Review Category : Local News

Winter Car Accidents Mostly Related to Speed According to Highway Patrol

12/08/14     6:15 p.m.

The winter of 2013-14 proved to be a dangerous one on the roads. The state highway patrol reports there were over 33,000 crashes, killing 38 people and injuring about 9,000.

The patrol says speed was a factor in 49 percent of those crashes and urges people to drive slowly and cautiously during the winter months.

In our area, Wood County had the most crashes last winter with more than 750. Hardin County suffered the least at only 29. Hancock County saw just under 500 accidents last winter, Allen had about 540, Seneca was just under 300 and Wyandot and Putnam were each just over 100.

In addition to slowing down, the patrol suggests having an emergency kit in your car at all times. In this kit they recommend keeping: a cell phone with car charger, road flares or reflectors, “help” or “call police” signs, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket/sleeping bag, small shovel, bottled water and energy foods, candles and matches and a tow strap/chain.

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Nutrient Certification Aiming to Help Preserve Water Quality in the Area

12/08/14     3:58 p.m.

Following Toledo’s water quality crisis this summer, the agriculture community has been looking at what it can do to reduce its negative impact on water. At today’s

At today’s Rotary Club meeting Mark Sunderman, the CEO of Legacy Farmer’s Cooperative in Findlay, said the new 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program should help farmers communicate that they’re doing what they can.

Audio: Mark Sunderman

The 4 R’s stand for right source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. This program assists farmers with soil testing as well as educates and helps to further research.

Audio: Mark Sunderman

Sunderman said the goal of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is to have maximum crop yield with minimum negative effects on water. He says the program helps achieve that by sharing up-to-date information with those involved and continuing education and research.

For more information on the program see

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Ed Lentz: Cold November May Have Been A Good Thing

12/8/14 – 7:37 A.M.

Most of us are a little apprehensive about the coming winter months after last year’s brutally cold temperatures. And the arctic chills we saw last month haven’t done much to ease fears of another awful winter. However, OSU Extension Agent Ed Lentz says the cold we saw in November could have been a good thing…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says a little bit of snow wouldn’t be a bad thing right now either. Snow is actually good for the wheat crops still in area fields.

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ODOT Says Right Of Way Issues Increasing

12/8/14 – 5:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is cracking down on right of way issues. A release from the agency says encroachments have been happening more often, and they could mean serious legal issues for property owners.

ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher says he would like to see people work with ODOT before they take on a project near a right of way. That could help prevent you from having to reverse work you’ve already done.

With winter on the horizon, you should know plowing snow from your driveway onto a highway can carry a hefty $1,000 fine. It’s considered a first-degree misdemeanor and can also result in a six-month jail sentence.

Slusher says mailbox placement, ditch cleaning, and drainage work can all interfere with right of way as well. If you plan on doing any work near a highway, he urges you to call his office first.

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Senator Portman Attends Meeting On Water Quality In Tiffin

12/8/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Officials continue to focus on water quality after the issues with Toledo’s drinking water over the summer. Senator Rob Portman attended a meeting on the subject at the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University last Friday. Portman says the agriculture community wants to be part of the solution…

Audio: Rob Portman

Portman says the center has acknowledged there are about 4 or 5 sources of nitrates in waterways that have led to increased algae blooms. He added that the fact there are multiple sources of nitrates makes it a harder problem to fight.

Portman says he believes careful use of government regulations can help clear up the issues…

Audio: Rob Portman

Portman says it won’t be a quick fix, but he does believe the water quality issue will turn around thanks to cooperation between the private sector and the government.

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall

12/8/13 – 5:17 A.M.

Gas continues to fall to prices we haven’t seen in quite some time. reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is now at $2.59. That’s a 16 cent drop since last Monday. A year ago we were paying $3.20 a gallon.

Local prices are following suit. In Findlay, the average price was $2.61 this morning. That’s down from $2.72 a week ago. Ottawa drivers are paying $2.57 a gallon today.

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Search Narrows In Hunt For New Fostoria Chamber Director

12/8/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The search continues for a new director at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce. The Review-Times reports the search for a new leader was narrowed last week. Ryan Smith is the chairperson of the chamber’s board and tells the newspaper face-to-face interviews were held last week. He added the goal is to have someone in place by the end of the year.

Whoever is named to the position will take over for Pamela Smith. She resigned in October to take a similar job in Erie County. Administrative Assistant Celena Runion has been handling the day-to-day operations since then.

MORE: Review Times

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Findlay Woman Injured In Saturday Night Crash

12/8/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on County Road 300.

29-year-old Kevin Coats was driving his car north on Road 300 when 55-year-old John Burnette of Richmond, Indiana pulled in front of him from Interstate Drive. Burnette hit Coats on the passenger side of his car, injuring 30-year-old Janelle Cantu. Cantu is three-months pregnant and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution.

Burnette was cited for failure to yield. Coats was cited for driving under suspension.

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Findlay Man Killed In Saturday Bicycle Crash

12/8/14 – 4:39 A.M.

A car-bicycle crash took the life of a Findlay man Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened on the North Blanchard Street bridge just after 6 p.m.

52-year-old Duane Ball was riding his bike in the southbound curb lane of the bridge when he was hit by a car driven by 23-year-old Michael Barney of Findlay. Ball was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Interview: Roy Armes Talks About Future Of Cooper Tire & Rubber

12/5/14 – 2:14 P.M.

The CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber talked about the past and the future of the company today. Roy Armes was the featured speaker at the Hancock County Republican Party First Friday luncheon. Armes said while there is focus on growth overseas, one of their challenges moving forward is getting into underserved U.S. markets…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says the challenges are different in emerging markets, where the focus is on lighter, cheaper tires for automobiles.

As for the potential for tariffs on Chinese-made tires, Armes said they might not affect imports to the U.S. as much as you would think…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes suspects new tariffs on Chinese tires would do the same thing this time around as well.

Armes also talked about the leadership of the company over a century. He said he knows he’s been criticized, but the global marketplace means different realities…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says that in Cooper’s 100 years the company’s leadership has had a lot to offer in every segment.

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