Review Category : Local News

Seneca County Residents Eligible For Home Improvement Grants

2/11/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Seneca County residents who can’t afford to make home improvements might be able to now thanks to a grant. The Courier reports the county commissioners have released federal grant money to the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission. The money will allow those in need in Fostoria and Tiffin to make home upgrades.

The $975,000 grant will last two years. The cash can be used for rehabilitation of private homes, rent assistance, repair of failing systems in owner-occupied homes, and administrative fees.

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Hancock Park District Approves New Energy Policy

2/11/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The Hancock Park District Board approved a new environmental policy Tuesday. The Courier reports the new guidelines include efforts to increase recycling and to install energy efficient products at their facilities. The organization will also examine using solar and wind energy.

Parks director Gary Pruitt said the department will be practical about implementing the programs. He said the board will be “open-minded” to the feasibility of energy efficiency projects. Pruitt added that they would examine proposals on a case-by-case basis.

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Findlay Intersection Closed For Utility Work

2/11/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A Findlay intersection will be closed for two days. The city’s engineering department reports a gas line company will be installing new equipment at the intersection of Lincoln and Liberty streets. The closure will last from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Plans For Alternative Sentencing Center Moving Forward In Findlay

2/11/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Plans for an alternative sentencing center for drunken drivers in Findlay continue to move forward. The Courier reports Findlay Municipal Court judges would like to have a proposal on the subject in front of city council sometime this year. The goal of the program would be to get misdemeanor DUI offenders treatment instead of putting them in an already overcrowded jail.

If approved, the alternative sentencing center would be established in the Work Opportunity & Rehabilitation Center on Crawford Street. That’s a work-release facility already in operation.

In 2013, there were 231 people jailed for OVI offenses in Hancock County. Findlay Municipal Judge Robert Fry tells the newspaper if the alternative sentencing center had existed then, it would have opened up thousands of jail days for others waiting to serve their sentences.

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Part of Main St., Center St., Tiffin Ave. and U.S. 224 East to be Paved this Summer

02/10/15     7:20 p.m.

As soon as the weather allows Findlay drivers can expect to see orange barrels for traffic construction on some major roadways. Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer detailed the plan at a Findlay City Council appropriations committee meeting Tuesday.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

In total the paving will cost over $2 million, with ODOT footing $1.25 million of the bill. The city will contribute $800,000 to paving as well as cover $850,000 for curb reconstruction along the route.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said the curb construction will start as soon as weather allows in order to be done in time for paving. Paving will likely start in July and last through the end of paving season.

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Drug Bust in Findlay Leads to Arrest of Two Michigan Men

02/10/15     2:45 p.m.

A drug bust early this morning led to the arrests of two Michigan men. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 616 W. Foulke Ave. in Findlay just before 6 a.m.

A search of the home yielded suspected narcotics, a large amount of cash, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic needles and criminal tools.

As a result, 21-year-old Laronte Davis of Warren, Michigan was arrested for trafficking heroin. 20-year-old Andre Stampley of Detroit was arrested for falsification.

Additional criminal charges are pending upon the conclusion of the investigation.

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Findlay, Tiffin and BG RadioShacks Closing; Among 1,700 Nationwide

02/10/15     1:00 p.m.

A few local RadioShack stores will be closing as part of the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

In Findlay the RadioShack in the Flag City Station strip mall at 2320 Tiffin Ave. will be closing. The RadioShacks in the Tiffin Mall and on Main St. in Bowling Green will also shut their doors for good.

All the stores on the list of 1,700 nationwide will be closed by the end of March.

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Univeristy of Findlay Teaming Up with Harvard for Odyssey Reading

02/10/15     12:28 p.m.

The University of Findlay is teaming up with Harvard University for a 12-week intensive study of the Odyssey. The public is invited to participate in the course online as well.

Findlay is one of eight universities whose Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing students will be participating. About 100 students will meet via a Google Hangout as well as participate in a chat room each week.

Students will read two books of the Odyssey as well as watch videos or read addition material and respond to writing prompts for credit.

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Traffic Delays Expected on I-75 in Allen County Wednesday

02/10/15     11:30 a.m.

If you’re heading south on I-75 Wednesday you can expect some delays near Lima.

ODOT reports crews will be installing overhead fiber optic cables on I-75 near Reservoir Road in Lima. Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., traffic will be slowed and possibly stopped in the north and southbound lanes approaching the work area in 15-minute intervals.

The work should only take one traffic interruption according to ODOT but may continue until noon if needed.

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Handful Of Hancock County Employees Hit By Health Insurance Tax Penalty

2/10/15 – 10:57 A.M.

A handful of Hancock County employees have been caught off guard by a penalty on their tax returns this year. Seven employees recently told the auditor’s office they’ve been penalized for not having health insurance. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s too late for them to enroll in the county plan so they can avoid the fine this year…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

That could mean more county employees join the health plan next year to avoid tax penalties. Gazarek says he believes the impact of carrying more employees on the plan would have little effect on the budget…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

He added that several meetings were held over the last two years to warn employees they could be fined for not carrying health insurance.

Gazarek says the penalties stem from Obamacare mandates.

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