Review Category : Local News

Firefighters Called Back To Scene Of Weekend Barn Fire

4/16/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Firefighters from two departments were called back to the site of a weekend fire Wednesday. Liberty Township and Arlington firefighters responded to a rekindled fire at 9802 Eagle Township Road 50 around 4:20 p.m in the afternoon.

Crews from several departments were called to the same address Saturday night to fight a barn fire. The building was a total loss.

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Discussions About I-9 Bridge Continue In Ottawa

4/16/15 – 5:34 A.M.

Flood mitigation discussions continue in Ottawa. The Putnam County Sentinel reports another meeting was held recently to talk about the effect the Road I-9 bridge plays on flooding in the village. An engineering firm’s hydraulic models don’t match up with FEMA’s 100-year flood maps, which was cause for some concern.

According to engineer Greg Bockrath of Bockrath & Associates, the FEMA maps represent 1981 conditions and don’t include the I-9 bridge and the Road 11 bridge. With that taken into account, alterations to the I-9 bridge could lower flooding by a foot.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District is expected to lobby FEMA to revise the map to current conditions.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Proposed Diversion Channel Would Mean Plenty Of Bridge Construction

4/16/15 – 5:18 A.M.

If a diversion channel is built for Blanchard River flood mitigation, there will be plenty of bridge construction in Hancock County. The Courier reports eight bridges would have to be built over the channel.

The bridges would be located on I-75; State Route 12; Hancock County Roads 9, 313, 84 and 86; and Eagle Township Road 67. There would also be a bridge built for the Norfolk Southern Railroad southwest of Findlay.

Five roads could still use raised roadbeds to cross the channel. During significant rains the roads would be closed. They include Liberty Township Road 89; and Eagle Township Roads 130, 10, 76 and 49.

MORE: The Courier

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Appeals Court Sides With Fired LB Teacher

4/16/14 – 5:06 A.M.

An appeals court has sided with a fired Liberty-Benton teacher. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the firing of Mark Badertscher Wednesday. The ruling upholds a prior judgement by Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson that Badertscher should be reinstated to his job with back pay.

The LB school board fired Badertscher in January of 2013 for what was called a long history of negligence. The board claimed the final straw came when a student was choked out by another student in Badertscher’s classroom while the teacher was assisting other students elsewhere.

The district can appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The matter will be discussed in executive session at Monday’s school board meeting. District administrators did not comment following the appeals court ruling.

MORE: The Courier

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City Council-At-Large Candidates Discuss Challenges Findlay Faces

04/15/15     9:20 p.m.

The five Findlay City Council-At-Large Candidates met Wednesday evening for a forum in an effort to share their views with residents. One of the issues discussed was the water shut off policy, which allows the city to turn off the supply to residents not complying with the Neighborhood Enhancement and Abatement Team’s policies.

Audio: John Kovach

Candidate John Kovach (R) said the policy is too harsh. Challengers Mary Harshfield (D) and Jeff Wobser (R) agreed.

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Audio: Jeff Wobser

But incumbents Grant Russel (R) and Tom Shindledecker (R) defended the policy. Russel sits on the committee that works with the NEAT department. He said the policy is to help the department enforce rules with offenders who can’t be otherwise persuaded.

Audio: Grant Russel

Shindledecker said he hopes this policy won’t even have to be used. But if it were, it would be used as an absolute last resort.

Audio: Tom Shindledecker

Some of the other issues discussed at the forum were flood mitigation, recovery homes, downtown traffic and parking and city finances. A recording of the forum will be available soon on the UFTV YouTube page.

Kovach, Wobser, Russel and Shindledecker will compete for three seats in the primary election May 5. The three winners will take on democratic challenger Mary Harshfield in the general election in November, as she is unopposed by fellow democrats.

(Pictured above from left to right: Wobser, Shindledecker, Russel, Kovach and Harshfield)

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The Cadets to Hold Summer Trainings at Ohio Northern University

04/15/15     4:25 p.m.

Ohio Northern University will play host to an elite drum and bugle corps this summer.

The Cadets will use ONU as their spring training site May 14 to June 15. The Cadets is made up of the 200 best youth musicians from around the world.

Practice will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The rehearsals at Ohio Northern’s Dial-Roberson stadium will be open to the public.

Image provided by Ohio Northern University.

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BVH Auxiliary Raises $207,000 for New Cancer Care Center

04/15/15     4:12 p.m.

The Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary is about halfway to its $450,000 goal for funds for the new Armes Family Cancer Care Center.

At their annual banquet Tuesday, the BVH Auxiliary presented hospital leadership with a check for $207,000 for the center. The funds were raised through the hospital gift shop, Nearly New shop and other fundraisers.

The auxiliary is a group of more than 580 volunteers who work at the shops and fundraisers to raise money for Blanchard Valley Hospital. Also at the banquet, volunteers marking service milestones were recognized. To see the full list, visit our website.

Also at the banquet, volunteers marking service milestones were recognized.

65 years – Ann Urbanski, Mary Brucklacher, Edith Kramer
60 years – Marilyn Meyers, Dorothy Stealey
50 years – Joanne Connor
45 years – Carole Stoffel
40 years – Caroline LaBerge, Beverly Yammine
35 years – Marilyn Kerr, Patricia Nicholson, Teresa Schroeder
30 years – Sondra Graham, Sherry Heacock, Nancy Kitchen, Rowena McDougle, Gloria Sorg, Marcia Ann Weber
25 years – Elizabeth Hipp

Ruthanna Rule was recognized for most hours served at 14,500. Volunteers with more than 10,000 hours were Tina Beall, Judy Shoupe and Marilyn Noel.

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Welcoming Community to Analyze Findlay’s Overall Atmosphere

04/15/15     3:25 p.m.

How welcoming is Findlay as a community? The Hancock Leadership Alumni Association and the Hancock County Workforce Coalition will explore that question at a symposium called Welcoming Community next week.

Audio: Jack Hess

Jack Hess, executive director of the Institute for Coalition Building, will present the data gathered so far and will host a conversation on things Findlay is doing well and what can be improved upon.

Audio: Jack Hess

Welcoming Community will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 22 at Glenwood Middle School. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance by calling 419-422-3313 or email by April 20th.

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Allen County Man Killed In Shootout With Deputies

4/15/15 – 7:26 A.M.

An Allen County man is dead following a shootout with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened north of Lima just after noon.

Deputies arrived at 3371 Early Avenue to arrest Erik Wilt on felonious assault charges. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the Lima News when deputies arrived, Wilt went inside his home, got a gun, and started firing. Deputies then returned fire. It’s not clear yet if Wilt killed himself or was shot by a deputy.

The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Lima News

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BGSU Football Player Accused Of Assault

4/15/15 – 7:16 A.M.

A freshman member of the Bowling Green State University football team is facing an assault charge following an alleged domestic incident on campus. Media partner WTOL-11 reports Nick Johnson is accused of punching a woman and trying to choke her. The incident is said to have happened in a campus parking lot on the night of April 6.

Johnson plays cornerback for the Falcons and earned second team honors in the MAC last season.


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