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3/10/15 – 4:50 P.M.

Last year was very good for area farmers. Numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Hancock County farmers set records for corn and soybean yields. An average of 193.3 bushels of corn and 54.2 bushels of soybean per acre set the bar high for future harvests.

The corn yield was nearly 7 percent higher than the average harvest. The soybean yield was almost 8 percent above average.

Hancock County farmers also harvested a record total of bushels of corn, with about 17.4 million bushels collected. That’s around 100,000 more than the previous record set in 2013.

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3/10/15 – 4:36 A.M.

Home Depot is hiring nearly 300 people for its distribution center in Wood County. A spokesman says applications are being accepted now and a hiring event will be held within the next couple of months. The distribution center will ship online purchases directly to customers across the Midwest.

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3/9/15 – 11:28 A.M.

A long line of Hancock County residents greeted Congressman Bob Latta in Findlay today. The Fifth District representative held local office hours Monday. Latta said many of the people he talked to are concerned about what they consider the overuse of executive orders from the President…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta said he shares their concerns. He added he was very concerned that the U.S. Senate wouldn’t pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill and take it to conference committee.

The House version of the DHS bill included language that denounced an executive order granting benefits to illegal aliens. The Senate version did not.

Latta talked to residents about also talked to them about what is on the horizon in the nation’s capital…

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta added that other issues being discussed are the budget, cyber security, and the potential of a nuclear Iran.

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3/9/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A Tiffin woman suffered minor injuries in a crash in Kentucky during last week’s winter storm. The Glasgow Daily Times reports 20-year-old Morgan Krupt was driving north on Interstate 65 near Bowling Green, Kentucky when her car hit a patch of ice. Her car left the roadway and overturned several times.

Krupt was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated and released. She was wearing her seatbelt.

MORE: Glasgow Daily Times

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3/9/15 – 6:41 A.M.

Gas prices are falling as we enter a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.32. That’s down 11 cents from last Monday. Prices are still about nine cents higher than they were a month ago.

Locally, Findlay drivers reported paying around $2.32 a gallon this morning. That’s a 16 cent drop from last Monday. Drivers in Ottawa are paying $2.29 a gallon.

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3/9/15 – 4:25 A.M.

Last week’s statewide tornado drill revealed some issues in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports not all of the city’s six warning sirens activated. The siren at Dillon Road and Columbus Avenue didn’t turn on. A siren at Lytle and Findlay streets activated but didn’t rotate properly.

Safety Service Director Allyson Murray says a battery issue was likely the problem with the first siren. Murray added the reason the tests are done early in March is so the problems can be identified before severe weather hits. Both sirens will be repaired.

Another siren at Culbertson Street didn’t sound. However, its electronic controller is out for repair and officials knew it would not work.

MORE: Review-Times

 

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3/9/15 – 4:14 A.M.

A Putnam County employer has been named one of the best in Ohio. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Trilogy Health Services was recently recognized by the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management. The company was evaluated for workplace policies and practices, philosophy, and systems and demographics. Employees were also given a survey as part of the program.

Trilogy owns the Meadows retirement communities in Ottawa, Kalida, and Leipsic.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/9/15 – 4:07 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay man last Friday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on State Route 12 in Union Township around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

37-year-old Dorothy Sharrits of Columbus Grove was driving west on Route 12 when she went left of center and hit a van driven by 43-year-old Thomas Eubanks of Findlay. Eubanks was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.

Sharrits was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

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3/9/15 – 4:01 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a drug bust on I-75 from last week. The Findlay post of the patrol says 65-year-old James Armour of Columbus was pulled over Thursday night just before midnight. Troopers detected the scent of raw marijuana. A search of the car revealed two joints and 180 hydrocodone pills. Armour was found to have another 50 pills on his person.

Armour is being held in the Hancock County Jail. He is facing two counts of possession of schedule II drugs.

The patrol says the pills had a street value of $1,380.

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3/9/15 – 3:50 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire over the weekend. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 1116 Summit Street just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday after neighbors saw smoke coming from the house. No one was at home at the time, but two dogs were rescued.

Firefighters had the flames contained in about nine minutes.

No damage estimate was available Saturday night. The blaze remains under investigation.

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