Review Category : Local News

UF Comedy Jam Set For This Weekend

1/17/17 – 10:30 A.M.

The University of Findlay’s 15th annual Comedy Jam is coming up this weekend. Sharinda Welton is the director of student activities at the school. She says if you’ve enjoyed the shows in the past, you’ll recognize the evening’s host…

Audio: Sharinda Welton

Welton says a couple of the performers get interactive with the audience…

Audio: Sharinda Welton

Magician and comic Nash Fung as the headliner and celebrity impersonator Bonnie Kilroe as the feature.

The Comedy Jam is Saturday night at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets on the center’s website.

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Putnam County Warmer And Drier In 2016

1/17/16 – 5:19 A.M.

2016 was warmer and drier than normal in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sentinel reports temperatures topped average numbers six out of the last seven months of the year. Weather observer Guy Verhoff tells the newspaper average monthly rainfall was lower than the average for nine of 12 months.

Putnam County received six inches less rain in 2016 compared to its yearly average.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Council Working To Get Bids For Pool Repair

1/17/17 – 5:03 A.M.

Arlington’s village council is working to find a competitive bid to fix bad concrete at the swimming pool. The Courier reports Alvada Construction has offered a quote of more than $45,000 to remove and replace concrete at the pool and install a tile around the facility to drain away some water. However, other companies didn’t want to take on the tiling part of the project. Council members say other businesses did not express any interest in the project.

Council expects to lock in a price in the fall.

MORE: The Courier

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Liberty-Benton’s Interim Superintendent Meets With School Board

1/17/17 – 4:55 A.M.

Liberty-Benton’s interim superintendent is getting his feet wet. The Courier reports Larry Cook met with the school board Monday night to give an update on how his first couple of weeks in the position have gone. He told the board he has been doing “lots of visits, lots of talking, lots of reading” to learn about the district.

He’s also been meeting with administrators and other employees around the school buildings.

Cook is serving in the position until July 1. The school board is reviewing candidates for a permanent replacement for Jim Knable. Knable retired at the end of December. The school board will hold final interviews early next month.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Rotary Club Learned About Environmental Sustainability From UF Professor

01/16/17 – 5 :52 P.M. The Findlay Rotary Club got a lesson in sustainability from a professor at the University of Findlay. Assistant Professor of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management Gordan Gillespie was the guest speaker. He said there could be dire consequences if we take the ecosystem for granted.

The Findlay Rotary Club got a lesson in sustainability from a professor at the University of Findlay. Assistant Professor of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management Gordan Gillespie was the guest speaker. He said there could be dire consequences if we take the ecosystem for granted.

Gordon Gillespie

During his presentation, he said that there are several ways to address the issue. Gillespie said that education could play a key role.

Gordon Gillespie

He said that explaining how money can be made with alternative energy practices could push companies to be greener.

Gillespie added that another way to make the world more sustainable is to take care of the things people already have. By doing that there will be less need to retrieve metals and other materials from the Earth. He also said that stopping the use of coal and oil would help keep the planet healthy.

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The New Director Of The Marathon Center Of The Performing Arts Is Looking At Shows

01/16/17 – 4:16 P.M.

The new director of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts said that she has been busy figuring out the next season. Heather Clow said that she wants to get to know the community better before she starts booking a lot of shows.

Heather Clow

Clow said that there could be some issues in booking shows but that they aren’t major.

Heather Clow

She added that she is currently looking at the next season line up. She said she is talking about getting a Led Zeppelin tribute show. She is also looking to book a classic piano performance to use a piano that was donated to the center.

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Fire Damages Wyandot County Home Late Last Week

1/16/17 – 7:16 A.M.

Fire damaged a Wyandot County home late last week. Firefighters from the Wyandot East Fire Department responded to a home at 310 Goodbread Street in Nevada around 2 p.m. Friday. The fire department says the blaze started in an internal wall. Firefighters contained the flames to the second floor of the home, but there was water damage on the first floor.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A damage estimate was not available.

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Gas Prices Lower To Start The Week

1/16/17 – 6:55 A.M.

Local gas prices are lower as we enter the new work week. reports the average price in Findlay for a gallon of regular is $2.20. That’s down 16 cents from last Monday. Prices are still around 10 cents higher than they were a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.17 per gallon today. That’s also a 16 cent decrease over the last seven days.

Local prices are below the statewide average of $2.24 per gallon of regular. The state average is 13 cents lower than last Monday.

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Leipsic Water Rates Going Up This Year

1/16/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Water rates are going up in Leipsic this year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council talked about the rates earlier this month. Village Administrator Justin Barnhart said every meter is up to three percent. He added that’s around two dollars extra on each bill.

Barnhart says the increase is part of the village’s plan to get out of fiscal emergency. The water rate increase is one of the final actions taken by the village to exit the designation. The village has also cut spending by 18 percent.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Putnam County School Districts Add Cameras To Stop Sign Arms On Buses

1/16/17 – 5:21 A.M.

You might want to think twice before passing a stopped school bus in Putnam County. The Ottawa-Glandorf and Columbus Grove school districts have added cameras to the stop sign arms on some of their buses. The Putnam County Sentinel reports three cameras are in operation in the Ottawa-Glandorf District. Columbus Grove added four cameras.

Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Don Horstman tells the newspaper there have been a rise in the number of people illegally passing the buses. He says there have been four reported incidents since school resumed after Christmas break.

The cameras cost between $500 and $600.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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