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5/7/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A contested state house race in Allen County went to a former Ohio Supreme Court justice. Bob Cupp defeated former Lima City Councilman Kurt Neeper for the Republican nomination to run for the 81st district house seat. Allen County encompasses the entire 81st district.

Cupp will now run against Democrat Bo Huenke of Elida. The current representative, Matt Huffman, is stepping down due to term limits.

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5/7/14 – 6:38 A.M.

Putnam County voters elected to keep the incumbent probate and juvenile court judge in place. Judge Michael Borer took 66% of the vote in the Democratic Party primary race. He was challenged by county Prosecutor Gary Lammers.

Borer will be unopposed in November.

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5/7/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The Hardin Northern Public Library will resume normal operations. Voters in the district approved an additional tax of one-half mill, lasting five years. The measure will generate about $32,700 annually.

The money will boost hours of operation after budget cuts forced their reduction.

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5/7/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Two fire stations will become one in Hancock County’s Union Township. Voters approved a 1.5-mill, five-year additional levy Tuesday. The levy will bring in $67,163 annually to combine the Mount Cory and Rawson volunteer fire departments under one roof.

Union Township officials say the fire hall will be built on township-owned land near Cory-Rawson School.

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5/7/14 – 5:17 A.M.

School levies asking for a renewal of current taxes did well Tuesday, while those asking for new money had a rougher time of it. Voters in the Van Buren school district overwhelmingly said no to a $29.3 million bond issue that would have funded an expansion of the school’s campus. 62% of the votes cast were against the measure.

Superintendent Tim Myers says the issue could appear again on the November ballot.

Findlay City schools 5.9-mill operating levy renewal passed with 66% of the votes cast in favor of it. The measure makes the levy permanent, meaning voters won’t be asked to renew it every five years.

The Blanchard Valley Center’s renewal levy also saw wide support, getting 76% of the vote.

Renewal levies and taxes were also passed in Arcadia, McComb, and Patrick Henry. Bluffton voters approved a renewal and increase of a 4.9-mill, five-year levy for operations.

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5/7/14 – 5:07 A.M.

State Senator Cliff Hite had no problem securing his party’s nomination during the primary. Hite took 60% of the votes cast in his three-way race with Corey Shankleton of Kunkle and Milo Schaffner of Van Wert. 10 of the 11 counties in State Senate District 1 went in favor of Hite.

Van Wert County went in favor of Schaffner.

No Democrats are running in the November general election to oppose Hite.

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5/7/14 – 5:01 A.M.

It doesn’t appear Findlay will be banning indoor e-cigarette use any time soon. The Courier reports city council decided not to move forward with pursuing the ban that was discussed by health officials at the last council meeting.

Third Ward Councilman Ron Monday polled council members individually before Monday’s meeting. He found that eight were against creating a committee to examine the ban and two were in favor.

Cities like Los Angeles have banned the public use of e-cigarettes. No city has enacted a ban like that in Ohio.

MORE: The Courier

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5/7/14 – 4:47 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle easily won reelection Tuesday. Riegle took 62 percent of the vote, winning the Republican nomination for county commissioner. He had been challenged by former commissioner Steve Oman.
Riegle thanked his supporters once the final results came in…

Audio: Phil Riegle

While many saw the race between Riegle and Oman as a referendum on how Blanchard River issues should be handled, Riegle said he believed his attention to all issues helped him in the end.

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5/6/14 – 10:45 A.M.

Primary election day is underway, and there’s plenty to be decided in the area. The Republican primary features a high profile commissioners race between incumbent Phil Riegle and former commissioner Steve Oman. There’s also a three-way race for the 1st district State Senate seat.

Nonpartisan issues include the Van Buren school district’s 6.9 mill bond issue to build and improve school facilities. The Findlay City school district is asking voters to make a 5.9 mill operating levy permanent.

Voters throughout the county will vote on the Blanchard Valley Center’s 2.5 mill renewal levy.

The polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. Our election coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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5/6/14 – 7:33 A.M.

An Allen County teenager was sentenced Monday for threatening her school in March. The Lima News reports the 14-year-old Elida High School freshman was ordered to complete counseling. She was also given a 15-day suspended jail sentence.

The girl had said she would set off a bomb and shoot people on her Twitter account. She admitted she made the threat so she would get suspended for the rest of the school year.

MORE: Lima News

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