Review Category : Local News

New City of Findlay Website Launched

03/13/15     11:48 a.m.

FindlaySiteThe new City of Findlay website is live.

FindlayOhio.com officially launched Thursday. City officials are inviting residents to take a look at the site and let them know how things look with the “Give Feedback” button at the bottom of each page.

The website was designed by a team of citizen volunteers and features a Findlay Answers section for visitors to look up frequently asked questions or submit a question as well as the Dropbox app for easy access to meeting minutes, agendas and forms.

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OIU Asks Bar and Restaurant Servers to Be Cautious This Weekend

03/13/15     10:40 a.m.

The Ohio Investigative Unit is asking restaurant and bar owners to be particularly careful serving alcohol this weekend.

With many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations being held tonight and Saturday, the unit is asking bartenders to not serve already intoxicated people and double check IDs to be sure the person consuming is 21 or older.

Anyone who serves someone drunk or underage can face criminal charges and the establishment may be fined and have their liquor permit cited, suspended or revoked.

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Hopwell-Loudon “Sunday Policy” Disputed

3/13/15 – 9:18 A.M.

A new policy in the Hopewell-Loudon school district was taken to task this week. The Review-Times reports community members packed a board meeting to voice their concerns about new rules about when school events can and can’t take place.

At issue is the so-called “Sunday policy.” The rules state no school activities can take place on Wednesday nights after 6 p.m. and can only take place on Sundays between 1-5 p.m. One speaker noted the board would sometimes be in violation of its own policy, because board meetings are held on Wednesday nights.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock County Ag Hall Of Fame Inducts New Members

3/13/15 – 8:54 A.M.

The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame has four new members today. The annual induction ceremony tookplace during the annual “Farmer’s Share” breakfast Thursday. James Demler of Eagle Township and Emil Nagel of Mount Cory were both honored. Posthumous recognition was given to Lynn Cupples and William Johnson.

The award goes to those who have been instrumental to the success of area agriculture. Nominees can be honored for their work as a producer or in other agriculture-related professions.

MORE: The Courier

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Crash Slows Traffic On I-75 In North Baltimore

3/13/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A two car accident is slowing down traffic on I-75 in North Baltimore. Media partner Toledo News Now report the crash was reported in the southbound lanes this morning around 6 a.m. Traffic maps show slowdowns on both sides of the interstate in that area. We’ll have more details as they become available.

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Federal Regulations Complicate Ag Center Lease

3/13/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Negotiating a lease for the Hancock County Agricultural Center will be more difficult this year. The Courier reports officials from the Farm Service Agency met with the Hancock County Commissioners Thursday to talk about their concerns. Cheryl Hinton is a real estate specialist with the FSA, and says a change in federal rules slows the process down.

Federal approval is now needed on lease agreements. Hinton says that’s led to a backlog of expired leases for farm agencies. The government is now providing real estate brokers to negotiate new agreements.

The FSA’s current lease in Hancock County expires on July 31. The group currently pays a little more than $140,000 a year for space in the ag center on County Road 140.

MORE: The Courier

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Ottawa-Glandorf School Board Questions PARCC Testing

3/13/15 – 5:17 A.M.

Ohio’s new school testing procedures have received a thumbs down from another area school district. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education passed a resolution stating that future PARCC and AIR testing should be halted until they can be evaluated. The tests are better known as Common Core. Superintendent Don Horstman says they don’t have problems with the standards, just the testing.

The board has raised questions about the loss of local control and the appropriateness of the testing. The district’s three principals also talked about issues with the program. All three said the testing was labor intensive and prone to glitches. The expense of the tests was also mentioned as a concern.

Copies of the resolution have been sent to the state board of education, the governor, and others.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Parent Claims Van Buren Admins Ignored Escalating Bullying

3/13/15 – 5:00 A.M.

The mother of a Van Buren High School student has accused the district of ignoring sexual assaults endured by her son. The Courier reports the claims were made during Thursday’s school board meeting. The woman read a statement outlining several bullying incidents and told the board they have until April 9 to fix the problem.

The claims made in the statement say administrators including Superintendent Tim Myers have been aware of continuous bullying that led to a sexual assault in August of 2014. Myers said he was aware of the issues and believes he has followed board policy regarding student discipline. He added the school would continue to work with the parent to fix the situation. The Ohio Department of Education will supply a moderator to help come up with a solution.

Among the parent’s other claims were accusations that football coach Kevin Shoup hadn’t dealt with the allegations. The woman said Shoup was “privy to a multitude of sexualized behaviors in the football locker room and turned a blind eye to the inappropriate behavior of his players while refusing to protect my son.”

MORE: The Courier

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UF Grad Becomes First Female Army Drill Team Commander

03/12/15     4:05 p.m.

A University of Findlay graduate is making waves in the military on her way to becoming a psychologist.

Lauran (Young) Glover graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her career goal is to be a counselor for military personnel and their families. Glover decided she wanted to live the military experience first in order to best treat her clients.

While serving in the Army, Glover joined the U.S. Army Drill Team. She has now become the first female Drill Commander in the more than 50-year history of the team.

“I want for there to be no question of if a woman can lead the US Army Drill Team,” said Glover. “And that anyone considered should be considered on the basis of their work performance, not their gender.”

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Flood Watch in Effect for Seneca and Wood Counties Through Sunday

03/12/15     3:35 p.m.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Seneca and Wood Counties until Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said ice on rivers and creeks is starting to jam, causing flooding in the area. The flood threat will increase Saturday as rain runoff will cause river levels to rise and could cause additional ice jams.

The NWS encourages those who live near rivers prone to ice jams to be prepared to act quickly if water starts to rise.

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