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12/17/13 12:30 p.m.
Hamlet Protein has announced that it is doubling the capacity of its production plant in Findlay to meet global demand for high-quality soy proteins for speciality feed. By fall 2014, the plant’s second processing line is scheduled to go into operation, serving Hamlet Protein customers in North America and worldwide. The investment is a response to rapidly developing sales of Hamlet Protein’s nutritional soy protein ingredients, which are currently produced in Horsens, Denmark and Findlay.

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12/17/13 11:55 a.m.
Voters in Bluffton will be asked to renew an existing school levy for an additional five years. The Courier reports the Bluffton school approved the resolution to place the issue on the May ballot, but the district is asking for more millage to keep up with rising costs. The district is asking for 4.9 mills and is expected to raise just over $714,000 annually for the next five years. The levy was originally passed in 1999 at 4.9 mills, renewed in 2004 at 3.94 mills and again in 2009 at 3.2 mills.

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Land Swap 12/17/13 11:40 AM grs
Carey school officials are asking the village to consider a land swap for property that is more accessible to utilities. Superintendent Mike Wank wants to trade the land of their existing school building for land the village owns near Memorial Park according to the Courier. The swap would help alleviate problems with bringing utilities to the site of a new school building that is planned for the district. A similar request was turned down by the village years ago but village council is willing to talk about it.

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12/17/13 10:50 a.m.
Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler announced the arrival of a new ambulance to the finance committee Monday. Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno said the highlight of the $198,000 emergency vehicle was the auto loading system, which can lift up to 700 pounds at the push of a button according to the Review Times. Loreno said it will be safer on the EMT’s by reducing the risk of injuries from lifting. The ambulance is expected to last more than 15 years and is expected to go into service after the first of the year.

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12/16/13 8:35 p.m.
Findlay City Schools are beginning the budget process for the 2014-2015 school year. School treasurer Mike Barnhart explained the preliminary process..

Audio:  Mike Barnhart

Barnhart explained that the process is a legal requirement for the county auditor to demonstrate the need to collect taxes. Barnhart said the financial picture looks good going into next school year..

Audio:  Mike Barnhart

The figures are also based on the assumption that voters approve a 5.9 mill renewal levy in May which generates about $4.5 million a year.

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12/16/13 7:30 p.m.
The new Findlay City Council was sworn in Monday afternoon and is set to take over in January of 2014. Six new members and the five, incumbents, only three of which maintain their current seat, represent the most significant change in Findlay’s legislative body in recent memory including a new ward..

Audio:  Tom Shindledecker

New At-Large Councilman Tom Shindledecker sees restoring some eliminated positions in the city while carefully monitoring the budget situation and flooding as the major issues going into the new year. Andy Douglas, who will take over the Sixth Ward is eager to begin his term..

Audio:  Andy Douglas

Newcomers John Harrington, Tom Klein, Holly Frische (Frish’ ee), Tom Shindledecker, Andy Douglas and Grant Russel will join veterans Bob Nichols, Ron Monday, Randy Van Dyne and Anne Spence in January. Nichols will represent Findlay’s new Seventh Ward. Jim Slough will continue as Council President and Susan Hite was sworn in again as Findlay City Treasurer.

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12/16/13 3:25 p.m.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers about giving emergency vehicles room if you see them along side of the road. Lt. Chris Kinn of the Findlay Post talked to us about, “Move Over, Slow Down – It’s the Law..

Audio:  Lt. Chris Kinn

Lt. Kinn says any vehicle with their four-ways on and parked on the berm should be given a lane and at the very least slow down because you never know what’s going on inside that vehicle. Lt. Kinn experienced a situation first hand as he was investigating a crash along I-75..

Audio:  Lt. Chris Kinn

Lt. Kinn did not return to uniformed duty for nine months after the accident. You are reminded to give emergency vehicles, ODOT workers, tow trucks or any vehicles with their four-ways on, at least a lane and slow down.

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Bridge Hospice Award 12/16/13 2 PM grs
Bridge Home Health and Hospice has been named a Top Agency of the 2013 HomeCare Elite. Bridge has been identified as ranking in the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies in the U.S. Winners are ranked by an analysis of quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance. This is the sixth consecutive year Bridge has been featured in this ranking. Bridge Home Health and Hospice is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System.

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12/13/13 2:25 p.m.
State Representative Robert Sprague unveiled a series of bills designed to help stop prescription drug abuse. The Courier reports Sprague discussed his proposed legislation during an open forum at Blanchard Valley Hospital. The bills would impose countywide treatment across the state and a 9-1-1 Good Samaritan law exempting minor drug possession if the user attempts to save another addict from overdosing. The aim is to stop new addiction, keep current addicts alive while diverting pills from outside the medical system and providing medical treatment for recovery.

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12/13/13 1:40 p.m.
Those seeking assistance with understanding the Affordable Care Act and signing up for insurance will be able to do tomorrow morning. ACA Navigators will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14 at Millstream Career Center at 1150 Broad Ave. Walk-ins are welcome. The event is being coordinated by United Way of Hancock County.

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