Review Category : Local News

Well Water Testing Kits Available

7/28/14   12:38 p.m.

If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. To aid in this, the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a private well water testing program.

Jean Derr, program director for the Hancock SWCD, said the test is for the owners’ safety.

Audio: Jean Derr

Test kits will be available at the Hancock SWCD from August 7 to 18th and will need to be returned by August 19th to be sent for testing at Heidelberg University.

Test kits are available for nitrate and inorganic for $25, pesticide immunoassay for $60 and metals for $75. The Hancock SWCD will cost-share $5 on each kit.

The Hancock SWCD recommends your well be tested if it is more than 20 years old; was dug rather than drilled; is shallow; soil is sandy; a chemical spill happened nearby; or is near cropland, feedlots, landfills, industrial sites as they are possible sources of contamination.

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Mayor Mihalik Cautiously Optimistic of City’s Financial Future

7/28/14  12:30 p.m.

Last week’s mid-year budget review left Findlay leaders with a positive feeling in regards to the city’s finances.

Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik told Chris Oaks on Good Mornings she’s cautiously optimistic, but isn’t in a hurry to spend all of the $9 million surplus in the city’s general fund.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said the city’s capital plan is in balance with its needs and will help administrators make good decisions when a cash windfall comes their way.

Long-term planning was also a big topic of conversation at last week’s meeting. City auditor Jim Staschiak told city leaders that because of the budget surplus, now is the time to start preparing.

Though she’s on the same page as Staschiak in regards to the need for planning, Mihalik said without a clear picture of revenue, long-term planning is difficult.


Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said the revenue is the key to budgeting because it affects the administration’s decision making almost entirely.

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Fostoria Teen In Running For National Prize

7/28/14 – 7:28 A.M.

A Fostoria teenager is a finalist in a nationwide science competition. 15-year-old Paul Sowders submitted a 15 second video for the “Inspire a Future Scientist” contest, and is now in the running to win a $1,000 prize.

Sowders’ video was about increasing chick hatching rates by implementing scientific methods.

He is seeking votes for his project online. You can vote once per day.

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Gas Prices Down Again To Start The Week

7/28/14 – 7:23 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start another work week. reports the statewide average for regular is $3.36 a gallon. However the website reports at least one station in Bowling Green is selling for under three dollars this morning. Last week we were paying $3.49 a gallon.

Findlay drivers are paying around $3.35 a gallon to start the week. The average is $3.33 in Ottawa and Fostoria.

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Wood County Fair Starts Today

7/28/14 – 7:18 A.M.

The Wood County Fair kicks off today and runs through August 4th. This year’s highlight event will be the “Monster Truck Throwdown” Saturday night. Other grandstand events include a cheerleading competition at the grandstand at 2 p.m. Friday at the grandstand and a drag racing competition at 7 p.m. that same day.

Opening ceremonies are set for 7:15 p.m. tonight. The Wood County youth parade will follow in the grandstand.

Daily admission is six dollars. A week long pass costs $24.

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Findlay Fast Food Restaurant Damaged By Fire

7/28/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Firefighters were called to a Findlay fast food restaurant early Saturday morning. A grease fire broke out in the kitchen at the Burger King at 717 West Trenton Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Employees were able to partially extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived. The fire started in a fryer. The machine was damaged and there was smoke damage in the kitchen.

The fire remains under investigation.

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Traffic Pattern On U.S. 224 Bridge Changes

7/28/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The traffic pattern on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay changed over the weekend. Traffic is now using the new south side of the bridge while the old northern part of the bridge is now closed. The southern entrance and exit ramps reopened. The northern exit and entrance ramps have been closed for the time being. They’ll remain closed for about two weeks.

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Attempted Robbery Reported Outside Of Findlay Restaurant

7/28/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Someone tried to rob an employee of a Findlay restaurant late Saturday night, but ran away when the victim recognized him. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the Findlay Village Mall parking lot.

An employee of Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse was locking up when he was approached by a young man wearing a black bandana over his face. The suspect punched the employee and demanded money. The victim ran toward a lighted area, where the suspect caught up with him. The victim told the suspect he knew who he was, and the suspect took off running west toward Plaza Street.

No money was taken. The employee suffered minor injuries but did not need medical attention. The case remains under investigation.

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Ottawa House Fires Considered Suspicious

7/28/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Two fires in Ottawa late last week are being called suspicious. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 315 North Perry Street and 529 West Third Street within a two-hour time span Friday morning. Both homes are in the flood zone and were set to be demolished by the village. Neither of the homes had working utilities.

The state fire marshal’s office is aiding the investigation. Multiple fire departments from the county were called in to help fight the flames.

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Groundbreaking For New Arts Center To Be Held This Week

7/28/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Construction will officially begin on the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts this week. A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. The center is expected to open at the former Central Middle School site in the fall of 2015.

The arts center will cost around $10 million to build. Marathon Petroleum made a large donation to get the project up and running. The amount of the donation hasn’t been specified.

The old auditorium will be renovated to seat 1,000 people. The new part of the center will house classrooms, areas for performers to rehearse, an art gallery and a black box theater.

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