers are paying $2.45 a gallon to start the week.

Around the state, the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.48 a gallon, up four cents from last Monday.

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5/11/15 – 7:21 A.M.

Area fruit farmers are being urged to be on the lookout for a new pest. The Lima News reports the spotted wing drosophila has been found in several counties in the state, including Hancock County. It was first found in Ohio in 2011.

The fly can cave in a fruit’s skin and cause mold to grow. It affects several types of fruits including blackberries, cherries, and raspberries.

Hardin County OSU extension educator Mark Badertscher says the fly can be controlled. A spray program can keep the fly in check. Farmers are also urged to pick their fruit as soon as it is ripe, and not to discard any fruit on the ground.

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5/11/15 – 6:46 A.M.

There’s only a couple of new areas for road work on highways in our region this week. In Hancock County, I-75 southbound will be reduced to one lane Tuesday so inspectors can evaluate the pavement. The lane restrictions will start just south of the U.S. 68 interchange and stretch six miles.

In Putnam County State Route 114 northwest of Kalida will be closed for around five days for the replacement of a culvert.

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5/11/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Three Findlay parents recently made appearances in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division for allowing children to have too many unexcused absences from school. Kelly Johnson, Tom Boyd and Raquel Boyd all faced one count of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. They received a suspended sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Johnson pleaded no contest while the Boyd’s pleaded guilty. Johnson will avoid jail if she has no similar convictions for two years. The Boyd’s will avoid jail as long as the child is in school every day, on time, unless there is a valid excuse.

According to court documents, Johnson allowed a 12-year-old to have 11 unexcused absences between January 9 and January 28. The Boyd’s had allowed an 11-year-old to have 14 unexcused absences between October 20 of last year and January 21.

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5/11/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A new car dealership is set to open in Findlay today. The Taylor Automotive Group will open the doors to its Volkswagen Dealership on County Road 99, just off of I-75. The new business is expected to create more than 40 jobs.

The Taylor group owns seven dealerships, with three in the Findlay area.

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5/11/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Three people were injured when a car hit the porch of a Findlay home Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department says the crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. at 721 Tiffin Avenue.

26-year-old Randall Rayle of Findlay was driving east on Tiffin when his car left the road and struck the porch. Rayle and two passengers, 7-year-old Kalei Davidson and 4-year-old Bella Rayle, were all taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Randall Rayle may have suffered a medical condition at the time of the crash.

The house sustained minor damages. No one was at home at the time of the accident.

Rayle was cited for failure to control.

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5/11/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A weekend motorcycle crash injured a Findlay woman. The Findlay Police Department says the crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Morey and Madison avenues.

54-year-old Connie McCabe was riding her motorcycle west on Madison Avenue when she reportedly mistook a two-way stop for a four-way stop. McCabe pulled into the path of a truck driven by 61-year-old Michael Shumaker of Findlay.

McCabe suffered serious injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. She was also cited for failure to yield. Shumaker was not hurt.

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