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Timeline For 2015 Hancock County Budget Set

11/25/14 – 10:27 A.M.

The Hancock County budget for 2015 is taking shape. The commissioners plan to have the budget for next year put together by December 9. At that point, the budget will be available for public viewing for 10 days in the auditor’s office.

According to a schedule set at today’s commissioners meeting, the budget will most likely come up for a vote on December 23.

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McComb Residents To Pay More For Water

11/25/14 – 5:27 A.M.

McComb residents will pay more for water in 2015. The Courier reports village council has approved a price increase to offset mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The minimum water bill will increase by $10.69 starting in January. The EPA is requiring the village make upgrades to its water system.

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Semi Overturns In Hancock County

11/25/14 – 5:15 A.M.

State Route 613 was blocked east of McComb for several hours last night after a semi overturned. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened between County Roads 139 and 140 around 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Body Of Putnam County Man Found At Crash Site

11/25/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A Putnam County man was found dead at the scene of a crash Monday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to an area near Continental around 6 p.m. They found a pickup truck in a ditch off of Road 22 north of State Route 613. The body of 69-year-old John Peck of Continental was found inside.

Authorities don’t believe the crash killed Peck. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Peck was not wearing a seatbelt.

A similar incident was reported in Putnam County last week. The body of 79-year-old Victor Fischbach of Ottoville was found dead in a minivan along Road 23-Q.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Evidence From Findlay Traffic Stop

11/25/14 – 4:46 A.M.

A large amount of oxycodone seized during a Findlay traffic stop last year can’t be used as evidence in a trial. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals made a ruling in the case of Trenton Shuttlesworth Monday. The appeals court found that state troopers improperly searched Shuttlesworth during a traffic stop on I-75 last November.

Patrol Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies conducted the search after he said he smelled marijuana on the suspect during the stop. However, Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled he didn’t believe Beidelschies could have smelled drugs during his short interaction with Shuttlesworth. The appeals court affirmed that decision.

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Former Riverdale Teacher Fined for Attempted Child Endangerment

11/24/14     4:02 p.m.

The former Riverdale teacher caught on camera shoving a student in May was fined for attempted child endangerment this afternoon in Findlay Municipal Court.

Barb Williams pleaded no contest to the first-degree charge and was found guilty of a lesser second-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Jonathan Starn issued a $250 fine plus court costs and suspended a 30-day jail term. Starn also ordered Williams to undergo anger management training.

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Upper Sandusky Fantasy of Lights Enters 18th Year, Adds Walking Option

11/24/14     11:40 a.m.

Upper Sandusky’s Winter Fantasy of Lights display will kick off its 18th season Nov. 30. The drive-thru-type light show at Harrison Smith Park will feature 65 light displays this year with a “Peanuts Christmas” theme.

Each vehicle is encouraged to give a minimum $5 donation, the proceeds of which will go to the Upper Sandusky High School music department and the Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects.

For those wanting to see the display at a slower pace, there will also be a walk-through option this year.

For more information see uppersfantasyoflight.org.

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United Way Giving $75,000 for Washington Primary Preschool Program

11/24/14     11:25 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County is giving up to $75,000 to Findlay City Schools for a pilot preschool program at Washington Primary School to begin in January.

The grant will serve children from low-income families and will pay for all costs associated with two additional sessions of pre-kindergarten classes of 16 children each. Costs include tuition, transportation, lunch and staff.

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Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo to Retire in January 2015

11/24/14     11:00 a.m.

Findlay Fire Department Chief Tom Lonyo will be retiring from the department early next year.

Lonyo will be taking a safety-related job at Marathon and his retirement will be effective Jan. 4, 2015.

According to Mayor Lydia Mihalik the city will go through a process to promote a new chief from within the department. Until that process is complete Battalion Chief Matt Traver will serve as acting fire chief.

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Affordable Housing Units To Be Upgraded In Fostoria

11/24/14 – 6:58 A.M.

A state grant will allow for the renovation of affordable housing units in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the Ohio Housing Finance Agency has approved $28 million in upgrades. The money will go toward updating kitchens, washer/dryer hookups, and putting in energy efficient windows.

Stephanie Fischer is the community manager at Fostoria Townhouses. She tells the newspaper there haven’t been any updates to the facility since it was built in 1981.

The renovation work will start next summer.

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