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2/13/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The discussion about where a new Seneca County courthouse should be located continues. The Courier reports Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz made a case for what’s known as the East Tower site during Thursday’s Seneca County Commissioners meeting. Montz proposed a plan to reduce the cost of building at that location. The plan included the owner of the property donating $500,000 to the project. Montz believes that with the donation and potential tax credits, the cost could be reduced to $11.3 million from $13.9 million.

A second proposed location next to the county court annex is estimated to cost $9.4 million.

Under Montz’s plan, Tiffin would rent or lease space in the new building from the county. The former courthouse property would be sold to Tiffin for a dollar, and would be used as a gathering space for the community. After five years the owner of the East Tower Property, Andrew Kalnow, would donate the property to the county.

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2/13/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Several Putnam County school superintendents have concerns about their state funding levels for the next two years. The Putnam County Sentinel reports every district in the county except for Ottawa-Glandorf would see funding decreases under Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget.

Property values are a big part of the equation. Districts better able to raise local revenue would receive less state funding. That money would then go to school with less ability to raise local funds.

Another factor taken into account is student enrollment. Columbus Grove Superintendent Nick Verhoff told the newspaper increases in enrollment would help offset funding losses. But, enrollment decreases could compound the issue.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/13/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The Van Buren school district will implement all-day, every day kindergarten next year. The Courier reports the school board approved making the change during a Thursday meeting. Before the vote, Superintendent Tim Myers said the teachers thought it was a good idea, and that it bothered him the school was one of the last in the area to make the change.

Right now Van Buren kindergarten students attend a total of two-and-a-half days a week. There are two full-time teachers for the program. The change will mean adding two more full-time staff members.

Myers said the biggest reason for making the change was driven by state requirements. Myers told the board the teachers felt they needed more time with students to be able to meet the mandates.

MORE: The Courier

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2/12/15 – 11:23 A.M.

Another Findlay company is undergoing an expansion. During their Thursday meeting, the city planning committee approved plans for Miami Industrial Trucks on East River Road to add a 7,500 square foot expansion…

Audio: Mike Wechta

Mike Wechta is the General Manager of the company’s facilities. He says the business continues to grow and they recently added three new employees.

Wechta says they hope to have the expansion completed by the end of June.

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2/12/15 – 10:47 A.M.

Will the Findlay and Hancock County Health Departments combine? The document that would set that in motion is now in the hands of the people who will make the decision…

Audio: Cindy Land

Assistant Prosecutor Cindy Land says the current district advisory council will look at the proposed contract at their annual meeting on March 2.

Some of the details outlined in the deal include the budget. It would be determined by the new combined health district. After all funding sources including money in the district health fund and revenue established by the Ohio Revised Code are exhausted, Findlay would be on the hook to fund 57.5 percent of the rest of the budget.

The proposal includes details on how a joint district would be governed. A seven member board would include six people appointed by the DAC with the seventh appointed by the Hancock County Licensing Council. The board would include at least one physician.

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2/12/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Four prison workers have been disciplined following last year’s escape of three inmates from the Allen Correctional Facility in Lima. The Associated Press reports the workers were punished for failing to fix a broken security camera and putting the wrong kind of lock on a maintenance door among other things.

The discipline included short suspensions for a technician, a maintenance supervisor, a maintenance repair worker, and a guard. The prison’s warden was reassigned, and the deputy warden was demoted.

The September 11 escape involved T.J. Lane, who was convicted for killing three students at Chardon High School in 2012. He has been transferred to another prison.

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2/12/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is accused of intentionally setting fire to a building in the village that was already set for demolition. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 64-year-old Robert Baird is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and  a count of burglary. Baird is accused of setting fire to a house that had been bought by the Wood County Park District. The lot was going to be cleared to create more green space.

Baird is set for a pretrial hearing Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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2/12/15 – 4:58 A.M.

An icy road was to blame for an injury crash near Mount Cory Wednesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on Hancock County Road 24, east of Union Township Road 56, around 9:45 p.m.

41-year-old Laura Ann Atkin was driving east on Road 24 when her truck slid off the road, hit a culvert, and rolled into a field. Atkin was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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2/12/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a one-car crash in the city early this morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 12:35 a.m. on Blanchard Street between Crystal Avenue and Vincent Street.

22-year-old Evan Zeller lost control of his car going around a curve and hit a tree. He suffered head injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Zeller was cited for operating without reasonable control, and for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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2/11/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Seneca County residents who can’t afford to make home improvements might be able to now thanks to a grant. The Courier reports the county commissioners have released federal grant money to the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission. The money will allow those in need in Fostoria and Tiffin to make home upgrades.

The $975,000 grant will last two years. The cash can be used for rehabilitation of private homes, rent assistance, repair of failing systems in owner-occupied homes, and administrative fees.

MORE: The Courier

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