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4/25/17 – 8:57 A.M.

Unemployment is down all across the region. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the March 2017 unemployment rate is at or below the March 2016 rate in nearly every county in our area.

Hancock County has the lowest jobless rate in the region at 3.5 percent. That’s down from 4.1 percent in February and 3.8 percent a year ago. Putnam and Wyandot Counties are also below 4 percent, at 3.7 percent each.

Elsewhere in the area Wood County was at 4.2, Hardin was at 4.8, and Seneca County was at 4.9. Allen County stood at 5.1 percent and Henry County was at 6.3 percent.

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4/25/17 – 5:33 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society hopes to get a piece of a grant set aside for historical projects. The Review-Times reports the agency is asking for $5,000 from the county commissioners. The organization would use the money to replace signs. The society is also part of a joint request for more than $25,000 to promote museums in Seneca County.

The Fostoria Area Historical Society is asking for $1,500 to complete Volume 6 of a DVD on the History of Fostoria.

The grant money is available in counties affected by the construction of the Rover Pipeline.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/25/17 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our look at the candidates running in contested Findlay primary races today. Tom Ross is one of two Republicans running for council president. Ross says he believes the council president can allow residents to have more of a say in city matters…

Audio:Tom Ross

Ross says part of that process mean passing fewer items on an emergency so people can discuss them. He adds he believes the city passes legislation as an emergency too often…

Audio:Tom Ross

Ross says he understands sticking to the three reading rule would slow down some government processes.

While the council president only votes to break ties in Findlay, Ross says he’d be more likely to foster more discussion in that situation…

Audio:Tom Ross

Tomorrow’s profile features Third Ward candidate Dina Ostrander.

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4/25/17 – 5:23 A.M.

A Fostoria man died in a house fire in eastern New York this past weekend. The Daily Freeman newspaper reports firefighters found 62-year-old Richard Mondello dead in the basement of a home in Hurley, New York on Sunday. The home belonged to his father, 89-year-old Carl Mondello Jr. The newspaper says emergency responders took Carl Mondello to an area hospital, but he later died from his injuries.

60-year-old Marianne Agnello escaped the fire. She is Carl Mondello’s daughter and was living in the home with her dad. Agnello said her father helped her get out of the house.

The fire remains under investigation. Authorities say it doesn’t appear suspicious.

MORE: Daily Freeman

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4/25/17 – 5:13 A.M.

McComb is in the market for a new law director. The Courier reports Alan Hackenberg resigned from his position Monday night. Hackenberg is leaving to become a Findlay Municipal Court judge. Governor John Kasich appointed him to the position late last week.

Hackenberg has handled legal matters for McComb since 2011. He took over the village solicitor position from his father, Dave Hackenberg.

McComb officials haven’t named a replacement yet.

MORE: The Courier

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4/25/17 – 5:06 A.M.

ODOT crews will resurface several I-75 ramps this week. Crews will close the ramps between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day to clear the way for the work. The closures start tonight with the ramps from I-75 to State Route 613 near Van Buren. Tomorrow crews will resurface the ramp from southbound I-75 to County Road 99, and the ramp from Road 99 to northbound I-75.

Work continues in southern Wood County the following nights. On Thursday ODOT is resurfacing the ramps to I-75 at State Route 18. Friday’s work includes the ramps at Eagleville Road in North Baltimore.

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04/24/17 – 10:35 P.M.

The Hancock County Opiate Task Force held a free Naloxone training at the University of Findlay. Naloxone is a drug administered to counteract an overdose. ADAMHS Board’s Zach Thomas said that the training will help the community.

Zach Thomas

He added that if you missed the community session you can still receive training.

Zach Thomas

The training goes over what an opioid overdose looks like and the steps to take when addressing it. It also covers the two types of Naloxone kits available.

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04/24/17 – 9:19 P.M.

Marathon gave a hefty donation of $500,000 to the University of Findlay on Monday to support their capital improvement. CEO Gary Heminger said that Marathon is excited about the university’s new building.

Gary Heminger

Heminger said that they have had a partnership with the University of Findlay for several years. He added that he hopes to see continue growth in the university and the city itself.

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04/24/17 – 5:08 P.M.

The state Controlling Board approved a $163,000 grant to create jobs rebuilding a road to Partitions Plus. The Courier reports that the grant will cover half of the expenses to rebuild the road. The other half will be paid by the local government and business sources, according to Economic Development Director Tim Mayle.

The project includes widening the road and placing upgraded curbs. Mayle said that there is no timing set for the project yet. He is talking to three business along the road to share the expenses with Hancock County. The businesses are Partitions Plus, Mutchler & Lewis Dental Care, and Vorst Custom Cabinets

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04/24/17 – 4:15 P.M.

Whirlpool is having an open house so that you can come and tour their facilities. The tours are happening this Thursday at 5 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. at their Ottawa plant. They will cover the history of the plant as well as direct hire and other promotional opportunities within Whirlpool.

To take part you must wear full-length pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes.

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