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9/2/15 – 7:14 A.M.

Fostoria is joining a state program that puts the city’s checkbook online for everyone to see. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner talked about the program during Tuesday’s council meeting. He said the online checkbook shows every financial move made by the city in an easily accessible spot.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel has been urging more Ohio cities to put their finances online.

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9/2/15 – 6:55 A.M.

The Fostoria school district has a new treasurer. The Courier reports Sue Lehmann has been named to the position. Lehmann currently is the treasurer for Norwalk City Schools, but worked for the Fostoria school system for 14 years before that.

Lehmann will replace Norman Elchert, who is leaving to work in the Lakota school district. He’ll remain the interim treasurer until the end of this month. Lehmann will continue to serve as the treasurer for Norwalk until November 1.

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9/2/15 – 6:40 A.M.

Firefighters from three departments battled a barn fire in Hancock County Tuesday night. The blaze was reported around 10:30 p.m. at 12491 Hancock County Road 54. The Rawson, Mount Cory, and Blanchard Township fire departments were all called to the scene.

So far no other details are available.

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9/2/15 – 5:27 A.M.

It’s getting to be United Way fundraising season, and in Putnam County that means one thing – chicken wings. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the United Way of Putnam County will kick off their 2015 campaign with the 2nd annual Putnam County Wing Championship. The event will take place Thursday, September 10, at the Kalida K of C Hall.

2015 campaign chair, Dr. Darla Lammers, will announce the fundraising goal and the theme of the campaign during the event. She’ll also have an update on the Pacesetter campaign, which is already underway.

Tickets are $10. For more information call (419)523-4505.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/2/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The 2015 fair season rolls into Hancock County today. Wednesday is both Senior Citizens and Veterans Day, which means $2 admission for those who have served in the military or are 60-years-old and older.

The big events for the day will include opening ceremonies in the south grandstand at 7:30 p.m. That will be followed by the crowning of the king and queen and the Hancock County Marching Band Show.

Several open class and junior fair competitions get underway today as well. We have the complete schedule on our website.

The fair runs through Labor Day.

Today’s Schedule:

7:00 AM Gates open
8:00 AM Jr Fair Horse Show (N. Grandstand)
9:00 AM Op Class Grange Entry Judging (Grange Building) (Includes Farm Products, Horticulture, Woodworking, Domestic Arts & Crafts, Hobbies & Collections, Granges & Baking Department)
9:00 AM Jr Fair Booth Judging (Youth Building)
9:00 AM Jr Fair FFA, Home Ec Judging (Education Building)
9:00 AM Jr Fair Poultry Judging (Poultry Barn)
9:30 AM Jr Fair Swine Show (S Show Arena)
10:00 AM Jr Fair Rabbit Showmanship (N Show Arena )
10:00 AM Hancock Co Residents Horseshoe Pitching
1:00 PM Op Class Sp. Draft Horse Show (N Grandstand)
1:00 PM Jr Fair Duke and Duchess Contest
2:00 PM 4-H in Action (Youth Building)
5:00 PM Op Class Baked Goods Auction (Grange Building)
6:00 PM Op Class Photography Judging (Grange Building)
7:30 PM Opening Ceremonies and Junior Fair King & Queen Coronation (S Grandstand) Followed by the Hancock County Band Show
11:00 PM Fairgrounds closed

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9/2/15 – 5:04 A.M.

There’s a slight issue with proposed changes to Crawford Street in Findlay. The plan to make the road a one-way street with reverse-angle parking has never officially been approved. Mayor Lydia Mihalik talked about the oversight at Tuesday’s city council meeting, saying it was an “inadvertent mistake.” The plan was talked about by the traffic commission in March, but then tabled.

The changes to Crawford will now be discussed during an informal committee-of-the-whole meeting next Tuesday. After that, it will go to the traffic commission. Councilman Ron Monday says he hasn’t heard any opposition from council members.

The proposed changes for Crawford would make East Crawford Street one-way to the east, while West Crawford would be one-way to the west. Reverse-angle parking would be added to the south side of the street. The changes are expected to create 36 extra parking spaces.

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9/2/15 – 4:31 A.M.

Ten exotic animals removed from a northwest Ohio farm this year are being moved out of state. Ohio Department of Agriculture officials say tigers and other animals were shipped last week to sanctuaries in Florida, South Dakota and Arizona. The animals were seized from the Tiger Ridge farm in Stony Ridge in January after their owner failed to get the proper permits.

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9/1/15 – 12:28 P.M.

A recent state audit of records in Hancock County’s Cass Township revealed an issue. A release from Auditor Dave Yost’s office says findings for recovery were issued against township trustee Jerry Wolford and his son Brian. The issue stemmed from Wolford voting to approve more than $11,000 in payments for excavating equipment rental and services that he and his son provided.

As a result a finding for recovery was issued against Jerry for $1,975. A joint finding for recovery was issued against both Jerry and Brian in the amount of $9,431. The release says the entire amounts have been repaid to the township.

A statement from Auditor Yost said, “You can’t serve both the people and yourself. You have to choose one or the other.

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9/1/15 – 12:04 A.M.

After a recent controversy about addiction recovery housing in Findlay, many people showed interest in becoming members of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services. 12 people applied for five spots appointed by the Hancock County Commissioners. That led ADAMHS director Precia Stuby to ask if those not selected could serve in another capacity…


The commissioners said there was nothing that disqualified those who weren’t selected locally.

Stuby also took issue with public comments made by Commissioner Brian Robertson about ADAMHS board vacancy notifications not being sent to the commissioners by certified mail. She said it seemed like Robertson was trying to make it seem like Stuby was intentionally violating regulations. Stuby added that up until this year vacancy notifications had never been delivered by certified mail.

Robertson said that was not his intent. He added he was trying to make sure they were following rules laid out by the Ohio revised code.

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9/1/15 – 6:56 A.M.

A street on Findlay’s south side will be closed for repaving this week. The city engineering office says you’ll see paving crews on Edgar Avenue between Main Street and Emory Adams Park today through Friday.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

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