Review Category : Local News

Reminder: U.S. 224 Bridge Closed In Findlay For Two Days

8/12/14 – 4:53 A.M.

If you use U.S. 224 on a daily basis in Findlay, you’ll want to avoid the area near I-75 for the next few days. The bridge was closed Monday night and will remain closed through Thursday morning. Traffic from I-75 is being diverted up the entrance ramps and back onto the interstate from the exit ramps.

During this time there will be no direct access from I-75 to U.S. 224. After the bridge reopens Thursday, both the north and southbound ramps will remain open for the rest of the construction.

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Findlay High School Amends Dress Code to Allow Some Tank Tops

8/11/14    9:45 p.m.

After last school year’s #SavetheTanks and “Abolish Sleevery” Twitter campaigns, Findlay High School students will start this school year with an amended dress code.

Senior student council representative Patricia Baretto said she would deem the council’s efforts to work with administrators to create a clear rule on tank tops a success.
Sophomore representative Tom Giligen said he was glad the administration followed through with their promise to help students with whatever issues they had.
Audio: Tom Giligen
The council and administrators met with parents and students over the summer to define clear rules on tank tops as well as shorts and skirts. The new rule will utilize student IDs as measuring tools, stating tank tops must be equal to the height of each ID, which is two inches. The collaborators clarified that shorts and skirts must have an inseam equal to the length of the ID, which is a little over three inches.
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Two Injured in Afternoon Crash in Findlay

8/11/14   4:12 p.m.

Two area drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital following an accident around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 28-year-old Kristin Lee of North Baltimore was on the southbound I-75 exit ramp at Hancock County Road 99 waiting at the stop light to turn. 22-year-old Gabrielle Wildman of Fostoria was also southbound on the ramp when she failed to stop and struck the back end of Lee’ s vehicle.

Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Wildman was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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CEO Of Global Leadership Talks To Findlay Residents About Ukraine

8/11/14 – 1:38 P.M.

The situation in Ukraine was brought home to Findlay and Hancock County residents today. Jesse James, the CEO of Global Leadership, spoke the Findlay Rotary Club about his experiences in the country. James said even though the conflict is half-a-world away, there are lessons we can take away from it…

Audio: Jesse James

James talked about leading groups of business leaders to Ukraine. He says they’ve been working with business owners there on ways to improve their business practices.

James says the trips help let Ukraine residents know people from the outside care about their well being…

Audio: Jesse James

James also talked about the potential for being an agricutural powerhouse. He says the region has rich topsoil, but they don’t have the same agricutural mindset that we have in the U.S.

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Two-time Olympian in Findlay to Speak on Importance of Calling Before Digging

8/11/14   1:05 p.m.

Twenty-six years ago Cliff Meidl was working on a construction site when the jackhammer he was using drilled into three unmarked power lines that sent 30,000 volts of electricity, many times more than is used in an electric chair, through his body.

Audio: Cliff Meidl

Despite having been in rehabilitation since then, Meidl is now a two-time Olympic kayaker and is using his fame to spread the word about 811, a free service that brings a professional to your home or job site to mark the utilities that may be buried there.

Meidl will be speaking at Marathon Pipeline this afternoon and will be at Logan’s from 5-8 p.m. with the custom 811 motorcycle built by Paul Jr. from American Chopper.

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Vanlue’s D&H Meats Recalls Ham Products

8/11/14    12:10 p.m.

Several ham products processed and purchased at D&H Meats in Vanlue have been voluntarily recalled according to the Daily Chief-Union.

A press release from the Department of Agriculture said smoked ham whole, smoked ham boneless, smoked ham shank and smoked ham rump are all being recalled due to a processing deviation and misbranding.

The products recalled were produced between July 29, 2012 and July 29, 2014 and have the establishment number 102 inside the Ohio mark of inspection. There have been no reports of illness due to the products.

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Former Hancock County Judge Passes Away

8/11/14 – 10:53 A.M.

A former Hancock County Common Pleas Court judge passed away over the weekend. Judge Robert Walker of Findlay died Sunday morning at The Heritage. He was 89-years-old.

Colleagues and co-workers praised him not only for his work as a judge, but also for his work with the Hancock County Law Library.

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I-75 Back Open In Bowling Green Following Morning Crash

8/11/14 – 7:43 A.M.

A dump truck made a mess of things on the interstate in Wood County this morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the truck hit power lines in the Gypsy Road overpass area near I-75 in Bowling Green early today. The lines fell across the interstate, blocking traffic in both directions.

Both sides of the interstate were back open as of 7:30 a.m.

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NAMI Event A Success Despite No World Record Being Set

8/11/14 – 6:50 A.M.

More than 3,000 people showed up at the Flag City BalloonFest Saturday night in an attempt to break a world record. Those in attendance snapped glowsticks for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hancock County’s “I Don’t Give a Snap About Stigma” campaign. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Unfortunately because of logistical problems, the record was not recorded. Jamie Franks coordinated the event. She told the Courier even though the record wasn’t officially set, it was still a huge success in raising awareness for NAMI.

The official record will remain 836. It was set in Los Angeles last November.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

8/11/14 – 6:39 A.M.

We’re paying more at the gas pump to start the new work week. reports the average price for regular unleaded around the state is $3.51 a gallon. That’s up from $3.46 last week, and is a penny higher than prices a month ago.

In Findlay, prices are trending above the state average at around $3.57 a gallon. Prices are lower in Ottawa, where drivers were paying around $3.49 a gallon this morning.

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