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11/21/14     3:15 p.m.

The city of Lima was fined and given a number of steps to take following decades of sewage spills into the Ottawa River.

The Toledo Blade reports Lima settled with the state of Ohio, U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice for a $147 million investment in its water system plus a $49,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act.

Lima will be required to double its treatment capacity to 70 million gallons a day, as well as separate storm and sewer lines. They will also have to get a new 13-million-gallon storage tank and pump system to reduce overflows. The city also agreed to replace trees that are sick or dead near the river for more than $218,000.

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11/21/14     11:17 a.m.

Findlay High School will once again be hosting the annual Border Battle Breakfast tomorrow morning from 7 a.m. until noon to kick off Ohio State and Michigan game week. The breakfast features all you can eat pancakes and sausage as well as a drink. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 419-425-5050.

The breakfast features all you can eat pancakes and sausage as well as a drink.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under and seniors 60 and older. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 419-425-5050.

At the breakfast, there will also be raffle tickets for $5 or 6 tickets for $25. The proceeds from this year’s breakfast will benefit the new residential substance abuse treatment center for Century Health.

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11/20/14     4:56 p.m.

As the weather gets colder, coats for those in need are in high demand and low supply. For the 27th year, City Dry Cleaning will be collecting Coats for Christmas to provide for people in need in Hancock County. And if you need a coat, there’s no need to register.

Audio: Rich Kramer

Rich Kramer’s family has been coordinating the drive since he was young and says every year there is still a great need for coats. In high demand this year is childrens, mens work and larger coats like 3- and 4-x. Coats, hats, mittens and blankets will be collected at area schools, City Dry Cleaning and a few local businesses with coats boxes. You can drop off from Nov. 28 through Dec. 5. Distribution will be held at Glenwood Middle School Dec. 13 and 14.

coatsforchristmas.org

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11/20/14     12:59 p.m.

U.S. Census data shows the population continues to live longer. Because of this, events like the YMCA’s Senior Health and Wellness Day are becoming more popular.

Audio: Hannah Twining

Hannah Twining is a health and wellness staff member at the Y. She said having a day like senior day where all the necessary vendors are in once place makes it safe and easy for seniors to seek out the necessary resources.

Twining said the Y recognizes that seniors going out in the cold, possibly wet weather to get the assistance they need can be a safety hazard, which is why the Y wanted to bring all the vendors to once place.

Over 40 vendors were available to the seniors at the Y, ranging from checking blood pressure to offering information on assisted living homes. Three speakers also presented.

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11/20/14     12:15 p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s murder trial has been delayed until next spring. Hartman is accused of the death of his 44-day old son James in November 2013 to which he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The 25-year-old appeared this morning in Hancock County Common Pleas Court with a pending request from his attorney to exhume the body of his deceased son for additional examination.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer said he would need more information before ruling. Attorneys will further debate the motion during a Jan. 20 hearing.

A new trial date has been set for April 13.

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11/19/14     12:50 p.m.

The Findlay and Hancock County Business and Professional Women will focus on self-defense at their meeting tomorrow night. Self-defense expert Gennifer Akroyd will present and demonstrate techniques against attackers.

Audio: Anita Montgomery

Anita Montgomery from BPW said the presentation will be more than just a how-to, but will also give attendees confidence in their actions. The seminar will take place from 5 to 6:30 Thursday night at College First Church of God. For more information or to RSVP, call Montgomery at 419-788-6397.

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11/19/14     11:41 a.m.

The Red Cross will be holding a card making party for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program at their Hancock County office tomorrow evening. Cards will be sent not only to troops, but also veterans and military family members.

Card making will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Red Cross office at 125 Fair St. in Findlay. All supplies will be provided. For more information see redcross.org/hancock.

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11/18/14     11:02 p.m.

City of Findlay income tax revenue was down more than 16 percent in the month of October. City auditor Jim Staschiak said they were expecting a drop, but not quite that much.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiack said that 16 percent equates to about $1 million to $1.5 million, mostly from the light manufacturing and medical industries plus a few others. Thankfully this won’t have much of an effect on the city’s budget.
Staschiak said thanks to a large amount of cash reserves, the city will be able to make up for the loss.
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11/18/14     4:45 p.m.

The agricultural community was not shy about sharing their feelings on the Army Corps of Engineers’ flood mitigation plan at last week’s press conference. Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson said essentially the farmers won’t support a plan that will disturb farm land.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Wilson said the diversion channel that would run west of Findlay would take about 300 acres of farmland and the levee east of town would be just as disruptive. Wilson said the farmers believe aggressively cleaning and maintaining the river would alleviate most if not all of the problem.

Audio: Gary Wilson

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11/18/14     3:27 p.m.

Findlay High School is facing a potential pest problem. Cockroaches were found in an upstairs bathroom sink at the school on Monday.

Superintendent Ed Kurt said the incident was reported to school staff members Monday morning. The area was treated immediately by school personnel. Exterminators came after school to treat the bathroom and inspect the building.

Kurt said this is the first time he’s known of an incident like this since taking over as superintendent this school year and the school is being “very proactive” in addressing the situation.

He said the school is planning further inspection and treatment by an exterminator during Thanksgiving break.

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