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5/21/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The tax breaks to bring a grocery distribution center to Findlay are now official. The state will give McLane Company a $3.6 million job creation tax credit. The company is also eligible for property tax breaks from Findlay’s Community Reinvestment Area. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says that could be worth between $2 million and $3 million.

McLane is a grocery supplier for convenience stores, drugstores, and chain restaurants. It will pay $500,000 for infrastructure improvements on a site off of County Road 212. They’ll also pay another $100,000 for workforce development programs at Millstream Career Center.

The company says the average wage at the facility will be around $57,000 a year plus benefits. The $38 million dollar facility is expected to open in 2016 across the street from the Lowe’s Distribution Center. It could eventually employ up to 425 people.

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5/20/14 – 10:41 A.M.

A Tiffin man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Indiana last weekend. The Kokomo Tribune reports 47-year-old Jerry Reedy was riding a motorcycle last Saturday when he was hit from behind by a car. Reedy stopped at an intersection, but the driver of the car had dropped a can of Red Bull and was trying to pick it up when the crash happened.

Reedy was thrown from his motorcycle. He was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

MORE: Kokomo Tribune

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5/20/14 – 9:05 A.M.

April saw a lot more people in our area collect a paycheck. Unemployment numbers released by the Department of Job and Family Services show every county in our region under 6% joblessness. Hancock County had the lowest rate at 4 percent, down from 4.7 in March.

Putnam, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot Counties all dropped below 5 percent unemployment. The most dramatic change was in Henry County, where unemployment dropped from 7.2 percent in March to 5.8 in April.

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5/20/14 – 8:07 A.M.

The village of Arlington is looking to replace a piece of firefighting equipment. The Courier reports council discussed legislation to buy a new transportation truck last night. In addition to traveling to fire scenes, the truck would be used for hazardous material runs and other calls.

The cost to the village would be a little less than $34,000. It would replace a 1967 model the fire department currently uses.

MORE: The Courier

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5/20/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Another Bluffton official is stepping down. Council President Mitch Kinglsey made the announcement last night. He resigned as council president effective immediately, and will resign his council seat in the future.

Kinglsey is the second village official to resign this month. Mayor Dennis Gallant announced his resignation at the last council meeting.

Judy Augsburger was named council president. That means she is in line to become mayor when Gallant’s resignation takes effect later this year.

Kinglsey is stepping down because of changes to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System. Gallant has taken a job in Sandusky.

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5/20/14 – 6:40 A.M.

Fostoria teachers will not see pay raises over the next two years. The Review-Times reports the school district and the teacher’s union agreed to a new contract last night. The deal does not include raises for two years, and includes a three percent cap on insurance benefits.

District treasurer Norman Elchert told the newspaper, “All of our unions have been great. They understand that we’re in a financial situation where we need to reduce our expenditures.” Because of retirements, the district is spending less on teacher salaries.

MORE: Review-Times

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5/20/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Mental Health professionals will be in Findlay City School District buildings more next year. The Courier reports the policy was discussed at last night’s school board meeting. Clinicians from the Family Resource Center and Century Health will be available on a weekly or monthly basis. They’ll meet with students before or after school. Superintendent Dean Wittwer says they’ve had parents who say they can’t get their children assessed.

The assessments will be free to the families. Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board picking up the tab.

The school is making the move to better address students thought to have behavioral issues or at risk of suicide. Last September the principals at two schools expressed concerns about poor student behavior and alleged suicide pacts. An 11-year-old Bigelow Hill student committed suicide in March.

MORE: The Courier

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5/20/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Five people were hurt in a series of crashes that made I-75 a parking lot in Findlay Monday. The State Patrol reports the accidents started just before 11:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes near U.S. 224. 23-year-old Emily Hayward of Waterville lost control of her car and hit a semi driven by 39-year-old Todd Harsh of Elida. As traffic slowed, a semi driven by 43-year-old Barrett Hassel of Plain City hit several cars and other semi-trucks.

Two people on a motorcycle suffered severe head injuries when they failed to stop for the backed-up traffic and hit a tractor-trailer. 72-year-old Richard Hautau and 74-year-old Sharron Hautau were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crashes closed the interstate for about two hours. Traffic was routed off of I-75 using State Route 15.

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