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12/10/13 4:20 p.m.
The Ottawa fire chief appealed to village council to streamline the process of appropriating for and purchasing equipment. The village is in need of a ladder truck. Anne Coburn-Griffis of the Putnam County Sentinel has more..

Audio:  Anne Coburn-Griffis

Fire Chief Dan Rieman made the request but no action was immediately taken. Columbus Grove Village Council unanimously approved standardized dwelling and business numbering that is easily recognized by first-responders in case of an emergency. Anne Coburn-Griffis of the Putnam County Sentinel has more on the story..

Audio:  Anne Coburn-Griffis

Street numbers will have to be posted in a conspicuous place on the front of each business and dwelling and they will have to be visible and legible from the street.

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12/10/13 1:55 p.m.
Tens of thousands of automobile crashes can be blamed on winter weather but, many of those are caused by motorists not driving to suit the road conditions. Sgt. Tim Grigsby of the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol spoke to us about driving in winter weather..

Audio:  Sgt. Tim Grigsby

Sgt. Grigsby said many drivers can get a false sense of security on the roads when, in fact, problems such as black ice or bridges that ice up before roadways can catch a driver unaware if they are in a hurry or not paying attention to conditions. Over fifty percent of crashes occurring on snow, ice or slush-covered roadways are caused by driving too fast. Grigsby also talked about other safety tips when driving in the winter time..

Auditor:  Sgt. Tim Grigsby

Road flares or reflectors, first aid kit, flashlight and a small shovel were also suggested items to be carried in your car in the wintertime. Last year nearly 19,000 crashes occurred as the result of winter weather resulting in 42 deaths and over 5,200 injuries.

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12/10/13 2:35 p.m.
When it comes to agriculture, many tend to think of Ohio as, predominately, a corn state when, in fact, there are more soybeans acres in Ohio. John Motter, a local farmer from Jenera who also sits on the United Soybean Board was a guest on Good Mornings with Chris Oaks this morning..

Audio:  John Motter

Motter said 93 percent of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified in some fashion. Fifteen percent of beans grown in Ohio are non-GMO and are attractive to specific markets such as Japan for the manufacturing of tofu and various types of soy milk. Ohio is also attractive to foreign markets from a distribution standpoint as well.

Audio:  John Motter

Motter said that for every product made from petroleum, soybeans offer an alternative that is sustainable and renewable.

 

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Toy Drive 12/10/13 9:35 AM grs
The Student Nursing Association of Owens Community College Findlay Campus will host its ninth annual Toy Drive. The drive benefits children staying in local hospitals. Donations of toys are being accepted now through Friday, December 13 and can be dropped off at the Owens Findlay Campus at different collection points in the Nursing Lab or the Atrium area. On December 16, the Student Nursing Association will wrap and distribute them to children in area hospitals. Over 815 toys were donated to area hospital children in the last eight years.

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12/6/13 2:10 p.m.
Members of the Alliance came to the Hancock County GOP First Friday Luncheon to give an update on work that has been going on to revitalize downtown Findlay. Downtown Coordinator, Maria Reza talked about the development of the project..

Audio:  Maria Reza

Work is continually occurring to try and bring businesses to the downtown and renovate existing buildings. Reza pointed out several new businesses locating downtown with some of those already having other locations in Findlay. There was also talk about expanding the boundaries of what is considered to be the downtown district which is Center Street to the north, Lima Street to the south, Hurd Avenue to the west and Blanchard Street to the east..

Audio:  Maria Reza

Reza was also accompanied by Tony Iriti, who pointed out the example of the development on High St. between the OSU campus and downtown Columbus, otherwise referred to as the Short North. Iriti also commented on making Findlay attractive to young workers just out of college who may not be ready to settle down into a traditional home..

Audio:  Tony Iriti

Iriti pointed out the conversion of some vacant buildings downtown into loft-style apartments, such as the Main St. and Dorney Plaza buildings, as being attractive to younger professionals rather than traditional family dwellings.

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12/6/13 2:45 p.m.
Roger Neff, local coordinator of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign, gave an update on this years toy drive at the Hancock County GOP’s First Friday Luncheon. He said the late Thanksgiving Day holiday has thrown things off a bit..

Audio:  Roger Neff

Neff said that isn’t unusual because collections don’t really begin until a week after Thanksgiving and since the shopping season is shortened to three weekends, Neff said that leaves two weekends to get the job done. He said he’s confident that the need will be met..

Audio:  Roger Neff

Neff said Salvation Army and Chopin Hall handle the toy distribution. If you are a family in need you may contact Angie at the Salvation Army to get your kids on the list. Neff said he would know in about a week to ten days how many children in Hancock County will need to be taken care of.

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12/6/13 11 a.m.
Those wanting to dispose of leaves and brush have until Saturday to do so. Findlay’s green waste drop off site at 350 West High Street, near the Street Department, will close for the season on Saturday, December 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The site will be closed from December 8 until March 31 and then reopen April 1.

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12/6/13 10:40 a.m.
The Hancock Historical Museum is having their Christmas Open House this weekend. Director Sarah Sisser was a guest on Good Morning’s with Chris Oaks on WFIN..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

Many activities are scheduled for people of all ages and guided tours of all the museum’s facilities will be available as well. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday of the Dewald-Funk house on the museum’s campus..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

The house was originally moved to a location on East St in 1990 and operated separately as a museum. The house was then donated to the Hancock Historical Museum and moved to the campus in 2009. The Christmas Open House will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

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12/5/13 2:45 p.m.
A Lima doctor, convicted of aggravated murder, will try to appeal his conviction in federal court. The Lima News reports Mark Wangler, exhausting his appeals in state court, filed an appeal in U.S. District Court challenging his 2011 conviction according to the Lima News. A jury found him guilty of murder in the 2006 death of his wife Kathy Wangler. Wangler is arguing that a personal journal of his should not have been allowed into evidence. The Third District Court of Appeals agreed with Wangler because the journal was illegally seized with a search warrant looking for computer records. The appellate court, however, ruled the error was harmless and did not overturn the conviction.

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12/5/13 11 a.m.
Donations are down and the need is great for a toy drive in Fostoria. The Review Times reports the toy drive called, “A Christmas For Every Child” is collecting unopened, unwrapped, age-appropriate gifts for income eligible families in the community. The effort is a partnership between several organizations and the Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys For Tots. The drive is organized locally by the Review Times, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, the Geary Family YMCA and there are not enough toys to meet this year’s need. The deadline is December 13. Last year 400 children in Fostoria were helped.

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