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7/8/14 – 10:49 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners took care of some business related to flood mitigation today. A resolution was passed to buy properties at 202 and 204 North Main Street in Findlay for $135,000. The buildings will eventually be torn down to deduce damage done by future flooding.

Aleta Foust of the Hancock Regional Planning Commission talked about the same issue. She says the organization is getting ready to apply for another round of grants to get money to buy and demolish more buildings in the flood plain. This grant is a little different than others though…

Audio: Aleta Foust

Foust says that will help stretch the money even further.

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7/8/14 – 6:42 A.M.

Two people were injured in a two car crash near Fostoria Monday. The State Patrol reports the crash happened at the intersection of State Route 587 and Seneca County Road 18 around 8:30 a.m.

44-year-old Jonathan Ayers of Findlay was stopped at the intersection when he pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Eric Bouillon of New Riegel. Both men were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries.

Ayers was cited for failure to yield after a stop.

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7/8/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Bluffton officials are still waiting to hear what the damage estimate from water damage to the town hall will be. The Courier reports Village Administrator James Mehaffie told council Monday he hasn’t heard back from an insurance adjustor since last speaking on June 19. Mehaffie added the last estimate he heard was between $150,000 and $250,000.

The town hall was damaged in May when at least 1,500 gallons of water poured into the building from a broken sprinkler head.

The building was refurbished in 2008 at cost of $2.75 million.

MORE: The Courier

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7/8/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A special meeting of the North Baltimore village council could be an eventful one. The Courier reports council will consider hiring Donna Dettling of Dexter, Michigan as the next village administrator. The starting salary for the job is $70,000.

Council could also consider an ordinance to adjust sewer rates. Many residents have complained about the higher rates that took affect in the spring.

The special meeting’s agenda also will have council consider hiring paid emergency medical technicians to help the staff of the village ambulance service.

MORE: The Courier

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7/8/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Arlington residents could vote on a pair of levies for the fire department in November. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to a couple of measures Monday. The first is a $2.5 mill renewal levy for five years to pay for the operating expenses of the fire department. It brings in around $51,000 a year.

A new 1-mill levy has also been proposed. It would generate money to buy new equipment in the future. The levy would raise up to $20,000 a year.

MORE: The Courier

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7/8/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Ottawa flood maps and insurance rates will be topics of discussion at a public meeting tomorrow. The Putnam County Sentinel reports FEMA will review preliminary reports for the Flood Insurance Study and the Flood Insurance Rate maps.

There will be two sessions at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety in Glandorf. From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Putnam County officials will meet with FEMA representatives. From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. an open house will allow community members to ask questions directly to officials on hand.

Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program requires that communities adopt the new flood risk data by the time the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps go into effect.

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7/8/14 – 4:48 A.M.

Residents in the Van Buren school district can learn more about a potential bond issue at a meeting tonight. The Courier reports the results of a community survey will be discussed at the get-together. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the district’s community room.

At stake is whether the district will move forward with putting a $29.3 million bond issue back on the ballot in November. 62% of voters in the May primary voted against the levy.

Superintendent Tim Myers tells the newspaper open houses about the levy were not well attended in the spring. As a result the district is making a better effort to reach out to voters.

MORE: The Courier

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7/7/14 – 11:26 A.M.

You’re probably familiar with the “knee high by the Fourth of July” adage when it comes to the corn crop. Hancock County extension agent Ed Lentz the saying usually rings true, and that means we have a great crop of corn growing locally…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Appearing on Ag Talk, Lentz said you can expect to see tassels appearing on corn in the next few weeks. He says that’s unusual for this time of year.

Lentz says only a couple of areas aren’t seeing strong growth…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Hardin County corn growers faced similar issues.

Lentz said the overall strong crop could lead to “above trend line yields” this harvest season.

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Long-time Congressman Michael Oxley was honored in Findlay tonight with the opening of the Michael G. Oxley Government Center in the Hancock Historical Museum.

Oxley said the center will help entice more people to learn more about the government, on the federal and local levels.

Audio: Michael Oxley

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, a friend and colleague of Oxley’s for more than 30 years, was in attendance to celebrate the opening and said Oxley’s career exemplifies that of a Republican.

Audio: John Boehner

Congressman Bob Latta, who currently represents Hancock County, said the Center is exactly what future generations need to learn from.

Audio: Bob Latta

The Center features an interactive timeline of Findlay’s history, a replica of the congressman’s office along with many other artifacts and features other notable Findlay civic leaders.

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7/7/14 – 7:17 A.M.

In spite of the holiday weekend, gas prices are lower as we start the week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.55 a gallon. That’s down from $3.62 last week and $3.84 a month ago. Gas was cheaper a year ago though, when we were paying $3.38.

In Findlay drivers were paying around $3.50 a gallon this morning. In Ottawa prices were around $3.45 and in Fostoria the cost for a gallon was about $3.54.

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