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4/4/16 – 5:23 A.M.

The mayor of a Wood County village passed away late last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 64-year-old Jan Stoudinger, the mayor of Wayne, died at her home on Thursday. She had served as mayor of the village for almost 13 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Barndt Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. today.

Village council president Jim Tanner will serve as acting mayor until the next election.

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4/4/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A fire safety effort will be taking place in McComb and Hoytville this coming weekend. Volunteers with the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross will be installing smoke alarms in the two villages. The groups will be installing smoke alarms in homes that need them and also talking about what to do in case of a fire.

The McComb Region Heart and Soul team and first responders with the McComb and Jackson Township-Hoytville volunteer fire departments are helping with the effort. Volunteers are still needed though. For more information call (419)422-9322.

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4/4/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A naturalization ceremony will be held at the University of Findlay this week. The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Center. The event is open to the public. Several area residents and students will be featured as speakers and performers.

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4/4/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A series of meetings in Arcadia are set to address the village’s needs, and they’ll begin this week.  The first get-together will be at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in the community park building.  One topic covered will be next year’s Safe Routes to School construction project.  The work will be paid for by a $195,000 grant.

The village is also looking to apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization grant.  As much as $500,000 could be available if Arcadia’s application is approved.

There will be additional meetings on May 5 and June 9.  Both will be at 6:30 p.m. in the community park building.

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4/4/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Fostoria man is facing several charges following a weekend drug raid in the city. The Review-Times reports 34-year-old Tyree Carpenter was arrested Saturday and charged with trafficking heroin and trafficking crack cocaine. Other charges are pending in the case.

Officers served a search warrant at 621 North Union Street Saturday. A release from the Seneca County METRICH Drug Task Force says officers found, marijuana, suspected heroin, suspected crack cocaine, criminal tools and cash among other items.

Officers say complaints about drug activity at the Union Street home led to an investigation.

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4/4/16 – 4:20 A.M.

A popular store near the Bowling Green State University campus is no longer in business. The Student Book Exchange closed its doors for the final time yesterday after 58 years of selling textbooks, supplies and BG clothing and souvenirs. Current and former students came in for one final shopping trip, helping clear the shelves of must-have items.

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4/2/16 – 7:50pm

McComb police confirm a building in the village has collapsed. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident. North Todd Street from West Main Street to North Street is closed at this time while crews clean up the debris.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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4/1/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The design of the new justice center in Seneca County has been approved. The Courier reports the Seneca County Commissioners signed off on the plans for the 37,000-square-foot, $14.1 million facility Thursday. Commissioner Mike Kerschner said the initial cost estimate is likely high as the project is in the early stages.

Changes to the plans added a cupola on top of the building, a mezzanine for records storage between the first and second floors, and increased the floor-to-floor heights. Those changes added nearly $943,000 to the cost estimate.

Construction will take up to 14 months and should be completed in 2017.

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4/1/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A one-car crash on U.S. 224 injured a Findlay man Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year-old Steffen Yarris was driving west on the highway around 9:40 p.m. when he went off the road and hit a utility pole just west of Marion Township Road 237. Yarris was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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4/1/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity has a new Executive Director. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Matt Rau will start in his new role on April 4. The Putnam County chapter of Habitat recently received a Capacity Build Grant, which will provide the money to pay for the position. The three-year grant helps chapters hire full-time staff members.

Rau is a Putnam County native and most recently worked as the Program Manager and Director of the Path Center in Defiance. He is a Bluffton University graduate.

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