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2/4/14 1:40 p.m.
Carey Village Council approved a resolution to apply for a nearly $2 million grant to help pay for a new substation for an expanding company. The Courier reports the $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration Public Works Assistance Grant will go toward contruction of $2.6 to $2.9 million substation across from Continental Structural Plastics on County Highway 96 on the western edge of Carey.

The factory addition, construction of a new school on the south side and a new industrial park under development on the village’s east side will increase the need for electric service.

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1/30/14 11:15 a.m.
Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. based in Findlay has been sold to a North Carolina company. The Courier is reporting that American Tire Distributors in Huntersville, North Carolina purchased Hercules for between $310 to $320 million. American Tire Distributor Senior Vice President of Marketing, Ron Sinclair said no immediate changes are planned at the Findlay operation saying that it will be studied for months.

Sinclair said, “We’re really excited about joining forces with Hercules.” William Berry, CEO for American Tire Distributors said, ” Hercules is a well-run company with an outstanding reputation in the industry.

Hercules employees 84 people in Findlay between their headquarters on U.S. 224 and their warehouse on Marion Twp. Rd. 212.

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UPDATE:  1/30/14 9:25 a.m.
More details have been revealed about a fire at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in downtown Findlay this morning. An e-mail to church members said the fire was electrical in nature and detected in the ceiling of the sanctuary. A fire department dispatcher reported that the fire was quickly contained. One employee was in the building when the alarm sounded and was able to get out unharmed. The call came in around 9 o’clock this morning.

Members were advised in the e-mail that considerable clean up will need to be done in the days ahead. The congregation will hold services at Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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1/30/14 5:35 a.m.
New Riegel Village Council Members decided to give tax credit for residents who work in other municipalities. The Advertiser Tribune reports council met in special session Wednesday evening to amend a previously introduced ordinance regarding income tax collection. Solicitor Rick Palau presented a new ordinance requested by the Regional Income Tax Agency giving one-half credit for payment of taxes in other cities.

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1/30/14 5:25 a.m.
Arcadia Schools ended up canceling again Wednesday but not for weather-related issues. School officials made the decision to close after a heat exchanger malfunctioned causing a foul odor according to the Review Times. Arlington Gas crews came in to check for dangerous gas issues and discovered none. The heating problem was then fixed by a separate company and classes were expected to resume this morning.

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1/30/14 5:15 a.m.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported a two-vehicle injury crash at North Ridge Road and West Bigelow Ave. in Liberty Township. At approximately 6:35 p.m. 22 year-old Theresa Zickert of Findlay was Northbound on North Ridge when she attempted to stop on icy pavement. Her vehicle slid and hit a car stopped for a stop sign at W. Bigelow driven by 36 year-old Helaina Todd of Findlay. Todd was transported to Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. Zickert was treated at the scene.

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Alliance Meeting 1/29/14 4 PM grs
The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance outlined their progress in 2013 at their annual meeting Wednesday. A total of 544 jobs were created through 21 projects in 2013 with 18 projects due to expansion of local companies. Employment increased to 38,100, the highest number of people employed since 2008. Steps were also taken to develop a site plan for a new industrial park as the Alliance continues to reach out to new companies to locate in Findlay and Hancock County.

Through the Economic Restructuring Committee, Findlay’s Downtown will continue to be a focal point and asset to the community, working to make downtown a great place place to work, live, walk and socialize. The committee will continue to work with downtown building owners to fill vacant store-fronts.

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1/29/14 10:30 a.m.
Fifth District Congressman Bob Latta gave his take on the President’s State of the Union Address on Good Mornings with Chris Oaks on WFIN. As an example he said the problems with the Affordable Care Act were not addressed..

{ZZ- latta} 11.1 out…”’..are skyrocketing.”’

Latta said higher health insurance costs are creating uncertainty among major employers preventing them from making investments in their businesses which could lead to more jobs and expansion. Income inequality was addressed in the President’s speech however the GOP strongly disagrees with raising the minimum wage to over $10 per hour. Latta said that President Obama’s policies are failing to create jobs that create wealth..

{ZZ- latta 2} 16.4 out…”’..there producing.”’

Latta said Obama’s EPA policies on the emerging oil and gas industry in the U.S. will prevent future job growth.

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12/30/13 10:30 a.m.
The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation chief is stepping down after 23 years. 66 year-old Rich Focht has been head of economic development activities in Seneca county since 1990. Focht’s last day will be Tuesday and his replacement, David Zak will take over January 6. Zak was chief of the Business Services Division at the Ohio Development Services Agency. Focht plans to run for Tiffin City Council in the future.

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12/30/13 10:15 a.m.
The University of Findlay Chapter Habitat For Humanity Chapter has been selected to receive a $10,000 matching grant from State Farm. UF is one of 16 campus chapters to be a warded a similar grant for their outstanding work in building affordable housing in partnership with low-income families and must raise a matching amount my May 10, 2014. The University of Findlay Campus Chapter has partnered with Habitat of Findlay/Hancock County to build and rehabilitate more than 20 houses since 2002. The Campus chapter plans fundraising activities to raise the matching funds.

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