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3/1/16 – 11:21 A.M.

A national business magazine has again picked Findlay as the top small city in the United States. Site Selection magazine says Findlay beat out 574 other micropolitan communities for the honor. It’s the second year in a row Findlay has placed first in the magazine’s annual rankings. Findlay is also one of four small cities to be in the top 10 list 10 times since the rankings began in 2000.

The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office submitted 26 projects for the magazine to review. They included the wind turbine project on the city’s north side and expansions at Hamlet Protein and Fruedenberg NOK among many others.

In a release, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said, “Being named the nation’s top micropolitan community for a second straigth year clearly demonstrates that collaborative efforts are paying off.” Findlay-Hancock County Alliance President John Haywood added, “our economic development team has worked hard to gain momentum in the community, and enhance its focus throughout the region.”

Micropolitan communities have between 10,000 and 50,000 people living in them.

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3/1/16 – 11:00 A.M.

Hancock County will now house some inmates from the city of Fostoria in the county jail. The commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday morning that clears the way for the deal. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the deal won’t contribute to overcrowding…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman approached the commissioners with the proposal and saw no issues with it.

Phil Rielge says only misdemeanor inmates will be transferred into the county…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Under the agreement Fostoria would pay Hancock County $86.50 per prisoner for each day they are locked up in Hancock County. Fostoria would also be om the hook for inmate medical expenses.

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3/1/16 – 7:32 A.M.
UPDATE – 3/2/16 – 12:44 P.M.

We continue with our candidate profile series today with another challenger for the Hancock County Recorder position, Tracy Coldren.

Coldren has worked in the Recorder’s office for 15 years and says they provide many services to county residents…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren adds the Recorder’s office works closely with Veterans Services.

Coldren says she has learned a lot in her time in the Recorder’s Office…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren has been endorsed by the past and current Hancock County Recorders.

You can listen to the full interview on our website. Tomorrow we will look at the Hancock Park District replacement levy.

UPDATE: In the following interview, Coldren mentions that you can contact her at the recorder’s office for more information.  However you can not call the office to talk about a political issue.  You can still contact her on her Facebook page for comment about the campaign.

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3/1/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people on North Main Street in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 35-year-old David Baldridge of Findlay was driving south in the 4400 block of North Main around 3:15 p.m. when he stopped and was rear-ended by 45-year-old Jennifer Smith of Cygnet.

Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Baldridge was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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3/1/16 – 5:15 A.M.

One person was arrested following a high speed chase in Fostoria late Monday night. The Review-Times reports the suspect was arrested shortly after he crashed his car into a water hazard on the 18th hole of the Loudon Meadows Golf Course.

The chase started near State Route 587 and Columbus Avenue. The driver of the car tried to run away after the crash, but was stopped by a police officer who used his Taser on the suspect.

No other details were immediately available.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/1/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A local college is adding to its list of majors. Bluffton University will offer speech language pathology and audiology starting in the fall. According to a release, the school decided to add the major because of the “expanding need for excellent speech pathologists and the good fit with resources already on our campus.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates there are good job prospects for people in the field. Between 2012 and 2022, there is expected to be a 19 percent growth rate in job openings for speech pathologists. A 34 percent growth rate in job openings for audiologists is also expected during the same 10-year period.

Bluffton University is going to offer a $3,000 renewable scholarship for new students who choose the major.

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3/1/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Mount Blanchard residents will meet this week to talk about the redevelopment of a park in the village. A plan for Hurricane Park includes a community building, a quiet park area, a playground and a sports complex with additional sports fields. A walking path and restrooms are also planned along with other options.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Delaware Township Building on South Main Street.

The cost of the plans were paid for with a grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.


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3/1/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Trying to keep up with regulations from the Ohio EPA is likely to change how McComb water and sewer treatment plants are operated. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to an ordinance that would move forward with talks with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District during a Monday meeting.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd says the district would oversee operations. Current water treatment operator would not lose his job.

Several small Wood County villages are already part of the district, including Cygnet, Weston, and Bloomdale.

Talks with the district could begin late this month.

MORE: The Courier

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2/29/16 – 12:45 A.M.

If you use North Romick Parkway to get to work, you’ll want to find a different route Tuesday. Findlay’s engineering department says the road will be closed between West Romick Parkway and Bright Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 1. You’re advised to avoid the area if possible.

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2/29/16 – 12:33 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Hospital has been recognized again by a noted healthcare monitor. Truven Health Analytics named the hospital one of the top 100 in the nation according to a recent study. The company rated hospitals in several categories, including survival rates, patient complications, and length of stay among other factors.

The report from Truven says this is the first time in the study’s 23-year history that showed a “notable trend toward reduced expenses per patient” among the top performing hospitals.

Hospitals do not apply for the award. Truven gets the information from publicly available data.

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