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4/15/16 – 4:57 A.M.

A “spec” building will be built in a Fostoria industrial park off of U.S 23. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria Planning Commission approved plans for the building Thursday. The $1.2 million project will be constructed as a shell, and will be fully customizable for a company looking for a new location. Construction will begin this fall.

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation President Renee Smith has said the state will market the building to potential tenants before construction is completed.

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A Findlay manufacturing facility is going to double its size this summer. Plans for a 40,000 square foot addition to Partitions Plus at 12515 Hancock County Road 99 were approved by the Findlay City Planning Commission Thursday. The Courier reports the company plans to add a second shift and 10 new employees by December.

Construction is expected to begin next month and finish in September.

Partitions Plus makes cardboard partitions for boxes.

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4/14/16 – 11:03 A.M.

New plans for the former G2 Revolution site on Stanford Parkway in Findlay are on hold for the moment. The Mount Carmel Stabilization Group of Illinois wants to use the location as a transfer facility for lime-kiln dust. However, the Findlay City Planning Commission tabled the issue until some questions can be answered.

Commission members voiced concerns about potential impact lime-kiln dust could have on the surrounding area. While the proposed facility is considered “dustless,” Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said he’d like to see some of the company’s other operations to make sure that’s the case.

Lime-kiln dust is used stabilize soil. The facility would supply the powder for the widening of I-75 in the area. As such, the transfer station would only be a temporary use of the site. The company estimates it would operate there for around five years.

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4/14/16 – 10:46 A.M.

Sometimes smaller is better. That’s why the Brown Company of Findlay is building a new, smaller facility on Commerce Drive on Findlay’s west side. The company’s president, Mel Brown, says the smaller site will mean better operational efficiencies…

Audio: Mel Brown

The company is only downsizing in space. The number of employees will stay the same. Brown plans to start construction as soon as all permits are approved. He says it should take about three months to complete construction.

The Brown Company is currently located at 120 Bently Court in Findlay. Brown says a buyer for that facility is already lined up. The company makes parts for shock absorbers.

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4/14/16 – 7:16 A.M.

A Detroit man who shot at a state trooper along I-75 in Wood County will spend more than four decades behind bars. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 32-year-old Terrance Phillips was sentenced to 41 years in prison during a Wednesday sentencing hearing. Phillips had been accused of firing a handgun at a Highway Patrol cruiser on I-75 last August. He also broke into several homes during a 12-hour manhunt.

Phillips was convicted several charges last month; including felonious assault on a peace officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and breaking and entering among others.

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4/14/16 – 6:52 A.M.

The Findlay post office could have a new name in the future. Congressman Bob Latta has introduced legislation that would name the building after former Congressman Mike Oxley. Oxley was a native of Findlay, and passed away on January 1 of this year.

In a statement, Latta said, “I am proud to introduce this legislation in recognition of my friend and his many significant legislative accomplishments, and am grateful to my colleagues in the Ohio congressional delegation for giving their support to the legislation.”

If the resolution passes, the Findlay post office would be known as the “Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building.”

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4/14/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Flood mitigation plans in and around Ottawa hit a bit of a snag recently. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ottawa Village Council has tabled a memorandum of understanding with the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. Village council members want clarification on some issues before moving forward. According to Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips, the move means the Ohio EMA won’t release any more money for the project until the agreement is signed.

At issue is land that could be annexed by the village near where mitigation is taking place. If the village annexes the Road I-9 area and a mitigation channel it could be responsible for maintenance. There was concern about taking on Road I-9 and liability for the property.

A special meeting on the subject will be held to get more information from the conservancy district.

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4/14/16 – 5:18 A.M.

McComb is the last school district in Hancock County without all-day kindergarten, and it will stay that way for at least another year. The Courier reports the school board talked about the issue during a Wednesday meeting. Some school officials say the lack of all-day kindergarten has some parents sending their kids to school elsewhere. Superintendent Meri Skilliter says that things like cost and space have to be considered before the district can make the move. She will survey the staff about the issue before the next board meeting.

Emily Payne is a kindergarten teacher and spoke at the meeting. She said a half-day isn’t enough time to get the curriculum in. Currently, there are four half-day kindergarten classes in McComb.

A big issue is space. Skilliter says every room in the school is filled. The only options to create more space would be to merge the elementary and middle school offices, or add modular trailers.

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4/14/16 – 5:06 A.M.

As the University of Findlay moves closer to the construction of a $23 million Center for Student Life and College of Business building, the financing is coming together. The Courier reports a $10 million bond from the Blanchard Valley Port Authority was approved Wednesday. The school will redeem the tax-free bond over 25 years.

The new building is expected to open to students for the fall semester of 2017. It will house the College of Business and new student life facilities, including a food court.

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4/14/16 – 4:27 A.M.

Gun rights activists are planning a march on Bowling Green’s campus Saturday. A shooting instructor from Cincinnati is organizing the march to protest concealed carry laws on college campuses. BGSU doesn’t allow students to carry guns on campus but are waiving that rule temporarily during the march.

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