Review Category : Local News

Area Parades And Ceremonies Slated For Memorial Day

5/27/2016 – 3:23 pm

Many area communities and Findlay have parades and services scheduled for this Memorial Day Monday. In Fostoria, the American Legion will be holding ceremonies at Fountain Cemetery Monday starting at 10am. The American Legion Hall will then be open to the public for the remainder of the day.

Elsewhere, in McComb, a parade will be held, moving through the downtown area. That will start at 10am and will proceed to the cemetery where services will be held following the parade. The community swimming pool will also be officially opened following the parade and ceremonies.

The Village of Bluffton will also be holding a small parade, which is slated to begin at 9:30am. That will begin at the Village Municipal Building and proceed to Maple Grove Cemetery for veterans services to being around 10am.

The City of Findlay will be holding a parade as well. At 9:00 am there is a memorial Bridge Ceremony on the Main Street Bridge. The parade itself will start promptly at 10:00 am in front of the American Legion on West Front Street. Then it turns south onto Main Street and then turns west onto West Main Cross. The parade ends at the Maple Grove Cemetery with a short ceremony at the War Memorial inside the cemetery.

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s throughout the weekend, so remember to stay hydrated and wear sun protection when needed.

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Memorial Day Weekend Weather Expected To Be Sunny And Warm

5/27/2016 – 10:50 am

Caption: The view behind our offices this morning on Lake Cascade

In looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, it appears that summer will be here early this year. Meteorologist Chris Vickers from media partner WTOL in Toledo says that people can expect temperatures typically reserved for later in the summer throughout the weekend.

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says that there is a slight chance of showers throughout the weekend as well, with a greater chance in the late afternoon hours, typically 3pm-7pm, but for the most part, it will be a sunny and warm weekend.

Looking ahead to Monday morning, with many area communities holding Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, Vickers says that the warm and sunny trend is expected to continue.

Audio: Chris Vickers

Remember to stay cool and hydrated when out and about this weekend and wear sun protection when you spend great deals of time in the outdoors.

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Cooper Names New VP Of North American Marketing

5/24/2016 – 10:24 am

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced today that Bryan Hesse has been named as the Vice President of Marketing for North America Tire Operations. According to a statement, in this role, Hesse will be responsible for Cooper’s marketing programs in the US and Canada, including branding, product, management, pricing and all programs which support Cooper’s distribution partners.

Hesse has worked in marketing for more than 25 years, for companies such as Armstrong World Industries, Valspar Corporation, and Proctor & Gamble. He has a BS from the Southern Connecticut State University and an MBS in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Seneca County Commissioner To Refile Complaint With OEC

5/27/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Seneca County Commissioner Holy Stacy will refile her complaint about the activities of a political action committee with the Ohio Elections Commission. The Review-Times reports the OEC rejected a complaint filed last week because it included an item about alleged false statements made by the Citizens for Seneca County PAC. Representatives for the OEC said the organization doesn’t have the authority to rule on that item.

Stacy says she’ll refile her complaint minus that item. Stacy believes that there was coordination between Citizens for Seneca County and her primary opponent last year, Richard Focht. Financial reports filed by the PAC and Focht are allegedly missing information that show they worked together. If that’s the case, it could be a violation of Ohio election law.

MORE: Review-Times

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Latta Appointed To Conference Committee On Energy Policy

5/27/16 – 6:44 A.M.

Congressman Bob Latta will serve on a bipartisan conference committee that will negotiate a final comprehensive energy package. The 5th District Republican was appointed to the committee by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The group will work to include things like electric infrastructure security and promoting energy efficient appliances into the final bill.

Latta said, “I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues on comprehensive energy reform. Energy policy in the United States is decades old, and our country needs an energy policy that reflects the abundant energy supply that we are so fortunate to have.”

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Findlay Police Department Getting New Portable Radios

5/27/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A grant will help Findlay police officers communicate better in the field. The state is providing $100,000 to the city to buy portable radios. The police department needs the new equipment because the radios they are currently using are no longer made.

The city is working to get more grant money to buy radios for police cruisers.

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FHS Graduation Set For This Weekend

5/27/16 – 5:18 A.M.

More than 300 Findlay High School seniors will get their diplomas this weekend. The school says there are 338 people in the class of 2016. The valedictorian is Luke Taylor, and the salutatorian is Allison Kreinbrink.

The commencement ceremony for FHS will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Koehler Center on the University of Findlay campus.

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Putnam County Commissioners Will Not Appeal Judge’s Ruling

5/27/16 – 5:11 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners will not appeal a judge’s decision against the county. The Putnam County Sentinel reports all three commissioners voted in favor of a resolution that agreed not to challenge a ruling that the county pay more than $611,000 in attorney fees. The fees stemmed from lawsuits regarding the Road 5 widening project. The resolution says that while the commissioners don’t agree with visiting Judge Dale Crawford’s ruling, they recognize appealing it would mean more expenses for the county.

Commissioner John Love said they will meet with elected officials and department heads to decide how the county will pay the bill.

Judge Crawford awarded more than $497,000 to six lawyers who represented landowners in the open records part of the case. More than $113,000 for attorney fees was then awarded to residents of Road 5 for work done on an eminent domain lawsuit against the county.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Adding Dispatchers

5/27/16 – 4:57 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is expanding its dispatching staff by three. The Courier reports that by the end of the year there will be 10 people on staff in the communications center for the Sheriff’s Office. At the same time, a new supervisor is running the center. Sgt. Mark Price took that role near the beginning of the year.

Sheriff Mike Heldman says the department had planned to hire three new dispatchers, but after two people resigned they needed to hire five. So far four people have hired and officials are in the process of hiring a fifth.

New state standards mean the communications officers have to have extra training. That includes emergency medical dispatcher training. Dispatchers take a 40-hour class to learn how to give pre-arrival care, like CPR and wound care, over the phone.

MORE: The Courier

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State Treasurer Calls Out Findlay Auditor For No Progress On Open Checkbook

5/26/2016 – 3:09 pm

While in Findlay Thursday to announce Hancock County and Fostoria have joined the State’s Open Checkbook website, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel commented on the City of Findlay’s absence from the site, as well as City Auditor Jim Staschiak’s issues in getting the city finances posted on the website. Mandel said that he’s not had similar issues with any city government elsewhere in the State of Ohio.

Audio: Josh Mandel

It was mentioned that Mandel’s office has been working with the City of Findlay for the past ten months, taking all phone calls and answering all questions from the City Auditor, as well as accepting invitations to speak before the Findlay City Council but thus far no progress has been made.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Mandel said that while other entities have had some issues in getting their records online, he couldn’t recall another incidence in which the City Administration had publically committed to the Open Checkbook website and the City Auditor, in his words, “blocked it”.

Earlier this spring Auditor Staschiak announced to the Findlay City Council that his office would be working with another software program that is different than the one the state uses, however, it will still provide information to the open checkbook. Staschiak stated that the benefit of this program is that it will provide additional financial information and financial histories not available on the state website.

WFIN reached out to Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak Thursday afternoon and while he didn’t comment on Mandel’s statements he did state, “I’m happy that the county has taken the efforts to join the state’s website and I’ll be happy when the city can join them on that website later this year”.

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