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1/25/17 – 4:31 A.M.

Dozens of new footballs are heading out of northwest Ohio for use during Super Bowl 51. The Wilson football factory in Ada has shipped more than 200 handmade balls to the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots for use in practices and next week’s game in Houston. Workers will spend the coming days pumping out 20-thousand footballs for souvenirs of the Super Bowl.

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1/24/17 – 11:13 A.M.

The Hancock County landfill has won an appeal over stricter EPA rules on air quality at the facility. Sanitary Engineer Steve Wilson says the regulations didn’t really fit with the operations of a landfill…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the regulations primarily dealt with dust in the air. He adds the landfill doesn’t generate much dust. If the appeal had failed, the landfill could have been on the hook for paving all its pathways.

Four other counties joined Hancock County in the appeal process.

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1/24/17 – 9:08 A.M.

Donald Trump has taken office and many Democrats are voicing their opposition to his proposed policies. While Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown doesn’t agree with the President on many issues, they do have some common ground…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says he received a hand-written note from the President saying he would work together with him on trade issues. He added he hopes Trump will issue an executive order mandating all infrastructure projects use U.S. steel.

Brown and Trump are far apart on other issues. Brown says one of his primary concerns is where healthcare goes form here…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says he fundamentally disagrees with making people work longer to earn Medicare benefits.

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1/24/17 – 7:16 A.M.

The former president of Marathon Pipeline LLC is giving back to his alma mater. The Lima News reports Craig Pierson and his wife Kay have made the lead donation for a new engineering building at Ohio Northern University. A statement from the university said the gift will, “make an impact on future students.”

The 105,000 square foot facility will house the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. ONU says it will be nearly twice the size of the current engineering building.

So far donors have raised $12 million for the $15 million project.

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1/24/17 – 6:58 A.M.

Carey will have a new mayor this time next year. The Courier reports Mayor Armand Getz announced he wouldn’t seek the rest of the current unexpired term. Getz took over the mayoral role in July following the death of Mayor Steven Smalley. Voters re-elected Smalley in 2015.

Getz tells the newspaper family and business obligations were his reasons for not seeking the rest of the term. He said people interested in the position have until February 1 to file petitions to run for mayor in the May 2 primary.

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1/24/17 – 6:41 A.M.

Investigators are calling a Monday fire in Fostoria suspicious. The Review-Times reports firefighters responded to a home at 111 Summit Street around 3:45 p.m. They found some burnt clothing in the basement and some light smoke damage, but no flames.

Investigators say it isn’t clear if anyone was home when the report came in. A dispatcher from the police department says the initial call came from the homeowner, who asked to talk to a police officer. When an officer stopped at the home, no one answered the door. A little while later someone living in the home called the fire department.

The state fire marshal’s office is leading the investigation.

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1/24/17 – 5:28 A.M.

The first graduate of the Findlay Learning Center received his diploma Monday. The Courier reports the Findlay school board recognized Michael England for finishing his classes in November.

The learning center combines in-person coaching and online instruction. Ginni Beaston was England’s coach at the center. She says it can be a good option for students who also want to work. England was able to work a job at Speedway while getting his diploma.

England says he’s enrolling in classes an UNOH in Lima. He plans to study auto and diesel mechanic technologies.

MORE: The Courier

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1/24/17 – 5:18 A.M.

McComb village council is considering a variety of improvements to water and sewer services. The Courier reports the Northwestern Water and Sewer District presented several options to council during their Monday meeting. The district is working to find grants to help pay for a new sanitary sewer plant. The estimated cost for the facility is $6.2 million.

District spokesman Dick Heyman says some sanitary sewer lines need upgraded. He added a section of Oliver Street needs work in the future. The district is also looking at waterline improvements for parts of High Street, Todd Street, West Perrin Avenue and South Street.

MORE: The Courier

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1/24/17 – 5:09 A.M.

A former substitute teacher in Putnam County is facing prison time for allegedly having sex with a student. The Lima News reports the grand jury indicted 28-year-old Jessica Storer of Pandora on a count of sexual battery Monday. She is also facing six counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Storer has an arraignment hearing set for Wednesday.

Investigators say Storer had sex with a male student from Pandora-Gilboa High School on November 26. A tip to police led to an investigation in mid-December. Officers took Storer into custody on December 21.

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1/24/17 – 4:55 A.M.

Only one person applied to fill a vacant position on the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The Courier reports Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Starn submitted his name to take the spot left open when Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer retired last year. Governor John Kasich still has to approve Starn for the position.

Voters reelected Niemeyer in 2014. The term runs through 2020.

Starn has been a municipal court judge since 2010.

If Kasich appoints Starn to take the rest of Niemeyer’s term as judge, the same process will likely take place to fill Starn’s spot in the municipal court.

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