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8/7/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Despite rumblings to the contrary, a company rumored to be locating to Carey says they have no plans to move in just yet. According to the Progressor Times, Hanon Systems has been rumored to be building a location at the Arrowhead Commerce Park. Tracey Stallings is a spokesperson for the company and says they are, “currently exploring options to support our global expansion plans. No decision has been made, nor has the company announced any specific plans.”

In June the Carey school board, village council, and Wyandot County commissioners have all approved a 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement agreement which covers a $19 million investment. The agreement says the company would hire nearly 140 people over three years.

Hanon Systems supplies heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment to the auto industry. It previously was known as Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.

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8/7/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Two children were injured in Findlay Thursday afternoon when the moving truck they were riding in hit an overpass. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on East Main Cross Street under the Osborn Avenue bridge.

40-year-old Nathan Hill of Tiffin was driving a U-Haul truck west on East Main Cross when he hit the bridge. The impact of the crash injured a 6-year-old and a 14-year-old riding in the truck. The children were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hill was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and a seat belt violation.

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8/7/15 – 5:09 A.M.

The first public meeting about a proposed water and sewer district in Putnam County was held last night. The Courier reports around 60 people attended and had plenty of questions. Some of those on hand asked if the creation of another government entity was what the county needed. The county commissioners responded by saying Putnam County doesn’t have a sanitary engineer, and it doesn’t own any water or sewage plants.

Others in the attendance weren’t thrilled about not being able to vote on who ends up on the water district board. If the district is created three board members would be named by villages, three would be named by townships, and an “at large” member would be appointed by the other six board members.

Thirteen Putnam County governmental agencies have signed on to be petitioners for the district. A $100,000 state grant would help pay for the start-up costs. Judge Randall Basinger will have the final say on if the organization is created. He’s expected to receive a petition next month.

MORE: The Courier

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8/7/15 – 4:55 A.M.

A Rawson man will not be able to withdraw his guilty pleas to rape charges. The Courier reports Gary Martin’s requests were denied this week. In January, Martin pleaded guilty to four rape charges involving an 11-year-old girl.

Martin initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was evaluated twice and found competent to stand trial both times. He then changed his plea to guilty. However, in May his attorney submitted a request to withdrawal the pleas. A Michigan doctor testified Martin abruptly stopped taking antidepressants, causing mental issues.

MORE: The Courier

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8/6/15 – 11:29 A.M.

A former Hancock County government building in downtown Findlay will be torn down to make way for parking. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the building at 222 Broadway, next to the library, has reached the end of its useful life…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

With that in mind, Gazarek says they hope to have demolition done by early November. The goal is to have the lot paved by the beginning of December.

The project will go out to bid late this month.

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8/6/15 – 11:14 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber sales were down in the second quarter of the year, but operating profit rose. The company issued its second quarter earnings report Thursday. The figures show the tire company had net sales of $752 million in April, May, and June. That’s down from $889 million during the same months last year. However, operating profit was $99 million in 2015, compared to $77 million in 2014.

A release from Cooper says the decline in sales is due to the sale of a former joint venture in China. The Cooper-Chengshan Tire Company contributed sales of $172 million in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of the CCT sale, 2015 sales were actually up 5 percent.

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8/6/15 – 11:02 A.M.

A partnership between Marathon Petroleum and the University of Findlay will see the oil giant support the school’s Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Program. The donation from Marathon will help provide scholarships, as well as pay for facility and equipment upgrades. An exact dollar amount on the deal was not provided.

The partnership will last three years. It will also provide additional internship opportunities for UF students at Marathon. MPC employees will serve as guest lecturers for UF, and faculty members from the school will have the chance to get internships within Marathon as well.

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8/6/15 – 10:45 A.M.

If you see smoke coming from a University of Findlay dorm this afternoon, it’s nothing to worry about. UF staff members will take part in a fire safety training exercise around 3 p.m. in the Lovett Residence Hall. Smoke machines will be used to simulate an actual emergency.

The Findlay Fire Department, UF security, and other emergency responders will all be taking part in the drill.

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8/6/15 – 7:30 A.M.

There will be four candidates for three Findlay City School Board seats this fall. Incumbents Jane Robertson and Kathy Siebenaler Wilson have filed petitions to run again. Challengers Richard McKinney and Larry Schaller have also entered the race.

Current board member Barb Lockard did not file to run again. Her term expires at the end of the year.

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8/6/15 – 7:23 A.M.

Pandora officials are working to help the village avoid fines from the EPA. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council has hired Poggemeyer Design Group to develop a plan to get Panodora in compliance with phosphorus levels for the lagoon system. Council agreed to pay $4,800 for the work.

Poggemeyer has already suggested discharging from the lagoon into Riley Creek a few times per month. They also advised against discharges during dry weather.

Riley Creek has been designated a high phosphorus watershed. As a result Pandora’s lagoon can only register 1 miligram of phosphorus per liter in the lagoon.

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