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9/23/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Findlay’s budget is in good health, and as a result more money could be spent on capital improvements in 2016. The Courier reports city council met as a committee-of-the-whole Tuesday and got a budget update from auditor Jim Staschiak. The city’s goal is to carry a little more than $10 million into 2016, and Staschiak says things are on track to do so.

If that happens the amount of income tax applied to capital improvements could increase. The city allocated 18 percent of income tax revenue to capital improvements this year. That’s expected to increase to 19 percent in 2016.

City Council will put together the official budget for 2016 in December.

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9/22/15 – 11:24 A.M.

More people were working in Hancock County than at any other time of the year last month. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released August employment numbers Tuesday. The numbers show that of the 40,500 people in the county’s labor force, 39,200 have jobs. That, combined with 100 people leaving the labor force, dropped the county’s unemployment rate to 3.2 percent. It was 3.7 percent in July.

Unemployment was down all across the region in August. Wyandot County has the lowest jobless rate at 3.1 percent. Putnam and Wood Counties were also below 4 percent joblessness, at 3.3 and 2.7 percent respectively.

Elsewhere, Henry County was a 4 percent unemployment, Seneca and Allen Counties were at 4.1 percent, and Hardin County was at 4.2 percent.

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9/22/15 – 6:41 A.M.

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio will headline the Allen County Democratic Party Fall Dinner next month. The Lima News reports Ted Strickland will speak on October 13 at the UAW Hall in Lima. Tickets for the event are $12. For more information call (419)224-9426 by October 8.

Strickland served one term as governor in Ohio, and was a congressman for two terms before that.

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9/22/15 – 6:34 A.M.

Carey residents can expect to see road work this fall. The Courier reports village council approved a repaving contract with Shelly Company for more than $118,000 during their Monday meeting. Work will take place on County Highway 96 and East North Street. Alleys behind the 300 and 500 blocks of North Vance Street will also be repaved.

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9/22/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The state of U.S. 68 through Arlington has officials concerned. The Courier reports Arlington council members talked about the issue during their Monday meeting. The village has agreed to consider a grant/zero-interest loan package to help fix the problem.

A Celina engineering firm says moisture is getting into the pavement’s base. Water is also collecting underneath the street. Combined with heavy truck traffic, and it could mean problems for the road.

Around 1,900 feet of one section of the road couple be replaced with a financing package from the Ohio Public Works Program. The first phase of the project would cost nearly $1.2 million. ODOT could also provide money for the project.

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9/22/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The investigation continues into a weekend fatal crash in Hancock County. The Review-Times reports 19-year-old Mimi Green of Fostoria is expected to be released from the hospital today. She was taken to a Toledo hospital by medical helicopter following the three-car collision on State Route 12 Sunday. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Miller tells the newspaper Green’s condition was initially believed to be worse than it was.

Miller also says they haven’t found any link between the crash and cell phone use. So far no charges have been filed.

The crash took the life of 77-year-old Jane Fishpaw, who was riding in a car hit from behind by a car Green was driving. Several other people suffered injuries in the collision.

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9/22/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A Bluffton factory is planning to expand. The Courier reports Diamond Manufacturing is looking to add a 50,000 square foot addition to its current facility. The company plans to invest between $1 million and $2.5 million in the plant. No specific number of new jobs has been announced yet.

Bluffton Council passed a resolution Monday supporting an enterprise zone agreement to help the expansion along. The agreement also includes BTMS Investments of Bluffton.

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9/22/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Hearthside Food Solutions in McComb is facing a federal fine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has docked the cookie factory $52,500 for an incident that saw an employee lose part of a finger last April. Hearthside has until October 13 to appeal the fine.

OSHA says a lack of adequate safeguards on a dough-cutting machine led to the 55-year-old employee’s injury.

Hearthside was cited for a similar violation in 2010. The company has also been cited twice this year for not turning off the machine during maintenance.

Hearthside employs around 1,800 people in its McComb plant. The facility makes cookies and crackers for Nabisco, Kellogg’s and General Mills.

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9/22/15 – 4:28 A.M.

No injuries are being reported after an explosion at a Bowling Green factory. Firefighters were called yesterday to Mid-Wood Incorporated off Gypsy Lane Road after a conveyor belt broke, touching off a small blast and fire. There was no damage reported to any of the factory’s silos.

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9/21/15 – 6:44 A.M.

Bowling Green Police had a busy morning Sunday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports officers were called to break up two fights within minutes of each other in downtown early in the morning.

The first fight was reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of North Main Street. Officers saw people punching a man, who was also kicked in the head. Pepper spray was used to break up the fight, and two men were arrested.

Just four minutes later officers were called to a fight one block south. Several women were involved in a physical altercation in the street. Pepper spray was again used to break up the fight. No arrests were made stemming from that altercation.

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