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3/15/16 – 5:34 A.M.

A former Findlay resident has been honored for his military service during World War II. The late Stephen Michael Pasztor has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. His entire unit, nicknamed the Devil’s Brigade, received the honor on February 3.

The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the United States. The medal is displayed at his son Michael’s home in Findlay. Pasztor was also awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service to the military.

Michael Pasztor tells the Courier, “The things that happened during the war haunted him his whole life. He didn’t find it easy to kill people. I want my kids to know what he sacrificed.”

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3/16/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing charges after a domestic dispute late Friday night. The Findlay Police Department reports Joshua Anders was taken into custody early Saturday.

According to a police report, Anders and Katie Thrush were in a car in the 1200 block of South Blanchard Street around 11 p.m. Saturday when an argument led to Anders assaulting Thrush. She escaped the car on foot. Thrush was later treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anders faces a felonious assault charge.


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3/16/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay and Hancock County road crews are busy trying to fix as many potholes as they can now that the weather is warming up. The Courier reports crews are using a temporary fill of stone and oil. Permanent patches will be placed once asphalt plants begin ramping up production in April.

Mark Drerup is the manager of Findlay ODOT garage. He says the deep freeze this winter did a lot of damage. While we didn’t get as much snow as we did last year, the cold temperatures were just as harmful. ODOT’s website has a link to help you report potholes.

Findlay has $400,000 set aside for street maintenance. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says it’s important to repair the roads to extend the life of the pavement. Hancock County Engineer Chris Long says county crews are running daily to make repairs.

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3/16 /15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Mount Blanchard home was destroyed by a fire Friday afternoon. Vanlue firefighters were called to 19724 State Route 103 Friday afternoon. No one was at home at the time.

Vanlue Fire Chief Bill Drown says an electrical issue may have started the fire. The blaze started in the home’s laundry room. The home was a total loss and was not insured.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, and comfort kits with personal hygiene items to the family.


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3/13/15 – 9:18 A.M.

A new policy in the Hopewell-Loudon school district was taken to task this week. The Review-Times reports community members packed a board meeting to voice their concerns about new rules about when school events can and can’t take place.

At issue is the so-called “Sunday policy.” The rules state no school activities can take place on Wednesday nights after 6 p.m. and can only take place on Sundays between 1-5 p.m. One speaker noted the board would sometimes be in violation of its own policy, because board meetings are held on Wednesday nights.

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3/13/15 – 8:54 A.M.

The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame has four new members today. The annual induction ceremony tookplace during the annual “Farmer’s Share” breakfast Thursday. James Demler of Eagle Township and Emil Nagel of Mount Cory were both honored. Posthumous recognition was given to Lynn Cupples and William Johnson.

The award goes to those who have been instrumental to the success of area agriculture. Nominees can be honored for their work as a producer or in other agriculture-related professions.

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3/13/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A two car accident is slowing down traffic on I-75 in North Baltimore. Media partner Toledo News Now report the crash was reported in the southbound lanes this morning around 6 a.m. Traffic maps show slowdowns on both sides of the interstate in that area. We’ll have more details as they become available.

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3/13/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Negotiating a lease for the Hancock County Agricultural Center will be more difficult this year. The Courier reports officials from the Farm Service Agency met with the Hancock County Commissioners Thursday to talk about their concerns. Cheryl Hinton is a real estate specialist with the FSA, and says a change in federal rules slows the process down.

Federal approval is now needed on lease agreements. Hinton says that’s led to a backlog of expired leases for farm agencies. The government is now providing real estate brokers to negotiate new agreements.

The FSA’s current lease in Hancock County expires on July 31. The group currently pays a little more than $140,000 a year for space in the ag center on County Road 140.

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3/13/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Ohio’s new school testing procedures have received a thumbs down from another area school district. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education passed a resolution stating that future PARCC and AIR testing should be halted until they can be evaluated. The tests are better known as Common Core. Superintendent Don Horstman says they don’t have problems with the standards, just the testing.

The board has raised questions about the loss of local control and the appropriateness of the testing. The district’s three principals also talked about issues with the program. All three said the testing was labor intensive and prone to glitches. The expense of the tests was also mentioned as a concern.

Copies of the resolution have been sent to the state board of education, the governor, and others.

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