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Video: Army Corps Discusses Mitigation Plan Changes In Findlay

8/25/15 – 12:46 A.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave an update on Blanchard River flood mitigation plans while in Findlay Tuesday. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen explained the major changes, including the reasoning behind removing a proposed levee east of Findlay…

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Jansen says that, combined with negative feedback locally, led to the levy being left out.

Another big reason the levee won’t make the final cut of the plan is because of changes made to the proposed Eagle Creek diversion channel south of Findlay.

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Jansen says the updated mitigation plan would reduce water levels during the 100-year flood by more than 4.5 feet in some parts of Findlay. The only area of “induced” flooding would be at the entrance of the diversion channel.

Because of the changes to the plan, it looks like final approval will be delayed. The plan most go be reviewed by the Civil Works Review Board, which will likely happen in December. The Chief’s Report, the final step in the study process, most likely won’t come out until around Memorial Day of next year. Previously it was thought that would happen in March.

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8/25/2015   11:45am

As fall approaches, it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween, and the annual Findlay-Hancock County Halloween Parade. The Hancock Leadership Alumni Association has announced that the 2015 parade will be held in downtown Findlay on Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm. One Energy, a locally based wind energy company will be the main sponsor of the event this year. Call 419-422-3313 ext. 124 for more information about the parade.

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8/25/2015     10:20am

Due to high public interest, the Political Science Course being offered at the University of Findlay this fall has been moved. The class will now be held in the Davis Building, room 102. Davis is located at the corner of Davis and North Cory streets in Findlay.

The course, Political Science 110 which will cover national politics in the United States and the institutions of American national government.The class is free and open to the public, and will be held Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm this fall semester.

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8/25/15 – 9:15 A.M.

The unemployment rate was largely unchanged in Hancock County in July. Numbers reported by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services show the same amount of people were employed in July as were employed in June. 100 people dropped out of the labor force. As a result, the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent.

Elsewhere in the region joblessness was down slightly or even. The lowest unemployment rate is in Wyandot County at 3.6 percent, followed by Putnam County at 3.8. Wood County was at 4.4 percent joblessness, Henry and Seneca Counties checked in at 4.7, Allen County saw a rate of 4.9 percent, and Hardin was 5 percent.



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8/25/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Police in Bowling Green are looking into a report of shots fired in the downtown area from over the past weekend. The Sentinel Tribune reports officers were called to the Uptown Downtown Sports Bar and Deli on North Main Street just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived people were leaving the business. A shell casing was found in the area.

No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.

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8/25/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation will be looking for a new president and CEO soon. David Zak announced his resignation Monday. A release from Tiffin University says Zak will begin working at the school as vice president for University Advancement and Economic Development on September 14.

Zak plans to remain active on the SIEDC board while representing Tiffin University. The SIEDC will begin the search for a new president in the next few weeks.

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8/25/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Road work will close a large part of Lima Avenue in Findlay for the next few days. The city engineer’s office says the road will be closed between Main Street and Western Avenue through Thursday. Paving will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Short delays are expected, you’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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8/25/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The Hancock County Combined Board of Health has contracted with a Columbus firm to provide guidance through next summer. The Courier reports Strategic Health Care will continue to work with the combined Findlay and Hancock County health departments for at least another 12 months. The company was contracted by the county for consulting services in May.

An employee of the company will act as the health commissioner during the course of the contract extension. Will McHugh of Dublin was assigned to the position earlier this month. McHugh has been involved in the formation of the combined health department since it was announced.

Strategic Health Care is being paid $6,000 a month to help develop policies and procedures for the Combined Board of Health. The fee drops to $2,500 a month in January.

MORE: The Courier

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8/25/15 – 4:54 A.M.

McComb officials updated residents about water quality issues Monday. The Courier reports water plant operator Tom Shoemaker said the brown water is starting to clear up. Shoemaker added steps are being taken to fix the problem. Starting Friday the village’s fire hydrants will be flushed in an attempt to clear brown water from the line. The sides and bottom of the clear well tanks at the water treatment plant will also be scrubbed.

Many McComb residents have had brown water coming from their taps this summer. The culprit is the mineral manganese, which turns water brown when it reacts with chlorine. The village is looking to see where manganese gets into the water system.

Residents at last night’s council meeting wanted to know why they haven’t been made aware of any water quality issues handed down by the EPA. Others said the poor water quality was damaging water heaters, filters, and other appliances. A few brought up concerns that manganese in the water increases cancer risks in the village.

MORE: The Courier

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8/24/15 – 6:50 A.M.

After a spike in prices last week, the cost of filling up the tank is coming back down. Ohio gas prices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.49 a gallon today. That’s down from $2.87 last Monday, but still 12 cents higher than two weeks ago.

Ottawa drivers report paying $2.56 a gallon this morning. That’s down from $2.79 last week.

Around Ohio the average price is $2.65 a gallon, down 20 cents from last Monday, but up 24 cents from two weeks ago.

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