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11/22/16 – 10:44 A.M.

Hancock County is preparing for the upcoming winter months. The county commissioners have approved a deal for snow removal for flood mitigation properties. The county will pay the Feasel Group $865 to remove snow from the properties every time it snows two or more inches.

The contract includes 56 locations. The county bought the properties to demolish the existing buildings to reduce damage during floods.

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11/22/16 – 7:33 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay man Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 21-year-old Nicholas Schrecengost failed to stop for a car driven by 50-year-old Lesa Smith of Forest at the intersection of Fox Street and West Trenton Avenue. The collision happened around 2 p.m.

Schrecengost received treatment for his injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Police cited him for failing to yield from a stop sign.

Smith was not hurt.


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Marathon Petroleum is saying thanks, but no thanks to suggestions from a large investment firm. Reuters reports Elliott Management is urging Marathon to consider spinning off three businesses. The presentation argued that spinning off Speedway as well as Marathon’s pipeline and transportation assets would nearly double the company’s market value.

Marathon addressed the presentation in a Monday statement. CEO Gary Heminger said, “We agree with Elliott Management that there is upside to our valuation, which we are addressing with the value-creating actions we announced last month, but we disagree with their letter and presentation.”

Reuters reports Elliott owns 4 percent of Marathon stock. That makes the investment firm the fourth largest shareholder in the company.

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11/22/16 – 5:44 A.M.

Thieves broke into 15 cars in a neighborhood west of Findlay over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says residents of the Dold subdivision near Liberty-Benton High School began reporting the break-ins early in the morning on November 19. Sgt. Todd Bucher reports thieves broke into some cars by knocking out windows. The suspects also targeted unlocked cars. Bucher added it appeared the suspects wanted cash left inside wallets and purses that were in the vehicles. Most cars had nothing stolen from them but the thieves rummaged through them to look for cash.

The crimes happened between 11:30 p.m. November 18 and 2:40 a.m. November 19.

In the meantime, the sheriff’s office recommends locking your car if you park outside. You’re also advised to keep valuables out of sight. In neighborhoods without street lights, the sheriff’s office recommends residents leaving porch and garage lights on at night.

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11/22/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Getting Fostoria out of the red could mean eliminating a tax break for people who live in the city but work somewhere else. The Review-Times reports that is one of the suggestions from the state auditor’s office. Belinda Miller told council members eliminating the reciprocity agreement could generate around $2 million by 2021.

The plan also calls for increasing the city’s property tax. Miller says a 6-mill tax levy would generate nearly $3.5 million by 2021. Voters would have to pass the tax measure. An alternative quarter-percent income tax increase could raise $5.2 million over the same period.

Council members weighed the pros and cons Monday. They did not take action on any of the suggestions at the meeting.

MORE: Review-Times

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11/22/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Arlington voters passed a levy to repair the village’s pool earlier this month, and work on that project got underway Monday. The Courier reports council voted to pay Patterson Pools a little more than $42,000 to replace sand filters. Councilman Tom Blunk talked about replacing concrete around the pool. He said replacing it will likely cost more than $38,000.

Council will also set aside $7,000 to repair the roofs over the pool house and the pump house.

MORE: The Courier

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11/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Liberty-Benton Superintendent Jim Knable will retire on December 31. The Courier reports the LB school board approved an earlier retirement date for Knable during their Monday night meeting. The board then named Former Van Buren and Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Larry Cook as the interim superintendent. He’ll serve through June 30.

In the meantime, the search continues for someone to permanently take the position. Representatives from K-12 Business Consulting updated the school board on their search progress. They talked about the results of focus groups and questionnaires community members took part in. The results said people want a superintendent who, “will make a long-term commitment to the district and be genuinely invested and actively involved in the community.”

Other important skills include communication skills, honesty and integrity, leadership experience, listening and using a balanced approach toward complex issues, and fiscal responsibility and understanding.

MORE: The Courier

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11/22/16 – 4:34 A.M.

Bowling Green State University could soon join the ranks of smoke-free campuses in Ohio. University officials say they’ll use a 20-thousand-dollar American Cancer Society grant to draft a tobacco-free policy. BGSU would join Ohio State, Miami University and Wright State University in banning the use of tobacco from campus. The policy is expected to be in place by next fall.

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11/22/16 – 4:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has one week to return ten exotic animals to a Wood County farm. A judge ordered yesterday the return of nine big cats and a black bear to Tiger Ridge Exotics, citing the owner’s progress in upgrading their shelters. State officials seized the animals last year, claiming the holding facilities weren’t up to proper standards. The state is planning to appeal the ruling.

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11/21/16 – 7:28 A.M.

An annual holiday tradition kicks off this coming weekend. The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Blaze of Lights” starts with several events Saturday. A light show, art show, and self-guided tours of residential light displays are all on the agenda for the first day of the celebration.

The annual parade will start around 5 p.m. Dick Jordan is the parade grand marshal this year.

You can find more information at ExploreBluffton.com

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