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5/3/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Most parents in our region would prefer local control of school curriculum. Those are the findings of a survey conducted by a group of regional school leaders. The Courier reports the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network surveyed people in March to get their input on the issue. Around 4,600 people took the 17 question survey.

Roughly 78 percent of the people who responded said the local school board should control the district. The other choices on that question included the federal government, state government, or unsure. 58 percent of the respondents said, “regulation from the state and federal government” is the biggest issues schools face.

40 percent of those surveyed said public education has gotten worse over the last five years.

The group, which includes Cory-Rawson, Liberty-Benton, McComb and Riverdale, opposes government-mandated education standards. Part of the goal of the network is to regain local control over curriculum, testing, and how money is spent. They plan to show their findings to legislators.

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5/3/16 – 4:24 A.M.

People from all over the world are watching a live stream of an Ohio Peregrine Falcon family. On Sunday anyone with an Internet connection could have watched the Bowling Green State University falcon cam, where three baby falcons hatched in the clock tower of the Wood County Courthouse. For years there has been a webcam up there, but last year the university installed a 25-hundred-dollar webcam for optimal 24-hour-video. The Peregrine Falcon is the school’s mascot.

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5/2/16 – 11:35 A.M.

Several homes on H Street in Findlay are under a boil water advisory until further notice.  The city’s engineering department says 38 homes in the 400, 500, 600, and 700 blocks are affected.  601 McConnell is also under the advisory.  Representatives from the water distribution plant say work on a water line in the area caused the advisory to be issued.

Affected H Street Homes:

416, 420, 424, 430, 428, 432, 433, 500, 501, 503, 505, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517, 518, 520, 521, 600, 601, 605, 606, 608, 612, 616, 621, 624, 625, 627, 628, 634, 700, 701, 703, 704, 715, 717

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5/2/16 – 7:23 A.M.

The names of five juveniles allegedly involved in a series of arsons will not be released. The Review-Times reports Wood County Judge David Woessner has not authorized the release of the names. The group is said to be involved in several fires set in the North Baltimore area in March.

The group, which includes four males and one female, are currently being held at the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. They face charges of arson, aggravated arson, breaking and entering, and possession of criminal tools.

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5/2/16 – 7:16 A.M.

Fostoria has one of the best run airports in Ohio. That’s according to the Ohio Aviation Association. The Review-Times reports the OAA presented the Fostoria Metropolitan Airport with the 2016 Airport of the Year award recently. The award is given each year to one of Ohio’s more than 100 airports.

A release from the city says, Fostoria’s airport is one of only three in the state to have fully complied with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and received an Unconditional Airport Operating Certificate.

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5/2/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing their Spring climb. The average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay today is around $2.31 as we start another work week. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down eight cents from last Friday.

In Ottawa, the average is $2.29 this morning, up 15 cents over the last seven days.

The statewide average is also $2.29 a gallon. That a 13 cent jump since last Monday.

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5/2/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash late Sunday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports 67-year-old Deborah Treier was driving north on South Main Street when she was cut off by a car driven by 72-year-old Jill Taber of Findlay around 11:30 a.m. Taber was trying to turn left onto Fairlawn Place.

Treier was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries to her hand and knee. Taber was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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5/2/16 – 4:54 A.M.

It was a hero’s welcome for Findlay First Edition as they returned to the high school Sunday afternoon. The show choir was greeted by a large crowd to celebrate the group’s third place at the FAME Show Choir National Finals. The event was held Saturday night at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois.

Director Kevin Manley said they went with the goal of finishing in the top three, which is the highest ever finish for FFE. High school principal Craig Kupferberg said the students involved in the show choir were great kids who had a lot to be proud of.

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5/2/16 – 4:41 A.M.

There are a couple of new road projects on state routes in our area this week. In Hancock County, State Route 15 will be reduced to one lane at the overhead for State Route 330 for pavement repair.

In Putnam County, pavement repair will take place on State Routes 108, 694, and 696. Traffic will be maintained through the work areas.

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5/2/16 – 4:37 A.M.

Curb replacement will start across Findlay this week. You can expect to see closures on Marilyn Drive, Lilac Lane, Goldenrod Lane, and Elm Street. Lane restrictions will be in place for Coventry Drive and Orchard Lane. You’re asked to avoid the areas if possible as short delays are expected over the next few weeks.

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