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1/31/14 2 p.m.
Detectives of the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Findlay Police Department Emergency Response Team conducted a search at 811 Putnam St. in Findlay just after 8 p.m. Thursday through a warrant issued through Findlay Municipal Court. Heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash, firearms and ammunition were seized. 27 year-old Lloyd Ellcessor was arrested for two counts of drug trafficking and was taken the Hancock County Justice Center.

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1/31/14 11 a.m.
The village of McComb is looking back on the impact Fritz Meyer had on the community since his passing Tuesday at a Columbus hospital. Meyer was one of the founders of Consolidated Biscuit Co. on Rader Road according to the Courier. In addition to the bakery, Meyer had a hand in attracting a restaurant, a pharmacy, some housing and a VFW building to McComb. Consolidated Biscuit was purchased by Hearthside Food Solutions in 2010 and now employs 1,000 workers and is reportedly the largest private bakery in North America. Meyer was 91.

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1/31/14 9:45 a.m.
Bettsville School District officials are taking steps to combine with Old Fort School. The Review Times reports a community forum was held Thursday night at Bettsville School and a consensus vote of more than 200 people showed support for the move. A continually soaring deficit and an estimated deficit of $775,000 this year prompted the action. Of the options presented to the board, the merger of the two school districts made the most sense since they are already sharing administration and staff.

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1/31/14 – 8:51 A.M.

A flood insurance bill is headed to the House after passage by the Senate.

The bipartisan measure freezes scheduled increases in flood insurance premiums for up to four years. That is good news for hundreds of thousands of homeowners, especially in coastal and low-lying areas of the U.S. The White House has expressed concerns about the legislation and House Republican leaders are cool to the idea, saying the measure contradicts substantial reforms in a 2012 flood insurance bill. Additionally, the National Flood Insurance Program is more than 20-billion dollars in debt.

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1/31/14 – 5:30 A.M.

A creek in Seneca County will be cleared of logjams and other debris. The Courier reports the Seneca County Commissioners voted to clear the west branch of Wolf Creek during a Thursday session at the county fairgrounds. More than 60 people attended to voice their opinions on the project and get more information.

The county will pay $280,000 for the work and then get reimbursed through assessments to property owners in the creek’s watershed. Most of the assessments were under $25 and there was a $10 minimum. The assessment also includes a 10% charge to establish a maintenance fund.

Work isn’t likely to start until the fall of this year, with more done in the summer and fall of 2015.

MORE: The Courier

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1/31/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners have approved an update to the county’s hazard plan.  By doing so the county is now eligible for a $1 million grant.  If the grant is approved the money from FEMA would be used to demolish more flood prone properties near the Blanchard River.  An extension of the grant agreement is expected with the next few weeks.

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1/31/14 – 5:12 A.M.

If you haven’t gotten new tags for your dog yet, you’ll want to do that today. January 31 is the deadline to register your animal, and waiting any longer will cost you. The cost per dog in Hancock County is $20. After today that price jumps to $40.

Tags can be bought in the auditor’s office in the Hancock County Courthouse. You can also order them online this year through the auditor’s website. The cost is the same, but there is a $1.95 fee for processing debit and credit cards.

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1/29/14 – 5:30 A.M.

A domestic dispute in Hardin County landed a 15-year-old girl in juvenile detention. Kentontoday.com reports the incident happened Monday afternoon on Wayne Street in Dola. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the location after the girl set a small fire, cut herself with a razor blade, and used scissors to stab her mother.

The girl was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton before being taken to the juvenile detention center. Her mother suffered minor injuries.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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1/29/14 – 5:23 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 36-year-old Brian DeLong was stopped on North Main Street waiting to turn left onto Southcliff Drive around 3:30 p.m. when he was hit from behind by 80-year-old Gary Clark of Findlay.

DeLong was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.


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1/29/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed giving schools more calamity days this year due to the unusually harsh winter. The goal of the proposal is to save schools money by not having to be in school until the middle of June. However area educators have a bigger concern that is coming up faster on the education calendar; state testing.

Findlay Schools Superintendent Dean Wittwer tells the Courier he’d rather the state give schools the option to extend the day to make up class time lost this winter. McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter agreed with Wittwer, saying that if the snow days aren’t made up before the testing happens then scores will probably take a hit.

MORE: The Courier

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