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7/28/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The death of a Fulton County woman has prompted the push for a violent offender registry system in Ohio. State Senators Cliff Hite of Findlay and Randy Gardner of Bowling Green want to launch a system that would work like the state’s sex offender registry. Hite and Gardner say a violent offender registry would help better inform and warn the public of potential dangers.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been contacted for more information about creating the program.

The man accused of killing 20-year-old Sierah Joughin had served time in prison following a 1990 abduction conviction.

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7/28/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence will make a campaign stop in Lima Friday evening. The Lima News reports Indiana’s governor will appear at the UNOH Events Center to stump for votes. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a preprogram set to start at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for the event are free and can be picked up at the Allen County Republican Party office from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. Tickets are also available at DonaldJTrump.com.

Allen County GOP Chairman Keith Cheney tells the newspaper Pence will tell supporters what he ?hopes to do as vice president.

MORE: Lima News

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7/28/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Carey’s new school building will be opened to the public this weekend. The Courier reports a dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Self-guided tours will take place afterward. The 145,000-square-foot building is about 6,000-square-feet bigger than the old school. It will house grades K-12 when it officially opens on August 17.

Superintendent Mike Wank tells the newspaper the project cost around $34 million. He adds that’s $111,000 under budget. District residents are paying for 30 percent of the project.

A separate athletic building is still under construction. It’s expected to be finished by mid-October. A new bus garage will be finished by the middle of December.

MORE: The Courier

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7/28/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum announced a dividend for shareholders Wednesday. If you own shares of Marathon Common stock on August 17, you’ll be paid 36 cents per share on September 12. The second quarter dividend is a 12.5 percent increase from 2015’s second quarter dividend.

In a statement, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said, “This increase demonstrates our ongoing commitment to share the success of the business with our owners as we also continue to invest in future growth.”

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7/28/16 – 4:51 A.M.

A railroad crossing will be closed in Findlay today. The city’s engineering office says CSX will repair a broken rail at the George Street crossing. As a result, the road will be closed between Cedar Avenue and North Blanchard Street from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

Drivers will still be able to get to homes and businesses on George Street, but you won’t be able to get across the tracks until the work is finished.

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7/26/16 – 11:40 A.M.

ODOT has advanced its schedule for widening I-75 through Findlay by one year, and it appears the agency still has plans to marry the construction to a diversion channel project for Eagle Creek. The agency has offered up to $2 million toward part of the project…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

$1 million in funding hinges on the construction contracts for the potential bridges being bid and contracted by June 30 of 2018. More funding would come if the bid for the I-75 widening project comes in under budget. ODOT has pledged to contribute its savings up to $1 million toward bridge construction in Hancock County.

Mihalik adds getting fill material from the channel project is important for ODOT…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

In a letter to the city, ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher tells Mihalik the agency will “consider methods to entice the contractor on our project to utilize excavated material from your project.”

The diversion channel project is currently being analyzed by Stantec Consulting.

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7/27/16 – 5:30 A.M.

A Wood County woman will be on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia tonight. The Sentinel-Tribune reports Sharon Belkofer will introduce the video that will be the lead-in for President Barack Obama’s speech.

Belkofer is expected to speak between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Belkofer’s son was killed in 2010 while serving in the military. Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer was taking part in an Army convoy when it came under attack as part of an Operation Enduring Freedom mission.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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7/27/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A vacant seat on the North Baltimore school board has been filled. The Courier reports Jeremy Sharninghouse has been appointed to take the seat left open by Russell Bretz. Sharninghouse was one of three people who showed interest in the open position. Randy Boyer and Levi Newcomer were also interviewed by the board.

Jaiyme Bushey has been sworn in as the board’s new vice president. Bretz had held the position but stepped down last month because he is moving to Columbus.

MORE: The Courier

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7/27/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A $14,000 donation will benefit three initiatives in the Carey school district. The Courier reports $10,000 will be spent for a new piano and $2,000 will go toward the Distributive Education Club of America/Carey Marketing. The final $2,000 will go to the FFA chapter.

The money comes from the Mary Martha Class donor-advised fund.

MORE: The Courier

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7/27/16 – 5:07 A.M.

An intersection on the University of Findlay campus will be closed the next couple of days. The city engineering department says waterline installation will take place at the intersection of Davis Street and Morey Avenue today and tomorrow. The closure will run from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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