Review Category : Local News

A Findlay Officer Recommends Using Caution If Using New Traffic Law

01/06/17 – 3:42 P.M.

Ohio recently passed a state law that allows you to go through a malfunctioning red light. Findlay Crime Prevention Officer Brian White says that there could be heavy consequences if you’re not careful.

Brian White

White said that you must stop and wait at the light. After a reasonable amount of time has passed you may ensure the traffic is clear and proceed. He said that Findlay’s traffic lights are all functioning well and that he doesn’t see this being an issue.

White added that a bigger issue is that when a light is out, drivers forget to treat it as a four-way stop. He said that this is a bigger issue.

 

Brian White

He added that the best way to remain safe in these scenarios is to make a right turn. Then you can safely make it to your destination.

 

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New Economic Development Director Provided An Update on 2016 And Outlook On 2017

01/06/17 – 2:34 P.M.

2016 was a good year for Findlay-Hancock Economic Development. That’s according to Director Tim Mayle who said the area saw plenty of growth.

Tim Mayle

Mayle added that he wants to build his staff and continue that growth…

Tim Mayle

He added that one of the things he wants to do is construct buildings to house businesses looking to come to the area. He also wants to continue building the relationship between Findlay and Japan. The city has a 30 year relationship with Japan and will continue to build that with partnerships in education, government, and business.

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Red Cross Assists Rawson Fire Victims

1/6/17 – 5:36 A.M.

Firefighters from two departments battled flames and frigid temperatures in Rawson Thursday night. The Rawson and Mount Cory fire departments responded to a blaze at 156 Kelly Street around 11:30 p.m. No one was in the house at the time. The American Red Cross of Hancock County provided residents with food and clothing.

No other details were immediately available.

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Ottawa Meyer Highlights Economic Successes Of 2016

1/6/17 – 5:29 A.M.

2016 was a good year in Ottawa for business development. That’s according to Mayor Dean Meyer, who spoke to the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Meyer highlighted several small businesses that opened in Ottawa over the past during his annual address.

The biggest economic news of 2016 came from Whirlpool and One Energy. The companies are partnering for a wind turbine at the Ottawa Whirpool plant. Meyer says it shows at least a 20-year commitment from Whirlpool to stay in Ottawa.

Whirlpool is also adding another line at the facility. That will create 40 new jobs according to Meyer.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Police Chief Retires Saturday

1/6/17 – 5:12 A.M.

Findlay Police Chief Greg Horne’s last day on the job is Saturday. Horne is retiring so he can take a job as the director of public safety at Ohio Northern University. He started as an auxiliary officer in Findlay in 1983, becoming chief in 2010.

Horne tells the Courier humor is the key to getting through the sometimes stressful job. Horne says, “Sometimes it seems like a dysfunctional family. You would do really stupid stuff and make fun of each other. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a whole lot of good guys.”

Horne said a lot has changed in law enforcement since he first became an auxiliary officer in 1983. Horne said, “We’ve become problem-solvers rather than just enforcement.” He added officers now train in many areas like crisis intervention, safety curriculums, and even cultural differences.

Captain Sean Young will serve as the interim chief while the search for a full-time replacement take place. Young is eligible for the role. Lieutenants Ryan Doe, Robert Ring and John Dunbar are also eligible.

MORE: The Courier

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University Of Findlay Taking Donations To Help Off-Campus International Students

01/05/17 – 5:22 P.M.

The University of Findlay is looking for donations of furniture for off-campus international students. The program will also accept kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies. The donations help to ease the financial burden of furnishing an apartment while adjusting to life in a new country. All donated items must be clean and in working order. They will be accepted on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm and Thursdays from 9-11 am. Appointments must be made for drop-off. To schedule your appointment, contact program coordinator Jennifer Butler at butler@findlay.edu or by calling 419-434-5855.

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Design Phase For Dorney Plaza Upgrades Comes To A Halt

01/05/17 – 3:39 P.m.

Plans for the Dorney Plaza upgrades are currently at a halt while funding is figured out. Jerry Murray from RCM Architects says that he can’t continue working on a plan until he knows the funding.

Jerry Murray

He added that until he knows what the budget is there isn’t much he can do. Murray said that he has been cutting things from the plans to lower the cost.

Jerry Murray

The Hancock County Commissioners are unsure about giving the $200,000 that is being asked for. Commissioner Mark Gazarek said that they have already allotted 1 million dollars for capital improvements.

Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Brian Robertson mentioned that the county expects a $2.5 million carry-over balance. Though some of that money could be used for the project, Gazarek said that those funds are for payroll until the real estate tax arrives.

 

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Volunteers needed To Take Down Wreaths

01/05/17 – 2:37 P.M.

Volunteers are needed for a wreath clean-up and disposal effort from the Wreaths Across America event in Findlay. The clean-up will start on January 21 around 10 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to only clean-up wreaths placed by Wreaths Across America in December. The organization says it will be helpful if volunteers bring a stick, pole, or a rake to carry multiple wreaths.

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County Landfill Replacing Damaged Compactor Unit

1/5/17 – 11:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Landfill is getting a new industrial trash compactor.  The Hancock County Commissioners signed off on the Hancock County Solid Waste District spending a little more than $738,000 for the equipment during their Tuesday meeting.

The old unit was severely damaged in 2016.  Ohio CAT offered to pay the county $30,000 to salvage it.  The offer is $10,000 more than the company offered for salvage late last year.

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