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8/12/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The Arcadia school board noted final preparations for the upcoming school year during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports windows have been replaced in the district’s buildings. A final check on the work is underway. Routine cleaning is also underway to get ready for classes to begin on August 19.

The board also approved bus routes during the meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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8/12/15 – 5:08 A.M.

For the second year in a row, Findlay’s Dietsch Brothers has been named one of the best ice cream shops in the nation. TripAdvisor’s top 10 rankings places Dietsch’s third in the country for 2015. The ice cream shop placed second last year.

In its review of Dietsch’s, the travel website said, “For more than 75 years, this family-run establishment has served an assortment of mouth-watering ice cream, including praline pecan, chocolate marshmallow and toffee caramel crunch. Travelers can cool off with a towering cone or indulge in a sundae smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream.”

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8/12/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A public forum about the Findlay Police Department will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can also be left on a voicemail system today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number to call will be (419)722-2342.

Comments must address Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA standards. According to the organization’s website, those standards include law enforcement’s role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services.

A team of assessors from the CALEA began reviewing Findlay Police Department policies and procedures Tuesday. They will also facilitate the community meeting the following day.

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8/12/15 – 4:45 A.M.

Parking issues in downtown Findlay could be alleviated as the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts gets closer to opening. The Courier reports the city could pay $255,000 for the use of 86 spaces in the center’s parking lot. The Findlay City Council Appropriations Committee talked about the issue Tuesday.

The deal would allow the employees of the city and downtown businesses to use the northwest corner of the lot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Parking tags would likely be given to downtown businesses wanting to use the lot. The idea is to get business employees out of curbside spots so that more customers can use them. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said it is a piece of the puzzle to helping free up parking in downtown.

MORE: The Courier

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8/11/2015  5:00pm

A comprehensive lecture series on drug and alcohol addiction will be held at the University of Findlay beginning on August 19th. The series, “Combatting Chemical Dependency: A Community Effort” will be a 14-week series of classes coordinated by the University of Findlay college of Pharmacy and sponsored in part by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services. Zach Thomas, Director of Wellness and Education for ADAMHS says that addiction is a complicated subject.

Zach Thomas: ZZ-addiction

Thomas said that the goal is to provide some comprehensive education in order for people to understand addiction and the different forms it can take.

Zach Thomas: ZZ-addiction 1

The series will be held every Wednesday night through November 18th from 6pm-8pm and is free and open to the public. All sessions will be held in Room 2225, Davis Street Building on the UF campus.


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8/11/2015   5:00pm

The United Way of Hancock County will be hosting a summit designed to bring organizations together that are working toward similar goals. John Urbanski, CEO for the United Way says that their goal isn’t to create another coalition but rather to bring together organizations who have much in common.

John Urbanski: ZZ-United Way Summit

Urbanski says that Hancock County has many great organizations and programs that may share similar goals.

John Urbanski: ZZ-United Way Summit 1

The summit meeting will be held on Wednesday August 26th at the Winebrenner Seminary at the University of Findlay from 6-7:30pm. It is free and open to the public.

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8/11/2015   4:28pm

Traffic will continue to be reduced for street improvements this week. According to a release from the Brian Thomas City Engineer, the eastbound lane of Fostoria Avenue between Tiffin Avenue and Bright Road will be closed on Wednesday while crews install a storm drain. The westbound lane will remain open during that time. City crews will be working between 7am and 7pm and access to area residences and businesses will remain open.

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8/11/15  12:52pm

The Princeton Review has named The University of Findlay as one of the nation’s best four-year Midwestern colleges for its “2016 Best Colleges Region by Region List” The listing was made possible based on data that the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region as well as surveys from the Review staff and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors.

The Review says students commented that UF has a “homey” vibe and that it provides specialized individual attention. One student was quoted as saying that “The University of Findlay is about providing a personal learning experience for each and every student.”

The Princeton Review notes excellent academics as a contributing factor and notes that The University of Findlay scored a 79 on a scale of 60-99 for academics. The Midwestern list includes 159 schools from twelve Midwestern states. Nationally, 649 schools were recognized.

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8/11/15 – 11:06 A.M.

More business development could be taking place on Findlay’s north side. While nothing is set in stone yet, the Hancock County Commissioners took action to prepare for future development during their Tuesday meeting…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says the appropriated money would be paid back through a Tax Increment Financing agreement, also known as a TIF. In this case improvements would be made in the Distribution Drive area.

Riegle says they’re not just playing a hunch…

Audio: Phil Riegle

He added there is some confidence that a project is coming, but nothing official has been announced yet.

TIF agreements allow governments to pay back debt on the installation of roads and utilities. The increase in tax amount after improvements are made to a property are used to pay for the installation of things like road and sewers.

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8/11/15 – 8:14 A.M.
Updated – 9:10 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has issued a missing adult alert. Authorities say 58-year-old Terri Grim was last seen around 5 a.m. in the Grand Rapids area. She suffers from dementia and is known to take long walks in no particular direction.

Grim is described as 5’9″ tall and weighs around 210 pounds. She has short, light grey hair. It’s believed she’s wearing khaki pants and a red shirt.

If you see Grim you are asked to call the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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