Review Category : Local News

Rascal Flatts To Headline 2016 Allen County Fair

12/15/15 – 7:19 A.M.

The Allen County Fair announced today that they’ll bring two major country acts to the area next summer. Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini will perform August 27. Tickets go on sale February 11. Prices are $65 for the pit directly in front of the stage, $55 for track seating and $45 for grandstand and bleachers.

Rascal Flatts has had 15 number 1 hits on the country charts over the course of their career. Ballerini has had two hits in 2015 off of her debut album, “The First Time.”

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Carey Schools Continue Athletic Building Talks

12/15/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Plans for an athletic building at the new Carey school cleared another hurdle Monday. The Courier reports Superintendent Mike Wank gave approval to get specifications for the athletic building and a bus garage. In November Wank was given approval from the school board to continue talks with architects about the project.

Wank says the new building would be around 8,300 square feet. Cost estimates for the athletic facility are around $850,000; while the bus garage would be around $350,000. The district has contingency funds from the current construction project available. That would mean the district would pay 30% of the bill, with the state picking up the rest.

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Fostoria School Officials Talk About New Education Regulations

12/15/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Fostoria school officials talked about the impact of new regulations on schools during a Monday night school board meeting. The Courier reports several components were discussed. Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the board, “states and locals will have more control of education once again with some guidelines.” He added much still has to be determined.

The replacement for the “No Child Left Behind” plan received bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Obama last week.

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Joint Fire District To Name Chief Today

12/15/15 – 5:11 A.M.

The newly formed Northwest Hancock Joint Fire District is expected to name its first fire chief later today. The Courier reports McComb Village Council members learned the news during their Monday meeting. McComb has been working with Portage and Pleasant townships to put the district together. They’ll share firefighting equipment, taxing authority and other responsibilities.

Councilman Gordon Meyers suggested the village and townships should each contribute $500 to help with start-up costs. No action on that suggestion was taken Monday.

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Two Hurt In Monday Afternoon Crash

12/15/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Two people were injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened in the 500 block of West Main Cross Street around 4:30 p.m.

26-year-old Krista Heistand of Findlay was driving her pickup truck west when she slowed for traffic and was hit from behind by a car driven by 17-year-old Trent McDaniel of Findlay. Heistand and her 7-year-old daughter were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for precautionary measures.

McDaniel was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance ahead.

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Groman’s Music Store In Findlay Closing Down

12/15/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A longtime Findlay business will close its doors soon. The Courier reports Groman’s Music at 729 North Main Street is going out of business after 60 years. Merchandise, including pianos, will be on sale; and the business will close once its inventory is gone. Groman’s closed its Lima store last year.

Owner Steve Groman tells the newspaper the internet and big-box stores have taken away too much business.

Groman’s father Ted opened the store in 1955.

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Highway Noise To Be Reduced Near Findlay Schools

12/14/2015 – 9:30 pm

It may soon be a bit more quiet on the south end of town near Chamberlin Hill Elementary. Findlay Superintendent Ed Kurt announced at Monday’s School Board meeting that ODOT has plans to construct a noise canceling wall which will muffle the sounds of vehicles on State Route 15 which runs next to Chamberlin Hill. Kurt said that residents in that neighborhood had petitioned ODOT to place a wall there, and when they do, the school, while not impacted as much by the noise, would still derive benefit from the wall.

Kurt said that he would be in contact with ODOT about placing similar construction along I-75 near Findlay High School and the Bus Garage for the same purpose. Kurt mentioned that the noise from 75, particularly during football games and outdoor activities could be greatly reduced with a noise cancelling wall.

The Findlay School Board also approved a contract for site work at the new bus garage property at their meeting Monday night. The board awarded the contract to Hume Supply Inc. out of Lima for $525,290.00. The contract would be for concrete construction on the new site.

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News Courses To Be Offered At Findlay Schools In 2016

12/14/2015 – 9:18 pm

Several new courses will be offered at Findlay City School starting next year. At the school board meeting Monday Richard Steiner, Director of Secondary Instruction said that one of the courses will be Interior Design & Housing, which will be offered at Millstream Career Center. Steiner said that the course will serve as a credit for a fine arts requirement.

Audio: Richard Steiner

Steiner said that as a final project the students will be required to design rooms for a house, and will have to choose appropriate color schemes, fixtures and furnishings.

Additionally, a new language course will be offered at Findlay Schools starting in the fall of 2016. Steiner said that for the first time, students will be able to take an intro to Chinese languages. Steiner said that many schools across the state are beginning to offer Chinese as a language arts course.

Audio: Richard Steiner

Steiner said that Van Buren Schools offer the course to students and given the rise in Chinese languages in the business world it was a fitting addition to the language arts courses at Findlay Schools.

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Millstream Students Place 4th In National Robotics Competition

12/14/2015 – 8:55 pm

Millstream Career Center has been making national news recently. The students of the engineering and CAD program recently competed in the National BEST Engineering and Robotics finals in Fargo North Dakota. 24 students from Millstream competed in the competition, and students J.J Reneau, Aaron Elchert, and Justin Allsop said it was a rewarding experience.

Audio: Millstream Students

The students placed fourth in the nation in the final competition. Craig Perry, the instructor of the engineering and CAD program said ultimately the goal is to give the students exposure and training in applications they can use in college and beyond.

Audio: Craig Perry

Perry said that upon graduation, some of the students are also certified on different robotics equipment, which gives them a leg up when they move on to mechanical engineering coursework in college and beyond. The video included with this story showcases the work the students did to prepare for the competition as well as their robotics projects.

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BGSU Student Charged With Putting Drug In Drink

12/14/2015 – 2:05 pm

A BGSU football player and student has been charged after he allegedly put a controlled substance in the drink of a female student last month. The Sentinal-Tribune reports that 21-year-old Michael Minns was arrested this morning and charged with corrupting another with drugs.

The incident reportedly occurred on November 22nd when police report “Minns placed a controlled substance into the victim’s beverage while at a downtown Bowling Green restaurant. The investigation was prompted by a report from the alleged victim and video was obtained from the business which police say show Minns placing the substance into the victim’s beverage. The incident remains under investigation. Area press are reporting that Minns, a junior defensive lineman, has been suspended from the football program indefinitely.

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