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11/14/14 – 1:06 P.M.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took questions and comments about the tentative flood control plan in Findlay today. As the audience learned, the tentative plan is somewhat of a rough draft of the mitigation efforts that could be implemented…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Lt. Col. Karl Jansen says the detailed report will be made public in early 2015. Jansen adds once that’s done, the very important public comment period will begin.

The cost of Blanchard River Flood mitigation won’t be cheap. Jansen said the current estimate to build a diversion channel and levee is around $87 million. However, we’re a long way from the final numbers…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Jansen says we’ll have a better idea of the cost if Congress approves an appropriation for the plan.

Of course, there were several questions and comments about the plan. One big question people asked was how a levee and diversion channel will actually change how the Blanchard handles heavy rain.

Jansen says that’s an answer the Corps has to get better at explaining…

Audio: Karl Jansen

Corps representatives said currently when it rains a lot, it’s like pouring a big bucket of water down a drain. The flood mitigation measures would make it like pouring several cups of water down the same drain. The breaking up of the initial surge would allow water to move downstream before the next surge comes through.

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11/14/14 – 7:38 A.M.

There will be no strike at a Fostoria employer. The Review-Times reports The United Auto Workers Local 533 and Autolite have agreed to a tentative agreement. Details on the contract have not been released as union members will still have to vote on it.

80 UAW members were preparing to hit the picket line today. UAW 533 President Skip Angles told the newspaper the union was operating under its second extension with the company after the most recent labor contract expired Oct. 31.

MORE: Review Times

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11/14/14 – 7:15 A.M.

A new medical facility opened in Putnam County Thursday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports St. Rita’s Medical Center opened a doctor’s office in Columbus Grove. St. Rita’s Professional Services President Dr. Herbert Schumm told the newspaper they felt there was a void of medical coverage in Columbus Grove and wanted to do something about it.

The office will be staffed 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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11/14/14 – 6:58 A.M.

There were several people on hand for last night’s Van Buren school board meeting, but only a few talked about another failed building levy. The Courier reports the general consensus of those who did speak was that the district needs more community input before going back to voters.

Some community members expressed concern about the length of the 30-year bond. Others said it wasn’t made clear how much repairs to the existing buildings would cost. School officials say fixing all the buildings on the school campus would be around $20 million. Repairs to the 1918 portion of the building will be around $5 million.

Superintendent Tim Myers also talked about the levy. Myers said they have to figure out exactly what the community members want.

MORE: The Courier

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11/14/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Findlay city council seat is no longer vacant. The Courier reports Jim Niemeyer was selected to represent the 6th ward. The Hancock County Republican Central Committee made the decision during a Thursday night meeting. Niemeyer will fill the seat left open by Andy Douglas, who resigned last month.

Niemeyer ran against Douglas for the 6th ward council seat in 2013. He tells the newspaper he plans to run for the seat again in 2015. Niemeyer has owned and operated Dairy Queen at the corner of Western and Lima avenues since 1979.

Niemeyer says he agrees with many of Douglas’ positions. When it comes to where tax money goes, Niemeyer said, “Taxpayer money shouldn’t go to private companies or nonprofits.”

MORE: The Courier

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11/14/14 – 5:14 A.M.

State prison officials say Chardon High School gunman T.J. Lane used a ladder crafted from junk in a prison closet to make his break for freedom. A report shared with the families of Lane’s victims says he used an unlocked crawl space at the Allen Correctional Institution to build the ladder and escape in September. Lane’s escape was aided by a nonworking video camera.

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11/14/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Slick roads might make your morning commute a little slower, especially in Wood County. The sheriff’s office says black ice has caused numerous accidents. The Ohio Department of Transportation has had crews out putting brine on bridges and overpasses, but you’re still urged to drive with caution.

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11/13/14 – 12:55 A.M.

Mattress Firm is adding a second Findlay location. The company announced plans today to build a store next to Carmike Cinema on Findlay’s west side. The location would be the second in Findlay for the company. There’s a Mattress Firm location on Tiffin Avenue across from the Findlay Village Mall.

The new store is expected to open in 2015.

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11/13/14 – 12:45 P.M.

A manufacturer on Findlay’s west side is looking to expand operations. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved a site plan for Freudenberg-NOK this morning. The more than 43,000 square foot addition would pave the way for more jobs…

Audio: David Roth

Architect David Roth says the goal is to be in the new facility sometime in 2015.

The Findlay Freudenberg location makes industrial sealants for the automotive industry.

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11/13/14 – 11:38 A.M.

The intersection of Trenton and Broad avenues will look quite different in the future. Findlay’s Planning Commission approved site plans for a new Speedway store. The new store will have a much larger footprint, taking the place of the current Speedway store and Ralphie’s restaurant to the north.

Even though Ralphie’s will be torn down to make way for the development, management doesn’t expect to be gone from Findlay for long. Operations Director Mark Wallace said, “the future of Ralphie’s in Findlay is strong, and we will remain a presence.” He added there is no timeline on when the restaurant would close or move to another location.

As far as the new Speedway is concerned, developers plan to address a current traffic issue. The entrance to the store won’t allow drivers to turn left across Broad near the intersection with Trenton. Instead drivers coming from the north will turn left into a new driveway in front of where Ralphie’s now stands.


Site plans for new Speedway store. (Click for larger image)

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