Review Category : Local News

Gas Prices Flat To Start The Week

4/18/16 – 6:43 A.M.

Gas prices are entrenched above the $2 a gallon mark at the moment. Local prices stayed above that level all last week. It was the first time that happened since early last November. According to, Findlay drivers are paying $2.05 to start the work week. That’s the same price we were paying last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.04 a gallon, which is the same price as last Monday.

The statewide average is $2.09 for a gallon of regular. A week ago it was seven cents cheaper.

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Pavement Repair Scheduled For State Route 103

4/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Warmer weather is here, and of course that means it’s time for road work. Aside from the ongoing construction on I-75 north of Findlay, you’ll see ODOT crews near Arlington this week. State Route 103 will be reduced to one lane at times for pavement repair between State Route 698 and the village of Arlington.

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Low-Income Putnam County Homes Eligible For Septic System Help

4/18/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Low-income households in Putnam County could be eligible for financial help in maintaining their septic tanks. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county health department recently received $300,000 to help assist in repairing or replacing septic systems in the county. That’s in addition to $100,000 the department received in 2015 for the project.

To be eligible for funding, a household income must be under 300% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines. Homeowners can qualify for between 50 and 100 percent funding for their project.

For more information call (419)523-5608.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arcadia Man Injured In Sunday Motorcycle Crash

4/18/16 – 5:07 A.M.

An Arcadia man was injured when a deer ran in front of his motorcycle this weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 51-year-old Lonnie Moses was riding a Harley-Davidson south on Hancock County Road 330 around 5:40 a.m. Sunday when the incident happened. Moses swerved to avoid the deer and slid across Washington Township Road 211 and into a ditch.

Moses was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He was wearing a helmet.

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Two Injured In Findlay Motorcycle Crash

4/18/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were injured in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department reports Lorenzo and Tiffene Ayala were riding a Harley-Davidson north on Broad Avenue just before 1 p.m. when a southbound car driven by 19-year-old Emily Zielinski of Pemberville turned in front of them. Zielinski was trying to turn left onto Howard Street and caused the collision.

The Ayala’s were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Zielinski was cited for failure to yield while turning left. Lorenzo Ayala was cited for driving under suspension and driving without a helmet. Ohio law requires beginning motorcyclists to wear a helmet.

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Tiffin To Get A Chipotle

4/18/16 – 4:22 A.M.

The mayor of Tiffin will get his way thanks to a national burrito restaurant chain. Mayor Aaron Montz has been using social media to lure Chipotle Mexican Grill to Tiffin. Recently, the restaurant announced it would add a location in Tiffin by the end of the year. However, the deal is contingent on the approval of a local tax exemption.

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Monday Interview – Indiana Farmer Addressing Hunger In Local Community

4/18/2016 – 4:00 am

In spite of efforts to address a rising hunger issue in communities all across the nation, the need continues to grow. In Greenfield Indiana, one farmer is working to address the issue. Jonathan Lawler, the farmer and Executive Director of Brandywine Creek Farms says that he began researching the hunger issue after talking to his son after school one day.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Lawler explained that in Hancock County Indiana, where Greenfield is located is an agricultural county with many farming operations, and yet the hunger issue what still there. So he decided to help address the issue. After talking to several food banks in Greenfield and in Indianapolis Lawler found that there are around 135,000 food insecure people in the area, and the banks themselves said that they were in need of fresh produce. Being a produce farmer himself, Lawler decided to start growing fresh produce and food for the food banks.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Produce in general can be expensive for food banks, due to the short shelf life of the food products as well as simply being able to find, purchase and store the produce before it can be distributed. Lawler said that means that the food banks need to stretch their food dollars as far as they can, which means that they purchase processed foods. But there is a growing need for healthier foods.

Lawler says it wasn’t easy to turn his for-profit farming operation into a farm that produces food for food banks, and Brandywine Creek is still exploring options to make the farming operation more sustainable in the long term.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Brandywine Creek Farms has set up several ways for people to contribute to their efforts, with a Go Fund Me page and through their own website. Lawler also says the website offers a way to see how far donation dollars can stretch in growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Lawler says that the farm currently offers several programs for at-risk youth in the community as well as several veterans programs for individuals who want to help, and the farm is open to the public in case people are interested in learning more about the operation and how it works.

Audio: Jonathan Lawler

Brandywine Creek Farms is located at 5332 North 400 East Greenfield Indiana 46140. To hear the complete interview with Jonathon Lawler, visit our Soundcloud Page below.

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Arlington Man Arrested In Suspected Murder Of Two-Year-Old Findlay Boy

4/15/2016 – 5:48 pm

A two-year-old boy died late last month and the Findlay police are investigating the case as a murder. They have arrested an Arlington man in connection to the case.

The Findlay Police Department reports that shortly after 8pm on March 31st, officers were dispatched to 2030 Breckenridge Road for a report of a two-year-old child that was unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found the boy, identified as Breydon Ferrell in the apartment and he was not breathing. An officer performed CPR until fire and EMS arrived. Ferrell was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later and an autopsy was performed.

The incident has been under investigation since then and earlier today an arrest warrant was issued and served charging 28-year-old Brent R. Houdeshell from Arlington with murder. Houdeshell was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.

It was noted that Houdeshell and the child’s mother were in a relationship at the time of the incident. No further information is available at this time as the case remains under investigation. Additional charges are pending and the case will be presented to the Hancock County Grand Jury at a later date.

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Findlay Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash

4/15/2016 – 5:09 pm

A Findlay man was injured after colliding his motorcycle with a pickup truck Friday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that 38-year-old Christopher Conley of Findlay was westbound on County Road 109 shortly before 1:30pm when he was unable to stop before hitting a truck, operated by 23-year-old Zachary Orians of Rawson which had stopped for a stop sign at an intersection.

Orians and the passengers in his truck were not injured. Conley was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was later flown to St. Vincent Medical Hospital in Toledo. His condition is unknown. The crash remains under investigation.

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Nominations For Small Business Awards Being Accepted Now

4/15/2016 – 4:20 pm

Nominations are being accepted now for the Findlay Small Business Awards, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Carla Benchman with the chamber said that there were several ways that people can submit a nomination for the awards.

Audio: Carla Benchman

Once the nominations are in, a committee reviews each nomination for the final awards presentation in October. Benchman said that the more nominations that are received, the better it is for the committee to make their decision, most of the time.

Audio: Carla Benchman

For more information on nominating a business, you can visit the Findlay, Hancock County Alliance online to download nomination forms and criteria.

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