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11/29/16 – 12:16 P.M.

The Findlay Village Mall has locked down a new anchor store. Big R Stores announced Tuesday a plan for a location in the former Sears store. Big R sells things like sporting goods, equine products, lawn and garden items, and farm supplies. The new store is set to open in the Spring of 2017. It will fill the entire 100,000 square foot vacancy left when Sears closed.

A release from the company says the Findlay Big R location will hire around 70 people. Joda Crab Tree is the Co-Owner of the Company. In the release, he said they hope to hire local residents in management roles as well.

If you’re interested in a job at the new store, you’re encouraged to visit the careers section of BigR.com

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11/29/16 – 11:15 A.M.

Tim Bechtol has the support of his new colleagues. The Hancock County GOP appointed Bechtol to fill a vacant county commissioner seat Monday night. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s a good pick…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Brian Robertson agreed. He added Bechtol has the right qualifications…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Bechtol’s start date is unknown. He has to get bonded and insured before he can start.

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11/29/16 – 10:32 A.M.

The vice president of operations at MPLX is retiring at the beginning of 2017. Marathon Petroleum’s energy-and-logistics subsidiary announced Craig Pierson’s last day with the company is set for January 1.

The company named Timothy Aydt as Pierson’s replacement. Aydt currently serves as the general manager for terminal, transport & rail for Marathon.

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11/29/16 – 5:32 A.M.

Authorities have arrested five Lima residents in connection to a murder in Logan County. The Lima News reports police took 21-year-old Marquevous Watkins, 19-year-old Alexus Walton, and a 17-year-old girl into custody Monday. Police in Gary, Indiana arrested 22-year-old Zachariah Huddleston and another 17-year-old girl the same day.

Investigators say family members found 45-year-old Jeffery Brentlinger dead in his rural Zanesfield home on Thanksgiving.

Watkins faces a murder charge. Police accuse the other in the group of being complicit in the crime.

Authorities have not given a possible motive in the case.

MORE: Lima News

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11/29/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Knowing your credit score is critical to getting things like home and car loans. An event in our region this week will let you know your score for free. Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam counties, local banks and the West Ohio Community Action Partnership are partnering for “Credit Check Wednesday.” You can stop in at Crime Victim Services in Lima or Ottawa between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for your report.

You will need to bring a photo ID and answer personally identifying information.

Huntington Bank, First Federal Bank and First National Bank in Putnam County are also offering the service Wednesday.

The program is part of a larger financial literacy program.

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11/29/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A chain-reaction crash sent one person to the hospital in Findlay late Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Bright Road, north of East Main Cross Street.

A crash report says 32-year-old Nicholas Hannah of Vanlue was driving south on Bright Road when he didn’t see traffic stopped ahead of him. He hit the back of a car driven by 30-year-old Dane Feasel of Findlay, causing a chain-reaction collision involving two other cars.

Hanco Ambulance took Hannah to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury. Police cited him for failure to stop in an assured clear distance ahead and for a safety belt violation.

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11/29/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The Putnam County Jail will lose a revenue stream in 2017. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Paulding County is reopening their jail after voters passed an operating levy earlier this month. Paulding County currently sends prisoners to Putnam County at a cost of $325,000 per year.

Sheriff Tim Meyer tells the newspaper there’s not really any room to cut expenses. He believes other counties that have overflow problems will send more prisoners to Putnam County.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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11/29/16 – 4:50 A.M.

An outdoor ice rink in McComb is almost ready for skaters. All that’s missing is colder temperatures. The Courier reports the village will add water to the rink if it gets cold enough next week.

Village council President Gordon Myers suggested setting aside one night a week for hockey. For that to happen council will have to change the hours of the park. Currently, it closes at dusk.

$6,200 in donations made the temporary rink possible.

MORE: The Courier

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11/28/16 – 6:05 P.M.

United Way Of Hancock County is holding it’s first ever two-day online auction from December 7-9. They are looking for small businesses to donate gift certificates for the auction. All of the money raised through the event will go to the organization to help improve the lives of people in Hancock County. The event will start at noon on Wednesday, December 7th and will end at noon on Friday, December 9th. To participate or to donate a certificate from your business you can go to www.liveunitedhancockcounty.org

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11/28/16 – 5:30 P.M.

City Dry Cleaning is holding it’s 29th Coat Drive this week and you can help. Paul Kramer from City Dry Cleaning says that there’s plenty of ways for you to drop off coats.

Paul Kramer

He added that they are in need of coats for children.

Paul Kramer

The coats will be distributed next weekend at Glenwood Schools. You can pick up a coat on the 10th from 9am -3 pm and on the 11th from 1-3 pm.

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