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7/21/16 – 8:10 A.M.

A Fostoria man was injured Wednesday when a truck collided with his motorcycle. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened just after 5 p.m. 31-year-old Craig Babb was riding on U.S. 224 when he slowed to turn onto Hancock County Road 23. He was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by 28-year-old Michael Broadwater of Risingsun.

Babb was treated for injuries at the scene of the crash. Broadwater was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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7/21/16 – 7:41 A.M.

Two vehicles were involved in a crash south of Findlay this morning. The incident happened on U.S. 68, just south of the State Route 15 overpass. A Jeep could be seen on its roof in the intersection, and a car was in a nearby ditch. So far there’s no word on any injuries or on what caused the crash.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies were able to maintain traffic through the area. The intersection reopened a little before 7:30 a.m.

We’ll have more details on the crash as they become available.

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7/21/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria’s Fire Chief is stepping down. The Review-Times reports Ken Chapman announced his resignation Wednesday night. Chapman is leaving to become the fire chief of the Highland Township Fire Department in Michigan, which is where he is from. His resignation will be effective July 29.

Chapman was sworn in as chief in October of 2014.

Captain Scott Basinger will take over as the interim fire chief while the search begins for a new, full-time replacement.

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7/21/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A Putnam County businesses was relatively unaffected by a fire last weekend. The Courier reports operations are continuing at Suter’s Produce near Pandora after an equipment shed was destroyed. Owner Jerry Suter tells the newspaper that equipment critical to keeping the business going was outside the building at the time. Suter says delivery to local produce stands continues without issue.

The fire at 12200 Pandora Road was reported around 9:40 p.m. Saturday. Suter says two women saw the flames and called 911. Investigators a hot lawn mower may have been parked too close to a straw bale.

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7/21/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Pandora wants more time to reduce phosphorus levels in its wastewater. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council recently approved a plan that they believe will help reduce the levels naturally. Council will spend $1,200 to allow businessman Dick Wahl to test the village’s lagoon system. Wahl’s plan calls for using “bioaugmentation,” which speeds up the rate that contaminants degrade. He expects to see results in four months.

Council members have concerns about a plan from the Poggemeyer Design Group that was put together with input from the EPA. The biggest sticking point is price, being that it would cost more than $500,000. Aside from the price, other had concerns about maintaining the 11 aerators the plan calls for.

The village will send a letter to the EPA asking for the consideration of other proposals before a final decision is met.

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7/20/16 – 8:42 A.M.

Hancock County veterans and their families can catch some free entertainment next month. A post on the Hancock County Veterans Service Office Facebook page says free tickets to a Toledo Mudhens game are available. The corporate affairs group at Marathon Petroleum raised money to buy 40 tickets to a game on August 28.

The tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis. For more information call (419)424-7036.

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7/20/16 – 6:53 A.M.

An online academic program will help reinforce lessons learned in the Fostoria school district during the upcoming school year. The Review-Times reports STRIDE ACADEMY will be be used in grades K-12. The Internet-based academic program gives students the opportunity to enhance their math, reading, language arts and science skills based on Common Core standards. Students can earn prizes for their achievements.

STRIDE was used in grades 3-6 last year. Superintendent Andrew Sprang says it’s an additional tool that can be used at home.

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7/20/16 – 5:30 A.M.

An update on Fostoria’s budget situation was given Tuesday night. The Review-Times reports Auditor Steve Garner told those at the meeting that the city expects $5.9 million in general fund revenue in 2017. The city’s expenses are estimated to be around $6.9 million, meaning Fostoria is still facing a budget deficit. The city was placed under fiscal emergency by the state earlier this year.

73 percent, or a little more than $5 million, of the city’s expenses, go toward safety services.

Garner also gave a financial report for June during the meeting. The general fund balance stands at negative $82,507. Tax receipts are up around $300,000 compared to this time last year.

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7/20/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Fostoria officials and residents talked about ways to solve the city’s budget crisis Tuesday night. The Review-Times reports three suggestions appeared to gain some traction; an increase in monthly water bills, ending a tax credit for people who live in Fostoria but work out of town, and potentially annexing land into the city.

Finance committee chair Doug Pahl suggested the water bill increase. He said an extra $15 per month per customer would raise around $882,000 per year. He suggested the additional revenue be used to help fund safety services.

Eliminating a tax credit for people who live in the city but work in other locations is estimated to raise another $500,000 in revenue. Combined with high water bills that would bring in an another $1.4 million annually.

The argument for annexation is that it would bring in more income tax revenue. However, those in attendance cautioned annexation can be hard to negotiate with neighboring communities.

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7/20/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A bank with several locations in our region is keeping its headquarters in Putnam County. The Lima News reports ground was broken Tuesday for the new Union Bank headquarters in Columbus Grove. The new building will be located at 105 Progressive Drive in the village. The more than 24,000 square foot facility is expected to open sometime in the spring of next year.

Union Bank is currently is headquartered at 100 South High Street in Columbus Grove. The bank has locations in Putnam, Hancock, Allen, and Wood Counties among others.

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