Review Category : Local News

MarkWest Approves Purchase Offer By MPLX

12/1/2015 – 3:25 pm

MarkWest Energy Partners was bought today by MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s pipeline and logistics company. The Courier reports that unitholders voted today to approve the offer at a special meeting. Gary Heminger, Chairman and CEO of MPLX said that the company was pleased that the majority of the unitholders at MarkWest supported the offer.

MarkWest is based in Denver and is the nation’s second-largest natural gas processor. The deal is expected to close on Friday.

More: The Courier

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Risingsun Police Offer Free Room And Board To Owner Of Found Heroin

12/1/2015 – 12:16 pm

If you lost a bag a heroin in the Village of Risingsun in Wood County this week, you can claim it at the village police department. Local police posted to their Facebook page a bag of heroin which was found earlier this week is at the department. The post says if you “lost it in the 100 block of Main St. We have it and you can come claim it with a photo ID and a receipt from your sales person. Free room and board included.”

If you would like to claim the missing heroin, you can do so at the Risingsun Police Department at 420 Main St, Risingsun, OH 43457.

More: Risingsun Police on Facebook.

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Hancock County Courthouse To Upgrade WiFi

12/1/15 – 11:19 A.M.

Wireless connectivity will be upgraded in the Hancock County Courthouse. The county commissioners approved contracts for roughly $36,000 of work during their Tuesday meeting. The money to pay for the project will come from court fees and the law library, not the general fund.

CDW Government LLC was given a contract worth more than $26,000 for the needed hardware. Another contract for more than $9,500 was given to ATC Tech Solutions to install cables and wires.

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Hearthside Cited For Safety Violations

12/1/2015 – 11:07 pm

An area food manufacturer is being cited again for injuries to workers. The Courier reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Hearthside Food Solutions of McComb for injuries to a 41-year-old worker this past July. OSHA reports that the worker was cleaning product waste from a factory floor when a machine caught her hairnet and she required hospitalization for four days.

After an inspection, Hearthside was issued one repeated, three serious and one other-than-serious safety violation for failing to protect workers from machinery operating parts. OSHA has proposed penalties of $47,000. This is the third serious injury involving machine hazards reported this year by Hearthside, which bakes cookies and crackers for Nabisco, Kellogg’s and General Mills.

More: The Courier

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County Commissioners Talk About Obstructed View At Intersection

12/1/15 – 10:55 A.M.

A problematic intersection on Findlay’s east side was talked about during Tuesday’s Hancock County Commissioner’s meeting. Commissioner Mark Gazarek asked County Engineer Chris Long to look into utility poles at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Township Road 237. Gazarek says three poles are preventing drivers from clearly seeing what’s coming at them on U.S. 224.

Gazarek believes the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative recently put a new pole in place and that phone lines from an existing pole haven’t been moved over yet. Long is expected to meet with the companies to see if the problem can be fixed quickly.

Gazarek said the new pole has been in place for several weeks.

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One Hurt In Route 12 Crash Monday

12/1/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A collision between a pickup truck and a van injured one person in eastern Hancock County Monday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened at the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 330 around 2:20 p.m.

46-year-old Lamont Allen’s pickup truck was rear-ended by a Time Warner van driven by 23-year-old Zach Stansberry. Allen was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Stansberry was cited for assured clear distance ahead.

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Two Trains Have Close Call In Fostoria

12/1/15 – 5:25 A.M.

An investigation is underway into a close call between two trains in Fostoria from over the weekend. The Review-Times reports a Norfolk Southern train stopped short of a CSX train in the Iron Triangle on Columbus Avenue Sunday afternoon just before 2 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern representative tells the newspaper the crew of the engine was given an all-clear to move through the crossing. As they did they saw a CSX engine passing through to the north.

CSX is handling the investigation. The incident tied up traffic for nearly four hours Sunday.

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Two Injured In Crash Near Vanlue

12/1/15 – 5:11 A.M.

A two car-crash near Vanlue sent two people to the hospital Monday. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened at the interchange between State Routes 15 and 37 around 4:45 p.m.

One of the cars caught on fire after the crash. The entrance ramp to westbound State Route 15 was closed as a result of the crash.  Two people were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

No other details were immediately available.

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Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lists Finances Online

12/1/15 – 4:54 A.M.

If you’d like to see how the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library spends its money, you’ll be able to easily do so soon. State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday that the library will take part in the “open checkbook” website. It will be the second library in the state to post its spending at

A statement released by library Director Jeff Winkle and Fiscal Officer Ron Struble said, “libraries by our nature believe in the free flow of information.” More than 7,000 transactions totalling more than $5.1 million in spending will be posted on the website.

A state treasurer’s office employee will make a presentation about the program before tonight’s Findlay City Council meeting.

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