Review Category : Local News

UPDATE: Findlay Closes Skate Park On Temporary Basis

7/2/14 – 4:49 A.M.
Update – 9:47 A.M.

After last night’s city council meeting, officials have decided to temporarily close the city’s skate park.

Repairs are needed at the facility, and some officials are wondering if they’re worth making. Findlay City Council talked about the Eagle Creek Skate Park during their Tuesday meeting. A few council members wondered if the facility on Park Street was worth trying to renovate or possibly move to another location.

Councilman Bob Nicols said the park was becoming dangerous, and that there was a lot of vandalism. Councilman Grant Russel said one of the reasons his son doesn’t use the park is because of upkeep. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has talked about moving the skate park to Riverside Park.

Council also talked about liability concerns with the park. Russel asked if the city could be sued if someone got hurt skateboarding. Law Director Don Rasmussen said the city could be sued, but would probably be protected by its “recreational user statute.”

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Cooper Tire Makes Changes In International Leadership

7/2/14 – 8:37 A.M.

Findlay based Cooper Tire & Rubber is shaking up its international management. The company announced today that Brad Hughes is taking over as the President of International Operations. Hughes had been serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper. His new duties will include leading all Cooper operations outside of the U.S.

Hughes replaces Hal Miller, who is taking a new role in the company. Miller will now be an Executive Advisor to CEO Roy Armes. His job duties will include determining the future owner of the Cooper-Chenghsan joint venture in China.

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Fostoria Train Jumper Not Facing Charges

7/2/14 – 6:46 A.M.

A man who lost his foot jumping from a train in Fostoria isn’t facing charges. The Fostoria Police Department says Benjamin Tidmore of Alabama hitched a ride on a CSX train. He tried to jump off the locomotive in Fostoria Monday, but got his foot stuck and cut off in the process.

Tidmore was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says while city isn’t pressing any charges against Tidmore. CSX could still press trespassing charges against him though.

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North Baltimore Council Considers Lower Sewer Rates

7/2/14 – 5:23 A.M.

North Baltimore residents haven’t been happy about new sewer bill rates, and the village council has taken notice. The Courier reports the group was set to give a first reading to an ordinance that would lower the rates last night. No action was taken as council members want to get more details before moving forward.

Many residents say their bills went through the roof when the rates changed this spring. Rates were raised to help pay for an EPA mandated storm sewer/sanitary sewer separation project in the village.

Council will talk about the rates more during a special session next Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

MORE: The Courier

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Traffic Light To Be Removed From Fostoria Intersection

7/2/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Fostoria drivers will see changes at an intersection in the city. The Courier reports a traffic light will be removed at the intersection of North Wood and West North Streets. A four-way stop will be put in its place. City Engineer Dan Thornton says his office has been studying many intersections in the city to see where there are unnecessary stop lights.

Thorton added that traffic flow seemed the same in all directions at the intersection. The changes should be made in the next few days.

Drivers have had time to make adjustments already. The light was inactive and temporary stop signs had already been put up.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Ottawa Mayor Makes Court Appearance

7/2/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The former mayor of Ottawa made a court appearance in Lima Tuesday. The Lima News reports 64-year-old Kenneth Maag pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to solicit a prostitute. He was arrested last Friday in a sting operation ran by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Sam Crish says Maag made arrangements to meet a woman he thought was a prostitute to meet her in her house.

Maag pleaded no contest to a similar charge in 2011. The arrest led to his resignation as Ottawa’s mayor.

MORE: Lima News

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NEAT in Need of Council Attention and Assistance

07/01/14    9:31 p.m.

After a long winter, yard work is always a hot topic the following summer. That is no different for the city’s Neighborhood Enhancement and Abatement Team, otherwise known as NEAT, who’s purpose is to handle all forms of neighborhood complaints and issues, everything from tall grass to junk cars.

Councilman Grant Russel and Councilwoman Anne Spence both made mention about NEAT”s need for assistance, noting they had been getting a lot of calls for help in that department recently.

Russel said council is looking at all the angles to try to figure out how to effectively assist NEAT.

Audio: Grant Russel

Russel said it’s not possible to add more employees, but council members, headed by Thomas Klein, are looking at all the ways to assist the process.

Council’s ultimate goal is streamlining the process to make NEAT more effective, but things are still in the brainstorming phase.


Full interview: Grant Russel

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Safety Tips from the Red Cross for the Holiday

07/01/14    6:10 p.m.

Though the this holiday weekend is intended to be fun-filled, it can also be dangerous.

In order to prevent any problems, the American Red Cross says the overall number one safety tip is to be aware of your surroundings, whether that’s driving, grilling or setting off fireworks.

For holiday travelers, buckle up, don’t drink and drive and clean the vehicles lights and windows for clear lines of vision.

For grilling, keep the grill attended at all times, never grill indoors and keep the grill in the open away from anything flammable like trees or decks.

For fireworks, it’s best to attend shows put on by professionals. However, if you’re interested in setting them off yourself, wear eye protection, keep them away from children and animal and keep water nearby just in case.

If you do run into an emergency, use the Red Cross’ free app called the First Aid App on your smartphone for access to everyday emergency information.

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Ohio Third Worst in HAZMAT Spills

7/1/14      2:56 p.m.

Ohio is a big shipping state for both rail and highway, which can sometimes lead to big problems.

The Dayton Daily News recently ranked Ohio third worst in hazardous material spills with 250 serious spills since 2005 totalling 40 million dollars of damage.

Randy Van Dyne, executive director of the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center, says because we’re such a crossroads state for shipping the spills probably cannot be avoided. However, education to properly handle them when they happen is key.

Audio: Randy Van Dyne

Ohio ranked third behind only Texas and California.


Full interview: Randy Van Dyne

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Cliff Hite Talks About New Ohio Education Standards

7/1/14 – 11:27 A.M.

Education was the topic of discussion when State Senator Cliff Hite paid a visit to Chris Oaks this morning. Ohio’s new graduation standards were brought up. Hite said one of the main reasons new standards were passed was because Ohio students were behind…

Audio: Cliff Hite

The new standards mandate students to pass tests in seven subject areas. Hite says that even though there are seven end of course exams in the plan, it still helps reduce overtesting of students.

Hite adds new graduation standards will give students different paths to their diplomas…

Audio: Cliff Hite

The SAT and ACT will also be factored in.

Some educators have been critical of the plan, saying the tests need a level of technology that many schools don’t have. Hite says paper and pencil options are still available for testing.

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