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1/8/15 – 11:24 A.M.

The first Marathon Petroleum parking garage is nearing completion in downtown Findlay. That means construction on the second garage is almost ready to begin. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved site plans for the facility to be built along Lincoln Street during their meeting today.

Audio: Don Malarky

Project Manager Don Malarky says while the second garage will be bigger than the first, it will look similar.

Audio: Don Malarky

Malarky says making the garages look like enclosed buildings added an extra 10 to 20 percent to the cost of the facilities. The company thought the design elements would make the Marathon campus look more appealing.

Construction on the new garage could start in April. It will take a little over a year to complete.

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1/15/14 – 10:38 A.M.

The Findlay City School system believes they’ve found the perfect location for a new bus garage.  But, people who live in the neighborhood near the intersection of Broad and Bigelow avenues aren’t so sure.  The site plan was discussed at today’s Findlay City Planning Commission meeting.  Those from the neighborhood who spoke are worried about traffic, noise, and diesel emissions.  Superintendent Ed Kurt says the district plans on being a good neighbor…

Audio: Ed Kurt

There’s also a zoning issue with the property.  It’s currently zoned residential but needs to be light industrial for the plan to work.  The owner doesn’t want to rezone the land unless a deal for the property is in place, and the school system isn’t interested unless it can be rezoned.

Kurt says regardless, the district needs a new bus facility…

Audio: Ed Kurt

The planning commission approved the site plan, contingent on zoning issues being worked out and neighborhood concerns being addressed.

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1/8/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Two Lorain County men are facing theft charges in Seneca County. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Cory Anderson and 27-year-old Jeremy Adkins are both accused of stealing from a vending machine in Fostoria. The men were caught on video taking items from the machine in the Fostoria Iron Triangle Visitor Center and Viewing Area.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says the suspects pictures were posted on social media, helping officers make quick arrests.

MORE: Review Times

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1/8/15 – 5:32 A.M.

New sidewalks will not be installed in a Putnam County village. The Lima News reports the Ottoville village council decided not to move forward with the controversial issue during a Wednesday meeting. The newspaper reports meetings on the issue had drawn around 100 people at times. Those against the project argued it was too expensive and not needed, while those in favor lobbied for increased safety.

Ultimately council voted 4-1 to set the issue aside for the time being. Council President Randy Altenburger said the issue isn’t entirely dead though. He said council would look further into the subject before bringing it up again.

MORE: Lima News

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1/8/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Putnam County has a new Veterans Service Commissioner. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Bernie Rau was sworn into the post recently. Rau joined the Air Force in 1992 and remains active duty. He is currently the commander of the American Legion Post 541 in Continental, and is active in both the VFW and AMVETS.

Rau will now receive training to help him review financial assistance applications. He’ll also attend monthly Veterans Service Commission meetings.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/8/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The Vanlue school district will soon be in the market for a new Superintendent. The Courier reports the school board has accepted the resignation of Rodney Russell. The resignation is effective August 1. Russell has spent 40 years in education, with the last seven as the superintendent at Vanlue.

Some of Russell’s jobs have included teaching at Vanlue and Van Buren, serving as a school principal at Vanlue, Hardin Northern, and Arlington, and superintendent duties at New Knoxville and Bluffton.

MORE: The Courier

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1/8/15 – 5:01 A.M.

The Findlay City School District is working to find ways to deal with a growing student population. The Courier reports the district is considering modular buildings to help reduce K-5 class sizes. Superintendent Ed Kurt discussed the issue during a Strategic Planning Committee meeting Wednesday.

Kurt said the best way to address the problem is by adding class space. A five-year lease for eight modular units would be between $500,000 and $600,000. The district could use permanent improvement funds to pay for the facilities. Funds are also available for extra teachers.

Right now, there are nearly 25 kids per kindergarten class. First and second grades classrooms have around 23 kids per class.

MORE: The Courier

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1/7/15 – 9:27 A.M.

An issue with a heating system has things a little chilly at Liberty-Benton High School today. However, despite what social media rumors have claimed, Principal Brenda Frankart says the building is not without heat. The issue is that some classrooms are not heating up to their normal temperature.

Frankart says some of the classrooms are in the 50-degree range. Students are allowed to wear their coats to class as a result. Frankart reminds students and parents its a good idea to wear layers to school when it’s cold out.

An HVAC technician is looking into the issue.

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1/7/15 – 7:14 A.M.

A man who escaped a jail near Bowling Green was sentenced this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 25-year-old Jhon Rosado will spend more than three-and-a-half years in prison. Rosado was able to flee the Northwest Community Corrections Center on September 17 after he jumped over a fence.

He was discovered in Bowling Green the next night at his girlfriend’s home. Rosado was already in the correctional facility as part of his sentence on a domestic violence charge involving the same woman.

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1/7/15 – 5:26 A.M.

A Fostoria man has admitted to attacking a police officer. The Review-Times reports 45-year-old Peter Goldsmith was recently sentenced to two years of community control for the July incident. Goldsmith had been charged with assault in the case.

The attack happened on July 19 at the Fostoria jail. Goldsmith had been arrested following a fight, and used his knee to hit Officer Brett Bethel while at the lock-up.

MORE: Review Times

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