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9/6/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Road work continues in Findlay this week. Repaving work will take place on Liberty Street from Elm to Sandusky and on Elm Street from Lima Avenue to Main Street.

Elsewhere curb replacement and repaving work will take place on Osborn Avenue from Wedgewood Drive to Sandusky Street and on McManness Avenue from East Main Cross to Center streets.

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9/6/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down following the extended Labor Day weekend. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 12 cents from last Tuesday. Local prices are roughly the same as they were coming out of the holiday weekend in 2015.

Prices are down in Ottawa as well. Drivers there report an average price of $2.09 per gallon. That’s down six cents over the last seven days.

The statewide average is $2.14 today, down five cents from last week.

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9/6/16 – 5:23 A.M.

The summer travel season is over for the most part, but construction continues on major roads in Hancock County. As a result, you can expect to see delays in some areas. ODOT reports the north and southbound lanes of I-75 between State Route 235 and County Road 60 will be reduced to one lane for road resurfacing. This phase of the project will likely last until late October.

Elsewhere State Route 12 from Findlay to Arcadia and from the southwest side of Fostoria to the Seneca County line will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing. That project will take around two months to complete.

Eastbound State Route 12 in Findlay will also be closed from Tiffin Avenue to Bright Road for the installation of a storm sewer line. That project will also take two months to finish.

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9/6/16 – 5:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair wrapped up Monday, but not before thousands of people poured through the gates. The Courier reports the estimated attendance for the six-day event was around 115,500 people this year. That’s up 19,000 from last year’s attendance figure of 96,500.

Ticket chairman Aaron Smith believes last week’s weather was a big factor in getting more people to the fair this year. Moderate temperatures and low humidity held through the week. The lack of rain didn’t hurt anything either. Smith told the newspaper, “I can’t remember having a fair without one bad day.”

MORE: The Courier

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9/6/16 – 4:53 A.M.

Findlay City Council could decide the future of medical marijuana in the city during their meeting tonight. The Courier reports Mayor Lydia Mihalik is asking council to pass a ban on growing, processing, and selling medical marijuana in the city. In a letter to council, Mihalik has asked for the ordinance to be passed on an emergency so that she could sign the bill before Ohio’s medical marijuana law goes into effect Thursday.

Ohio’s new law governing marijuana allows cities to prohibit the sale of medical pot. Other aspects of the law aren’t as clear, such as when rules for prescribing marijuana will be put in place. Mihalik’s letter cites this in the request for the ban, saying, “only then will we be able to make a truly informed decision whether to permit medical marijuana in some form or the other.”

The proposed ban would change Findlay’s zoning code. The state law set to go into effect prevents dispensaries from opening within 500 feet of a school, library, church, public playground or park.

MORE: The Courier

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9/2/16 – 7:54 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair rolls into the Labor Day weekend today. It’ll be a busy night in the grandstands once again. KOI Drag racing will take place in the south grandstands at 7 p.m. An hour before that the 4-H Free Style Riding and Barrel Battle will be held in the north stands.

In junior fair activities, events include the dairy goat and beef shows.

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9/2/16 – 7:47 A.M.

The law enforcement officers involved in a shooting earlier this year in Hardin County have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. WKTN radio reports a grand jury declined to return indictments against anyone from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Kenton Police Department.

The incident in question happened in February. Officers exchanged gunfire with Stephen Davis following a chase that started in Kenton. Davis was killed during the shootout.

Kenton Police Officer Skylar Newfer was hospitalized after he was hit twice. He was able to return home days after the incident happened.

MORE: WKTN Radio

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9/2/16 – 7:27 A.M.

First responders in Allen County are on edge following a rash of overdoses. The Lima News reports there have been eight overdoses over the past two days. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the newspaper there is a concern that a batch of heroin in the area may have been laced with fentanyl. Crish says there is a high risk of death when heroin is laced with the powerful painkiller. So far none of the overdoses in Allen County have been fatal.

In the meantime, investigators are working to find out if the overdoses are connected to the same batch of heroin. They also want to find the dealer. Anyone with information is urged to call the Lima Police Department or the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

MORE: Lima News

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9/2/16 – 6:59 A.M.

A site plan for a proposed Tim Horton’s restaurant in Fostoria will go in front of the city’s planning commission next Thursday. The Review-Times reports the group will review the planned development for part of North Countyline Street. Four single-family homes between 1030 and 908 North Countyline will be demolished to make way for the restaurant.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

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