Review Category : Local News

Findlay Fire: Ways To Help

1/26/2016 – 4:08 pm

Around 11 families were displaced by the Gibbs Building fire last weekend in Findlay and since the fire Recovery efforts have begun. A Multi-Agency Resource Center will open on Wednesday, January 27th at the Family Center at 1800 N. Blanchard Avenue to provide assistance to the families.

The United Way of Hancock County has also set up a collection at all banks in Findlay for people to make monetary donations. Contributions can also be made online at Live United Hancock County.org.

Donations of furniture, clothing and housewares for those affected can be made to the Fire Relief Foundation and CHOPIN Hall. For more information you can contact the Fire Relief Foundation at 419-346-2776 and CHOPIN Hall at 419-422-6401.

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Findlay Brewing Company Assessing Fire Damage

1/26/2016 – 3:40 pm

One of the businesses affected by the fire on North Main Street in Findlay last weekend was the Findlay Brewing Company. Their building, just to the north of the Gibbs Building was damaged in part by the fire. Aaron Osborn from Findlay Brewing said that when they were able to get back into the building there was a collapsed ceiling and some water damage to their products but most of the brewing components were saved from damage.

Audio: Aaron Osborn

Osborn said that they’ve spent the past several days going over the damage to learn the extent of it, but said that many people have asked as to how long they’ll remain closed while repairs are being made.

Audio: Aaron Osborn

Osborn said that they’d be keeping people updated on the repair progress on their website and will also keep providing updates on social media.

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2016 Roads Program Approved For Hancock County

1/26/16 – 11:35 A.M.

There will be about as much road work on Hancock County roads this year as there was in 2015. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a $1.4 million road and bridges program during their Tuesday meeting. Of that amount, nearly $570,000 will go toward repaving projects…

Audio: Doug Cade

Doug Cade is the Deputy Hancock County Engineer and says when oil prices spiked several years ago, the cost of paving roads did too. With oil down significantly you might think asphalt prices would be down too, but that’s not the case…

Audio: Doug Cade

Cade said that in 2002, it cost $20,000 to repave a road. Today it costs around $63,000.

That means the county will repave roughly the same amount of roadway as it did in 2015. The projects include 2.7 miles of County Road 96 between State Route 235 and County Road 53. A little more than two miles of County Road 17 between Delaware Township Roads 149 and 150 will also be repaved. The total cost of the two projects will be a little more than $357,000.

Ohio Public Works funds will help pay for resurfacing on County Roads 26, 60, and 153. The county will only have to pay half of $423,000 for those projects.

Cade says the 2016 plans also call for five small bridges to be replaced. That includes a 35-foot bridge on Howard Street in Findlay that the county is responsible for.

Next year there could be some more extensive bridge work…

Audio: Doug Cade

Cade says the 2016 plans call for a grand total of $1.4 million in road work including patching, resurfacing, and road striping. The county will repave roughly the same amount of roadway as it did in 2015.

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Wood County Sheriff Investigating Armed Robbery At North Baltimore Convenience Store

1/26/2016 – 10:56 am

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery at the Fuel Mart in North Baltimore Monday night. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the robbery happened just before 9:30 pm at the store on Grant Road. During the incident, the suspect brandished a black handgun. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a dark colored mask. He fled on foot prior to the sheriff’s deputies arrival. No one was injured.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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Unemployment Up Slightly Last Month

1/26/16 – 8:45 A.M.

The end of seasonal employment in late December led to a slight increase in unemployment in several area counties last month. New numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show 100 more people were listed as unemployed in Hancock County last month. That resulted in the unemployment rate moving to 3.6 percent from 3.4 percent in November.

Not every county saw unemployment tick up though. Jobless rates were down slightly in Wyandot (3.4) and Hardin (4.2) Counties. Allen County’s rate stayed steady at 4.4 percent unemployment. Rates were up in Putnam (3.8), Henry (5.5), Wood (4.1), and Seneca (4.9) counties.

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McComb May Add “WaterShed” Facility Soon

1/26/15 – 7:43 A.M.

McComb officials are planning to install a purified water station in the village. The Courier reports council talked about putting a “WaterShed” station near the park. The Northwestern Water and Sewer District said the center would distribute drinking water for 25 cents a gallon.

Last summer saw village residents complain about brownish water from their taps. Manganese in the water supply was blamed for causing the problem. Donations of bottled water were handed out to people until the issue subsided.

WaterShed facilities are in operation in Fostoria, Bowling Green and Bloomdale. There’s no timeline for installation in McComb just yet.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Company Gets Job Creation Tax Credit

1/26/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A vinyl tile maker has been given a state tax credit that is designed to help create jobs. The State Tax Credit Authority gave a six-year credit worth $336,000 to Nox Corp. The goal is to create 150 jobs paying an average of a little more than $31,000 a year.

Nox is based in Seoul, South Korea and began operations in Fostoria last year. It moved into the former Atlas building and added more than 16,000 square feet to the facility.

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Fostoria Police Officer Arrested For OVI Refused Sobriety Test

1/26/17 – 5:27 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer recently arrested for OVI in Findlay refused to take a sobriety test. Lt. Matt Crow says a pickup driven by Cory Brian was pulled over around 2 a.m. on January 17 at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and Hancock County Road 236 for driving left of center. Crow says Brian refused to take a sobriety test and was arrested.

Brian pleaded not guilty during a hearing last Tuesday. He was initially placed on leave from his job because his driver’s license was suspended. However his license was reinstated on appeal, and he was allowed to return to work.

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Contract Approved For Findlay Schools Bus Lot

1/26/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Another step toward a new facility for bus parking for the Findlay City School District was taken Monday night. The Courier reports the school board approved spending $471,000 to upgrade a property on Romick Parkway. A contract was awarded to CSI Construction of Carey to remodel the inside of a building already on the site. The renovations will include adding restrooms, offices, an area for bus maintenance, and training rooms for employees.

The total cost of the project is just under $1 million. A $1.1 million gift from Marathon Petroleum helped pay for the new bus site. The original cost was estimated to be around $600,000. Director of Operations Dennis McPheron said more renovations than expected were needed to bring the site up to code.

The goal is to have the work done by early May, and in operation before the next school year starts.

MORE: The Courier

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