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6/14/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Preparations to move materials from the old Carey school to the new school are continuing. The Courier reports some of those materials have sentimental value, and officials are planning on the best way to display them in the new building. For instance, the future of class pictures is being decided. The Legacy Committee has recommended digitally re-creating the pictures so they can be browsed on touch screen computers at what will be known as “Legacy Lane.” Binders with the picture would also be available.

Trophies from past athletic and academic competitions will also be digitally recreated from yearbooks. They will compliment six trophy cases planned for the school.

Moving day for the school will be July 11 starting at 8 a.m.

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6/14/16 – 5:10 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Health has set up mosquito-borne illness monitoring in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports mosquito traps have been set up in five locations. Health officials will be looking out for the West Nile virus and the Zika virus.

No cases of either virus have been reported in Putnam County.

The traps have been placed in Cloverdale, Leipsic, and Glandorf. Two traps have been placed in the Ft. Jennings area.

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6/14/16 – 5:04 A.M.

The McComb Police Department wants to get residents more involved in keeping the community safe. The Courier reports Police Chief Greg Smith wants to form a SAFER program. SAFER stands for, “Seeking Aid From Every Resident.” One example of how SAFER would work is through social media. Residents would be alerted to safety issues, crimes, and scams.

The program would see a committee formed, consisting of members from the school, businesses, and council representatives.

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6/14/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Officials in the McComb School District are looking into the possibility of building a new school. The Courier reports the school board has authorized Superintendent Meri Skilliter to work with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to look at potential building changes. The commission will look at how much it would cost to renovate the nearly 100-year-old building compared to building new.

The vote last week doesn’t mean the district is putting a levy on the ballot anytime soon. However, officials do believe it’s worth looking into. Skilliter tells the newspaper, “the village’s emphasis on economic development, and the Heart and Soul committee’s study of the communities’ needs, it has become clear that improving the school’s facilities is not only an investment in our kids, but also an investment in the future of these communities.”

If the state supports a building project, it could pay for 57 percent of the construction. Skilliter says McComb has a priority ranking of 27, making it likely the state would approve moving forward.

McComb’s school was built in 1923, with additions in 1976 and 1998.

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6/13/16 – 12:12 P.M.

The Zika virus was recently diagnosed in a Hancock County resident. Dr. Bill Kose is the chief quality officer at Blanchard Valley Health System and says health professionals in the area are prepared for insect-borne illnesses like Zika…

Audio: Bill Kose

Kose tells WFIN’s Chris Oaks there’s no reason to believe there will be a local outbreak…

Audio: Bill Kose

While Zika isn’t a giant concern locally, West Nile virus usually finds its way into Ohio every summer. Kose says because of that it’s still important to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses. That means using a mosquito repellant when you’re outside.

As far as Zika goes, Kose says the people who should be most concerned are pregnant women and women thinking about getting pregnant because the disease has been linked to birth defects.

Kose adds the county has been closely monitoring health issues that can be spread through travel to other countries.

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6/13/16 – 7:39 A.M.

Maple Crest in Bluffton will host seniors from across northwest Ohio tomorrow. The senior living facility is the site of LeadingAge Ohio’s northwest regional Art and Writing Show. The event is open to the public and will feature a variety of artistic categories.

Debbie Mohr is activities director at Maple Crest says the event has drawn participants of all experience levels:

Audio: Debbie Mohr

Entries will be judged between 10am and 3pm in the Patio Room at Maple Crest.

Winners at the regional will advance to the statewide competition in Columbus in September.

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6/13/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A Lima man was arrested Saturday night, a day after he escaped police custody while in handcuffs. The Lima News reports 32-year-old Derrick Williams was found hiding in a vacant building around 10 p.m. Saturday. He was arrested without further incident.

Williams was being arrested on a domestic violence charge Friday night when he was able to escape from an officer and run away after he had been handcuffed.

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6/13/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Gas prices are up from a week ago, but coming down from last week’s highest prices. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $2.63 a gallon for regular today. That’s up six cents from last Monday but down 10 cents from Friday. Today’s prices are 16 cents cheaper than they were a year ago this week.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.69 a gallon today, up 10 cents from last Monday.

The average around Ohio is $2.68 a gallon, a nine cent climb over the last seven days.

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6/13/16 – 6:37 A.M.

Four Findlay roads will be closed this week for construction projects. The city’s engineering department says Elm Street, from Main Street to Lima Avenue; Liberty Street, from Elm to Sandusky streets; and Washington Street, from Western to Hurd avenues, will be closed for curb replacement work.

Wedgewood Drive will be closed for gas line installation. That closure will be from East Main Cross Street to Osborn Avenue.

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