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7/7/14 – 11:26 A.M.

You’re probably familiar with the “knee high by the Fourth of July” adage when it comes to the corn crop. Hancock County extension agent Ed Lentz the saying usually rings true, and that means we have a great crop of corn growing locally…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Appearing on Ag Talk, Lentz said you can expect to see tassels appearing on corn in the next few weeks. He says that’s unusual for this time of year.

Lentz says only a couple of areas aren’t seeing strong growth…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Hardin County corn growers faced similar issues.

Lentz said the overall strong crop could lead to “above trend line yields” this harvest season.

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Long-time Congressman Michael Oxley was honored in Findlay tonight with the opening of the Michael G. Oxley Government Center in the Hancock Historical Museum.

Oxley said the center will help entice more people to learn more about the government, on the federal and local levels.

Audio: Michael Oxley

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, a friend and colleague of Oxley’s for more than 30 years, was in attendance to celebrate the opening and said Oxley’s career exemplifies that of a Republican.

Audio: John Boehner

Congressman Bob Latta, who currently represents Hancock County, said the Center is exactly what future generations need to learn from.

Audio: Bob Latta

The Center features an interactive timeline of Findlay’s history, a replica of the congressman’s office along with many other artifacts and features other notable Findlay civic leaders.

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7/7/14 – 7:17 A.M.

In spite of the holiday weekend, gas prices are lower as we start the week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $3.55 a gallon. That’s down from $3.62 last week and $3.84 a month ago. Gas was cheaper a year ago though, when we were paying $3.38.

In Findlay drivers were paying around $3.50 a gallon this morning. In Ottawa prices were around $3.45 and in Fostoria the cost for a gallon was about $3.54.

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7/7/14 – 5:30 A.M.

A former Wood County sheriff’s deputy is now facing more serious charges for allegedly having improper sexual contact with a female jail inmate. The Blade reports 50-year-old Dusty Garwood of Bradner was indicted last week on charges of rape, sexual battery, and abduction.

The alleged incidents happened between April and June of 2013. Investigators say the crimes involved a 29-year-old woman. Garwood transported the alleged victim between the county jail and courthouse.

MORE: The Blade

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7/7/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Two people were injured in a crash south of Findlay on July 4. The State Patrol says a two-car collision happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 15 and County Road 180.

A crash report says 23-year-old Kylie Ostheimer was driving southbound on Road 180 when she failed to yield the right of way at State Route 15. She was hit by a semi driven by 44-year-old Todd Hankin. The crash caused Hankin’s truck to overturn in the median.

Ostheimer and Hankin were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Ostheimer was cited for failure to yield.

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7/7/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A man who lost his foot while jumping off a train in Fostoria last week will face charges after all. CSX Railroad Police have charged 36-year-old Benjamin Tidmore of Alabama with interfering with train operations and criminal trespass.

The Review Times reports Tidmore was badly hurt when he jumped off a train along Columbus Avenue last Monday.

MORE: Review-Times

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7/7/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a Sunday morning fire. Firefighters were called to 630 W. Sandusky Street a little after 5:30 a.m. The fire started in the back of the home and spread to the basement and two floors of the home.

No one was home when the fire started. No damage estimate was available.

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7/7/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay will play host to some political heavy hitters today. Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the House John Boehner will be on hand for the dedication of the Michael G. Oxley Government Center at the Hancock Historical Museum. Oxley will be on hand as well for the private event.

Historical Society executive director Sarah Sisser says Oxley made a big donation to make the center a reailty. The Oxley Government Center includes interactive kiosks. The kiosks feature touch-screens focusing on the responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and government. The center will also honor the six men from Findlay who have served as U.S. congressmen.

Oxley represented Hancock County in the U.S. House from 1981-2007 when he retired.

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7/3/14 – 11:03 A.M.

Hancock County and the City of Findlay have finally come to an agreement on housing city prisoners in the county jail. The commissioners signed the contract today, making the deal official after months of negotiation.

Commissioner Mark Gazarek says one sticking point was the amount of prisoners the Hancock County Jail could house…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says that has been addressed by allowing the county to take city inmates to jails in neighboring counties…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The change addresses a city concern that inmates weren’t able to serve their sentences in a timely manner. Findlay will pay transportation costs to take an inmate to another jail.

The agreement will see Findlay pay Hancock County $84 per day per prisoner. That includes partial days but not the day of release.

The city is also on the hook for any damage a city inmate does to the facility

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7/3/14 – 6:40 A.M.

If you’re a fan of fireworks, this Independence Day weekend won’t disappoint. Plenty of displays are planned starting tonight. Findlay’s fireworks are set for dusk at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. In Bowling Green you can catch a fireworks show at BGSU’s football stadium when the sun sets.

There are plenty of shows in our region tomorrow. Lima’s display is set for 10 p.m. in Faurot (Fuh-row)Park. Tiffin’s fireworks display takes place at 10 p.m. in Hedges-Boyer Park, and Kenton’s fireworks are also at 10 p.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.

Saturday will bring shows in Fostoria at Foundation Park and McComb at the village park. Both shows are at dusk.

You can even catch a show Sunday if you’d like. Kalida’s fireworks take place July 6 at 10 p.m. They’ll be held at the Country Acres golf course.

Full list of shows: Click Here

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