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7/10/15 – 6:38 A.M.

The dates of a Putnam County “mini-fair” have been picked. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fair board will hold the event on September 19 and 20. The mini-fair will include a tug-a-truck competition, demolition derby and live music by Nashville Crush. The cost to get in will be $5.

The mini-fair was scheduled after heavy rain and flooding washed out the last two days of the county fair.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/10/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Bigelow Hill Intermediate School will have a new principal this fall. Jennifer Theis was hired for the position during a special meeting of the school board Thursday. Theis currently serves the district as a fifth-grade teacher at Wilson Vance Elementary School.

Pam Hamlin is leaving her post as the Bigelow Hill principal. She’s been named the new career tech and adult education supervisor at the Millstream Career Center.

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7/10/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The unsealing of secret indictments has led to drug charges against two Findlay residents. 50-year-old Shelia Shaver has been charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. She’s accused of selling less than the bulk amount of hydocodone on March 3 and March 5 in Findlay.

25-year-old Aaron Deal faces a trafficking in cocaine charge. He’s accused of selling less than five grams of cocaine on July 30 in the city.

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7/10/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Center has a new assistant superintendent. The Courier reports the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities hired Kelli Grisham to the position Thursday. Grisham is expected to take over for Superintendent Connie Ament when she retires.

Grisham will start in her new role on August 3. She was given a four-year contract worth $80,000 a year.

Grisham currently serves as the associate director for the Clearwater Council of Governments in Oak Harbor. Clearwater provides services for eight county boards of disabilities, including Seneca and Wyandot Counties.

MORE: The Courier

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7/10/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Another wet week has led to flood warnings in our area. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Blanchard River in Ottawa. At last check the river was in the minor flood stage at just over 23 feet. It’s not expected to get much beyond that level. At 23 feet low-lying areas near the river begin to see flood water. The Blanchard is expected to drop out of flood stage tomorrow morning in Ottawa.

A flood warning has also been issued for the Auglaize River in Putnam County. It’s in the minor flood stage right now and is expected to crest at 14.8 feet later this morning. It should drop out of flood stage by early Saturday morning.

The Blanchard River in Findlay crested in the action stage. There are still areas of high water next to the river. The water level of the Eagle Creek is also rapidly falling.

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7/10/15 – 4:55 A.M.

Area businesses have been targeted by a new scam. The Better Business Bureau in Washington D.C. reports business owners have been getting emails that tell them they have been selected for a 2015 “Best of Findlay” award. The email also has a link to a website based in Seattle, Washington, which asks you to buy a plaque.

It can be a little confusing as the Courier is currently running a legitimate Best of Findlay campaign.

If you receive an email from the Seattle company, you’re urged to ignore it. If you’re unsure about if it is legitimate or not, look up the company at bbb.org.

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Video: Marathon Gas Station Site To Be Redeveloped

7/9/15 – 1:26 P.M.

The Campbell Oil Company recently bought the former Imperial Marathon gas station on West Main Cross Street. The company, which operates the BellStores convenience store brand, outlined their future plans to the Findlay City Planning Commission Thursday…

Audio: Bob Engel

Bob Engel is the Vice President of Operations for Campbell Oil. He says the former Gas America location next door will be converted to a parking lot and car wash for the renovated facility.

Engel says with any luck, the project could be done by the end of the year…

Audio: Bob Engel

The project isn’t a done deal yet. The commission had questions about how many access points the store would have from West Main Cross. Part of the new store is located in the 100-year flood plane, which means additional permiting from FEMA would be required.

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7/9/15 – 5:28 A.M.

McComb residents had a bit of a rude awakening early this morning. The village’s emergency warning sirens began sounding before 5 a.m. The McComb Police Department reports there was no emergency. A malfunction triggered the sirens.

Village officials are working to see what caused the issue.

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7/9/15 – 5:24 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners have approved putting a levy for the Seneca County Opportunity Center on the ballot this fall.  The Courier reports the center is asking voters to approve a $2.5-mill continuing levy.  The tax would raise around $2.75 million a year for the organization.

If approved it would cost the owner of a $100,000 house around $87.50 per year.

MORE: The Courier

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