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3/10/2016 – 1:37 pm

A Michigan woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on OH 15 near County Road 180 shortly before 10pm Wednesday. The Courier reports that 33-year-old Fonda Juarez of Lansing Michigan was westbound on 15 when a semi driven by 45-year-old Timothy Bennett of Caro Michigan attempted to pass her vehicle.

The semi struck the side of a U-Haul was Juarez was towing which caused her to spin out of control and run off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch. Juarez had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for evaluation. Bennett was cited for an improper lane change. The crash remains under investigation.

More: The Courier

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3/10/2016 – 1:30 pm

The inductees to the 2016 Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame were announced this morning. Dr. C. Richard Beckett and Marion Kroetz were presented with their awards during the annual farmers share breakfast. Dr. Hobart D. Schoonover and Gene Stuckey were honored posthumously. They both passed away in 2014. The award recognizes those who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a producer or in an agriculture-related profession.

This is the 11th year for the Hancock Ag Hall of Fame awards at the farmers share breakfast. Farmers receive around 19 cents for each dollar spent on the food. The annual event is hosted by the Agri-Business Committee of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.

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3/10/16 – 12:01 P.M.

Findlay was recently named the top micropolitan community in the nation by Site Selection magazine for the second straight year. Today the Executive Vice President of the publication, Ron Starner, paid a visit to Findlay to talk about why the city was number one again…

Audio: Ron Starner

To qualify, a project had to either represent a capital investment of $1 million or more, add 20,000 square feet or more of new space, or add 50 or more jobs.

Starner, talked a little about what makes Findlay stand out…

Audio: Ron Starner

Starner adds it is rare for a city to grab the top spot two years in a row. Findlay is also one of only four cities to be in the top 10 small cities in 10 of the last 15 years.

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3/10/16 – 9:50 A.M.

A Findlay subdivision is a step closer to expanding. During their Thursday meeting the Findlay City Planning Commission approved a plat application for the Glenmar subdivision off of County Road 140 in Liberty Township. The site plan call for adding 24 residential lots to the neighborhood to the west of a ditch that runs through the area.

The plans also call for the construction of a pond and a common area.

While the neighborhood sits outside Findlay, the planning commission has to sign off on the plans because the addition will connect to Findlay’s water and sewer utilities.


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3/10/16 – 5:33 A.M.

The search continues for a woman missing from southern Hardin County, but authorities aren’t holding out hope for a happy ending at this point. The Bellefontaine Examiner reports Sheriff Keith Everhart says indications are that Toni Schorr committed suicide, but they aren’t ruling out other options. Schorr, who is known to suffer from depression, hasn’t been seen since February 24. A handgun was missing from her home.

Everhart says deputies searched with police dogs and infrared equipment the night Schorr went missing. They also tried to trace her cell phone, but the battery has long since gone dead. Aerial flyovers and a search with cadaver dogs in a wooded area are planned for this week.

Schorr’s daughter tells the newspaper she was talking to her mother on the phone on February 24 when she suddenly said, “I’m done.” That was that last communication anyone had with Schorr.

MORE: Bellefontaine Examiner

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3/10/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Children in the North Baltimore school district are guaranteed not to have any homework this weekend. The Courier reports that’s because the district is taking part in the “Homework Hero” program. It’s designed to give families more time to communicate. There won’t be any sports practices during the same time, and teachers have agreed not to have any tests on Monday.

The school will be effectively shutdown from Friday through Sunday.

High School Principal Bob Falkenstein says a list of suggested activities for families to take part in will be sent home with students.

MORE: The Courier

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3/10/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Two of Fostoria’s busiest roads could see a big change in the future. The Review-Times reports the city may ban parking on the north side of Jackson Street between Main and Countyline streets. The plan also calls for no parking on the north side of Center Street between Countyline and Vine streets. Several residents have complained about the roads being too congested with parking on both sides of the streets.

Councilman John Davoli says eliminating parking on one side of both streets would also help emergency vehicles get through the roads in question.

The proposal could go in front of council as soon as their next meeting, which is next Tuesday.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/10/16 – 4:52 A.M.

The Putnam County Board of Elections has a new member. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Tony Schroeder of Glandorf was recently appointed by the county’s Republican Party to serve on the board. He takes the place of Tom Jerwers, who decided not to run for another term on the board due to personal reasons.

Schroeder’s first meeting was this past weekend.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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3/9/15 – 11:15 A.M.

A Findlay man was killed when he walked into a dark roadway just west of the city this morning, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a witness to the incident. 37-year-old Ray Abraham walked into the intersection of Country Road 140 and Liberty Township Road 94 around 5:45 a.m. when he was hit by a car driven by 73-year-old Robert Frey of Bluffton. Abraham was then hit by a southbound SUV driven by 27-year-old Jessica Brown of Arcadia.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man seen near the crash. He was wearing a red long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

Frey and Brown were not injured. The incident remains under investigation.

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3/9/16 – 8:41 A.M.

Four members of a Findlay family were hurt in a two-car crash near the Whirlpool plant on the city’s north side Monday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 41-year-old Amy Collins of Findlay pulled out from the Whirlpool parking lot and into the path of a northbound car driven by 35-year-old Terry Patterson around 7:15 a.m.

Patterson and three children in the car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Collins was cited for failure to yield.

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