Bright Road will be closed between Hancock County 212 and Production Drive from Tuesday to Friday during the work day for water line installation, according to the City of Findlay Engineering Department.

Bright Road will re-open in the evening after work crews have left for the day.

Two detours will be posted during construction work:

  • Crystal Avenue/Hancock County 18 to East Melrose Avenue for those traveling west around the closure
  • Hamlet Drive to Production Drive for those traveling east around the closure

Students attending Owens Community College’s Findlay campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off of Hancock County 18.

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COLUMBUS — Putnam, Seneca and Hardin counties have been removed from a statewide list of counties which are monitoring individuals for Ebola after contact or potential contact with Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who visited Ohio before being diagnosed with the virus, according to an Associated Press story and a daily report released by the state Emergency Operations Center.

While the three counties were listed among 15 counties on a report Sunday for verified self-monitoring, by phone to the county health department; or self-monitoring, taking individual temperature twice daily, but not reporting unless there is a change; the counties were removed from the list Monday, when 12 counties were still listed on the report.

There were no comments from Putnam or Hardin County health departments Monday afternoon after The Courier made contact.

Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer confirmed via email there is no one being monitored in Seneca County now.

There had been six Putnam County residents being watched for the virus, but as of Saturday, Nov. 1, the 21-day incubation period for the virus expired.

The number of Ohioans being monitored for Ebola symptoms in connection with the case of Vinson is shrinking as more people reach the end of the 21-day watch period.

The Department of Health said Monday that 52 people were being monitored because of contact or potential contact with Vinson. One person in Ohio remained quarantined.

At one point, over 160 people were monitored. Health checks for the remaining contacts are expected to end Tuesday, three weeks after Vinson flew back to Dallas. Vinson was released from a hospital last week after tests showed she’s virus-free.

Ohio officials also were monitoring 30 people under new protocols for travelers returning from West African countries that have Ebola outbreaks.

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The campaign to elect Gregory Norris, of Rushsylvania, as state representative — known as Norris for Liberty — filed campaign finance reports with the Ohio Secretary of State on Oct. 19.

The Courier incorrectly reported in Friday’s edition that the campaign did not file a report.

Norris, a Libertarian candidate, is seeking election to the 83rd House District, which includes Hancock and Hardin counties and northern Logan County. He is challenging State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, and Kevin Rettig, of Findlay, who is running as an independent candidate.

Candidates who spend or receive more than $1,000 during a campaign are required to file spending reports with the state throughout the year. The deadline for the pre-election reports was Oct. 23.

Norris’ campaign reported cash donations of $4,439, and expenditures of $3,073 in its pre-general election report.

Courier reporter Denise Grant is compiling a story giving the details of the report, which will appear in Tuesday’s newspaper.

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Fostoria police are investigating a Sunday evening robbery at TJ’s Northside Party Mart, 840 Buckley St.

An employee reported at 7:47 p.m. that a white male, wearing a skull mask and a camouflage jacket, entered the store and asked for money, according to Sgt. Kent Reinbolt of the Fostoria Police Department.

The clerk refused to give money to the male. The male then took cigars and cigarettes, and left the store, Reinbolt said.

The suspect is described as a teenage boy around 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Brett Bethel at the Fostoria Police Department at 419-435-8573.

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are looking for info on a suspicious house fire south of Fostoria.

Washington Township Fire Department responded a house fire at 6:51 a.m. on Oct. 16 at 21821 Washington Township 214. Vanlue and Bascom fire departments also responded.

The fire was extinguished with no injuries reported. The initial investigation revealed suspicious activity may have taken place, as the house was not occupied.

Upon further investigation by the fire departments, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshall’s Office, it was determined that criminal activity took place at the residence prior to the fire, and that the fire was then intentionally set.

Witnesses reported seeing a minivan of unknown make, model or color in the driveway that quickly left the area after flames were first seen.

Authorities are asking for anyone with information about the fire to please call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 419-422-2424; or the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-589-2728.

Anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction for the person or people responsible for setting this fire could be eligible to receive a reward from the Ohio Blue Ribbon Committee.

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Authorities are seeking information after a recent theft from Tony’s Restaurant.

The restaurant at 10280 U.S. 224 in Findlay was forcibly entered around 2:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, according to Crime Stoppers of Findlay/Hancock County.

Information that leads to an arrest or indictment is eligible for up to $1,000. Anonymous calls may be made to Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

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His re-election next Tuesday looking like a slam-dunk, Gov. John Kasich was folksy in a visit today to Findlay. He seemed to fuel speculation he may run for president in 2016.

He urged unity over personal differences and touted Ohio’s improved economy as a template for the nation.

“Let’s send a big message to the country that Ohio has got its act together and we are an example of what people around the country ought to follow,” Kasich said in a packed Hancock County Republican headquarters.

His name has turned up in a few news reports speculating about presidential hopefuls. Kasich has maintained he is focused on getting re-elected as governor and has not thought about running for president in 2016.

But he did not strengthen that claim today in Findlay.

While Republicans are on the brink of another electoral sweep of statewide offices and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, Kasich seemed to distance himself from the right and moved toward the middle. Where four years ago in Findlay he proclaimed he loved the tea party and considered them brothers and sisters in battle, on Tuesday he opened ranks to Democrats.

“You should be so proud to be part of this. Maybe we even have a few Democrats in here — I would hope so — proud of what we are doing in this state,” he said.

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