Review Category : Local News

Local Gas Prices Continue To Fall

9/12/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing to fall. OhioGasPrices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $1.93 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down from $2.05 a gallon a week ago. Prices one year ago today were at $2.26.

Ottawa drivers report prices are at $1.99 a gallon. That’s down 10 cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $2.06, down eight cents over the last seven days.

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Road Work Continues In Hancock County This Week

9/12/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Only one new highway project will take place in Hancock County this week. ODOT reports the northbound exit ramp to State Route 235 will be closed for two days starting Thursday for pavement joint repairs.

Several projects will continue in the area this week. The north and southbound lanes of I-75 between Route 235 and the County Road 60 overpass will be reduced to one lane as a repaving project continues. That project has caused several delays so it’s a good idea to check out our traffic map if you’ll be driving on that stretch of the interstate.

Elsewhere State Route 12 is reduced to one lane between Findlay and Arcadia and from the southwest side of Fostoria to the Seneca County line. Crews are repaving that stretch of road as well.

The eastbound lane of Route 12 is closed in Findlay from Tiffin Avenue to Bright Road for the installation of a storm sewer line. The road is only closed from 7 am. until 6 p.m. during the project.

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Nurses Can Be Recruited At Event This Week

09/12/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Health Systems is having a nurse recruitment event on Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. Kate Sutter says that the event at Independence House in Fostoria doesn’t create an obligation.

The recruitment is for BVHS’ Independence House which is a nursing home. Human resources manager Tricia Woodland says that the event will give people a true perspective of being a part of the team.

There is no obligation but Woodand says there will be a 5,000 dollar sign on bonus for those that are hired from the event.

Woodland says that the job is more complex than retirement homes are made out to be.

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Mobile Home Damaged By Weekend Fire

9/12/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A mobile home in the Riverview Terrace trailer park was damaged by a weekend fire. Firefighters from Liberty and Blanchard Township were called to 8210 Meadowood Drive around 3:40 a.m. Saturday. Everyone inside the home was able to get out safely.

Liberty Township Fire Chief Gene Stump said the fire started in a clothes dryer vent. Damage was estimated to be between $8,000 and $10,000. The owner of the home was not insured. According to Stump, the family had another place to stay.

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Local Superintendents Hope New Federal Standards Mean More Local Control Of Education

9/12/16 – 5:10 A.M.

New federal rules will give state officials more control of education standards, and a group of area superintendents hopes that trickles down one step further. The Courier reports the Ohio Department of Education and the State Legislature have until July 1 of next year to figure out how to make the law work for Ohio. They’ll be taking public input as they work to put the plan together.

The Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network will be watching the proceedings closely. The group is calling for local control on things like student testing, funding, and teacher evaluations. Liberty-Benton Superintendent Jim Knable is a member of the group. He tells the newspaper “it’s a good time for us to get our opinion out there.”

Cory-Rawson Superintendent Bob Hlasko says, “local control is much more responsive to our needs and it can be individualized.” He added the current way things are done has districts, “chasing our tails” trying to keep up with always changing standards and testing.

Both Hlasko and Knable say because districts are evaluated mostly by test scores, teachers are forced to teach to tests. They say that eliminates time for things like art and consumer science education.

The “Every Student Succeeds Act” was signed by President Barrack Obama last December. According to the Ohio Department of Education the law “represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision-making at the state and local levels.”

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Ranks Well In Job-Market Study

09/09/16 – 6:23 P.M.

Personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best and Worst Ohio Cities for Job Seekers. Findlay was a part of this study and made it into a few interesting categories. Findlay is ranked number 1 for the employment rate of people with a college degree. It made it to the 12th spot for job opportunities and 19th for work and commute time. The study compared 145 cities across a total of 16 categories. Findlay ranked only ranked above 80 twice.

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Local Rep Says You Can Help Donald Trump Campaign

09/09/16 – 5:17 P.M.

A local Donald Trump Campaign Representative was at the Republican First Friday Lunch today. Cheryl Blakely explained how people can get involved with the campaign.

Blakely

People can also sign up to go door to door for the campaign. Blakely said she would train people to go door to door.

Blakely

Blakely said they are also accepting monetary donations to help support Donald Trump.

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Shelby County Judge On The Ballot For 3rd District Court Of Appeals

09/09/16 – 3:31 P.M.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals seat could go to a Shelby County man. Judge William Zimmerman Sr. will be on the ballot for the position this fall. During the First Friday lunch in downtown Findlay, he said he is excited and hopes t get the position. He currently serves as a common pleas judge for the Shelby County Court of Common Pleas. He was elected to that position for the first time in 2008.

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