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3/15/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Findlay has once again received a “Tree City USA” designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. The award is given annually to cities that have a tree board or department, have a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observation.

The “Tree City USA” program is in its 40th year.

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3/15/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Carey High School marching band is getting new uniforms. The Courier reports the school board voted spend a little more than $24,000 for 90 uniforms during their Monday meeting. The Carey Music Boosters will have to pay the amount back within the next five years.

The new outfits actually cost more than $40,000, but the music boosters already paid more than $16,000 to make sure the uniforms are delivered before the next school year. Band director Phillip Miller has also requested new parkas and plumes for the band.

The last time the district bought new marching band uniforms was 1997. Parkas were last bought around a decade ago.

MORE: The Courier

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3/15/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Sewer rates are changing in McComb. The Courier reports starting with the May bill, village residents will pay a standard sewer rate of $20.77 per month. The current rate charges residents 50 percent of their water bill.

The new rate is designed to generate more revenue. The money will be used to finance a new sewage treatment plant.

Council approved the change during their Monday meeting.\

MORE: The Courier

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3/15/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek will likely face a challenge from an independent candidate in the November general election.  51-year-old Bill Bateson of Arlington has filed to run for the position.  Bateson is an area farmer and this will be his first time running for office.

The filing deadline for independent candidates was 4 p.m. on Monday.  Bateson’s petitions have to be certified before he is officially put on the November ballot.

Gazarek is unopposed in the Republican primary.

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3/15/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Three new principals have been appointed in the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports Janice Panuto, Kim Plesac, and Mike Scoles will all move from their current positions into new roles this summer.

Panuto is currently the Findlay High School assistant principal in charge of freshmen. She’ll become the Glenwood Middle School principal. Plesac is going to be the principal at Jefferson Primary. She’s currently a kindergarten teacher in the district. Scoles is a high school counselor, and will move to Lincoln Elementary to become the principal there.

MORE: The Courier

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3/15/16 – 4:51 A.M.

The Findlay School District is going to work with an area agency to identify children who are misbehaving at an earlier age, and attempt to get them help. The Courier reports the district will use the Family Resource Center’s “Wrap Around” program. The program brings together students demonstrating “aggressive” behavior, their parents, teachers, and counselors to talk about classroom issues. It will be applied in kids in Kindergarten through the third grade.

Superintendent Ed Kurt says students with behavior issues are normally identified at the middle school level. This program aims to get them help earlier. Kurt adds the need for discipline has increased at the elementary level. Some of the situations have been more severe than they have been in the past.

Aggressive behavior doesn’t necessarily mean aggression toward other students. It can be things like running out of the classroom, throwing things, and refusing to listen to teachers.

MORE: The Courier

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3/14/2016 – 3:23 pm

The City of Findlay works to ensure that the water crisis that happened in Toledo doesn’t happen in Findlay. Speaking at the Findlay Rotary Club Monday, Water Plant Superintendent Jeff Newcomer said that the City of Findlay is constantly monitoring and testing the water so if issues do arise, they are addressed quickly before they can become serious issues.

Audio: Jeff Newcomer

The algae bloom affecting much of Northwest Ohio contributed to the Toledo water crisis. In addition to that, Newcomer says that Findlay has the capacity for a significant amount of users on the water system which has allowed the water plant to continue operating with new businesses and residents moving into the community.

Audio: Jeff Newcomer

Newcomer says that the City of Findlay has been able to save water by careful monitoring of the water and sewer systems to address issues quickly. Improvements in home and business water systems and conservation efforts have also helped to conserve water usage in the City of Findlay.

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3/14/2016 – 1:40 pm

The body of a missing Hardin County woman was found over this past weekend. WKTN Radio reports that the body of 57-year-old Toni Schorr was found on her property in southwest Hardin County this past Saturday. The body was found in an area that had been previously searched. Schorr had been missing since February 24th.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart stated that that the investigation is ongoing but preliminary results indicate that Schorr died from self-inflicted wounds. No further information is available at this time as the investigation continues.

More: WKTN Radio

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3/14/2016 – 10:46 am

The University of Findlay will be celebrating children this week as a part of the Absolutely Incredible Kid Day event. This is a national campaign that is designed to promote education, build confidence and provide hands-on leadership experience.

The event will take place from 11am to 3pm at the Alumni Memorial Union’s Fireside Lounge on the campus of the University of Findlay on Wednesday where you’ll find stationary, stickers, markers, envelopes, sample letters and more to begin your own letter of love and encouragement. The University will also provide a list of children’s names who would love to receive a letter from you.

The event is hosted by the Campus Program Board. For more information, you can call 419-434-4606.

More: UF Newsroom

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3/14/2016 – 10:36 am

ODOT will be performing some work in our area which may affect your commute Tuesday. The northbound lane of I-75 just south of US 30 and going north of Beaverdam will be restricted to one lane through a work zone on Tuesday for bridge deck repair in two locations. The work is expected to take place between 8am and 2:30pm.

To avoid traffic delays, avoid the area if at all possible.

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