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4/21/14 – 10:34 A.M.

Area farmers are getting less money for their crops than they were a year ago. Hancock County extension agent Ed Lentz talked about the issue on Ag Talk today. He said that when prices were hovering around four dollars a bushel it was a cause for concern…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says that corn prices have strengthened because of two points in an USDA report. The agency says we’re using more domestic corn than they had predicted, driving down supply. Many farmers are planting less corn this year because the price per bushel had dropped so much.

Lentz says with that in mind you can expect to see a lot more soybeans in area fields…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says farmers could plant a record number of soybeans this year. Even with less corn planted compared to last year, it’s expected to be the sixth largest corn crop ever.

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4/21 – 9:39 A.M.

(Oak Harbor, OH) — The search continues for two boaters missing in Oak Harbor. Crews are trying to recover the bodies of Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose. Their boat was found capsized last Thursday. The bodies of two women also on the boat were found a short time later.

(Toledo, OH) — A man hit by a car while sleeping in his Toledo apartment is lucky to be alive. Investigators say the driver of the car hit the gas instead of the brake and slammed into the Chartwell Apartments Saturday afternoon. The woman behind the wheel wasn’t injured and the man inside his apartment was taken to the hospital with a scratch on his back.

(Toledo, OH) — Wild turkey season opens today. Hunters must have a hunting permit and a spring turkey hunting permit. The season closes on May 18th.

(Columbus, OH) — Two Columbus firefighters are recovering from burns suffered while bringing a house fire under control. It happened yesterday morning on Windridge Court. Columbus fire investigators say there were reports of a person trapped inside the house, but everyone had made it outside safely. The firefighters’ injuries are believed to be minor.

(Columbus, OH) — Columbus police are still looking for the suspect in a wild attack at Strawberry Farms Park. Investigators say the suspect drew his victim in with calls for help from a wooded area, then slashed the man several times before disappearing. The victim was not seriously hurt.

(Cleveland, OH) — The Port of Cleveland is opening its docks to container ships for the first time. A Dutch-flagged container cargo vessel was the first of its kind to enter the Great Lakes this past weekend. Port officials say the Cleveland-Europe Express helps shippers reduce costs by sending container ships into Lake Erie, instead of using trains from the East Coast.

(Akron, OH) — You can help Goodyear name its new blimp. The Akron-based tiremaker has whittled thousands of suggestions to ten finalists, with a vote underway on the company’s website. Goodyear officials say the person who submitted the winning name gets access to the new airship for a day. You can cast your vote at www.goodyear.com.

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4/21/14 – 8:26 A.M.

An effort to drive money to local businesses is focusing on a charitable organization today. The Chamber of Commerce’s “Cash Mob” is targeting the Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center. Donations will be accepted until 7 p.m. There will also be tours of the facility at 401 W. Sandusky Street.

The crisis center also needs things like cleaning supplies, toiletries, and healthy snacks.

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4/21/14 – 6:36 A.M.

If you’re interested in public transportation in Hancock County a meeting will be held on the subject this week. Members of the public can offer their opinions on transportation at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The meeting will take place at the Family Center on Blanchard Street.

The meeting will focus on the county’s current plan and unmet needs. It will also see discussion on coordination efforts and the process for developing a new transportation plan.

For more information call (419)423-3755.

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4/21/14 – 5:26 A.M.

We’re starting off the week with gas prices around the same as they were to start last week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the state wide average for regular was $3.69 a gallon this morning. That’s 16 cents higher than it was a month ago.

Locally, prices were just below the state average in Findlay at $3.68 a gallon. Regular unleaded was still at $3.74 a gallon in Ottawa early today.

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4/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Fire destroyed a shed in Findlay over the weekend. Firefighters were called to 606 W. Hardin Street around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. They had the flames under control a short time later.

Firefighters blamed the flames on a hot ember is some yard waste inside the shed. The damage total was $20,000. No one was injured fighting the flames.

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4/21/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Fostoria woman will spend three years in prison. The Review-Times reports 39-year-old April Walker pleaded guilty to charges of child-endangerment and abduction. She also pleaded guilty to a count of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Prosecutors accused Walker of “attempting to restrain the liberty” of a handicapped child under the age of 21. She was also accused of abusing the same child.

The crimes allegedly happened last November.

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4/21/14 – 4:41 A.M.

Eight firefighter positions are safe in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER grant to the city recently. The grant totals a little more than $1.1 million and will last for two years. The last SAFER grant issued to Fostoria ran out in September of last year. It was for $1.2 million.

Fire Chief Keith Loreno told the newspaper the grant was, “a critical component towards our budget this year.”

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4/15/14 – 9:31 A.M.

Work crews removed 191 logjams from the Blanchard River last year. That’s according to a report from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. The agency provided the numbers to a joint session of the Hancock County Ag Committee Roundtable and the Farm Bureau.

Of the logjams removed, five blocked two-thirds or more of the river. Ten of the jams blocked between one-third to two-thirds of the river. The bulk of the work saw the removal of blockages caused by one-to-three downed trees.

The district’s report also said the ongoing clearing approved by a joint board of county commissioners should be complete by next April.

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