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8/16/16 – 7:46 A.M.

Carey’s Fiscal Officer is staying put. The Courier reports village council rejected Mayor Armand Getz’s bid to replace Nickie Coppler during their Monday meeting. State law says Getz can make the request without cause, but village council has to approve it. Council voted 4-0 against the dismissal. Councilwoman Melissa Cole was absent.

Getz didn’t say why he wants to replace Coppler. However, he did say that it didn’t have anything to do with a routine state audit that started Monday.

Coppler has been serving in her role for 18 months. At one point the position was elected, but council changed it to a mayoral appointment three years ago.

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8/16/16 – 7:38 A.M.

Findlay’s annual fire hydrant flushing maintenance program continues this week. The water distribution department reports work will continue in an area that stretches west to North Blanchard Street, east to Bright Road, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue.

Work will also take place in an area spanning Bright Road to the west, County Road 237 to the east, south to the Blanchard River, and north to Tiffin Avenue

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8/16/16 – 7:29 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay man Monday. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened around 3:15 p.m. on Industrial Drive. 38-year-old Andrew Cramner suffered a minor injury when he drove into the back of a semi. He was treated at the scene of the crash.

Cramner was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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8/16/16 – 7:11 A.M.
Several railroad crossings west of Bowling Green were closed for around 20 minutes this morning. An alert from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office issued around 6:30 a.m. said a train with a mechanical issue was blocking crossings at U.S 6, State Route 235, Rangeline Road, and State Route 281 in Custar. Around 20 minutes later the all-clear was given.

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8/16/16 – 5:28 A.M.

The suspects in a West Virginia assault and robbery case were arrested near Carey Monday. The Wheeling Intelligencer reports 36-year-old Maurice Mosby and 35-year-old Maranda Burch are accused of attacking a man at a Wheeling area motel around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. Mosby allegedly hit the man over the head several times, tied him up, and stole his car and cell phone.

Mosby was pulled over for speeding near Carey roughly four hours later. He faces several charges. Mosby is apparently no stranger to law enforcement in Hancock County. He was wanted here on outstanding warrants for failure to appear and resisting arrest.

Burch is facing conspiracy and kidnapping charges.

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8/16/16 – 5:15 A.M.

An effort to freshen up the look of downtown Fostoria continues. The Review-Times reports the Community Improvement Corporation has awarded more than $10,000 this year to four businesses. The money is being used to improve their exteriors. The grant offers up to 50 percent reimbursements on projects up to $3,000 per property.

Renee Smith is the chair of the CIC. She said that combined with the work done in 2015 through the program, nearly $60,000 has been spent on improving the exterior of businesses downtown.

So far this year the Fostoria Historical Society, United Way of Fostoria, Second Wind Music Center, and Motte and Bailey Assets LLC have all received grants. More money is available. Interested business owners should call (419)435-7789 for more information.

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8/16/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Arlington officials want to look into the village’s contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The Courier reports Arlington pays the sheriff’s office $34,000 a year to patrol 20 hours a week. At Monday’s council meeting, some council members expressed “great respect” for the work done by sheriff’s deputies. They also wondered if they were getting the most for their money.

Council members said in the past deputies have checked to make sure doors are locked at area businesses and at the school. Councilman Terry Huffman asked if the money would be better spent in other ways. He asked for the topic to be brought up again next month.

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8/16/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A new program for people looking for work in Hancock County will kick off today. Ohio Means Jobs-Hancock County will hold a series of “Getting Ready for Employment Workshops” over the next several weeks. The program is held at the Ohio Means Jobs Office at 7746 County Road 140 every Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.

The sessions will help you work on resume writing, interview skills, and training needs among other topics. The workshops are free. You can find out more information by calling (419)429-8083.

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8/15/16 – 7:21 A.M.

Construction on a new bike path in Bluffton will start soon. The Courier reports The Bluffton Lions Foundation presented a check to village council for more than $16,000 last month to help pay for the path. In total, the organization donated more than $24,000 to the $244,000 project.

The path will connect Augsberger Road to the Riverbend residential housing subdivision, the Maple Crest retirement community, and Bluffton University’s nature center.

The new path should be finished by late October.

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8/15/16 – 6:51 A.M.

Local gas prices are down to start the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $1.95 a gallon today. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday.

Prices in Ottawa are down 10 cents, falling from $2.09 last Monday to $1.99 today.

The statewide average is still above $2. Around Ohio, the average price is $2.08 per gallon, a seven cent drop over the last seven days.

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