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7/22/14 – 9:03 A.M.

After months of steady decline, the unemployment rate went up in June for Hancock and the surrounding counties. New numbers released by the Department of Job and Family Service show the jobless rate at 4.5 percent in Hancock County. That’s up from 4 percent in May, but is still 3 percent lower than it was last June.

Putnam and Wyandot Counties were both still under 5 percent unemployment. Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 4.4 while Wyandot was at 4.7.

The rest of the region shaped up like this: Seneca County at 5.3, Wood County checked in at 5.4, both Henry and Allen Counties were at 5.6, and Hardin County is at 5.9 percent unemployment.

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7/22/14 – 7:21 A.M.

Arlington voters will be asked to approve two levies for fire protection this fall. The Courier reports village council voted to place the measures on the ballot during their Monday meeting.

A 2.5-mill, 5-year renewal levy would raise $51,000 a year for operating expenses. A separate 1-mill levy will also be included on the ballot. It would raise $20,000 a year to pay for equipment.

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7/22/14 – 5:11 A.M.
Update – 6:38 A.M.

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in an early morning crash near Van Buren that injured two people today. The single-car accident happened around 1:15 a.m. on State Route 613, east of Hancock County Road 140.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year-old Lucina Brose of Fostoria was driving west on Route 613 when she drove off the north side of the road, hitting two trees and a mailbox before coming to rest near a house.

Brose was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her passenger, 4-year-old Josiah Brose, was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. There was no word on their conditions.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/22/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A law enforcement officer was honored by the village of Carey Monday night. The Courier reports Patrolman Sutton Flick was given the village’s medal of honor for resolving an armed shooter situation just outside Carey last November.

Flick was the first on the scene at the Carey Conservation Club when Richard Clark shot and killed two people. Flick had his weapon drawn as Clark left the building. Flick was able to get Clark to throw his gun down. Clark is now serving two life sentences.

Flick has also received the officer of the year award from Owens Community College. He finished second for the Fraternal Order of Police state award.

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The superintendent of the Fostoria school district was given a new contract Monday. The Courier reports the school board approved a deal through 2019 with Andrew Sprang. The contract will pay Sprang $92,000 a year.

Sprang has been the superintendent since November of 2012, when he replaced the retiring Steve Pritts. Before that he was the principal at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.

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7/22/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Riverdale school board took no action regarding a kindergarten teacher who has been a flashpoint for controversy last night. The Courier reports a 45 minute executive session on personnel matters was held during a special meeting. In the end the board made no decision on Barb Williams’ future.

Williams was suspended by the board in May after security video surfaced that showed her shoving a student, and picking him up by his face. She has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment.

No comment was given by the school’s administration following the meeting. A regular school board meeting will be held July 28 at 7 p.m.

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7/22/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay city council will take a look at the budget today to see how things are going halfway through the year. The meeting will allow auditor Jim Staschiak to go over what the numbers look like right now compared to what was budgeted in January.

The Courier reports long-term budget planning will also be a topic of conversation. Staschiak tells the newspaper he’ll make another appeal for long-term budgeting. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says she’s in favor of planning for more than one year at a time, but that expense priorities have to be based on clear revenue trends.

Numbers projected for 2015 look strong so far. General fund revenue is expected to be $26.8 million next year. That’s slightly more than the $26.7 million being estimated for this year.

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7/21/14 – 7:18 A.M.

Statewide offices are up for grabs in November, and with that in mind the midterm campaign season is underway. The Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor, State Representative John Patrick Carney, will be in Kenton this weekend. Carney and State Representative Tracy Heard Maxwell will speak at the Hardin County Democrats Fall Campaign Kickoff Dinner and Rally on July 26.

The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church north of Kenton on state Route 68.

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7/21/14 – 6:51 A.M.

Gas prices spiked at the end of last week, but they are starting to come back down. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular in the state is around $3.49 a gallon. That’s three cents higher than a week ago but down from the $3.55 a gallon prices we saw over the weekend.

Locally, prices are below the state average in Findlay. Drivers report paying around $3.45 a gallon here. In Ottawa prices are around $3.49, and in Fostoria the average is about $3.44.

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7/21/14 – 6:44 A.M.

We’ve been able to drive 70 mph on I-75 for a year now, and for the most part nothing much has changed. The Courier reports there were a few more accidents on the interstate in Hancock County since the limit was increased, but that’s mainly blamed on the brutal winter.

There were 38 more crashes during the 2013-2014 recording period. However, the 289 crashes reported in the county were only 8 more than during the 2011-2012 period.

Lt. Matthew Crow tells the newspaper the number of crashes has come back down since January and February.

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