Review Category : Local News

Suspicious Device Detonated In Findlay

9/10/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The Findlay Fire Department detonated a suspicious device Tuesday night. The police and fire departments were called to the 600 block of Lawn Avenue after someone found a plastic bottle with a foaming substance in it.

Police cleared the area, and firefighters detonated the bottle. The area was then washed down as a precaution.

Police are now looking for the person responsible for the device. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (419)425-8477.

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Area Faces Severe Weather Threat Today

9/10/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Area residents will be keeping an eye on the weather today, as a cold front is bringing the threat of severe weather with it as it approaches our area. The National Weather Service issued a report yesterday that said there is a chance we’ll see strong storms and damaging winds move in around 3 p.m.

The NWS has already issued a Flash Flood Watch for some area counties. The watch goes into effect for Putnam, Allen, Henry, and Hardin Counties at 2 p.m. One to three inches of rain is expected in those areas.

We’ll be monitoring the weather throughout the day, and will break in with information as needed this afternoon.

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Findlay to Start 2015 with Large Cash Balance

09/09/14.  11:20 p.m.

The outlook for next year’s city of Findlay budget is already looking promising.

At tonight’s pre-budget meeting, auditor Jim Staschiak told council the city is looking at a cash balance carryover from this year to next of at least $9 million. Staschiak said depending on the end of the year numbers, that number could increase to as much as $11 million.

This year will be the first year council will budget more than one year at once by looking at 2015 and 2016 simultaneously. Staschiak said the major difference in the two will be the capital improvements budget increasing one percent. In 2015 capital improvements will remain at 18 percent of the city’s budget with the other 82 being general fund money. As per service-safety director Paul Schmelzer’s 5-year plan, that I’ll increase to 19 percent in 2016.

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Blanchard Valley Center to Host Family Resource Fair This Saturday

09/09/14  3:46 p.m.

For families of people with developmental disabilites, sometimes finding resources can be a challenge.

Audio: Tanya Pike

Tanya Pike, principal of Blanchard Valley School, said in Hancock County there are a variety of resources available for those with developmental disabilites. To help those people and their families, the Blanchard Valley Center will be holding a Resource Fair this Saturday.

Audio: Tanya Pike

Pike will be helping the Blanchard Valley Center host the event. The fair will host a number of organizations such as Gliding Stars, Challenged Champions and Special Kids Therapy, as well as societies like Autism Society of Ohio and case management agencies.

The fair will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the gym of Blanchard Valley Center. There will be a keynote speaker at 1 p.m. and child care will be available from 1 to 3 p.m.

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I-75 Construction Expected to Continue through Summer of 2016

09/09/14   11:28 p.m.

Though construction on I-75 seems to be moving along, the work is expected to continue for another two years.

Theresa Pollick from the Ohio Department of Transportation spoke at the Findlay County Club at a Fresh Brewed Business event this morning.

Pollick said the construction is needed because of deteriorating roads and when finished will help improve business in the area.

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Fostoria Rail Crossing Closed For Repair

9/9/14 – 5:16 A.M.

The repair of a rail crossing will close a Fostoria road for two weeks. The Review-Times reports CSX has closed the Columbus Avenue crossing for repairs on the south side of the tracks. Work on the project began last Friday.

City Engineer Dan Thornton tells the newspaper the work wasn’t a scheduled project. Thornton says normally CSX gives more notice when they are need to close a rail crossing.

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Findlay Dow Plant To Close

9/9/14 – 5:07 A.M.

A Findlay employer is closing its doors later this year. The Courier reports Dow Chemical will close its plant on North Main Street in December. The business employs 70 people, and had been in operation for 55 years.

Brian Brown is the production and site leader in Findlay, and tells the newspaper that Dow will work to support employees while the plant is being shut down. He did not provide details on why the facility is closing.

The Findlay Dow plant makes plastic films used in construction, automotive, and packaging products.

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Army Corps Close To Presenting Blanchard River Mitigation Plan

9/9/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Leaders at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are close to reviewing a plan to mitigate Blanchard River flooding. The Courier reports a “tentatively-selected plan” will put forward soon. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen is the commander of the Buffalo District and spoke with the newspaper. Jansen says, “the significance of this milestone is that all of the work that has been conducted in the past has resulted in a basic plan that will offer flood-risk reduction, where the benefits are greater than the costs of the project.”

Jansen says there are three main components to the plan. First, it includes a diversion channel that takes water from Eagle Creek and moves it to the Blanchard River downstream of Findlay. Second, there would be a levee running south from the reservoirs to State Route 15, preventing water from jumping the banks of the Blanchard and running to Lye Creek. The plan also calls for buying out property-owners in high risk flood areas.

There was no mention of a water retention area near Camp Berry on Hancock County Road 40.

If Corps leadership approves the plan, it will be presented to the public, state agencies, and independent agencies for further review.

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