Review Category : Local News

McComb Schools Change Public Records Policy

10/10/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The McComb school district has made a change to its public record policy. The Courier reports officials are no longer required to give an estimated time frame of when the documents will be made available. The change to the policy was made Wednesday, following a month where several requests were made.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says they made the change because sometimes there are outside influences on when records can be gathered that are out of the district’s control. For instance, they could be at the mercy of an attorney or the schedule of the person who has access to the records.

Skilliter also said that it’s usually no problem when only a few requests are made. However, when they are flooded with requests it can disrupt office productivity.

MORE: The Courier

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Another Findlay Man Sentenced For March Burglary

10/10/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another man found guilty of a Findlay burglary was sentenced for his crime yesterday. 19-year-old Cayd Burton will spend three years in prison. He and three others broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court early in the morning on March 24. The group was found when police tracked the GPS signal from a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 22-year-old Adrian Castillo have also been given three-year prison sentences. 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery will be sentenced on October 23.

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Agency on Aging Hosting Help me Grow Run and Fun Day Saturday

10/09/14     5:18 p.m.

Saturday will bring a day of fun for the whole family while benefitting prematurely born babies. Ohio Department of Health’s Help Me Grow program will be hosting Run and Fun for Preemies at the Agency on Aging in Findlay on Oct. 11 starting at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k race.

The day will continue with Kids Fest from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Kids Fest will include inflatables, arts, crafts and games plus food and drink vendors.

To wrap things up, Cruzin Keys Dueling Piano Show will start at 8 p.m. with doors opening an hour before. A live auction will take place as well. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door.

Contact Denise to purchase tickets for Dueling Pianos at 419-957-4420.
To register for the 5K, visit

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Harvest Time Field Fires Easily Prevent by Equipment Maintenance and Prep

10/09/14     5:05 p.m.

If you drive anywhere in northwest Ohio you’re bound to see farmers harvesting crops this time of year. Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said while it may seem mundane, accidents like field fire are fairly common during harvest time.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Typically fires occur during summer wheat harvesting, but a small equipment malfunction can spark a blaze anytime. Lentz said being sure equipment is cleaned and cared for properly is important in prevention of fires, particularly greasing any friction points.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said having a fire extinguisher on every vehicle or piece of equipment is key, but also testing them regularly. For a combine, Lentz said the extinguisher should be an ABC 10-pound. He suggests checking for hot spots and friction points at the end of the day as well.


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Stearns Companies Named Small Business of the Year for Hancock County

10/09/14     1:40 p.m.

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Ten years ago, Jim Barger left his job to pursue his dream of his owning business, Media Links Advertising. Today, Barger was recognized by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Person of the Year.

Audio: Jim Barger

Barger was one of 18 award recipients today at this afternoon’s 51st annual Small Business Awards ceremony. The coveted Small Business of the Year Award went to Stearns Companies.

Audio: Dena Rose

Dena Rose accepted the award on behalf of Stearns. Stearns operates such businesses as Dick’s Towing and Auto Salvage, Ed’s 24 Hour Service and Keebler’s Towing in Bluffton.

Dena Rose

Small Business Award Winners:

Community Partner Awards:
Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award- Findlay Girls Fastpitch Softball Club
HLAA Distinguished Leadership Award- Deb Wickerham
United Way Community Partner Award- Legacy Farmers Cooperative
Blanchard Valley Center Employer S.T.A.R. Award- g2 Revolution
Blanchard Valley Center Community Employer S.T.A.R. Award- Findlay Country Club

Business Awards:
Athena Award- Dr. Chris Ward, University of Findlay
Small Business Resource Center Client Award- Lori Bowman, The Dressing Room Boutique
Women in Business Champion of the Year- Cathy Linhart- House of Awards & Shoes
Emerging Business of the Year- The Sweet Retreat
Small Business Manufacturing Excellence Award- RPM Carbide Die, Inc.
Downtown Champion of the Year- Dan Clinger, RCM Architects
Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year- Hosmer Family Businesses
Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year- Kaleidoscope Farms
Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year- Jack & Jin’s Thai Restaurant
Professional of the Year- Phil Rooney and Christie Ranzau, Rooney & Ranzau, Ltd.
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year- Dick’s Auto Supply
Small Business Person of the Year- Jim Barger, Media Links Advertising
Small Business of the Year- Stearns Companies, LLC

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Plans Approved For Regional Cancer Center Expansion

10/9/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center will be expanding in the future. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved plans for a 13,750 square foot building plan during their meeting today…

Audio: Denny Bash

Denny Bash is the real estate administrator for Blanchard Valley Health System. He says the new addition will house a laboratory, pharmacy, and a center for infusion therapy…

Audio: Denny Bash

Ground will be broken for the project on Findlay’s east side next month.

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Hancock County Landfill Now Producing Electricity

10/9/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Methane gas created by the Hancock County landfill will now serve a beneficial purpose. The Courier reports a gas-to-energy conversion project has been completed. The project was a joint collaboration between Hancock County, Granger Energy Services, and the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.

The new plant will generate around 3.2 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to provide renewable energy to around 2,000 homes and businesses.

Landfill gasses are about 50 percent methane. Perforated pipes in the ground collect the gas, which is then processed and used as fuel for generators. The electricity generated by the landfill is then distributed to the utility grid.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Police Release Name Of Man Found Dead In Apartment

10/9/14 – 6:59 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department has released the name of a man found dead in his apartment this week. Police Chief Keith Loreno says 54-year-old Douglas Barnett was found dead in his apartment at 171 1/2 East Fremont Street just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Officers were called there after receiving several 9-1-1 calls.

While the death was first reported as suspicious in nature, Loreno says there is nothing to indicate that Barnett died from a violent act. The cause of death remains under investigation.

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Putnam County Flu Shot Clinic Served Two Roles

10/9/14 – 6:51 A.M.

Last week’s “drive-thru” flu shot clinic in Putnam County served a dual purpose. The Putnam County Sentinel reports while it helped residents with mobility issues get vaccinated, it also served as an exercise in emergency medicine for the health department.

Ruth Gerding is the emergency response coordinator for Putnam County. She tells the newspaper the clinic gave them good practice in treating several people in a short amount of time. Ohio requires the health department be able to treat the entire population in the county within 48 hours during a crisis.

Gerding says the clinic showed the county can both help those with special needs and still meet the state regulations.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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McComb Residents Take School Board To Task Over Budget

10/9/14 – 6:41 A.M.

Several McComb residents voiced their concerns over the direction of the school at last night’s board meeting. The Courier reports one resident claims the district has exceeded its budget by more than $34,000 since Meri Skilliter took over as superintendent. Kristina Harris put together her findings by making public record requests over the last month.

School board President Audra Oglesbee said one reason the school is over budget is because Skilliter has been receiving training for crisis counseling. That has meant more travel than normal. Oglesbee said that the board should have budgeted more for travel this year to cover the training.

MORE: The Courier

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