Review Category : Local News

Flag City BalloonFest Organizers Keeping Close Eye On Weekend Forecast

8/12/16 – 2:00 P.M.

Much needed rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but unfortunately it happens to be the same weekend as Flag City BalloonFest. Todd Fisher is the weather officer for the event says the rain greatly affects the balloons, but maybe not how you would think…

Audio: Todd Fisher

Fisher says if those conditions exist within around 20 miles of where balloons are flying it’s a problem.

High winds at 500 feet caused the cancellation of Friday morning’s flights.

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Miss Ohio Promoting Realistic Beauty Standards While In Findlay

8/12/16 – 11:46 A.M.

An annual guest of Flag City BalloonFest is Miss Ohio, and 2016 is no different.  Alice Magoto was on hand for Friday morning’s festivities…

Audio:  Alice Magoto

Magoto is scheduled to sing the national anthem at tonight’s opening ceremony.  She’s also promoting her cause, which is to encourage teenage girls not to buy into media stereotypes about beauty…

Audio: Alice Magoto

You can find out more about the effort at

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Drought Is Worst Region Has Seen Since 1988 But No Cause For Major Concern

08/12/16 – 11:38 A.M.

The region has been experiencing a pretty bad drought but alarms aren’t being sounded yet. Ryan Wichman is a meteorologist for WTOL-11 and he says the region has only received 6.2 inches of rain this summer. That makes this the worst drought the region has seen since 1988.

Wichman says that there is an end in sight with possible rainfall this weekend.

Catch the full interview below.

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Boil Water Advisory Issued For Part Of Concord Court In Findlay

8/12/16 – 10:13 A.M.

A boil water advisory has been issued for several homes on Concord Court in Findlay. 36 homes in the 1100, 1200, and 1300 block are affected by the notice. Repair work on a water main on Vincent Street caused the alert to be issued.

Until further notice residents in that area should boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, or bathing.

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Missing Wood County Boy Found Late Thursday Night

8/12/16 – 8:45 A.M.

Authorities spent hours Thursday night searching for a missing 10-year-old boy. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office first reported Zachary Reilly missing around 3:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bairdstown Road near North Baltimore. He was located in the 1500 block of the same road around 11 p.m. Authorities say the boy was found unharmed and returned to his family.

Family members said the boy likes to hide in cornfields and wooded areas.

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BalloonFest: First Flights Of The Day Grounded Due To High Level Winds

8/12/16 – 8:33 A.M.

Hot air balloon lovers are keeping an eye on the weather this weekend, and so are the pilots. Unfortunately, the weather Friday morning meant no first flight for the annual Flag City BalloonFest…

Audio: Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher is the weather officer for BalloonFest and says the winds were a little rough for passenger balloon flights. However, they would fly under similar conditions for the competition elements of this weekend’s event.

With rain in the forecast this weekend, Fisher says they’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather.

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Series Of Thefts Reported In Pandora

8/12/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A series of thefts is under investigation in Pandora. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the incidents happened in the early morning hours of August 9. A post on the office’s Facebook page says if you’ve noticed anything missing or out of place in your home, you should report it immediately.

A security camera took pictures of a group of men at one location. You can see the pictures on our website.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Pandora Police Department at (419)384-3750.

In the meantime, you’re being reminded to take valuable items out of your car and to make sure you lock your home.

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Pandora Teen Sentenced For Threatening School

8/12/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A Pandora teenager will spend 120 days in jail for threatening to blow up his school and kill a teacher. The Lima News reports 18-year-old James Alexander was sentenced Thursday. He was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to have a mental health evaluation. He was given credit for 82 days already served in jail.

Alexander was convicted of an inducing panic charge for making a threat against the Pandora-Gilboa school district on April 8. He was a senior in the high school at the time.

MORE: Lima News

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Two Arrested In Findlay Following Drug Investigation

8/12/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Two people were arrested following a drug investigation at a Findlay motel Thursday afternoon. Findlay police officers and members of the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force were called to the Econo Lodge on Emma Street around 1:40 p.m. A search reportedly turned up cash, drug paraphernalia, criminal tools and “items indicative of drug trafficking.”

35-year-old Carl Perkins Jr. of Toledo was charged with trafficking cocaine. 31-year-old Rafeel Evans of Findlay was arrested on a bench warrant.

More charges could be filed following further investigation.

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Seventh-Grade Findlay Students To Learn About Potential Careers

8/12/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Seventh-grade students in the Findlay City School District will learn more about potential careers this year. The Courier reports a nine-week class called “career exploration” will talk about types of careers, what is needed to pursue a job in that career path, and what employers look for. The class is a state requirement.

Rich Steiner is the director of secondary instruction for the district. He says he believes the class will “give rationale for why school is important.” Steiner said that even though seventh-graders may not know what they want to do, it gives them some ideas. He added the goal is for the class to “trigger ideas for what they’re good at by showing them a whole array of careers they haven’t even thought about before.”

MORE: The Courier

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