Review Category : Local News

Findlay Applying for Grant to Fund Water Testing Equipment

07/07/15     11:36 p.m.

The City of Findlay will be applying for a grant to get the necessary equiment to test for cyanotoxins in the city water system. Cyanotoxins can cause harmful algal blooms like that which affected the City of Toledo last summer.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Findlay will apply for a grant through the Ohio EPA to pay for 100 percent of the $16,600 of sampling and testing equipment. This would save time and money as the city currently outsources its testing needs.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

The state has not identified how much funding is available but Schmelzer did say the grants are on a first come, first serve basis.


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Health Department Merger Playing Catch Up, But Moving Forward

07/07/15     11:02 p.m.

Work continues to combine the Findlay City and Hancock County health departments. Findlay appropriated its 57.5 percent of the 2015 costs for the merger process at their Tuesday meeting. A portion of that $86,250 will go toward paying the new implementation coordinator Noah Stuby.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the big issues facing the new joint health board are the facility and the personnel.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

While they’re still surveying potential locations, Schmelzer said the board is hoping to have a full-time health commissioner by September.

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Auditor and Councilwoman Face Off Over City Revenue Projections

07/07/15     9:55 p.m.

Findlay officials disagreed about city revenue estimates at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence questioned Auditor Jim Staschiak’s revenue projections and the process he uses to come up with them. Spence said the issue was inaccurate predictions in the past.

Staschiak refuted Spence’s statement, saying it was incorrect and political. He told council 95 percent of the estimates come from city department heads, who he works with to determine the final numbers.

At the end of the hearing, city council approved the revenue projections 9 to 1 with only Spence voting no. She said that she could not support the numbers in good conscious.

The estimates will now be given to the Hancock County Budget Commission.

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McComb Business Fair to Feature More Than 50 Local Businesses

07/07/15     4:20 p.m.

On Saturday, the village of McComb local businesses will participate in the annual business fair. Shelly Sterling with the McComb Economic Development Organization said the idea behind the business fair is not just to show residents what’s available, but to help the EDO figure out how to move forward.

Audio: Shelly Sterling

The fair may be an opportunity to attract new residents to the area as well. New demographic studies show younger families want to be in rural areas like the McComb region.

Audio: Shelly Sterling

The fair will take place at 108 E. Main Street in McComb across from the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sterling said there are more than 50 businesses signed up so far with room for more. To participate, contact Sterling at 419-722-1466.

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BVHS Looking For Old Pictures Of Hospital

7/7/15 – 11:29 A.M.

Blanchard Valley Hospital will celebrate its 125th-anniversary next year. With that in mind the Blanchard Valley Health System is asking for your help to mark the occasion. Area residents who have pictures of the hospital taken through the years are being asked to share them. The photos could be used in a calendar, social media, advertising, and other venues.

If you’d like to share your pictures you can mail them to Pictures can also be mailed to 1900 South Main Street, attention Public Relations. All original pictures will be returned to their owners.

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Fostoria Block Evacuated For Explosive Scare

7/7/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A bomb squad was called to a Fostoria neighborhood Monday night. The Review-Times reports police were called about a cannonball that had been brought onto the property at 620 Northview Drive. The Northwest Ohio Bomb Squad was called in from Toledo to investigate.

It was believed the cannonball still had explosives inside it. The immediate area was evacuated as a result.

The property in question is owned by GAO Restoration LLC.

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Bluffton Residents Concerned About Busy Intersection

7/7/15 – 6:37 A.M.

Several Bluffton residents brought their concerns about a busy intersection to village council’s attention Monday night. The Courier reports 18 people talked about their experiences at the intersection of Main Street and College Avenue. The group wants a stop light or stop sign installed at the intersection.

The state removed a stop light from the location eight years ago. Village Administrator James Mehaffie says the road doesn’t meet the state’s traffic volume requirements to have a signal placed there.

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Petition Drive For Liquor Permit Begins In Arlington

7/7/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The effort to bring a new wine shop to Arlington will begin today. The Courier reports supporters will start a petition drive to place a liquor permit question on the November ballot. Stephanie Rader is one of the owners of the proposed shop, and says they need around 102 signatures from residents in the Madison East precinct to place the issue on the ballot.

The permit would allow for the sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquors. Rader says the store would focus on Ohio wines, Napa wines, and some craft beers. It would be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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Car-Bicycle Crash Injures Findlay Teen

7/7/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay teen was injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bike Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened in the 300 block of West Main Cross Street around 4:30 p.m.

A 16-year-old girl was riding her bike west on the sidewalk when she was hit by a car driven by 48-year-old Lynn Keeler of Findlay. Keeler was leaving the Great Scot parking lot. The teenager, who was not publicly identified, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Keeler was cited for failure to yield.

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Fostoria Warehouse And Car Fires Believed To Be Connected

7/7/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A Monday warehouse fire and car fire in Fostoria are believed to be connected, and have officials very concerned. The Courier reports firefighters were called to a building in the 200 block of East Crocker Street just after 6 a.m. Shortly after that fire was reported, first responders were called to a car crash and fire at the intersection of Township Roads 35 and 63, north of the city.

Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper fires were set in many locations in the warehouse. He believes they were set in a way intended to cause injury to first responders, but didn’t provide any more details. Damage at the building was estimated to be $10,000.

The car in question was reported stolen by Fred McCarthy. According to the Seneca County auditor’s website, McCarthy also owns the building that was set on fire.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the incidents.

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