Review Category : Local News

ODOT Receives Over 6.6 Million Dollars To Purchase Replacement Vehicles

09/08/16 – 11:11 A.M.

ODOT has been awarded over 6.6 million dollars to buy replacement vehicles. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that the money was awarded from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 112 replacement vehicles will be purchased for Ohio’s Rural Transit Providers.

Brown said, “Replacing outdated buses and vans with new, modern vehicles will help ensure that Ohio’s rural communities have access to safe and reliable public transit”.

The money comes from the Buses and Bus Facilities competitive grant program signed into law in December of 2015.

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Short Term Camping Sites Proposed At Fostoria’s Iron Triangle Rail Site

9/8/16 – 7:37 A.M.

The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society would like to allow short-term camping at the Iron Triangle Visitor Center. The Review-Times reports a rezoning application for the facility at 420 Columbus Avenue would allow parking spaces for RVs and campers to be set up on the site. If the plan is approved, the spots would have an electric hookup for visitors.

Fostoria City Council will talk about the proposed zoning change at their September 20 meeting.

MORE: Review-Times

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Extra Sheriff’s Patrols In Arlington Will End

9/8/16 – 5:28 A.M.

Extra patrols in Arlington will come to an end this year. The Courier reports the Arlington Village Council has decided not to renew a contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Michael Palmer tells the newspaper the decision came down to finances. The village had been paying $30,000 a year for the service. The current contract expires in November.

Council members had said detailed patrol reports were no longer available. Officials also said that deputies used to come to council meetings to talk about issues in the village.

The sheriff’s office will still respond to calls in Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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Double Jeopardy Defense Entered In Putnam County Murder Case

9/8/16 – 5:04 A.M.

A man who reportedly confessed to murdering his son in Putnam County back in 2006 is entering a double jeopardy defense. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Travis Soto was in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. At issue is time already served in the death of 2-year-old Julio Soto-Baldoza. Soto served a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge 10 years ago.

Judge Randall Basinger set a hearing on the double jeopardy motion for October 25. Both the prosecution and defense will be given access to a recording of the alleged confession given at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in July. The full transcript of Soto’s 2006 trial will also be available.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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BGSU Enrollment Increases

9/8/16 – 4:20 A.M.

More students are attending classes at Bowling Green State University. School officials say enrollment is up by 600 students this fall after getting a big boost from the incoming freshman class. Opportunities for guaranteed internships, research and overseas studies are cited among the reasons for the enrollment increase.

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Recovery From Substance Abuse Disorders Starts At Language And Hope

09/07/16 – 9:55 P.M.

Being able to talk and accept substance abuse disorders will aid in recovery. That’s the message from Ellyn Schmiesing who serves as the Recovery Accountability Manager for Focus on Friends.


Schmiesing added that discriminatory language such as junkie or crackhead can deter people from seeking the help they need.

Stigmatizing language


People suffering from substance abuse disorders could find it helpful to accept themselves as people. Focus on Friends’ Men’s Recovery House Coordinator Ben Hippensteel says it worked for him.


Hippensteel added that hope is an essential piece of the recovery process.

Last year Focus on Friends helped over 3,000 people from the area face their addictions.

Schmiesing and Hippensteel were the guest speakers for the Combatting Chemical Dependency class at the University of Findlay. You can attend the class in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building every Wednesday at 6pm.

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46th Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bike Tour Starts Sunday

09/07/16 – 5:35 P.M.

The 46th Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bike Tour is happening this Sunday. Paul Craun from Hancock Handlebars bike club says that the 1000 mile bike tour will take you to various places.

Paul Craun

Craun says that at the end of the bike ride there will be a campfire and ice cream. Live music will be played at points of the ride as well.

If you aren’t interested in the 100-mile bike ride they also have a 20-mile bike ride available.


Paul Craun

You can register online until Saturday at midnight or at the University of Findlay from 4-9 p.m. Sunday registration will be available at a higher cost.

All proceeds go to benefit the bike club and bike trails in the region.

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Part Of A Road In Findlay Will Be Permanently Closed

09/07/16 – 3:16 P.M.

Part of the East Main Cross Street by-pass road be permanently closed starting today. In a release, County Engineer Christopher Long said the road will be closed under the Osborn Avenue Bridge. The weight limit for the bridge will be reduced to 15 tons starting today as well. He said that motorists are advised to use caution in the area.

The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in July of 2017.

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Hardin County Man Might Run For State Representative Spot

09/07/16 – 2:38 P.M.

A Hardin County man is looking to run in the 2018 election for the 83rd district seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. The Courier reports that Jon Cross filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee. Cross said he will meet with businesses, community members, and political leaders to gauge support. He currently serves as the president of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance.

The office he might campaign for is currently held by State Representative Robert Sprague.

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