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8/19/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Carey officials were focused on electricity during their Monday night meeting. The Courier reports village council approved a recommendation to spend more than $1.18 million for equipment to build a new substation near Continental Structural Plastics. The bids came in below the estimated $1.25 million.

Council also gave first reading to a modified electric rate increase. The current proposal would see rates raised 4 percent next year and 2 percent the following year. That differs from the original proposal, which called for a 2 percent raise annually through 2017. The money raised from the increase will help fund upgrades to the electrical system in the village.

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8/19/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The Fostoria City School district is adding a new bus to its fleet. The Review-Times reports the school board voted to approve buying a 77-passenger school bus during their Monday night meeting. The new bus will replace an older model. Fostoria has 19 busses in their current fleet.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang says they should receive the new bus in the next couple of weeks. The school year starts Thursday in Fostoria.

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8/19/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay native who served in the Iraq war will be honored with service medals today. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will present eight medals to James Goshe at the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on East Main Cross at 4 p.m.

Goshe joined the Army in 1995 and trained as a cannon crew member. He served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, and was discharged in 2005.

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8/18/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.39. That’s down from the $3.51 we were paying last Monday. It’s also eight cents less than what we were paying a month ago.

Prices in Findlay are trending higher than the state average though. The average price in the city was around $3.44 this morning. Ottawa drivers were paying $3.42.

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8/18/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a weekend motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday on County Road 180.

Investigators say 26-year-old Sean Farrell was riding his motorcycle north on Road 180 when he lost control just south of State Route 568 in Marion Township. Farrell, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. From there he was transported to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus by medical helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation.

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8/18/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A fire just outside of Findlay injured a father and daughter over the weekend. Liberty Township Fire Chief Gene Stump says firefighters were called to an apartment building at 2800 South Main Street around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. David Castret and his 18-month-old daughter were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The fire started in the kitchen and was contained to one apartment. There was smoke damage to other parts of the building. No damage estimate was available.

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8/18/14 – 5:08 A.M.

The former Putnam County jail is set to be torn down. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county commissioners plan to use Community Development Block Grant money to demolish the 116-year-old building. The commissioners say the building has fallen into disrepair.

The facility stands at the corner of Hickory and East Third Street in Ottawa. It stopped being a jail in 2001 when the new sheriff’s office was built. The building is currently used to house Putnam County’s IT office and for some storage.

County Commissioner John Love tells the newspaper the records will be moved to the Putnam Acres site once their new building is complete.

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8/18/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finally released budget numbers for the ongoing Blanchard River Flood Study. Figures released to the Courier show $5.9 million has been spent on the project so far. 64 percent of that has been for labor done by the Army Corps.

The next highest expense has been for contract labor. That line item amounts to $2.1 million. Most of the contract labor has been done by the URS Corporation, a Cleveland engineering firm. They’ve been overseeing the environmental review.

When the flood study is finished, it’s expected to cost $9 million. Hancock County and the Army Corps have been splitting the cost.

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8/15/14 – 12:05 P.M.

Findlay is getting the funding it needs from the state to move forward with improvements to the downtown area. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says ODOT has granted the city $2.4 million dollars for its Transportation Alternative Plan, or TAP.

Mihalik says the grant means the city is only on the hook for anything done outside the scope of the current proposal…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

She adds that around $40,000 of capital improvement fund money was used to get the ball rolling on the project.

Mihalik says now that the basics of the safety improvement plan are covered, residents will be asked about what else they would like to see included in the project…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik adds there could also be an opportunity for beautification efforts.

The next step in the plan will be to hire a consultant to help with design work.

The improvement plan includes curb bump-outs to slow down traffic at intersections and make for a shorter distance to cross Main Street. There will also be mid-block crosswalks and pedestrian islands. Entry medians will be built at the north and south ends of downtown to slow cars down and let drivers know about increased pedestrian traffic.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

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8/15/14 – 9:33 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber is providing more details about the future of its joint venture with the Chengshan Group in China. Earlier this week the Findlay-based company announced an extension on an agreement between the two companies. The extension allows an independent firm to find the fair market valuation of the Cooper Chengshan Tire Company. Today, Cooper announced the deadline for the evaluation is August 24.

Once the value is established, Chengshan will have 45 days to decide it wants to buy Cooper’s 65 percent stake in the company, or to sell its 35-percent to Cooper. If neither side agrees to buy out the other, the joint venture will continue under its current structure.

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