Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Gas Pipeline Project Nearly Finished

7/10/14 – 6:37 A.M.

A pipeline-replacement project is nearly finished in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports Columbia Gas officials say crews recently finished replacing the main line from Elm Street to Tiffin Street going north and south, and the main line from Perry Street to Countyline Street going east and west. The old pipe system should be retired in the next few weeks.

Columbia Gas began installing specially-designed plastic pipes in April. The new lines replace the older, cast-iron pipes. The newer lines last longer and flex with changing soil conditions.

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New Flood Maps Could Put Some Kalida Homes Back In Flood Plain

7/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

When you think about flooding in Putnam County, you probably think about Ottawa first. But the village of Kalida has flooding concerns of its own. More specifically, there are concerns about what new flood maps could do to insurance rates for some people who live in Kalida.

Village council talked about the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports engineer Greg Bockrath gave an update on the proposed new maps. He believes Kalida residents who live along the Ottawa River or Plum Creek could be put back into the flood zone.

Bockrath added homeowners can request a variance if they are told they now live in a flood zone.

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Findlay Man Sentenced For December Robbery

7/10/14 – 4:46 A.M.

A man who took part in a robbery in Findlay last winter was sentenced Wednesday. The Courier reports 25-year-old Derick Curry Jr. will spend seven years in prison. He had already pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery.

Curry was with Tyrel Jones when Jones shot Christopher Ingleston on December 19. The two were attempting to rob a home at 222 Prospect Avenue because they thought there were drugs in the house. Jones was sentenced to 11 years in prison last February.

MORE: The Courier

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Carriage House Plaza to Host Block Party

7/9/14   5:50 p.m.

The business located in the Carriage House Plaza at 106 Tiffin Ave. are partnering with United Way of Hancock County to host a block party next Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be free hot dogs and bottled water as well as a raffle. There will also be a canned-food drive held from now until the end of the event for the West Ohio Food Bank.

There will also be a car wash with proceeds benefitting the Fire Relief Foundation.

The business participating are: Vapor Emproia, Wolfies Roasted Nuts, The Tonsorium, Papillon Boutique, Carriage House Gifts, Jaqua’s Monogramming & Design, Mar-Ott Book Nook, National Cash Advance, Showplace Rent-to-Own, Tidy Rides and Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe.

There will be displays from: American Red Cross, Hope House for the Homeless, Camp Fire Northwest Ohio, Children’s Mentoring Connection, Challenged Champions, Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services, Century Health, YMCA, Cancer Patient Services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hancock Saves and West Ohio Food Bank.

United Way will also have information on 211 and the Volunteer Hancock County website.

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Public Library to Close July 21 and 22

7/9/14    3:58 p.m.

If you’re planning to checkout a library book from the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library July 21 or 22, you may want to make plans to do so ahead of time.

The library will be closed the 21 and 22 for remodeling. The closure will bring a new check-out desk and new carpet in the main lobby.

The book return will remail open and the Arlington Branch Library as well as the Bookmobile will operate under normal hours.

For more information, call the library at 419-422-1712.

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Stuff the Bus Thursday Through Saturday

7/9/14   12:52 p.m.

It’s that time of year again already. The eighth annual Stuff the Bus will begin tomorrow at 6 a.m. at McDonald’s on Tiffin Ave.

Tammy Stahl, director of this year’s event, said the reason Stuff the Bus continues is because there is still a need in the community.

Audio: Tammy Stahl

You can drop off supplies or make a monetary donation from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Stahl estimates they gather $30 of supplies for about 500 children a year, coming to a grand total of approximately $120,000 of supplies collected in the eight years of the event.

Children in need of school supplies must complete a registration form and return it to the Christian Clearning House in the Family Center by July 31 to sign up for a pick up time.

Supply Pick Up Registration Form

Supplies Lists
These lists are intended to give you an idea of the type of supplies needed. Items donated will be distributed by The Family Center according to need for school children throughout Findlay, Hancock County and the local area.
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Blue or Black ink erasable ink Pens
  • Red Ballpoint Pens
  • Pencil case
  • 24 or 48 Box of Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Bottle Elmer’s glue
  • Box of Kleenex
  • Erasers
  • Broad/Narrow Tip Markers
  • Scissors
  • Wide /Narrow Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
  • Loose leaf notebook
  •  Pocket Folders
  • Zip Lock bags all sizes
  • Ruler (metric & inches)
  • Index cards
  • 3-ring binder
  • Backpacks
  • Correction Fluid
  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dry eraser
  • Clear Plastic Protractors
  • Compass
  • Multiplication and Division Flashcards
  • Water Colors
  • Small Pump Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
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Wood County Sheriff’s Office Working To Fight Human Trafficking

7/9/14 – 7:19 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is enlisting businesses in the county to help fight human trafficking. Media partner WTOL-11 reports deputies are handing out flyers for stores to display in their windows. They’re also educating owners and employees about what some of the warning signs of human trafficking are.

Isaiah Loar is with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and tells the TV station that traffickers use I-75 and other major highways to transport victims of human trafficking.

The effort is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice.

MORE: WTOL-11

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North Baltimore Hires New Village Administrator

7/9/14 – 6:57 A.M.

North Baltimore hired a new village administrator Tuesday. Donna Dettling will replace the retiring Kathy Healy. Dettling is currently the village manager in Dexter Michigan. Dettling tells the Courier Dexter is a lot like North Baltimore. She added “there’s a lot of potential here.”

Village council also agreed to hire seven part-time employees to help staff North Baltimore Emergency Medical Service. The service is run by volunteers right now, which has sometimes left it with too few paramedics and emergency medical technicians to cover needed hours.

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Van Buren School Officials Nearing Decision On Levy Bid

7/9/14 – 6:48 A.M.

We could know by tomorrow if the Van Buren school district will put a building levy on the November ballot. The Courier reports the $29.3 million tax proposal has to be submitted to the board of elections by August 6.

In the meantime the district is trying to get a feel for what the community will support. Around 30 people showed up at a meeting last night to talk about a public survey. The issue is only 146 people took the survey. In contrast, more than 1,000 people voted on the school issue in the May primary, and more than 60% of them voted no.

The survey showed 47 percent of people who responded though building a new gym and 34 new classrooms was a high priority. 36 percent said the public couldn’t afford the 37-year, 6.9 mill bond issue.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Findlay Man Facing Manslaughter Charge In Drug Overdose Case

7/9/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted a former Findlay man on an involuntary manslaughter charge Tuesday. 49-year-old Randall Rice was also indicted on a charge of corrupting another with drugs.

Prosecutors say Rice provided 35-year-old Tara Mitsch with cocaine on August 31. Mitsch then died from combined drug toxicity at Rice’s house at 517 Clinton St. in Findlay.

Rice was already sentenced on drug charges earlier this year. He was ordered to serve five years of intensive community control sanctions for convictions that included cocaine possession.

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