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5/7/14 – 5:07 A.M.

State Senator Cliff Hite had no problem securing his party’s nomination during the primary. Hite took 60% of the votes cast in his three-way race with Corey Shankleton of Kunkle and Milo Schaffner of Van Wert. 10 of the 11 counties in State Senate District 1 went in favor of Hite.

Van Wert County went in favor of Schaffner.

No Democrats are running in the November general election to oppose Hite.

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5/7/14 – 5:01 A.M.

It doesn’t appear Findlay will be banning indoor e-cigarette use any time soon. The Courier reports city council decided not to move forward with pursuing the ban that was discussed by health officials at the last council meeting.

Third Ward Councilman Ron Monday polled council members individually before Monday’s meeting. He found that eight were against creating a committee to examine the ban and two were in favor.

Cities like Los Angeles have banned the public use of e-cigarettes. No city has enacted a ban like that in Ohio.

MORE: The Courier

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5/7/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle easily won reelection Tuesday. Riegle took 62 percent of the vote, winning the Republican nomination for county commissioner. He had been challenged by former commissioner Steve Oman.
Riegle thanked his supporters once the final results came in…

Audio: Phil Riegle

While many saw the race between Riegle and Oman as a referendum on how Blanchard River issues should be handled, Riegle said he believed his attention to all issues helped him in the end.

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5/6/14 – 10:45 A.M.

Primary election day is underway, and there’s plenty to be decided in the area. The Republican primary features a high profile commissioners race between incumbent Phil Riegle and former commissioner Steve Oman. There’s also a three-way race for the 1st district State Senate seat.

Nonpartisan issues include the Van Buren school district’s 6.9 mill bond issue to build and improve school facilities. The Findlay City school district is asking voters to make a 5.9 mill operating levy permanent.

Voters throughout the county will vote on the Blanchard Valley Center’s 2.5 mill renewal levy.

The polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. Our election coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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5/6/14 – 7:33 A.M.

An Allen County teenager was sentenced Monday for threatening her school in March. The Lima News reports the 14-year-old Elida High School freshman was ordered to complete counseling. She was also given a 15-day suspended jail sentence.

The girl had said she would set off a bomb and shoot people on her Twitter account. She admitted she made the threat so she would get suspended for the rest of the school year.

MORE: Lima News

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5/6/14 – 7:16 A.M.

A Bowling Green teenager was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly touched two girls and attacked a boy at a playground. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the incident happened May 3. Investigators say 18-year-old Macconnell Hall inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl. He choked the girl’s 11-year-old brother when he tried to defend his sister. Hall is also accused of trying to take a 15-year-old girl to the basement of a nearby apartment complex.

Hall now faces two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of assault. He lives at a Bowling Green group home, which police say is nowhere near where the attacks happened.

MORE: WTOL-11

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5/6/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A culvert project in Carey is getting more funding. The Courier reports the Ohio Public Works Commission has granted the village $235,000. The commission is also giving a $167,500 zero-interest loan to the town. The rest of the $700,000 project will be paid for from Carey’s stormwater utility fund.

The village will use the money to build a culvert extension in Spring Run. The drainage ditch often overflows during heavy rain, flooding Carey streets in the process.

MORE: The Courier

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5/6/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Bluffton’s sidewalk ordinance has been tabled, at least for now. The Courier reports village council declined to have a third reading on the subject Monday. Instead council referred the measure to the Streets and Alleys Committee. The group will look over changes made to the ordinance during their May 14 meeting. If they sign off on the ordinance, council will have a third reading during their May 19 meeting.

If the amendment is approved, the village will pay for the cost of installing sidewalks in areas where they are needed. Residents would be responsible for paying for repairs. The original ordinance required residents to pay for installation costs as well.

MORE: The Courier

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5/6/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Arlington residents can expect to see higher water bills this year. The village council is looking to keep the sewer fund out of the red and are proposing changes in water rates. As it stands now, customers pay a base rate of $15.70 every two-months for the first 1,000 gallons used. After that the cost is $2.80 for every 1,000 gallons beyond the base rate.

A new proposal suggests a flat $15.70 per customer fee. Every thousand gallons used would cost $3.40.

The changes could take place July 1 if village council approves.

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5/6/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Bluffton’s mayor will step down this summer. The Courier reports Dennis Gallant made the announcement at Monday’s village council meeting. Gallant is taking a job in Sandusky. He hasn’t set a date for his resignation just yet. He told council members he’ll use the next couple of months to prepare for his move.

Gallant took over the Mayor’s role last March, when he was appointed to replace Eric Fullcomer. Gallant was the council president at the time. He was elected to be Mayor in November.

MORE: The Courier

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