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07/02/15     12:17 p.m.

You’ll have several opportunities to see fireworks around our area this weekend. The festivities will start Friday, July 3rd.

Findlay’s fireworks will take place Friday starting around 10 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Bowling Green will also host their show Friday at the BGSU intramural fields. Fostoria’s will be Friday at Foundation Park, as well as Upper Sandusky’s at Upper Sandusky High School.

Saturday you can catch the annual fireworks in McComb at the community park. In Tiffin, the fireworks will start at 10 p.m. Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. And lastly, you can head over to Hardin County to catch Kenton’s show at the Hardin County Fairgrounds at dusk.

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07/02/15     11:49 a.m.

Starting Friday, there will be plenty of Independence Day activities happening in the Findlay area for the weekend. First, Findlay’s annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. Friday night. Gates to the fairgrounds will open at 4 p.m. for food, kids activities and live music.

Friday night, several roads will be closed in the area of the fairgrounds during the fireworks show. The City of Findlay says from 9:30 to about 11:30 p.m. no traffic will be allowed to drive toward the fairgrounds on E. Sandusky Street, Blanchard Avenue or Fishlock Avenue for safety reasons.

On Saturday, there will be reenactors portraying the likes of George Washington, Ben Franklin and more at Dorney Plaza starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a speaker talking about the Constitution and the country’s founding.

The annual Fourth of July parade will step off at 11 a.m. in downtown Findlay. The parade will travel down Main Street from Lincoln to Center Street. There will be cash prizes for best float and for children who attend for the best-decorated bicycle.

Main Street will be closed from Baldwin Avenue to Center Street Saturday morning for the parade.

Following the parade, the Hancock Historical Museum will host an ice cream social and sundae buffet on the museum’s porch at 422 W. Sandusky Street.

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07/01/15     9:57 p.m.

After hearing from both the income tax administrator and city auditor, Findlay city council members left a Wednesday meeting without coming to an agreement on how to proceed with the collection of business income taxes. Councilman Randy Van Dyne said the system they have in place, while not perfect, is sufficient.

Audio: Randy Van Dyne

The process of deferring income tax payments was approved by city council in 2009.

Councilwoman Holly Frische said she wants to eliminate the deferral option all together, leaving only the quarterly payments and the installment program.

Audio: Holly Frische

Frische’s recommendation was in line with Auditor Jim Staschiak’s request. However the rest of council reasoned the system in place does the best job simply because you can’t treat big corporations and small self-employed-type businesses the same way.

Those who attended left the meeting without making a decision on how to move forward.

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07/01/15     4:15 p.m.

The public seat campaign at the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was a successful one, surpassing its $1 million goal.

The center was offering naming rights for its 960 house seats and nearly 700 sold. The seats were able to be named for $3,000 a piece or two for $5,000. The center says companies, familites, individuals and groups, like Findlay High School alumni who pooled money to name a chair for their class.

Tickets for the first show on Dec. 18 are set to go on sale to MCPA members Sept. 1 and to the general public Sept. 14. For information on becoming an MCPA member, email marketing@marathoncenterarts.org.

The programs for this season will be announced Sept. 1.

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07/01/15     3:50 p.m.

As of July 1, there are several new restrictions in place for teenage drivers in Ohio. 10TV in Columbus reports teen drivers make up on 5 percent of licensed drivers, but they are responsible for 13 percent of all fatal crashes.

The National Safety Council says 76 percent of all nighttime crashes involve a teen driver. In an effort to cut down those statistics, drivers between 16 and 18 years old will no longer be allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. The only exceptions are drivers accompanied by a parent or guardian or who have a written exception for work, school or church.

The new law also restricts drivers to one non-family member in the car while driving, no mobile communication of any kind and requires all passengers to wear seatbelts.

More: 10TV Columbus

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07/01/15     12:52 p.m.
Updated: 2:10 p.m.

A Findlay man pleaded not guilty to killing a Fostoria couple in a car-motorcycle accident in May.

37-year-old Daniel Betts appeared in court Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence. The charges stem from an accident that took the life of John and Kimberly Clark who were riding a motorcycle when Betts, who was driving the opposite direction, went left of center and hit them head-on in his truck.

Betts’ bond was set at $92,500. He is being held in the Hancock County Jail.

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06/30/15     5:28 p.m.

Blanchard Valley Hospital has received another award for community care. Becker’s Hospital Review named Blanchard Valley to its “100 Great Community Hospitals” list for 2015.

Becker’s list is based on hospital quality, accolades and service to the community. BVH President Scott Malaney said the recognition is a “testament to the extraordinary associates, physicians and volunteers” at the hospital.

The award comes just a few months after Truven Health Analytics named BVH one of its 100 Top Hospitals in March.

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06/30/15     4:58 p.m.

The Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Putnam Community Action Commission is starting its Summer Crisis Program.

The SCP starts Wednesday, July 1 and will continue through the end of August. The program helps pay bills or provide cooling for those with a documented medical condition or who are 60 years and over. To qualify, the household must have an annual income at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty guidelines.

For appointments to sign up for the SCP or for more information, go to HHWPCAC.org or call 1-800-423-4304.

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06/30/15     1:38 p.m.

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk Becky Vanscoder (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court was in Findlay today to present the Hancock County Juvenile and Probate Courts with grant money. The $22,900 will go toward upgrading the audio and video surveillance system in the court.

Audio: Maureen O’Connor

Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Kristen Johnson said this is a huge step in the right direction.

Audio: Kristen Johnson

O’Connor said the money was originally intended for upgrading the Supreme Court’s technology but the project was not ready this year. Instead, O’Connor said she decided the money should be distributed to local courts to use for their various technology needs.

 

More than $2.5 million in grants has been distributed to about 110 court systems in Ohio as a result.

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06/29/15     4:53 p.m.

After two months of severe weather, the Red Cross is sending thousands of volunteers to Texas to help with flood and storm relief, including a Findlay woman. Holly Blaine deployed to Houston Thursday.

Audio: Todd James

Hancock County Red Cross Executive Director Todd James  said Blaine is one of more than 2,000 volunteers from across the country in Texas to help.

Audio: Todd James

To donate to relief efforts in Texas and around the world, see redcross.org.

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