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11/17/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A proposed shelter house was the center of controversy at the Arlington Village Council meeting Monday night. The Courier reports the dispute was over how price quotes to build a new shelter were received. Some council members wondered if construction firms gained an advantage by putting in their bids after other estimates had already been turned in.

The estimated cost is $49,820. Because the price is below $50,000; it doesn’t need a formal bidding process. Councilman Brian Essinger called the process, “bull crap.” Mayor Ed Solt took issue with Essinger questioning his honesty. Councilman Tom Blunk said the Parks and Recreation Committee will review the issue.

Bids for the project were between $38,000 and $49,000 depending on the scope of work. The village is expecting to get a grant from the Hancock Park District to help pay for the project.

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Capital Christmas Tree Makes Stop In Findlay

11/16 /15 – 1:16 P.M.

The Capital Christmas Tree made a stop in Findlay Monday. The tree will eventually be on display at the U.S. Capital building, but started its journey in Alaska…

Audio: Bruce Ward

Bruce Ward is with the “Choose Outdoors” organization. He says the tree gets a great reception wherever it goes…

Audio: Bruce Ward

Around 300 people were on hand at the Hancock County Courthouse Monday morning to see the display.

Garner Transportation in Findlay helped arrange the stop in Findlay.

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11/16/15 – 11:15 A.M.

Two area universities ranked high for value in a recent study. Best Value Schools.com ranked Ohio Northern Universty 9th in Ohio, while the University of Findlay was 22nd. The website uses graduation rates, net price, acceptance rates, and the 20-year net return on investment to determine the rankings.

The Economist is also out with it’s first-ever college rankings. The magazine ranked schools’ economic value based on the gap between how much graduates earn based on what they would have earned had they gone elsewhere. UF graduates earn $784 more per year compared to other colleges. Ohio Northern’s expected “overperformance” was more than $3,800.

We have a link to both surveys on our website.

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11/16/15 – 10:49 A.M.

Findlay residents have a chance to have their voice heard on proposed changes to downtown today. Public comment sessions are taking place in the municipal building. Cliff Brown attended the morning session and said he liked the idea of mid-block crosswalks…

Audio: Cliff Brown

He added he had concerns about the cost, and how snow would be handled on Main Street in the winter. Another public comment session takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the same location.

Other proposed changes include curb bump-outs to slow traffic, and bike lanes on Cory Street from downtown to the University of Findlay campus.

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11/16/15 – 6:51 A.M.

An Ada woman will spend nine years in prison for her role in a fire caused by a meth lab. WKTN radio reports Julie Music pleaded guilty to two counts of complicity to aggravated arson, two counts of endangering children and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.

The fire happened in the 4000 block of State Route 235 near Ada in May. There were children outside the home at the time of the blaze.

Music’s boyfriend, Charles Louden was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the fire.


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11/16/15 – 6:44 A.M.

There will be a couple of trouble spots on area roads as you travel through Hancock County this week. ODOT reports the exit ramp from I-75 south to U.S. 68 / State Route 15 will close for a few hours at some point. Pavement grinding will likely take place Wednesday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Elsewhere, State Route 37 will be restricted to one lane north of Mount Blanchard for pavement grinding. That work will take place either Wednesday or Thursday.

You can also expect to see State Route 235 to be reduced to one lane north of McComb for tree trimming.

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11/16/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Center is working to increase the number of foster care families for adults with developmental disabilities. The Courier reports the state wants to see a 25 percent increase in foster families over 10 years.

To help the effort, the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities has hired a recruitment firm, REM of Mentor. The company is helping locate interested families, as well as with screening and training them. Part of their job will be to match BVC clients with potential foster families.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster family you can call REM at (888)644-9730 for more information.

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11/16/15 – 5:12 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing a November slide. Ohio gas prices.com reports some Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.99 today. That’s a 20 cent decrease since last Monday. The last time prices dropped below $2 a gallon in Findlay was for a brief period in early September.

Ottawa drivers are paying $1.94 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 23 cents over the last week.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2 a gallon, down 19 cents from last Monday.

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11/16/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Fostoria has an interim Safety-Service Director. The Review-Times reports Upper Sandusky resident Lewie Ekleberry will supervise the city’s police, fire and municipal works departments. Ekleberry spent his entire career in the manufacturing industry. He last worked for Dana Corporation where he was the vice president and general manager for the brake hose division.

There’s no timetable to find a permanent replacement for Allyson Murray. She recently left the role to become the village administrator of North Baltimore.

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11/16/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Findlay city councilman was involved in a weekend crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened just before midnight Saturday in the 3000 block of North Main Street.

74-year-old Tom Shindledecker was driving south when he fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the northbound lanes of Main Street, and hit a utility pole. His passenger, 72-year-old Bonnie Shindledecker, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Shindledecker was cited for failure to control.

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