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10/3/16 – 5:38 A.M.

Gas prices have jumped over the last seven days. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.22 in Findlay today. That’s a 30 cent increase over the last seven days. Prices are still below what we were paying a year ago, when a gallon of regular cost $2.49.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.19 per gallon.

The statewide average is $2.21 today.

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10/3/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Once again there aren’t any new highway projects going on in Hancock County this week, but work continues in several familiar locations. ODOT reports I-75 from State Route 235 to the Hancock County Road 60 overpass remains reduced to one lane in both directions. A repaving project in that area has caused delays over the last several weeks.

You’ll also want to avoid State Route 12 east of Findlay if possible. There will be restrictions in place through Arcadia as ODOT crews install curbs, sidewalks, and handicap ramps. Pavement joint repair is also taking place between Findlay and Fsotoria. In Findlay eastbound Route 12 remains closed during daytime hours between Tiffin Avenue and Bright Road. Crews are installing a storm sewer line there.

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10/3/16 – 5:18 A.M.

A teenager died in a car-truck collision in Seneca County Saturday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Emily Wagner of Clyde was a passenger in the car and died in the crash. 17-year-old Skylar Burroughs of Clyde was also in the car and was critically injured.

Investigators say the two were in a car driven by 16-year-old Tori Meggitt of Green Springs. Meggitt was driving west on County Road 34 when she ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 19 and hit a pickup truck driven by 28-year-old Jacob Lipstraw of Oak Harbor.

A medical helicopter took Burroghs to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment. Ambulances took Meggitt and Lipstraw to hospitals in Sandusky and Tiffin.

The State Patrol continued to investigate the crash over the weekend.

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10/3/16 – 5:07 A.M.

State EPA officials will visit Hancock County’s Litter Landing recycling facility soon. The Courier reports the agency will give advice on “efficiencies, equipment, materials and even funding.” The group will also talk about glass recycling. The facility stopped accepting glass over the summer.

Ohio EPA officials say glass recycling could return to the facility, but it will depend on future partnerships. For example, Rumpke waste management in Dayton is in the market for recycled glass. The company has a depot in Defiance County. That could provide a market for Hancock County’s recycled glass.

The potential for a partnership has an added benefit in that Rumpke doesn’t need the glass to come to its facility crushed. Litter Landing’s glass crusher is aging and takes a long time to finish a job.

MORE: The Courier

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9/30/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A Seneca County economic development group is asking officials to pay for a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The Review-Times reports the Seneca Regional Planning Commission is asking the county commissioners to increase assessments to pay for the project. The updated land use plan would guide future economic development projects.

The proposal calls for commissioners to pay 75 cents per county resident. The current rate is 50 cents per resident. If approved the commissioners would pay around $42,000 for the county’s 56,000 residents. The estimated cost of the plan is between $100,000 and $130,000.

Elected officials from Fostoria and Tiffin would vote on the plan as well. Township trustees also have a vote on the issue. There will be more discussion at the SRPC board meeting October 5 at 5:30 p.m.

MORE: Review-Times

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9/30/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Vanlue firefighters battled a truck fire at a gas station late Thursday afternoon. The Vanlue Fire Department reports the fire broke out in the cab of a tanker truck at the Marathon at 417 South Buffalo Street around 5:05 p.m.

The tank of the truck was empty. There were no injuries.

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9/30/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A semi crash injured a Florida resident on I-75 in Findlay Thursday. The State Highway Patrol says 64-year-old Dorothy Wuebker of Lady Lake, Florida was driving north on the interstate around 2:45 p.m. when she hit a concrete barricade near Hancock County Road 99.

The crash injured a passenger in the truck. Hanco Ambulance took 64-year-old Douglas Wuebker to Blanchard Valley hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Troopers cited Dorthy Wuebker for failure to maintain control.

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9/29/16 – 12:45 P.M.

Investigators didn’t find any credit card skimmers in our area during a recent state-wide sweep, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says the thieves using the credit-card data stealing technology are getting bolder…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

Rauschenberg says if notice your credit card doesn’t slide properly at a gas pump, it could be due to a skimmer. She says you should notify the gas station attendant if you have trouble with a transaction. She adds you should always keep an eye on your credit card statements for anything out of the ordinary.

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9/29/16 – 12:35 P.M.

Work continues on the Blanchard River flood mitigation study.  Project manager Steve Wilson gave the Hancock County Commissioners an update Thursday…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the unsteady-state model takes into account that rain doesn’t fall evenly across the watershed.

You might notice crews taking soil samples along area roads starting next week.  Wilson says Stantec is ready to start taking soil borings…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson told the Hancock County Commissioners that crews will be off to the side of the roads.  They will not be on private property.

Stantec is also starting their preliminary work with the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the process is called as “pre-permitting.”

Wilson says he believes Stantec Consulting is on track to give their flood mitigation suggestions by the end of the year.

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9/29/16 – 11:24 A.M.

Standardized tests are a way of life in today’s schools, but it shouldn’t have to be that way. That was one of the messages from award-winning educator Muriel Summers to local teachers Thursday…

Audio: Muriel Summers

Summers works with schools to help teach leadership principles in the classroom. Her school in North Carolina has won several awards for academic achievement. She spoke in Findlay Thursday as part of the Raise the Bar – Hancock County program.

Summers says schools are becoming an increasingly high-pressure environment and for no good reason…

Audio:  Muriel Summers

Summers says the increasing pressure on students is leading to growing mental health issues in children.

The Raise the Bar initiative sponsored Thursday’s event at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Findlay City School teachers attended in the morning. County school teachers are attending an afternoon session.

Raise the Bar – Hancock County is an effort to align local schools with the needs of area employers.

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