Review Category : Local News

Former Riverdale Teacher Fined for Attempted Child Endangerment

11/24/14     4:02 p.m.

The former Riverdale teacher caught on camera shoving a student in May was fined for attempted child endangerment this afternoon in Findlay Municipal Court.

Barb Williams pleaded no contest to the first-degree charge and was found guilty of a lesser second-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Jonathan Starn issued a $250 fine plus court costs and suspended a 30-day jail term. Starn also ordered Williams to undergo anger management training.

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Upper Sandusky Fantasy of Lights Enters 18th Year, Adds Walking Option

11/24/14     11:40 a.m.

Upper Sandusky’s Winter Fantasy of Lights display will kick off its 18th season Nov. 30. The drive-thru-type light show at Harrison Smith Park will feature 65 light displays this year with a “Peanuts Christmas” theme.

Each vehicle is encouraged to give a minimum $5 donation, the proceeds of which will go to the Upper Sandusky High School music department and the Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects.

For those wanting to see the display at a slower pace, there will also be a walk-through option this year.

For more information see uppersfantasyoflight.org.

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United Way Giving $75,000 for Washington Primary Preschool Program

11/24/14     11:25 a.m.

The United Way of Hancock County is giving up to $75,000 to Findlay City Schools for a pilot preschool program at Washington Primary School to begin in January.

The grant will serve children from low-income families and will pay for all costs associated with two additional sessions of pre-kindergarten classes of 16 children each. Costs include tuition, transportation, lunch and staff.

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Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo to Retire in January 2015

11/24/14     11:00 a.m.

Findlay Fire Department Chief Tom Lonyo will be retiring from the department early next year.

Lonyo will be taking a safety-related job at Marathon and his retirement will be effective Jan. 4, 2015.

According to Mayor Lydia Mihalik the city will go through a process to promote a new chief from within the department. Until that process is complete Battalion Chief Matt Traver will serve as acting fire chief.

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Affordable Housing Units To Be Upgraded In Fostoria

11/24/14 – 6:58 A.M.

A state grant will allow for the renovation of affordable housing units in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the Ohio Housing Finance Agency has approved $28 million in upgrades. The money will go toward updating kitchens, washer/dryer hookups, and putting in energy efficient windows.

Stephanie Fischer is the community manager at Fostoria Townhouses. She tells the newspaper there haven’t been any updates to the facility since it was built in 1981.

The renovation work will start next summer.

MORE: Review Times

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall

11/24/14 – 6:44 A.M.

Gas prices continue to fall as we enter the holiday work week. The average price for a gallon of regular is $2.73 across the state according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s down another 13 cents from last Monday, and down 26 cents from a month ago. Gas prices haven’t been higher than $3 a gallon for the entire month.

Locally, Findlay drivers are reporting prices around $2.70 a gallon today. In Ottawa, prices are hovering around $2.72 a gallon.

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Tiffin Company To Expand

11/24/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A Seneca County company will undertake a major expansion project. Last week, American Fine Sinter announced a $16 million expansion at its North American headquarters in Tiffin. The move will add 24 jobs over the next three years. The company already employs 140 people.

The project includes 100,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, more offices, and state-of-the-art automation and manufacturing equipment.

American Fine Sinter recently received contracts for both transmission parts for Toyota and shock absorber parts from several automakers.

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Small Fire Reported At Primrose Retirement Community

11/24/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A small fire was reported at an area retirement home last night. Firefighters were called to the Primrose Retirement Community at 8580 Marion Township Road 237 around 9:45 p.m. Evacuation procedures were put into place, but the flames were extinguished quickly. A responding sheriff’s deputy was able to put out the fire, which started in a dryer.

No injuries were reported.

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U.S. 224 Closed In Ottawa Today

11/24/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A busy road will be closed in Ottawa today. The Ohio Department of Transportation reports U.S. 224 will be closed west of the railroad crossing downtown. A building is being torn down in the area, resulting in the closure. A detour will be posted. The closure should only last one day.

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Lima Fined, Required to Upgrade Water System Following Sewage Spills

11/21/14     3:15 p.m.

The city of Lima was fined and given a number of steps to take following decades of sewage spills into the Ottawa River.

The Toledo Blade reports Lima settled with the state of Ohio, U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice for a $147 million investment in its water system plus a $49,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act.

Lima will be required to double its treatment capacity to 70 million gallons a day, as well as separate storm and sewer lines. They will also have to get a new 13-million-gallon storage tank and pump system to reduce overflows. The city also agreed to replace trees that are sick or dead near the river for more than $218,000.

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