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5/22/14 – 5:25 A.M.

You can usually expect a few tears at a kindergarten graduation, but there might not have been a dry eye in the house at Ottawa Elementary’s ceremony last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Rhianna Moreno, who suffered severe injuries in a day-after-Christmas crash in 2012, was able to walk and get her diploma.

Moreno was a kindergartner when the crash happened. Her injuries required the amputation of her right leg, and she missed the rest of the school year. Moreno was able to re-enroll this school year. She was all smiles as she walked the longest distance she had in quite some time to collect her graduation papers.

The first-responders who rescued Rhianna and her family members never knew what happened to the girl following the crash. When they heard she was back in school they requested to attend the graduation ceremony. Sure enough they were on hand for last Thursday’s festivities in their dress uniforms.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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5/22/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A Wood County woman who went missing yesterday has been found safe. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office filed a missing persons report for 72-year-old Dominga Almaguer of Weston Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were worried Almaguer did not have her diabetes medication.

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5/21/14 – 7:46 A.M.

More Findlay City School third graders have passed a new measure set by the state. The Courier reports the number of kids who have not achieved the third-grade reading guarantee goal has dropped from 156 to 25. On Tuesday the district got results from an alternative test called Terra Nova. The most recent Ohio Achievement Assessment test scores aren’t available yet.

Students who don’t pass this time around will be asked to take summer classes. Another reading exam will be given by the state on July 10.

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5/21/14 – 7:34 A.M.

A busy Fostoria road will be widened. Fostoria City Council approved an agreement between the city and the state Department of Transportation at their Tuesday meeting. The project will widen part of Stearns Road to three lanes. Curbs and storm water drains also will be installed.

The state will pay for 80% of the $3.3 million project.

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5/21/14 – 7:12 A.M.

Some North Baltimore residents aren’t happy about their water bills. The Courier reports the village council heard complaints about new water rates at their Tuesday meeting. The village has raised the minimum sewer rates by $5.25 each month. Rates have also gone up for customers who use more than 2,000 gallons a month. The increased rates are paying for the $6.3 million storm/sanitary sewer separation project in the northern part of North Baltimore.

Some residents say their bills are higher even though they’re using less water. Mayor Mike Julien said officials will do their best to find an answer.

MORE: The Courier

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5/21/14 – 6:43 A.M.

Members of the Hancock County Veterans Service board will get raises next year. The county commissioners approved $100-a-month raises during their Tuesday meeting. Board members asked for the raises last week. Members of the five-person board are currently paid $400-a-month. That’s well below what other counties with similar veteran populations pay their veterans service board.

The pay for board members was cut in 2006 due to economic issues. Members asked for raises four years ago, but they were denied.

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5/21/14 – 5:33 A.M.

Orange barrels are popping up around Findlay like weeds right now, and there will be more of them on some roads on the west side today. The city’s engineering department says the eastbound part of West Sandusky will be closed at Emma Street between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today. The closure will allow trench repair in the area around Winthrop Drive.

West Sandusky is already closed at Western Avenue for a railroad crossing repair project.

Glessner Avenue will also be closed today between West Sandusky and West Main Cross. The closure for a waterline replacement will last between 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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5/21/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The tax breaks to bring a grocery distribution center to Findlay are now official. The state will give McLane Company a $3.6 million job creation tax credit. The company is also eligible for property tax breaks from Findlay’s Community Reinvestment Area. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says that could be worth between $2 million and $3 million.

McLane is a grocery supplier for convenience stores, drugstores, and chain restaurants. It will pay $500,000 for infrastructure improvements on a site off of County Road 212. They’ll also pay another $100,000 for workforce development programs at Millstream Career Center.

The company says the average wage at the facility will be around $57,000 a year plus benefits. The $38 million dollar facility is expected to open in 2016 across the street from the Lowe’s Distribution Center. It could eventually employ up to 425 people.

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5/20/14 – 10:41 A.M.

A Tiffin man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Indiana last weekend. The Kokomo Tribune reports 47-year-old Jerry Reedy was riding a motorcycle last Saturday when he was hit from behind by a car. Reedy stopped at an intersection, but the driver of the car had dropped a can of Red Bull and was trying to pick it up when the crash happened.

Reedy was thrown from his motorcycle. He was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

MORE: Kokomo Tribune

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