About the author  ⁄ Doug Jenkins

9/14/16 – 6:54 A.M.

The Fostoria Municipal Building will be more handicap accessible in the future. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a contract to renovate the first floor restroom of the building. Studer-Obringer Construction of New Washington submitted the winning bid. It was for a little more than $87,800, which was within 10 percent of the $80,000 estimate for the work.

It’s the second time the project was bid. Helms Construction of Findlay submitted a bid for more than $114,000 earlier this year. The commissioners rejected that bid since it was more than 10 percent of the estimated price. State law says public entities can not accept bids that are more than 10 percent of the estimate.

Only one company submitted a bid each time the project came up.

MORE: Review-Times

Read More →

9/14/16 – 5:29 A.M.

Changes to federal labor laws prompted the Hancock Park District to raise the salary of one of its employees. The Courier reports the board approved changing the base pay of the naturalist/program manager from $38,500 a year to $47,500. Regulations that go into effect on December 1 say anyone making less than nearly $47,500 is eligible for overtime pay.

Base pay for the marketing manager was changed to $19 an hour. The position was also changed to an hourly role.

The board also approved a pay increase for the director of the parks district. The $60,000 a year salary for Gary Pruitt has been bumped to $66,000. According to a report, a survey of 111 park districts across the nation found $66,000 was the average salary for a parks director.

MORE: The Courier

Read More →

9/14/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Arcadia’s superintendent has been given a contract extension. The Courier reports the Arcadia school board approved a two-year extension for Bruce Kidder during their Tuesday meeting. The contract will run from August of next year through July of 2019. His $90,000 salary will not change.

High School Principal Bill Dobbins also got a two-year extension. The contract also lasts from next August through July of 2019. Dobbins’ $82,500 salary was not changed.

MORE: The Courier

Read More →

9/14/16 – 5:07 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash on North Main Street in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened around 3:40 p.m. in the 600 block of North Main. 21-year-old Ryan Whalen of Findlay was driving north when he changed lanes and hit a northbound pickup truck driven by 30-year-old John Seiler of Van Buren. The impact of the crash sent the pickup off the road and onto its side.

Whalen was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for changing lanes without due regard.

Read More →

9/13/16 – 11:27 A.M.

U.S News and World Reports is out with its annual college rankings and area schools fared well again. The University of Findlay was 56th in the “Best Midwestern Universities” category. UF was also named the 34th best college in the nation for veterans.

Ohio Northern University also scored well. ONU ranked 6th in the “Regional Colleges in the Midwest” category. The magazine also ranked Ohio Northern 31st for engineering programs. The school’s business programs ranked 326th in the nation.

Bluffton University was ranked 29th in the “Regional Colleges in the Midwest”

Read More →

9/13/16 – 10:58 A.M.

Overcrowding at the Hancock County Jail means some prisoners are housed in Putnam County. That comes at a cost, as the commissioners have appropriated an extra $20,000 to pay for inmates staying at the Putnam County Jail. Commissioner Phil Riegle says at the current rate this trend will have an impact on next year’s budget…

Audio: Phil Riegle

It’s not the first time this year the commissioners have appropriated extra money to send inmates to Putnam County. Riegle says that’s partially by design…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says by paying in $20,000 increments, the county can see how far its money is going to pay for prisoners held in Putnam County.

The Hancock County Jail holds 96 inmates. Hancock County inmates are housed in the Putnam County Jail almost daily…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says on most days there are multiple inmates from Hancock County being held in Putnam County.

Read More →

9/13/16 – 7:15 A.M.

Carey’s new school has plenty of new technology, and it may take an extra person to help run it all. The Courier reports the district’s teacher’s union and administration agree that IT specialist Nick Rider needs help to manage the all the computer systems. Union president Jonathon Mershman said, “Nick is doing a fantastic job, but we’re understaffed.”

Superintendent Mike Wank says the district needs another full-time employee. He added that a job description has been prepared.

MORE: The Courier

Read More →

9/13/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A Ft. Jennings man says he’s being falsely accused of running a scam in Columbus Grove. Rick Martin tells the Lima News the claims from the village’s police department are ruining his chances of starting a business in the town.

The Columbus Grove Police Department issued a statement on August 31 that two men had been approaching residents and telling them they needed to have their home connected to a sewer line within a few days or they would be fined. Martin and Albert Morales of Columbus Grove were later identified as the men by the police department.

Martin tells the newspaper he was working by himself. He added a letter was sent to village residents, telling them they had until September 1 to hook into the sewer line or face a $500 fine.

Martin also tells the newspaper ongoing personal problems with village Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach were to blame for the situation.

MORE: Lima News

Read More →

9/13/16 – 5:15 A.M.

A Kentucky man who led police officers on a high-speed chase on I-75 in June pleaded appeared in court Monday. The Lima News reports 23-year-old Shawn Gregory pleaded guilty to charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He now faces more than four years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

Gregory was accused of committing crimes in Hancock County with 21-year-old Kaylee Herman on June 16. They stole a running car from a Findlay gas station and were later spotted on I-75 near Beaverdam. The chase ended past Cridersville in Auglaize County, with Gregory driving south in the northbound lanes at times.

An attempted vehicular assault charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.

Herman pleaded guilty to a grand theft of a motor vehicle charge last month.

MORE: Lima News

Read More →