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5/13/15 – 6:42 A.M.

More groundwork was laid for a joint justice center in Seneca County Tuesday. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners met with North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments representatives to discuss the project. The goal was to get an update on a contract for the construction project manager.

During the session members talked about Tiffin’s role in the process. Commissioner Fred Zoeller added no construction would take place until they have a final cost in place. He added that the city is working on a memorandum of understanding, but also said “we need a commitment to provide some funds.”

When built, the justice center would house the county and city courts, the clerk of courts and possibly other county offices.

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5/13/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Gas line repair work will close a part of Cory Street in Findlay today. The city’s engineering department says the road will be closed between West Sandusky and West Main Cross streets. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You’re urged to avoid the area if possible.

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5/13/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A rural Bluffton man was killed in apparent farming accident this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 58-year-old Robert Cheney was found dead in a shed at his home at 1689 Orange Township Road 27 Monday evening. It appears an accident with a tiller may have caused the fatal injuries.

Cheney was found with lacerations on his leg and head. The tiller was found in gear and the brake had not been set.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

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5/13/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Hancock County officials talked about the future of ditch maintenance during a Tuesday afternoon meeting. The Courier reports bookkeeping was the topic of conversation when the commissioners met with representatives from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. Low balances in ditch maintenance funds have delayed work this year.

The conservation district has been asked to begin work on seven ditches where there are funds available to pay for the work. County Commissioner Phil Riegle said the county would be willing to pay for the work on the other ditches until special assessments could be collected from property owners.

Commissioner Brian Robertson suggested tracking the maintenance details on an easily shareable document. Robertson added that a similar system is in place with the Hancock Regional Planning Commission to track details on grant applications.

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5/12/15 – 11:49 A.M.

An unpaved road in a small subdivision in Allen Township could lead to a legal issue. Hancock Regional Planning Commission Director Matt Cordonnier says the developer of the Huffman Estates subdivision hasn’t paved Wanda Way…

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The county is currently examining legal options.

Cordonnier says if a developer is found in violation of the subdivision regulations, it can be costly…

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Huffman Estates was established in 2004 and the final homes were recently completed. It’s located south of Van Buren off of County Road 108.

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Two Putnam County high schools rank among the best in Ohio. That’s according to the newest rankings from U.S. News & World Reports. The 2015 rankings list Kalida High School as number 17 in the state, and Columbus Grove was ranked number 45. Kalida received a gold medal from the magazine while Columbus Grove received a silver.

The rankings take into account student-teacher ratios, measures of college readiness.  The rankings also look at math and reading proficiencies.

Here’s a look at other area high schools that received acknowledgement from the magazine this year:


Findlay – Bronze Medal
Arcadia – Bronze Medal
Arlington – Bronze Medal
Cory-Rawson – Bronze Medal
Vanlue – Bronze Medal

Ottawa-Glandorf – Bronze Medal
Ft. Jennings – Bronze Medal
Ottoville – Bronze Medal
Continental – Bronze Medal
Miller City – Bronze Medal
Leipsic – Bronze Medal

Only 260 Bronze Medals were awarded statewide.

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5/12/15 – 7:17 A.M.

A Dunkirk woman was robbed outside of her home over the weekend. Kentontoday.com reports the incident allegedly happened in the 100 block of Washington Street early Sunday morning.

The woman told sheriff’s deputies an unknown man grabbed her purse and ran off. The purse had more than $2,000 in cash in it, as well as the woman’s checkbook and identification.

The incident remains under investigation.

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5/12/15 – 5:33 A.M.

The Carey school board learned more about how much it would cost to add extra classrooms to the new school currently under construction. The Courier reports the additional space would cost $800,000. The price tag includes furnishing the rooms.

According to Superintendent Mike Wank, the building project is currently under budget. About half the cost of the four rooms could be paid for with money from the construction contingency fund, with the rest coming from the general fund.

A firm amount should be available for the board to review on May 24. After that, a special meeting could be held to make a decision.

The additional rooms would house a computer area, expanded preschool and reading intervention. The fourth room would provide space for extra needs.

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5/12/15 – 5:18 A.M.

Four juveniles were sent to the hospital following an apparent brawl in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the incident happened Sunday night around 8 p.m. at the Poplar Village Mobile Home Park on West Axline Street. The fight reportedly happened in the middle of the road between lots 24 and 282.

Four juveniles were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A fifth juvenile didn’t need medical help. Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Callahan tells the newspaper it appears sticks with nails embedded in them may have been used during the fight.

The victims are still being interviewed and the case remains under investigation.

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