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9/19/16 – 7:36 A.M.

Employees from the Lowe’s Distribution Center in Findlay are spending time to improve a couple of Fostoria parks. The Review-Times reports around 45 volunteers helped refurbish City and Gray parks Friday. They’ll be back at it again Wednesday.

On Friday, the volunteers repainted the playground equipment, installed new seesaws and fixed up a playhouse. On Wednesday the volunteers will return to put a second coat of paint on equipment, install a handicapped swing, and replace worn out swings. They’ll also repaint lines on the basketball court, repaint picnic tables under the pavilion and place fresh mulch and stone.

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9/19/16 – 7:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Jenera woman Friday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Clayton Baltzer of Arlington was driving south on County Road 12 around 9:30 p.m. when he failed to yield at the intersection with State Route 103. Baltzer’s pickup truck hit a car driven by 20-year-old Courtney Archer.

Hanco EMS took Archer to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remained under investigation over the weekend.

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9/19/16 – 5:29 A.M.

A two-car crash injured at least three people east of Findlay over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened near the Spahr Dairy Farm at 9898 Township Road 234 Saturday afternoon. The farm was the last stop on the Hancock County Farm Tour and there was more traffic than normal at the location.

The sheriff’s office says the driver of a Honda Accord lost control on a curve and hit a Honda CRV near Township Road 207. One crash victim was suffering from chest pains while another may have broken an ankle.

No other details were immediately available.

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9/19/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Gas prices are higher than they were a week ago, but they are coming back down from last week’s highest prices. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.07 a gallon today. That’s up 14 cents from last Monday but down 12 cents from last week’s high of $2.19

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up six cents from seven days ago.

The statewide average is $2.17 today. That up nine cents from last Monday.

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9/19/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The American Farmer’s Grow Rural Education program recently gave a $25,000 grant for agricultural education to a Putnam County school. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Kalida High School will use the money to build a greenhouse. The grant comes from the American Farmer’s Grow Rural Education program.

Superintendent Karl Lammers tells the newspaper the greenhouse will allow students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the new facility.

Construction on the greenhouse foundation has already started. Lammers adds that students and teachers in the agricultural education programs will start building the rest of the greenhouse in October and November.

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9/19/16 – 5:01 A.M.

ODOT crews will be working on several Hancock County highways this week. State Route 12 will see lane restrictions in Arcadia for the installation of curbs, sidewalks, and handicap ramps. Crews will also reduce Route 12 through Fostoria to one lane in each direction while ODOT performs pavement joint repairs followed by pavement resurfacing.

Route 12 remains closed during business hours from Tiffin Avenue to Bright Road as a storm sewer line installation project continues. That closure is likely to remain in place until early November.

The repaving of I-75 south of Findlay continues this week. Ongoing construction has both sides of traffic restricted to one lane. ODOT crews will close the southbound exit ramp from State Route 235 to I-75 Tuesday for pavement repairs on the ramp.

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9/16/16 -7:51 A.M.

After 15 years, a Lima cold case murder may have a resolution. The Lima News reports 35-year-old David Evans recently walked into the Lima Police Department and confessed to killing 69-year-old Cardell Beachum in 2001. Beachum was locking up his business on July 2 of that year when someone shot him.

It’s the second time this year area authorities have had someone confess to a crime that happened years ago. In July, 30-year-old Travis Soto confessed to Putnam County authorities he had murdered his 2-year-old son in 2006. Soto had served time for child endangerment in that case.

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9/16/16 – 7:30 A.M.

Ongoing upgrades to the Mount Blanchard water treatment plant will see a generator installed at the facility. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners voted in favor of the installation of a gas line to run to the generator during their Thursday meeting. The cost will be around $1,700.

The overall cost of the project is nearly $20,000. The money is coming from Community Development Block Grant funds.

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9/16/16 – 6:51 A.M.

Columbus Grove has bought a vacant church, now village officials have to decide how they’ll use the property. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council recently voted 4-2 to buy the former Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church for $1. The church also offered an up-to $30,000 donation to the village if council voted to buy the building.

Council members had talked about using the site for a branch of the Putnam County Library. However, the library board voted against that idea. Director Kelly Ward cited safety concerns for handicapped library-goers.

There is still talk of using the former church as an off-site testing location for the Columbus Grove School District.

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