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09/19/14   1:07 p.m.

Flu season will be here before we know it and in preparation the Findlay Health Department will host six walk-in flu shot clinics for city residents during the month of October. All clinics will be held at the department at 1644 Tiffin Ave.

Those planning to get the vaccination must bring their insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards.

October clinics are scheduled for:

Oct. 2 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Oct. 3 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 9 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 10 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 17 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 23 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Starting Oct. 24 the clinic will be open at the health department from 3-4 p.m. every day until vaccines supplies are gone. No appointments are necessary.

For more information contact the health department at 419-424-7441.

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09/19/14   11:10 a.m.

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If you’re in the downtown Findlay area you may notice more American flags than usual near the Hancock County Courthouse.

This is because today is POW/MIA recognition day. Every year the third Friday in September honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Today is one of only six days the POW/MIA flag can be flown.

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09/19/14   11:03 a.m.

School report cards were released yesterday and Findlay superintendent Ed Kurt said the Findlay school district is moving in a positive direction and he’d like to continue that. But with the changes the state continues to make, Kurt said it’s hard to make progress.

Audio: Ed Kurt

In his opinion, Kurt said all the required testing may now have a negative impact on students.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Similar to comparing apples to oranges, Kurt said if the requirements for schools change annually, it will be more difficult to compare them and identify progress. He said instead of looking at report cards, Findlay will focus on the growth of its students from year-to-year and try to keep scores moving in the right direction.

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09/18/14   9:05 p.m.

With 47 days until election day, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said things are going well. And for the Kasich campaign, this year’s election is all about the jobs.

Audio: Mary Taylor

Taylor stopped in Findlay this afternoon and said when the Kasich administration came into office, they knew they needed to strengthen businesses. She said they did so by: cutting taxes, balancing the budget and reforming government programs. All of those things sent a strong message to job creators and made it easier for them to create jobs because they had more money to reinvest in their businesses.

Taylor said if you look across the country at republic and democratic governors alike, Ohio stands out in a positive way.

Audio: Mary Taylor

According to Taylor, since the Kasich administration came into office: 250,000 private sector jobs have been created, unemployment has decreased from 9.1 percent above the national average to 5.7 percent below, wages are increasing in Ohio faster than the national average and Ohio is creating jobs faster than most of country.

Taylor said all these advances prove policy and government do make a difference on “how bad does it get and how good can it be?”

If re-eleceted, Taylor said the administration plans to continue making progress of a variety of different projects, such as: continuing to cut taxes, education reform, fighting the opioid/heroin addiction epidemic, strengthening businesses and healthcare payment reform.

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09/18/14   6:49 p.m.

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado, the 24-year-old inmate who escaped from the North West Community Correction Center last night, has been found and is back in custody.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Rosado was apprehended on their social media accounts just after 6:30 p.m. Rosado had been on the run since 8:15 p.m. last night after climbing a fence to escape custody.

Media partner WTOL reports Rosado was located in an attic at the Fairview Manor apartment complex.

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09/18/14   3:30 p.m.

After announcing the Mantis would be done away with, Cedar Point has finally made public its plans for the old coaster.

Announced via a YouTube video earlier this afternoon, a new ride called the Rougarou, French for werewolf, will be taking its place next spring.

Centered around Cedar Point’s swampy lagoons, riders will be seated on a floorless track for the new ride, which will repurpose the structure and track of the Mantis.

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09/18/14   3:20 p.m.

With breast cancer awareness month in October being right around the corner, many organizations are gearing up for breast cancer fundraisers including a group of local archers.

Audio: KC Allen

KC Allen is a co-organizer of the upcoming Save the Ta-Tas bow shoot happening this Sunday at Leipsic Fishing and Hunting Club coordinated by Outdoor Ohio. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and $2 of each archers’ registration will go to breast cancer research. Archers may begin their shoot as soon as they are registered.

Audio: KC Allen

On top of the typical target shooting, there will also be Iron Buck and long-range challenge shooting for prizes, as well as raffles.

The cost is $10 per archer, with kids 17 and under free. There will also be a few genesis bows available to children to borrow.

When: Sunday, Sept. 21 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 10605 Rd. H Ottawa, OH

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Cost: $10 per archer, 17 and under free

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09/18/14   1:00 p.m.

Adding insult to injury, last winter’s record cold temperature were magnified by a propane shortage that affected 27 states.

Audio: Bob Latta

Congressman Bob Latta introduced the Propane Supply and Security Act earlier this week to hopefully keep another shortage from happening again. Latta said the legislation would require officials to monitor supply levels on the local, state and federal levels to make sure there is propane available where it is needed.

Audio: Bob Latta

There are also provisions within the legislation that protect customers against unfair pricing should the supply were to become low.

Latta said there also needs to be priorities in place when it comes to shipping. He suggested when supply levels get low rail, pipeline and truck shipping industries need to prioritize transporting propane so those who use it to heat their homes can have it when necessary.

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09/17/14   11:40 p.m.

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado

Less than a week after three inmates escaped from a Lima prison, one man has escaped from a prison in Bowling Green.

Media partner WTOL reports that 24-year-old Jhon Rosado escaped from the Northwest Community Correction Center at 1740 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. around 8:15 p.m. Officials say Rosado jumped a fence and ran into a corn field north of the facility.

Bowling Green Police Department says they were not notified of the escape by prison officials until 10:06 p.m. Police say they immediately contacted the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and began a search, but Rosado was not found.

Rosado is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs between 120 and 140 pounds, according to officials. He also has distinct tattoos on the side of his torso and on his upper back, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.

Rosado was last seen wearing a blue jumpsuit and an orange sweatshirt.

Law enforcement is asking anyone in the area to notify then of suspicious persons or activity by calling 911 or 419-354-9001.

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