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5/23/14 – 5:34 A.M.

It didn’t take long for the Kalida school district to find a new Superintendent. They didn’t have to look to far either. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Karl Lammers was hired as the new superintendent this week. He’ll start in his new role August 1. Lammers currently serves as the elementary school principal.

Current superintendent Don Horstman resigned the position. He’s taking the same position in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district this fall.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/23/14 – 5:28 A.M.

An amendment to a water projects bill could help speed up the funding of flood mitigation projects. The U.S. Senate passed the $12 billion measure yesterday. It included an amendment that allows projects to become eligible for federal construction funds after the completion of a chief’s report by the Army Corps of Engineers. That would include the Blanchard River mitigation project.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown introduced the amendment to the bill. In a statement released Thursday Brown said, “We must end the arbitrary waiting game for important projects like the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project.” He added, “Findlay and Ottawa have invested time and valuable financial resources into getting this project underway.”

The bill is now waiting for President Obama’s signature.

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5/23/14 – 5:18 A.M.

More than one hundred people were on hand for a public forum at Liberty-Benton High School last night. At issue was the future of the current K-8 school building on State Route 12. The Courier reports three elementary school teachers talked about of the state of the building. They pointed out the school is not accessible to those with disabilities. Constant maintenance was also brought up.

While many in attendance were in favor of building a new K-8 school, it wasn’t unanimous. Many questioned the amount of money it would take to take on the construction project.

Right now the district is testing the waters. Liberty-Benton’s last attempt to pass a building levy failed last fall, with 53% of the vote going against it. Superintendent Jim Knable tells the newspaper they’re working to learn what residents in the district are comfortable with. No decision on putting a levy on the November ballot has been made yet.

MORE: The Courier

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5/22/14 – 5:01 A.M.
Update – 7:16 A.M.

More details are coming out about a late Wednesday shooting in Fostoria. According to media partner WTOL-11, police are looking for 17-year-old Garrett Brown and an unidentified suspect. Brown is considered armed and dangerous, and was last known to be living in Findlay.

Fostoria police say Brown and another person broke into a home in the 200 block of East Culbertson Street just before 11:30 p.m. That’s where 19-year-old Caleb Barto and 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio were assaulted. Mauricio later died from her injuries.

If you have any information on Garrett Brown’s location, you’re asked to call the police. You are advised not to approach Brown or his accomplice.

MORE: WTOL-11

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5/22/14 – 6:57 A.M.

School is about to be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will be kicking off its SummerRead program next month. The program will feature events for children, teens and adults through the summer.

A kickoff event featuring a comedy show will be presented by Joel Tacey on June 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The reading program runs through July 26.

For more information call (419)422-1712.

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5/22/14 – 6:36 A.M.

An autopsy has been performed on a Wood County infant found dead last weekend. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the medical exam of 3-month-old Brandon Henderson shows brain trauma. It’s not yet known if the trauma caused the boy’s death.

In the meantime 20-year-old James Henderson of Wayne remains in the Wood County Jail. He’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter and is being held on a $1 million bond.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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5/22/14 – 5:25 A.M.

You can usually expect a few tears at a kindergarten graduation, but there might not have been a dry eye in the house at Ottawa Elementary’s ceremony last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Rhianna Moreno, who suffered severe injuries in a day-after-Christmas crash in 2012, was able to walk and get her diploma.

Moreno was a kindergartner when the crash happened. Her injuries required the amputation of her right leg, and she missed the rest of the school year. Moreno was able to re-enroll this school year. She was all smiles as she walked the longest distance she had in quite some time to collect her graduation papers.

The first-responders who rescued Rhianna and her family members never knew what happened to the girl following the crash. When they heard she was back in school they requested to attend the graduation ceremony. Sure enough they were on hand for last Thursday’s festivities in their dress uniforms.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/22/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Wood County woman who went missing yesterday has been found safe. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office filed a missing persons report for 72-year-old Dominga Almaguer of Weston Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were worried Almaguer did not have her diabetes medication.

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5/21/14 – 7:46 A.M.

More Findlay City School third graders have passed a new measure set by the state. The Courier reports the number of kids who have not achieved the third-grade reading guarantee goal has dropped from 156 to 25. On Tuesday the district got results from an alternative test called Terra Nova. The most recent Ohio Achievement Assessment test scores aren’t available yet.

Students who don’t pass this time around will be asked to take summer classes. Another reading exam will be given by the state on July 10.

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5/21/14 – 7:34 A.M.

A busy Fostoria road will be widened. Fostoria City Council approved an agreement between the city and the state Department of Transportation at their Tuesday meeting. The project will widen part of Stearns Road to three lanes. Curbs and storm water drains also will be installed.

The state will pay for 80% of the $3.3 million project.

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