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11/11/15 – 6:56 A.M.

The University of Findlay has a new associate vice president for online and alternative delivery programs. C. Damon Osborne was named to the role Tuesday. He’ll be in charge of collaborating with faculty and staff to sustain and improve the university’s five graduate online programs. Osborne will also oversee degree completion programs and alternative delivery courses and programs.

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11/11/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Health System will open a new facility today. The Daniel and Maria Sak Sleep Wellness Center will replace the BVH Sleep Disorders Center at 1909 South Main Street. The 3,800 square foot facility will have sleep labs and office space. It will also have four bedrooms designed to provide a home-like environment for studies.

Dr. Daniel Sak will serve as the center’s medical director.

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11/11/15 – 6:44 A.M.

There are more reports of car break-ins in Fostoria. The Review-Times says police received 11 reports of cars either being entered or vandalized Tuesday morning. Police Chief Keith Loreno says it’s pretty much the same story as the last rash of break-ins; except for the vandalism reports. He’s asking residents to keep valuables out of their cars.

Loreno adds they’re increasing the police presence in the neighborhoods that have been affected.

On Tuesday, officers received reports from North Vine Street, West Fremont Street, Elmhurst Drive, Ebersole Boulevard, Arbor Street, and Cleveland Street. Cash, house keys, and electronics were reported stolen.

MORE: Review-Times

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11/11/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Plans are in the works to deal with abandoned properties in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Commissioners approved a plan to establish a non-profit, “land re-utilization” corporation during their Tuesday meeting. The group would demolish foreclosed properties and either sell or give the land to property owners next door.

Supporters of the plan say it would generate revenue for the county through real estate taxes. Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler added it would cut down on city upkeep of vacated property.

A 5-9 member committee would oversee the organization. It would include the mayors of Fostoria and Tiffin, and two county commissioners.

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11/11/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A grant will help develop a trail along the Blanchard River. The Courier reports the Hancock Park District is getting more than $332,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to help pay for the project. The money comes from the estate of Eveline Stitt, who passed away in March. The money was earmarked for expansion of the Oakwoods Nature Preserve and a paved, multi-use trail.

The account will maintained by the Community Foundation. When the park district needs to use the money, they’ll pass a resolution outlining what the money will be used for.

MORE: The Courier

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11/11/15 – 5:05 A.M.

Hancock County offices will join a fiber-optic data network being put together by the Findlay City School system. The Courier reports the commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $115,000 to buy into the fiber-loop. The $1.5 million project is expected to put a state-of-the-art data network within reach of city and county officers, as well as Blanchard Valley Hospital buildings.

Once completed, the network will support voice, video and data platforms with high broadband capabilities. City, county, hospital, and school officials will discuss the plan more at a Friday meeting. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the school’s offices at 1100 Broad Avenue.

MORE: The Courier

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11/11/15 – 4:58 A.M.

Findlay Police officials continue to look into several area robberies. The Courier reports at least six businesses have been robbed since September. Lt. Robert Ring tells the newspaper the two most recent incidents were likely committed by the same person. The Mobil gas station and Som Carryout on North Main Street were both robbed at knifepoint this week. Ring says in both instances the suspect wore a dark-colored mask and was “really fidgety.”

Investigators are also looking into the possibility the same man robbed Som Carryout on September 22. A man wearing a dark mask matching the description of the suspect in the latest robberies indicated he had a handgun that night. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In the meantime, police are still looking for the men who held up Keith’s Dugout on October 29. In another case authorities believe the man who held up the Impact Credit Union on Fostoria Avenue is in Toledo.

Ring suspects drug abuse is behind the rash of robberies. He believes the suspects are looking for money to fuel their habit.

MORE: The Courier

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11/10/15 – 11:36 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners have bought several flood-prone properties over the past year. While demolishing structures in the flood plane reduces damage from future floods, Commissioner Phil Rielge says it does mean more maintenance costs…

Audio: Phil Riegle

On Tuesday, the commissioners signed a contract with the Feasel Group at a cost of $755 per two-inch snowfall. That covers 48 properties.

Last year the county-owned a fraction of those properties and the price was $135 per two-inch snowfall.

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11/10/15 – 5:27 A.M.

One person was injured when a semi and pickup truck collided south of Fostoria Monday. The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Township Road 108 around 3:15 p.m.

63-year-old Wayne Couch was driving his semi when he hit the back of a pickup driven by 32-year-old Andrew Bormuth, who was trying to turn left at the intersection. Couch tried to avoid the crash, crossing the road and hitting a guardrail. He was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Couch was cited for prohibited driving upon the left side of the roadway within 100 feet of an intersection.

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11/10/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Two additional buildings could be built at the new Carey school site on South Vance Street. The Courier reports the school board gave Superintendent Mike Wank permission to talk to architects about building an athletic building and a bus garage on the property. The rough estimate for the structures would be an extra $1 million, but officials are working to lower the price. The school board agreed that Carey residents should not be asked for more money for the project.

The athletic building would include a fitness/weight room, batting cages, and locker rooms for track and junior high football among other uses. The bus garage would keep 12 buses out of the elements and have a service bay.

If the district moves forward with the plan, treasurer Karen Phillips suggested selling bonds to pay for it. She said by stretching out the expense it would reduce the district’s financial risk.

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