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5/13/14 – 12:11 P.M.

Spring weather is finally here, and as any educator will tell you, that can mean stir crazy students. That may be what prompted many Findlay High School students to challenge the school’s dress code today. Tank tops aren’t allowed according to Assistant Superintendent Craig Kupferberg. That apparently didn’t stop kids from wearing them today. Kupferberg says students who decided to wear tank tops were given the choice to change into school provided t-shirts. They can trade the clothes back at the end of the day.

Students took their dress code dissent to social media, with hashtags like “savethetanks.”

Kupferberg says students who violate the policy again could be subject to further discipline.

Signs hung by FHS students in the school today…

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5/13/14 – 11:28 A.M.

The director of Hancock County’s Job and Family Service Department won’t be retiring this summer. The Hancock County Commissioners voted to extend Sheldon Bycynski’s contract to the end of October today. Bycynski was named the director of the local JFS office in June of 2012.

He had been interim director since last July of 2001 taking over for Judy Wauford following her retirement.

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5/13/14 – 11:15 A.M.

Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP last month. The Hancock County Commissioners will have a better idea on how much that move will cost the county later this week. Commissioner Phil Riegle says a little more than 60 computers need replaced to run Windows 7.

The commissioners will get quotes on computers with 4 gigabytes of RAM compared to units with 8 gigabytes. Riegle says if the cost isn’t much more they’ll go with the 8 gigabytes models for computers that get a lot of use. He says that will help make sure they’re useful for a longer time.

Many of the computers being replaced are seven or more years old.

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5/13/14 – 6:59 A.M.

Mt. Blanchard residents are being asked to help clean up the village. Volunteers are needed to help with painting various areas in the village, planting flowers, litter pickup, and other chores. The effort is part of “Change Your World Day.” It will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, call Jackie Porcello at 419-306-3073.

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5/13/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A Fostoria man was severely injured when he was pinned under a truck over the weekend. The Review-Times reports the incident happened Saturday at a house on West Township Road 116. 52-year-old Roger Reynolds was working on the truck when a ramp slipped and trapped him underneath.

Reynolds was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. No other information was available.

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5/13/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Preparations to build the new Carey school building will start next month. The Courier reports the school board got an update on the project at their Monday meeting. The building will face U.S. 23. The two-story left wing will hold the junior high and high school classes. The two-story right wing will hold the elementary and pre-kindergarten students. Administrative offices will be in the center.

Contractors also gave the board a glimpse of how the new building will look. The exterior will be dark brick, with light stone accents. Beige, tan and gray will be used in the hallways and classrooms. The athletic areas and the gym will be blue and white.

MORE: The Courier

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5/13/14 – 5:12 A.M.

McComb officials will take a look at the job description for village police chief in the next few weeks. Village council will hold an informal meeting on the subject at 5:45 p.m. on June 9. Council members will work to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Officials will use the job summary from Algona, Iowa to use as a reference point.

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5/13/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Marathon Petroleum executive sounded off on federal ethanol mandates Monday. The Courier reports director of product supply and optimization David Whikehart talked to members of Findlay’s Rotary Club. He said the rules aren’t achievable, nor do they make sense.

The EPA wants fuel to contain 15 percent ethanol by 2022, but Whikehart points out several logistical hurdles likely make that impossible. He says the federal government expects the ethanol to be made from sources other than corn, but that technology isn’t ready yet. Whikehart went on to say that the 15 percent blend can damage fuel pumps in cars. Gas stations would also have to upgrade their pumps and tanks. He estimated older fuel would still be needed for 20 years to service older cars on the roads.

The goal of the mandate is to reduce greenhouse gasses by two to three percent in eight years. Whikehart says that would only reduce global temperatures by two-thousandths of a degree Celsius.

MORE: The Courier

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5/12/14 – 11:26 A.M.

The front lawn of the University of Findlay will see a lot of work this week. Crews will resod the area facing N. Main St. according to Media Relations Coordinator Brianna Patterson. The work was made necessary when a third party lawn care company sprayed the wrong chemical on the grass, causing it to die. Other parts of the campus that were affected will be replanted.

Patterson says the lawn care company has an insurance policy that is paying for the work. She declined to name the company.

Work was scheduled to begin today, weather permitting.

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5/12/14 – 10:44 A.M.

This week is “National Law Enforcement” week, and there will be efforts to recognize law enforcement officers locally. A memorial service for fallen officers will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the F.O.P. facility on Romick Parkway off of Bright Road. Findlay has had three officers killed in the line of duty. The last time that happened in 1934.

There will also be some private events held over the week to honor the effort law enforcement officers put forward in the community. A brunch will be held tomorrow at Golden Coral. Miller’s Meats will hold their annual “Steak Out” later in the week. Those events are not open to the public.

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