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5/7/15 – 8:39 A.M.

The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce has selected a new director. Cassie Carlson will replace Ron Dunn this month. Carlson has been a chamber board member since January and a Chamber Ambassador for the previous four years. She also serves at the curator of the Overland Inn in McCutchenville.

Dunn is retiring from the position to spend more time with his family.

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5/7/15 – 7:39 A.M.

Carey village council moved forward with plans to buy property during a special meeting Tuesday. Council members approved increasing the village’s appropriation by $740,000. The money will be used for a bond sale to finance the purchase.

The property is located on State Route 568 and was the former home of an aviation equipment company. The electric and public works departments will move to the nearly seven-acre complex.

Closing on the sale was Wednesday.

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5/7/15 – 7:21 A.M.

A Findlay City Schools bus driver has won a state competition. Debbie Hill recently finished in first place at the state “School Bus Driver Road-e-o.” She’ll now take part in an international competition.

The event involved written exams and maneuvering a school bus through a series of practical skills designed to test the abilities of the driver.

Hill has been a bus driver in Findlay for 30 years.

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5/7/15 – 7:15 A.M.

Fostoria’s auditor addressed a budget shortfall during a city council meeting this week. The Courier reports Steve Garner said the deficit should shrink within the next month. Garner added that the timing of grant money accounts for a large part of the shortfall.

The Fostoria financial report for the first quarter showed a shortfall of more than $283,000. However, the city had been waiting on reimbursement on SAFER Grant money, which accounts for nearly $150,000. The grant helps pay for more firefighters in the city.

Garner says for April’s financial report the deficit will be reduced by about $175,000. He added that he has been working with Safety Service Director Allyson Murray to find more ways to cut costs.

MORE: The Courier

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5/7/15 – 6:45 A.M.

A new type of pavement is being used in Arlington to try and cut down on damage to a roadway. Parts of U.S. 68 are being coated with a new type of polymer to see if it can reduce wear on what is Main Street in the village.

Mayor Ed Stolt recently told village council the coating isn’t guaranteed to work. He added he’s willing to give it a try if it could mean fewer ruts in the road.

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5/7/15 – 5:38 A.M.

You’re urged to be on the lookout for a missing Upper Sandusky man. A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for 72-year-old James Zoll. He left his residence Wednesday and hasn’t returned.

Zoll is described as a white male, is around 5′ 11″ tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has reddish gray hair and green eyes. Zoll suffers from medical conditions.

He might be in a dark green 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup truck. The license plate number is GDD3406.

If you see Zoll you are urged to call the authorities.

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5/7/15 – 5:28 A.M.

There are several areas of road work you’ll want to try and avoid in Findlay today. Paving work will be taking place on Western Avenue, Broad Avenue, Vincent Street, and Brenda Court. The work could continue through Saturday depending on the weather.

Western Avenue will be temporarily closed at times from West Main Cross Street to Lima Street because of tight working conditions. Western and Broad avenues will be reduced to one lane both ways from West Main Cross Street to Howard Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Vincent Street and Brenda Court will be closed to traffic from Bernard Avenue to Parkside Place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting today.

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5/7/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A lawsuit has been filed in connection to a mistake that killed the University of Findlay’s grass last spring. The Courier reports the school is seeking compensation from USA Lawn & Landscaping’s insurance firm. As part of the legal process the landscaping firm is named in the suit as well.

In a statement released from UF Wednesday, officials said Celina Mutual Insurance has failed to cover the university’s costs. USA Lawn had paid for a policy that included “pesticide or herbicide applicator coverage.”

Last spring, an employee with USA Lawn accidently used an herbicide that killed grass and weeds while trying to treat the lawn for weeds. The university says the USA Lawn provided a “large sum of money” for the school to replace the grass.

MORE: The Courier

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5/7/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A four-car crash took the life of a Findlay man Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened on West Bigelow Avenue near Broad Avenue around 4 p.m.

65-year-old Raymond Landes was driving west on Bigelow when he hit the back of a car driven by 29-year-old Amber Brown. The collision caused a chain reaction, causing two more vehicles to be involved in the crash. Landes was pronounced dead at Blanchard Valley Hospital. An investigation is underway to see if the crash or a medical condition killed Landes.

Brown was taken the hospital for treatment of her injuries. The other two drivers were not hurt.

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5/7/15 – 4:39 A.M.

The suspect in two Miami Valley bank robberies is apparently taking her crime spree north on I-75. Allen County sheriff’s deputies say the woman stole cash from a Shawnee Township bank yesterday after claiming she had a gun. Surveillance camera images show she’s the same person who recently held up banks in West Carrollton and New Carlisle.

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