Review Category : Local News

Doug Hiegel Named United Way Distinguished Volunteer

03/31/15     2:38 p.m.

The United Way of Hancock County has selected the recipient of the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

Doug Hiegel was named Distinguished Volunteer because of his volunteer involvement in many positions in the community. From Boy Scouts to St. Michael’s Parish to the Hancock County Home Builders Association, Hiegel is involved and invested in the community in many ways.

He has served as a member of Hancock County Home Builders Association Projects Committee, an executive board member for Black Swamp Area Council Boy Scouts of America, a member of Black Swamp Boy Scouts President Club, a member of Eagle Patrol and chairman of Black Swamp Golf Classic. He was also as a member of St. Michael School advisory council and the St. Michael Parish Festival committee and currently serves as a member of the St. Michael Parish finance committee.

Hiegel is the chairman of Hancock County Home Builders Golf Outing which benefits United Way.  He was a United Way of Hancock County board member from 2006 to 2013 and board chair in 2012. He is a United Way Gaslight Society member and a member of The Heartland Board of Realtors. Hiegel is a 2008 graduate of Hancock Leadership and is a proud supporter of Liberty-Benton Athletics and St. Michael School.

He is a past recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award. In 2009 he was nominated for the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year Award and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Hiegel has been providing insurance in the Findlay area for over 20 years at Huston Insurance- Doug Hiegel Agency.

Hiegel will be honored at the upcoming United Way of Hancock County annual meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is open to the public and cost to attend is $30 per person, or $240 for a table of eight.  Registration is available by calling the United Way office at 419-423-1432 or registering at

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Corn Yields Continue to Grow in Ohio and Hancock County

03/31/15     2:28 p.m.

Ohio continues to be king of corn growing. Ed Lentz from Hancock County’s OSU Extension Office said the number of bushels harvested per acre continues to grow steadily every year.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said this can be attributed to a number of things, from weather to improving agronomy techniques. But the biggest and most effective change is the genetics of the corn, which Lentz said allows it to adapt and withstand more effectively.

Audio: Ed Lentz

The top county in Ohio was Miami with a high of 289 bushels harvested per acre.

Lentz said with conditions continuing to improve, Ohio will continue to top the charts in corn harvests for years to come.

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ODOT Tallies Cost Of Clearing Roads

3/31/15 – 11:15 A.M.

Winter is in our rear view mirror and with that in mind ODOT has put together the final numbers for clearing roads over the past few months. A release from the department says in District 1, the total cost of plowing operations topped $8.6 million. That includes more than one million miles driven by plows, and more than 50 tons of salt dumped on roads in the region.

In Hancock County alone plowing the roads cost $1.4 million. Keeping Putnam County roads clear cost just over $1 million for the winter driving season.

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Work Begins To Determine Location Of Joint Health District

3/31/15 – 11:06 A.M.

We know the Findlay and Hancock County health departments will combine at the end of the year. Now the question is where will the joint health department be located? Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle says work is getting started to determine that…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Peterman & Associates will conduct the study for $10,000. The county will be reimbursed that money from a grant received by the health board.

No time frame on the completion date for the study was available.

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Voter Registration Deadline Is Next Week

3/31/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Time is running out if you want to vote in the May primary but aren’t registered. The voter registration deadline for the May 5 primary is April 6. The Hancock County Board of Elections will be open until 9 p.m. on April 6 to allow people to get signed up.

In-person absentee voting starts on April 7. For more information call (419)422-3245.

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Putnam County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scams

3/31/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a couple of phone scams making the rounds again. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls claiming they’ve won a large sum of money. However, to claim that money they have to send cash first.

Other calls have claimed residents owe the IRS money and can pay over the phone to avoid arrest. The sheriff’s office says tax issues are a civil issue and deputies don’t get involved in most cases.

You’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s office if you get a call you believe is suspicious.

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Van Buren Students Create Prosthetic Hand For Findlay Toddler

Picture by Abby Nickel
3/31/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Van Buren High School students are using new technology to help a little girl. The Courier reports the students in a design class have used a 3D printer to make 20-month-old Addy Johnson a prosthetic hand. Johnson was born with a rare congenital condition that affected the development of her right hand.

Addy’s mother, Tiffany, is a 2005 graduate of Van Buren. She tells the newspaper while she was nervous at first, the students have been great with her daughter.

The hand clenches when Addy flexes her elbow. The current hand is a little oversized and has been used to see if Addy would like the prosthetic. The design students are now working on a smaller version in Addy’s favorite color, pink.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Findlay Residents Arrested During Burglary

3/31/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were arrested during a Monday afternoon burglary attempt. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 316 George Street just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Heather Beltz and 25-year-old Eric Betzold allegedly forced their way into the home. The pair is accused of demanding money and threatening a resident. They also disabled the victim’s cell phone.

The pair has been charged with burglary and a count of disrupting a public service.

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Tiffin Metal Products to Expand Using State Job Creation Tax Credit

03/30/15     4:50 p.m.

A state tax credit will allow a Tiffin company to add several new full-time positions.

Tiffin Metal Products Company was awarded a five-year, 35 percent Job Creation Tax Credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority Monday. The tax credit will help TMP with an expansion project that will create 18 new full-time jobs.

The new jobs will add $684,000 to the existing $4.8 million in annual payroll for the company.

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