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10/14/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The Carey school board approved additional work for the news school building during their Monday meeting. The Courier reports around $950,000 will be spent on items not in the contract for the new school. The money will come from $509,000 in savings on construction costs, plus a $1.2 million contingency fund set aside for construction.

Some of the additions include longer lasting diode lighting, more durable flooring in high-traffic areas, and a metal roof. The money will also pay for a more cushioned wood floor for the main gym. Retractable seats and a light/sound control booth will be added to the auditorium/cafeteria.

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10/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

McComb officials will have the village’s wastewater treatment plant examined to see what maintenance needs to be done there. The Courier reports Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council members 32 loads of sludge were removed from a tank at the facility. That helped workers get an idea of the repairs needed. They found gravel, shovels, and hammers inside, which may have stripped gears in the tank’s machinery.

Kirk Brothers of Alvada will now determine what needs fixed at the plant.

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10/14/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The Findlay City School district is continuing efforts to help kids who are having trouble learning to read. The Courier reports the school board was given a report from each principal in the district during last night’s meeting. The principals outlined the efforts taking place in each of their buildings.

The primary and intermediate schools in the district are using several methods to help the children. They include using paraprofessionals on an hourly basis. Most of the paraprofessionals are former teachers.

The schools are also using the accelerated reading program and the Children’s Mentoring Connection. University of Findlay students are also helping tutor students.

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10/13/14 – 11:02 A.M.

The village of Beaverdam in Allen County is under a boil water advisory until further notice. A water sample taken by village officials came back positive for bacteria. Beaverdam residents are advised to boil water for five minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.

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10/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire safety program will take place in Ottawa tomorrow night. The Putnam County Library will host the event that focuses on fire prevention and trick-or-treat safety. The Ottawa Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck. Kids in attendance are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

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10/13/14 – 5:20 A.M.

We’re seeing gas prices at levels we haven’t seen in quite some time today – below $3 a gallon. The average price in Findlay is $2.99 a gallon, down another 12 cents from last Monday. In Ottawa, prices have been at $2.99 a gallon since Friday. To our south prices are below $2.90 a gallon in Lima and Kenton.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.03 according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s down 13 cents from last week and down 30 cents from September 13.

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10/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Construction work continues on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay this week. ODOT says you can expect more of the same. Lane restrictions will continue between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day as the north side of the bridge is rebuilt. There will also be short-term daytime lane closures.

The driveways to some businesses in the construction zone will be closed at times. Alternate routes will be available.

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10/13/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A man seriously injured in a hit and run crash in Wood County is facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence. Investigators say 40-year-old Chad Riffle of Gibsonburg was heading south on US 23 early Sunday morning when he was hit from behind by 27-year-old Derek Baker of Bradner.

Baker allegedly fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was also charged with driving under the influence. Riffle, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Fostoria Hospital and later airlifted to Toledo Hospital.

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10/13/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Sad news out of Upper Sandusky today, as Wyandot County Prosecutor Jonathan Miller was apparently found dead Sunday as the result of a suicide. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says Miller was found at the city’s reservoir around 10:30 a.m. No other details were available Sunday. Additional information will be released following an investigation.

Miller was in the middle of his third term as Wyandot County Prosecutor.

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