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3/11/2016 – 3:36 pm

The University of Findlay announced this afternoon that Leon L. Wyden Jr. has been named as the new University of Findlay Vice President for Busines Affairs. He replaces Marty Terry who retired in February.

Wyden has been the president for finance and administration, treasurer and assistant secretary at Tiffin University since 2012. At UF, he will be responsible for the management of all activities related to UF’s financial system and will oversee the business office, bookstore, print shop, postal services, physical plant, facilities and the All-Hazards Training Center.

Wyden will start in his new role in May.

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3/11/2016 – 2:18 pm

The University of Findlay announced today that its Board of Trustees has approved the plans for constructing the new Center for Student Life and College of Business building. The plans, in development for some time, call for a 75,000-square-foot facility which will cost around $23 million to complete. It will house a campus communications center, food court, central gathering space, a student leadership development suite, a campus leadership room, a bookstore and office space for the Center of Civic Engagement.

The second floor will include an investment trading room, computer lab, two grand auditoriums, a board conference/seminar room, four classrooms, two creative learning centers, two conference rooms, a Dana Chair board room, a “Big Ideas” incubator lab, the College of Business dean’s suite and all offices for COB faculty and staff.

Site preparation has begun with an official groundbreaking set for March 31st. Completion is slated for late summer 2017 in time for the start of the fall semester.

More: UF Newsroom

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3/11/2016 – 2:06 pm

A story in the Courier last week revealed that personal information from donors to Associated Charities of Findlay may have been made public through the online posting of tax forms. Some of this information may have included names and social security numbers. Adam Levin from IDT101 says that while you may declare charitable donations, and in doing so will need a form indicating your donations, you should never give your personal information or tax information to any charity.

Audio: Adam Levin

Leven says that charities are not known for strong security across the board anyway which makes it more important to be careful what information you pass along when making donations. He notes that it is the responsibility of every person and every entity to protect the identity of all individuals from scammers.

Audio: Adam Levin

When breaches or mistakes happen one of the issues is the concern that situations like this will make people less likely to donate to charities. Leven says that people shouldn’t be scared to support groups or organizations that they care about, but you should also be smart about protecting your information.

Audio: Adam Levin

If you are affected, Leven says that you should inquire as to any damage control programs that might be offered either through the charity or through your own financial institutions. He suggests getting a copy of your credit report for monitoring and also contacting the IRS, given the timing and tax season in swing right now.

Audio: Adam Levin

Leven says that there is no reason whatsoever that any charity should require people to give them their social security numbers, and if you are asked to provide one, you may wish to give the donation a second thought.

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3/11/2016 – 10:30 am

If you have a prom dress and you don’t know what to do with it, the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s Nearly New Shop would like to hear from you. They are accepting donations for their annual prom dress distribution. Items accepted will include gently used dresses, shoes, accessories, and men’s formal wear.

Items can be dropped off at the shop, 306 Lima Avenue in Findlay now through the prom season. The dresses, shoes, accessories and men’s wear will be available free of charge beginning March 15th to any area teen needing items for prom. One dress per girl will be provided and items will be available through prom season.

The shop is open Tuesday through Thursday as well as the first and third Friday each month from 10am-4pm. They are also open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. All donations are tax deductible.

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3/11/16 – 5:12 A.M.

UPDATED 10:35am: Includes names of driver and victim.

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi in Kenton Thursday night. WKTN radio reports the incident happened around 7:45 p.m. at the corner of Main and Carroll streets. Witnesses say the woman, identified as 54-year-old Karen Winegardner of Kenton was with a bicycle when she was hit. The truck, operated by 51-year-old Daniel Figy of Wasseon, continued south and was stopped in the 800 block of Main Street. Winegardner was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

The incident closed the intersection until late Thursday night.


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3/11/16 – 5:03 A.M.

The value of a drug designed to counteract opioid overdoses was on display in Bowling Green this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports Narcan was used to save an unresponsive teenager Thursday. Police officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Klotz Road just before 1 a.m. for a report of an 18-year-old who wasn’t breathing. BG Fire personnel then arrived and administered Narcan, which led to the man becoming responsive again.

The man was taken to Wood County Hospital for further treatment. He initially denied taking any drugs, but then admitted he had taken half a Percocet pill.

No charges have been filed as of yet.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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3/11/16 – 4:54 A.M.

Around 150 people will attend a nationally televised town hall meeting for Republican presidential candidate John Kasich in Lima today. The Lima News reports preparation started Thursday for the campaign event. The town hall will start at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The event at the Lima Pallet Company requires a ticket to attend.

As far as security for the event goes, the newspaper reports the governor’s standard security detail will be running things. The Lima Police Department says the State Highway Patrol did not ask for extra help.

MORE: Lima News

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Local Residents Share Stories Of Coming To America

3/10/2016 – 9:17 pm

As a part of the Community Read Month in Findlay, a panel discussion on the immigrant experience in Hancock County was held at Glendale Middle School which highlighted the “Unknown Local Stories of Immigration. Four residents from Hancock County shared their stories in coming to America and living in Hancock County. Community read month is organized in part by the Findlay-Hancock Public Library. Jeff Winkle from the Library said that the discussions are a major part of the initiative each year.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

Dr. Hiro Kawamura from the University of Findlay moderated the discussion and said that he hoped that people were able to walk away from the panel knowing a bit more about cultural diversity in Findlay and Hancock County.

Audio: Dr. Hiro Kawamura

For more information about Community Read Month, visit the Findlay-Hancock Library. A video from the event can be found above.

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3/10/2016 – 4:38 pm

Many local school districts have come together to press for more local control over curriculum, testing and fiscal responsibility over their school districts. The Northwest / West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network is a group of many schools in the area advocating for changes. Jeff Kanable, Superintendent of Liberty-Benton Schools says that many of the changes proposed recently have been positive, but there’s always room for improvement.

Audio: Jeff Kanable

In order to find out how the public as a whole, views the current state of modern public education, Kanable says that the group has compiled a survey to ask the public how they view the current state of education in their schools and identify areas where the schools could use improvement.

Audio: Jeff Kanable

If you would like to participate in the survey you can click on the link below.

Northwest / West Central Ohio Public Education Survey 

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3/10/2016 – 3:40 pm

Two people were arrested after a drug raid on Putnam Street in Findlay Wednesday night. The Courier reports that the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force and the Findlay Police Department Response Team executed a search warrant at 927 Putnam St. Apt. G Wednesday night. During the search, detectives found powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a large sum of cash and other items indicative of drug trafficking.

41-year-old Heather L. Hoover of Findlay and 43-year-old Keith S. Hartfield of Toledo were both arrested and charged with felonies in the case. The incident remains under investigation.

More: The Courier

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