Review Category : Local News

Candidate Profile: Tracy Coldren

3/1/16 – 7:32 A.M.
UPDATE – 3/2/16 – 12:44 P.M.

We continue with our candidate profile series today with another challenger for the Hancock County Recorder position, Tracy Coldren.

Coldren has worked in the Recorder’s office for 15 years and says they provide many services to county residents…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren adds the Recorder’s office works closely with Veterans Services.

Coldren says she has learned a lot in her time in the Recorder’s Office…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren has been endorsed by the past and current Hancock County Recorders.

You can listen to the full interview on our website. Tomorrow we will look at the Hancock Park District replacement levy.

UPDATE: In the following interview, Coldren mentions that you can contact her at the recorder’s office for more information.  However you can not call the office to talk about a political issue.  You can still contact her on her Facebook page for comment about the campaign.

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Two Injured In Crash On Findlay’s North Side

3/1/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people on North Main Street in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 35-year-old David Baldridge of Findlay was driving south in the 4400 block of North Main around 3:15 p.m. when he stopped and was rear-ended by 45-year-old Jennifer Smith of Cygnet.

Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Baldridge was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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High Speed Chase Suspect Crashes At Fostoria Area Golf Course

3/1/16 – 5:15 A.M.

One person was arrested following a high speed chase in Fostoria late Monday night. The Review-Times reports the suspect was arrested shortly after he crashed his car into a water hazard on the 18th hole of the Loudon Meadows Golf Course.

The chase started near State Route 587 and Columbus Avenue. The driver of the car tried to run away after the crash, but was stopped by a police officer who used his Taser on the suspect.

No other details were immediately available.

MORE: Review-Times

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Bluffton University Adds New Major

3/1/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A local college is adding to its list of majors. Bluffton University will offer speech language pathology and audiology starting in the fall. According to a release, the school decided to add the major because of the “expanding need for excellent speech pathologists and the good fit with resources already on our campus.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates there are good job prospects for people in the field. Between 2012 and 2022, there is expected to be a 19 percent growth rate in job openings for speech pathologists. A 34 percent growth rate in job openings for audiologists is also expected during the same 10-year period.

Bluffton University is going to offer a $3,000 renewable scholarship for new students who choose the major.

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Mount Blanchard Park Meeting Set For This Week

3/1/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Mount Blanchard residents will meet this week to talk about the redevelopment of a park in the village. A plan for Hurricane Park includes a community building, a quiet park area, a playground and a sports complex with additional sports fields. A walking path and restrooms are also planned along with other options.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Delaware Township Building on South Main Street.

The cost of the plans were paid for with a grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.


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McComb Moves Toward Joining Water And Sewer District

3/1/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Trying to keep up with regulations from the Ohio EPA is likely to change how McComb water and sewer treatment plants are operated. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to an ordinance that would move forward with talks with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District during a Monday meeting.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd says the district would oversee operations. Current water treatment operator would not lose his job.

Several small Wood County villages are already part of the district, including Cygnet, Weston, and Bloomdale.

Talks with the district could begin late this month.

MORE: The Courier

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ODOT Moving To Revamp Findlay Corridor Of I-75

2/29/2016 – 2:56 pm

Photo Caption: The proposed changes to the I-75 and US 15/68 interchange in Findlay. Construction could start in the Spring of 2018.

Major changes coming to I-75 through Findlay in the next couple of years which will greatly impact the way traffic moves through the community. Speaking at the Findlay Rotary Club Monday, Kirk Slusher, Deputy Director of ODOT District 1 said that in addition to increasing the interstate to three lanes through Findlay, a major reconstruction project will reconfigure the I-75 interchange at US 15/68.

Audio: Kirk Slusher

Slusher says that the addition of this ramp will help to cut way down on the number of crashes at that interchange. Additionally, Slusher says that the entrance from Lima Avenue onto the interchange will be redesigned as well to incorporate roundabouts to help keep traffic moving while increasing safety through the interchange. Construction is set to begin in the Spring of 2018 and initial estimates have the project at around $130 million.

While this project and others are going on, Slusher noted that the state has the freedom now to work with varible speed limits which will limit the speed of traffic through construction zones while workers are on site. He said that the speed limits will be posted on digital signs.

Audio: Kirk Slusher

Slusher said that this summer during a concrete repair project on I-75 from State Route 235 north around four and a half miles, there will be variable speeds posted and when that happens drivers need to be aware of the changing speed limits.

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Work Planned On Romick Parkway

2/29/16 – 12:45 A.M.

If you use North Romick Parkway to get to work, you’ll want to find a different route Tuesday. Findlay’s engineering department says the road will be closed between West Romick Parkway and Bright Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 1. You’re advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Truven Names Blanchard Valley Hospital As One Of The 100 Best

2/29/16 – 12:33 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Hospital has been recognized again by a noted healthcare monitor. Truven Health Analytics named the hospital one of the top 100 in the nation according to a recent study. The company rated hospitals in several categories, including survival rates, patient complications, and length of stay among other factors.

The report from Truven says this is the first time in the study’s 23-year history that showed a “notable trend toward reduced expenses per patient” among the top performing hospitals.

Hospitals do not apply for the award. Truven gets the information from publicly available data.

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ODOT Conducting Bridge Work On I-75 Tuesday

2/29/2016 – 11:08 pm

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be closing an entrance ramp on I-75 this week for bridge repair. ODOT reports that the from OH 103 will be closed tomorrow from 8am till 2:30-pm for the project. Traffic will be detoured east on 103 to OH 235 and then back on to 75 Northbound.

The work will also restrict traffic on I-75 northbound to one lane through the work zone during that time.

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