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11/8/16 – 5:34 A.M.

Discussion about a potential pay raise for Carey village council members started Monday night. The Courier reports council members gave first reading to an ordinance that would eventually give them a $2,000 increase. Council voted 4-2 in favor of the ordinance. Lois Kurtz and Robert Styer voted against it. They had previously said a pay increase is unnecessary.

If approved the increases won’t take effect until the next term for each council seat.

Council tabled a measure to give the mayor a $3,000 pay increase.

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11/8/16 – 5:23 A.M.

An effort to demolish blighted properties in Seneca County got a shot in the arm this week. The Review-Times reports the Neighborhood Initiative issued the Seneca County Land Bank more than $4 million in federal funding for the project. The program has identified 161 properties throughout the county for demolition.

The goal of the county land bank is to return properties to productive use. It also aims to increase property values and improve the quality of life for people living near blighted and abandoned homes.

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11/8/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Arlington officials have concerns about an uptick in vandalism in the village park. The Courier reports council members are talking with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about shifting patrol hours in the village. While council decided against renewing a $30,000 contract with the office for extra patrols, the vandalism issue has some members reconsidering.

Council’s finance committee will talk about the contract again during a Wednesday night meeting at 7 p.m.

Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said, “a foot patrol is really needed as much as we can.”

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11/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Early voting was a popular option in Ohio this election season. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office reports more than 660,000 people cast absentee ballots in person during the early voting period this year. Voters requested a total of 1.9 million absentee ballots and returned nearly 1.8 million by Monday.

In Hancock County, more than 11,600 people voted early through absentee ballots. That includes more than 6,600 who voted in person at the board of elections.

Putnam County voters also took advantage of early voting. The Secretary of State’s office shows nearly 3,000 people voted early in person in Putnam County. Of the more the 5,500 absentee ballot voters requested, only five weren’t returned by Monday.

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11/7/16 – 9:04 A.M.

If you or your organization have received a naloxone (NUH-lox-own) kit from the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, you’ll want to check the medication for a recall notice. A release from the organization says the maker of the delivery system for the opioid overdose antidote has issued a recall. Teleflex Medical issued the alert for 32 lot numbers of the Teleflex Medical MAD300 nasal atomizer.

The medication itself is not affected. The release says the delivery system is the issue. The atomizer in question is shooting a stream of naloxone into a patient’s nose. This makes it less effective.

ADAMHS says not to throw the medication away if you have it. Instead, you’re urged to check to see if the lot number is on the recall list. We have a list of the lot numbers on our website.

If you have an atomizer from the recall list, ADAMHS asks that you return the medication to your supplier.

Affected Lot Numbers:

160108 160231 160440 160708
160117 160300 160500 160718
160126 160313 160518 160728
160145 160327 160602 160800
160146 160400 160611 160804
160200 160409 160621 160814
160219 160422 160631 160816
160225 160432 160701 160823

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11/7/16 – 7:03 A.M.

Local gas prices are flat compared to last Monday. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.04 today. That’s up a penny from a week ago. Prices have dropped more than 10 cents from last week’s high of $2.15 per gallon on Friday.

Prices in Ottawa are up slightly. Drivers reporting paying $2.09 per gallon, up four cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is also up today. Across Ohio, the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.09. That’s a five cent increase over last Monday.

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11/7/16 – 5:39 A.M.

The Findlay High School show choir brought home several awards from a weekend competition. Findlay First Edition won the Grand Champion award at the annual Ada Music Feast. The group also won Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Instrumental Combo, Best Show Concept and Best Crew.

The Most Dynamic Performer award went to FFE’s Jordan Whitman.

The Ada Music Feast features some of the best show choirs from around the state.

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11/7/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Pandora officials are looking to take out a loan to pay to complete a project at the village’s community center. The Putnam County Sentinel reports community center board member Kevin Vance said it is going to cost nearly $200,000 to finish a restroom project. He said he’s been talking with First National Bank about repayment options.

Council had some concerns about how much debt they can assume for the project. No village funds pay for the center, but council has to approve loans for the building. Some council members expressed concern that if they signed on for this loan, they may not be able get funding for other projects.

Council delayed the first reading of an ordinance supporting the loan until they can get more information.

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11/7/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A Thursday night crash took the life of a Findlay woman a day later. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a car driven by 22-year-old Rachel DeWeese drove underneath a tractor-trailer on Hancock County Road 212 around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. DeWeese was driving east on Road 212 when she hit a semi turning onto the road from the Best Buy Distribution Center.

Emergency responders took DeWeese to Blanchard Valley Hospital. A medical helicopter took her from BVHS to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. DeWeese passed away at the hospital on Friday.

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11/7/16 – 5:09 A.M.

A highway project that has caused several delays in the area should wrap up this week. ODOT says crews are finishing the repaving project on I-75 between State Route 235 and the Hancock County Road 60 overpass. Crews are striping the road and placing pavement reflectors this week. That means the interstate remains reduced to one lane in both directions.

A release from ODOT says the project should be complete by the end of the week.

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