Review Category : Local News

Area Companies Receive Safety Grants from Bureau of Workers’ Comp

03/14/15     4:00 p.m.

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has awarded safety grants to a few area companies. In total more than $1.5 million in grants was distributed to 54 companies in January. The safety grants require a match from the company.

  • Legacy Farmers Cooperative in Findlay received more than $24,000 for 15 tarp conversion kits.
  • B-K Tool & Design Manufacturing in Kalida received the maximum amount possible of $40,000 to purchase a scissor lift and electric boom lift to reduce risk of falls from heights.The kits will improve the manual tarping process and reduce risk of injury.
  • BKP Ambulance District in Kenton received just under $38,000 for three chest compression units and a powered cot.
  • Ballreich Brother Inc. in Tiffin got a little more than $23,000 to a sanitizing system and gas booster heater to improve the sacking machine and dishwashing process.
  • The Wood County Commissioners Office received $29,000 for three tray delivery carts for food service at Wood Haven Health Care to reduce risk of employees injuries from carrying heavy loads.
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Blanchard Valley Center Update for Developmental Disabilities Month

03/04/15     12:50 p.m.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To honor that, Blanchard Valley Center Superintendent Connie Ament gave an update on BVC. She said they are now serving more than 500 individuals and growing steadily.

Audio: Connie Ament

Additionally the adult work program through Blanchard Valley Industries has more than 100 employees working in the community successfully.

Audio: Connie Ament

For Developmental Disabilities Month, the BVC is opening its doors to tours and groups interested in the facility. For more information visit

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Addiction Documentary Series Focuses on NW Ohio Opioid Epidemic

03/04/15     11:35 a.m.

With the topic of addiction being at the forefront of many conversations in Findlay lately, a documentary series on addiction is available to watch online.

Hancock County ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said the goal of the series is education.

Audio: Precia Stuby

The series was produced by WBGU in Bowling Green. The local ADAMHS also contributed to the series.

Watch the video here

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Findlay To Clean Maple Grove Cemetery This Month

3/4/15 – 7:32 A.M.

Findlay’s public works department is giving residents who have loved ones buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery a heads up. City crews will be cleaning the cemetery March 16 through March 29. If you have decorations at gravesites you might want to remove them before March 16.

The city reserves the right to decide what items will be removed after that date.

The work in the cemetery is weather permitting.

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North Baltimore Gets Grant For Fire Department Equipment

3/4/15 – 5:19 A.M.

North Baltimore is getting a grant to pay for radios and equipment for the fire department. The Courier reports a little more than $47,000 is coming to the village from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The money will be used to buy seven portable radios and two mobile radios for fire trucks. The equipment provides wireless digital communication for emergency responders.

North Baltimore had applied for the same grant last summer but didn’t make the cut. When more money became available the village was then offered the grant.

MORE: The Courier

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Sister Of Findlay Murder Victim Goes Missing

3/4/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The sister of a Findlay murder victim is missing and hasn’t been seen for several weeks. The Findlay Police Department says Lisa Gutierrez was reported missing February 25. Authorities say foul play is not suspected. They also don’t believe the disappearance has anything to do with the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III.

Lisa borrowed her father’s car and never returned it. It’s believed she could be with a boyfriend in Toledo.

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DLZ Consultants Chosen to Design Downtown Findlay Traffic/Parking Plan

03/03/15     11:23 p.m.

The City of Findlay has chosen a company to help flush out the details of its downtown traffic and parking plan. DLZ Consultants was hired for $340,000 to design the scope of the project. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said part of the reason DLZ Consultants was chosen is because they worked with Marathon Petroleum on their expansion.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said they felt DLZ was consistent with the city’s Transportation Alternative Plan.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said DLZ’s work for Marathon gave them prior knowledge of the area and of the downtown Transportation Alternative Plan.

Money for DLZ’s fee will come from a donation from Marathon Petroleum designated for the downtown project.

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City Council Denies School District Bus Garage Plan

03/03/15     10:00 p.m.

The Findlay City School District will have to find a new location for its bus garage. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council members voted 7 to 3 to deny the request to rezone the property at the corner of Broad and Bigelow Avenues from residential to industrial.

Councilman Randy Van Dyne said there are concerns with traffic, fumes, noise and more. He said there is no way for the school system to overcome the concerns to the satisfaction of the neighbors.

In the contract, Superintendent Ed Kurt said the school district stated that the $160,000 purchase could be voided if there were any issues with the property itself or the zoning. The current bus garage is located on Blanchard Ave. and is being relocated because it is in the flood plain.

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