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7/27/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Prepare to see more orange barrels on I-75 this week. ODOT says the north and southbound lanes will be reduced in part of Hancock County for joint repair and resurfacing. The work will take place from just north of Hancock County Road 313 to about 2.5 miles south of State Route 698.

The project will also see the rest areas south of Findlay close at some point over the coming weeks.

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7/27/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The Columbus Grove School District will have drug testing in place for the upcoming school year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the school board voted in favor of the plan during a meeting last week. Under the policy, all students in grades seven through 12 taking part in extracurricular activities can be tested at random.

Superintendent Nicholas Verhoff said the program wasn’t put in place to be punitive. He added the goal is to give kids another reason to say “no” if they find themselves in a peer pressure situation.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/27/15 – 4:53 A.M.

Curb replacements will close two Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering department says work will take place on East Edgar Avenue from South Main Street to Emory Adams Park and on East Pearl Street between Main and Washington Street. The work will happen between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. today through Friday.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible. Access to local homes will be maintained, but thru-traffic will be prohibited.

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7/27/15 – 4:44 A.M.

Road work on a part of Lincoln Street in Findlay will cause some traffic issues. The city’s engineering department says Lincoln will be reduced to one lane between Main Street and East Street today and tomorrow. The work is in addition to repair work on the CSX crossing near Blanchard.

You’re asked to avoid this area if possible. The lane reduction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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7/24/15 – 10:40 A.M.

Findlay-area runners can take part in a unique road race Saturday morning. The Cooper Tire Centennial 5-Miler will take place at Findlay High School start at 7 a.m. Saturday. The race will see teams of two run 2.5 miles each.

This year Cooper is partnering with the Findlay YMCA to host the Corporate Cup Challenge. The competition pits business against each other to see who will bring home the corporate cup to their office.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 7:45 a.m. There will also be a 1-mile fun run and walk at 10 a.m.

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7/24/15 – 10:19 A.M.

Findlay’s first Oktoberfest is on track for this fall. Downtown Findlay Coordinator Maria Reza says the late September event is another way to show off downtown Findlay…

Audio: Maria Reza

Organizers says there will be an Oktoberfest queen pageant, kids games, and all the other things traditionally associated with an Oktoberfest.

The event will take place Saturday, September 26. Volunteers are needed, you can find out more on the downtown Findlay website.

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The West Ohio Food Bank has a new executive director. Linda Hamilton took the reigns of the organization earlier this month. She says she’s up for the challenge…

Audio: Linda Hamilton

Hamilton says the food bank’s “Summer Slam” raffle fundraiser is this weekend. The event will take place at 1380 East Kibby Street in Lima starting at 11:30 a.m. The $50 tickets will help pay for capital expenditure needs of more than $500,000.

MORE: Summer Slam Homepage

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An annual fundraiser for the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross will be held tonight. The Marathon Petroleum Red Cross B*A*S*H takes place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Director Todd James says the $5 ticket gets you plenty of entertainment…

Audio: Todd James

Tonight’s M*A*S*H themed event kicks off at 7 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. All proceeds benefit the local Red Cross chapter.

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7/24/15 – 7:19 A.M.

A former Hardin County Common Pleas Court probation officer is now a registered sex offender. Kentontoday.com reports Terry Price was sentenced on misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition and dereliction of duty this week. He’ll also spend 10 days in jail as part of his sentence.

The charges stemmed from incidents that happened in 2011.

MORE: Kenton Today

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