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7/10/15 – 4:55 A.M.

Area businesses have been targeted by a new scam. The Better Business Bureau in Washington D.C. reports business owners have been getting emails that tell them they have been selected for a 2015 “Best of Findlay” award. The email also has a link to a website based in Seattle, Washington, which asks you to buy a plaque.

It can be a little confusing as the Courier is currently running a legitimate Best of Findlay campaign.

If you receive an email from the Seattle company, you’re urged to ignore it. If you’re unsure about if it is legitimate or not, look up the company at bbb.org.

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Video: Marathon Gas Station Site To Be Redeveloped

7/9/15 – 1:26 P.M.

The Campbell Oil Company recently bought the former Imperial Marathon gas station on West Main Cross Street. The company, which operates the BellStores convenience store brand, outlined their future plans to the Findlay City Planning Commission Thursday…

Audio: Bob Engel

Bob Engel is the Vice President of Operations for Campbell Oil. He says the former Gas America location next door will be converted to a parking lot and car wash for the renovated facility.

Engel says with any luck, the project could be done by the end of the year…

Audio: Bob Engel

The project isn’t a done deal yet. The commission had questions about how many access points the store would have from West Main Cross. Part of the new store is located in the 100-year flood plane, which means additional permiting from FEMA would be required.

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7/9/15 – 5:28 A.M.

McComb residents had a bit of a rude awakening early this morning. The village’s emergency warning sirens began sounding before 5 a.m. The McComb Police Department reports there was no emergency. A malfunction triggered the sirens.

Village officials are working to see what caused the issue.

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7/9/15 – 5:24 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners have approved putting a levy for the Seneca County Opportunity Center on the ballot this fall.  The Courier reports the center is asking voters to approve a $2.5-mill continuing levy.  The tax would raise around $2.75 million a year for the organization.

If approved it would cost the owner of a $100,000 house around $87.50 per year.

MORE: The Courier

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7/9/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The investigation continues into suspicious fires in the Fostoria area. The Review-Times reports investigators have people of interest in the case. Police Chief Keith Loreno says officers are looking for people who might be connected to the Monday morning incidents.

The first fire was reported at 265 East Crocker Street around 6 a.m. A car in the warehouse at that location was stolen, wrecked, and then set on fire at the intersection of Township Road 35 and Township Road 63 north of Fostoria.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the police at (419)435-8573 or the fire marshal’s office at (800)589-2728.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/9/15 – 5:04 A.M.

June was certainly a wet month, but it fell well short of setting any records in Findlay. The city’s Water Pollution Control Center measured a little more than 7.8 inches of rain last month. The wettest June on record in Findlay was in 1981 when more than 10.2 inches of rain fell.

Last month was the sixth-highest amount of rain for a June in Findlay.

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7/9/15 – 4:57 A.M.

The reconstruction of the Road I-9 Bridge is on track. The Lima News reports the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition met in Ottawa Wednesday to talk about the issue. Coalition members said money for the $8 million project has been incumbered to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

Lynn Army is the general manager for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy. He tells the newspaper they expect to advertise for bids this month, with construction starting in the fall.

The approach of the I-9 bridge over the Blanchard River has been blamed for slowing the river down when water is high.

MORE: Lima News

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7/8/15 – 9:09 A.M.

It’s a good summer to be a runner in Putnam County. The first ever Putnam County Running series aims to promote healthy and active lifestyles for county residents…

Audio: Joan Kline

Joan Kline is with the Putnam County Health Department. She says the series will include the P.A.R.T.Y. 5k on July 18 at the fairgrounds, the Glandorf Parkfest Turtle Trot on September 5, and the Kalida Pioneer Days Friday 4 Miler on September 11.

Those who register for all three races before August 28 will get a free quarter-zip jacket.

For more information you can go to pcrunningseries.weebly.com.

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7/8/15 – 6:42 A.M.

The North Baltimore Fire Department’s roof was a cause for concern during Tuesday’s council meeting. The Courier reports recent heavy rains leaked through the roof and into the fire hall. Fire Chief Ted Francisco said he’s worried about mold developing in the building.

Councilman Aaron Patterson said the situation was frustrating. An engineering study has been done on the roof, but nothing has happened since then.

The issue will be discussed at next week’s council-of-the-whole session.

MORE: The Courier

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