Review Category : Local News

Rezoning Issue Could Clear Way For Rail Museum In Fostoria

11/3/16 – 5:32 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society is pushing ahead with plans for a rail museum in the city. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council heard a first reading of a petition to rezone a building at 420 Columbus Avenue for the project. FRPS President Pete DiCesare told council re-zoning the property from an R-2 District to an S-1 would allow the organization to seek specialized funding for the project.

The original plan called for parking spaces for campers for people visiting from out of town. The FRPS dropped that part after council questioned if that would fit zoning regulations.

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Fostoria Officials Putting Finishing Touches On Fiscal Recovery Plan

11/3/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Fostoria has roughly a month left to finish a plan to get out of fiscal emergency. The Review-Times reports the city’s Finance Committee got an update from Mayor Eric Keckler Wednesday. Keckler told the committee he and his administration have spent the last few days in extensive meetings with members of the state auditor’s office. The group has been looking at every line item in the budget.

Keckler says a representative of the state auditor’s office is coming back to town on November 8 for another meeting. He adds they hope to have a presentation ready for city council for their November 15 meeting.

The recovery plan has to include a five-year forecast. Council has to approve the plan before it can go to the state’s financial oversight commission.

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More Changes Made In Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office

11/3/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Changes in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office continue. Last week former county commissioner Phil Riegle was sworn in as the new prosecutor for the county. The Courier reports a couple more changes have also taken place. Colleen Limerick started as an assistant county prosecutor on Monday. She has served as an assistant prosecutor in Hardin and Allen counties in the past.

Limerick takes the place of Elizabeth Smith, who lost her job following a drunken driving incident in April.

Riegle named assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece criminal chief last Friday. Treece will oversee the criminal division of the prosecutor’s office.

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First Community Meeting About New LB Superintendent Held Wednesday

11/3/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The first community meeting addressing the search for a new Liberty-Benton superintendent took place Wednesday night. The Courier reports consultants with K-12 Business Consulting met with residents to talk about finding a replacement for the retiring Jim Knable.

Deb Campbell and Kathy Lowery are with the consulting agency. They told the newspaper they’ll hold a series of meetings with teachers, students, and district residents to create a “superintendent search profile.” The document will outline lists of the school district’s strengths and issues, and the characteristics the community would like to see in a superintendent. It will also have a ranked list of 10 traits the consulting firm finds essential.

Campbell and Lowery say they’ve already talked to more than 20 potential candidates. They tell the newspaper waiting for the search profile is important in narrowing the list down. They expect to have six to eight candidates set for interviews by late January.

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Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate’s Wife Stumps For Votes In Findlay

1103/16 – 12:01 A.M.

The wife of vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was in Findlay on Wednesday. Anne Holton addressed a full house in support of democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton. She says that Clinton’s slogan “stronger together” means a lot to her.

Stronger Together

She added that with the end so near it’s all up to the voters.

Close Race

She said she has been happy to go on the road to support the Clinton campaign.

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University Of Findlay Collecting Food To Help Those In Need

11/02/16 – 4:39 P.M.

The University of Findlay is collecting food for the Hands for Hope Food Drive. Director of Dining Services David Harr said this year they have a big goal.

Goals

Harr added that they get a lot of support from local community members and grocery stores.

Community Help

They even have it set up as a game for student organizations and departments in the University. They can win prizes from the dining hall such as catering for events.

All of the food goes to Chopin Hall to benefit local people in need. You can drop food off at the dining area on campus until 7:30 p.m.

 

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Economic Development Director Tony Iriti Shares Some Words On Leaving Findlay

11/02/16 – 3:41 P.M.

Economic Development Director Tony Iriti is leaving Findlay soon to take up a new job. Iriti said he looks forward to working with the new organization but that leaving Findlay isn’t easy.

Leaving

Iriti has helped Findlay grow and achieve economic goals through his various positions. He says he still has a few things left to do first.

Last Job

Soon he leaves for Henderson County, Kentucky where he will be in charge of economic development. He says that they have a similar organization to Findlay but want to find their own path to success.

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Supreme Court Candidate Pat DeWine Campaigns In Findlay

11/2/16 – 11:45 A.M.

Ohio Supreme Court candidate Pat DeWine made a campaign stop in Findlay Wednesday. While speaking to supporters at the Republican Party headquarters, DeWine talked about his vision for Ohio’s highest court…

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DeWine says it’s important you pay attention to who you vote for in the Supreme Court race…

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DeWine also addressed any conflict of interest with his father, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Pat said he would only have to abstain from a case if Mike DeWine appeared in front of the court. That hasn’t happened in the six years Mike DeWine has been Attorney General.

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Lower Earnings From Marathon And Cooper Have Findlay Officials Keeping Close Eye On City Budget

11/2/16 – 9:53 A.M.

Stockholders aren’t the only people paying attention to lower earnings at Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tire & Rubber. Lower revenue for the two biggest companies in Findlay also impacts the city’s bottom line. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik says it’s something the city will take into account for the 2017 budget…

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Mihalik says there’s enough cash in reserve to maintain services and continue capital investments if tax revenue declines in 2017.

As for 2016 tax numbers, collections remain strong compared to last year.

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Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas told the city’s income tax board collections are up 8.1 percent. Collections from businesses in the community have topped $5.3 million this year as well.

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