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UP: They don’t build schools like they used to. Case in point: Findlay’s Lincoln Elementary, which turned 100 years old this week. It took a bond issue, $146,532.29, and a year to build Lincoln. When it opened in September 1916, the 20-room school housed grades 1-9, and there were 100 students in the...

Algae fight

Algae blooms won’t disappear from Lake Erie this year if Gov. John Kasich signs the bill lawmakers unanimously passed Wednesday limiting the application of manure and fertilizers on farms. The impact from Senate Bill 1 may not be seen for another year, or longer. It won’t take effect until late June,...

Next step

Hancock County Common Pleas Court’s experiment into drug courts has begun, with the first two “volunteers” now in treatment, instead of, perhaps, being on their way to jail or prison. We wish it success, and hope the program grows to help those who are ready to receive it. The area will benefit...

Slow down

There are places in Ohio where driving 75 mph would work. Heck, many motorists already drive that fast, if not faster, until they get caught. But lawmakers shouldn’t be in a big rush to raise the speed limit, again, less than two years after it was bumped up to 70. The Senate approved a speed increase last...

Charter schools

Ohio lawmakers have a lot to fix when it comes to charter schools. Charter, or community, schools have been an option in Ohio for 20 years. They are funded with public money, but operated under a contract with a sponsoring entity, either as for-profit or as nonprofit. Being non-public gives them more flexibility...

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UP: This area was especially fortunate to have two representatives, Ottawa-Glandorf and Fostoria St. Wendelin, make it to state in the girls high school basketball tournament last week. The Ottawa-Glandorf girls no longer have to live in the shadow of the Titans’ boy team, after advancing all the way to the...

Payday

When it comes to pay raises for elected officials, timing can be everything. Several years ago, when pay hikes were proposed for the Findlay treasurer and City Council members, Findlay was still recovering from the recession. No one got more money. Now, a City Council committee is discussing the topic again, but,...
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