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5/21/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A new high school principal has been named in the Arcadia school district. The Courier reports the school board hired Bill Dobbins for the job. He’s currently the Hopewell-Loudon High School principal and will begin his new job in August. Dobbins received a two-year contract worth $82,500 a year.

The board vote was 4-1. Board member Cory Boes was the lone no vote. He said his no vote was, “best for the students of Arcadia schools.”

Dobbins will replace Cathy Scroll who is retiring.

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5/21/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The Putnam County Courthouse will see increased security measures soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the building’s security committee met earlier this month to talk about how they could increase safety in the building.

Eight new cameras with monitoring stations will be installed. Three additional panic buttons will also be added to the courthouse. Money from a Supreme Court grant will pay for the installation.

Current courthouse security includes a deputy on duty during office hours. There are also several cameras in the building and metal detectors outside of the two courtrooms.

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5/21/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Trustees for two Hancock County townships are voicing their concerns about proposed flood mitigation for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports David Bower of Eagle Township and Herb Stump of Liberty Township spoke about the issue recently.

Bower tells the newspaper he doesn’t like the plan to close several township roads for a diversion channel. He adds the plan creates an inconvenience for a “flood that happens maybe once every 10 years.”

Stump is also concerned about road closures. He said with some roads closed it could add time to emergency response in the county. He added that the townships haven’t been involved in the planning much.

According to Bower, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to keep Eagle Township Road 49 open to provide access to the Spring Lake subdivision.

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5/21/15 – 4:29 A.M.

A northwest Ohio city is coming in near the top of a list of cities where mosquitoes raise a ruckus. Terminix ranks Bowling Green third on its list of cities that are most annoyed by the buzzing bloodsuckers, citing high percentage of mosquito-related posts on Twitter. The pest control company says, per capita, small towns make more noise about the bugs than the bugs themselves.

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5/20/15 – 7:23 A.M.

Fostoria officials believe they can maintain operations despite a steady drop in revenue over several years. The Courier reports general fund revenue was talked about during Tuesday’s city council meeting. Auditor Steve Garner estimated that for the 2016 fiscal year, general fund revenue will be down more than $2.5 million from where it was in 2007.

In 2007 general fund revenue was more than $8.6 million. For 2016 that number is estimated to be slightly more than $6 million.

Garner said he is still preparing the 2016 budget. A public hearing about Fostoria finances will be held later in the summer.

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5/20/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Columbus Grove students could be subject to random drug testing starting this fall. The Lima News reports superintendent Nick Verhoff has recommended the school board create a drug testing policy for the district. The board approved the recommendation and will work to have a policy in place when the school year begins.

The rough draft of the plan includes testing six to eight students a week using a urine test. The tests would apply to kids in grades seven through 12 who “receive some sort of privilege in the school.” That could include extracurricular activities.

Verhoff told the school board the testing policy will give students another tool to say “no” to drugs or alcohol.

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5/20/15 – 6:41 A.M.

The Putnam County prosecutor’s office has offered an accused arsonist a plea deal. The Lima News reports 28-year-old William Laibe has until Tuesday to plead to a misdemeanor, or go on trial to face two felony charges.

Laibe is accused of setting fires to three properties in Ottawa on July 25 of last year. Two of the homes were vacant and were scheduled for demolition as part of a program to remove structures from the flood zone.

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5/20/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A group of Putnam County residents opposed to part of a flood mitigation plan for Ottawa are getting organized. The Courier reports a group of mostly Glandorf residents calling itself “Concerned Citizens” met Tuesday to talk about their options.

Julia Siefker helped organize the meeting and told the newspaper they aren’t opposed to all flood mitigation efforts. The main issue stems from a proposed diversion channel in Ottawa. The group would rather see the river cleaned and more structures removed from the flood plain.

Concerned Citizens plans to meet June 3 at the Glandorf Municipal Building to begin a petition drive. The meeting comes before the next Maumee Valley Conservancy District meeting, which is set for June 16 at 1 p.m. A vote on components of the village’s plan could come that day.

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5/20/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Voters in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district will see a renewal levy on the ballot in the fall. The Lima News reports the OG school board agreed to move forward with the renewal at their Tuesday meeting.

The levy was last passed in 2010 with 62 percent of the vote. It raises more than $451,000 per year. The measure passed in 2010 was for 2.37 mills. The Putnam County auditor will determine the exact millage for this levy.

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5/20/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Seven people were indicted Tuesday for the assault of a Toledo man in Findlay last year. The Courier reports the incident happened on October 22 near the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street. The victim suffered cranial fractures and a broken eye socket.

20-year-old Tanner Straley of North Baltimore, 36-year-old Eric Wilhelm of Custar, 25-year-old Tyler Adams and 19-year-old Hayley Workman of Findlay, and 19-year-old Jayden Edwards of Toledo all face charges in connection to the attack. Two 17-year-old boys from Toledo were indicted in the Hancock County Juvenile Court for their alleged roles.

According to assistant prosecutor Alex Treece, Adams and Workman conspired with the rest of the group on the attack. A motive has not been given.

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