Review Category : Local News

Children’s Mentoring Connection Seeking 40 Volunteers to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

7/31/14   12:55 p.m.

In October the Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County will celebrate its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this, they are hoping to recruite 40 new volunteers for the program.

Executive director Jennifer Swartzlander told Chris Oaks on Good Mornings that volunteer numbers have decreased but the need has not.

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

Becky Baratta, case manager at CMC, said the times slots have been adjusted in hopes that more people will be able to volunteer.

Audio: Becky Baratta

Volunteer opportunities are available at Jacobs Primary, Bigelow Hill Intermediate and Glenwood Middle Schools in Findlay as well as Cory-Rawson at various times of day. To volunteer, call CMC at 419-424-9752 to get an application as soon as possible to be ready for the start of the school year.

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Methane Gas Extraction At Hancock County Landfill Helps Shrink Trash Mound

7/31/14 – 12:19 P.M.

The Hancock County landfill is shrinking; in a manner of speaking. Assistant landfill manager Don Moses told the Hancock County Commissioners today that methane gas extraction helps compact the trash mound at the facility…

Audio: Don Moses

Moses says new methane wells were added about a month ago, and the trash mound near the wells has shrunk already. He added the methane extraction helps extend the life of the landfill.

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Fugitive From Pennsylvania Arrested In Wood County

7/31/14 – 12:08 P.M.

The suspect in a violent crime in Pennsylvania was arrested in Wood County recently. The Pittsburgh Tribune reports the State Patrol took 35-year-old Jerrod Burford into custody near Bowling Green Sunday night.

Authorities say Burford was invloved in a shooting incident in a McKeesport, Pennsylvania, early Sunday morning.

The newspaper reports Burford waived his extradition hearing.

He’s charged with conpiracy to commit homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

MORE: Pittsburgh Tribune

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Gas Monitoring More Important Now Than Ever

7/31/14  11:13 a.m.

In the winter, carbon monoxide is a popular topic with generators running and affecting homes. But year-round, gases such as carbon monoxide affect the workplace, especially industrial.

Rick Hoffman, a retired fire captain and current instructor at the University of Findlay’s All Hazard Training Center, will present on the importance of industrial gas monitoring at the Findlay County Club August 7. Hoffman said monitoring is important for everyones’ safety.

Audio: Rick Hoffman

Hoffman said with industrial changes it’s more important now than ever to understand monitoring air quality.

Audio: Rick Hoffman

To register for the presentation, call the Findlay Hancock Chamber at 419-422-3313 or visit

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Marathon Petroleum Reports Increased Earnings In Second Quarter

7/31/14 – 7:25 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is reporting a solid second quarter. The company’s second-quarter earnings report was released this morning, and shows earnings of $855 million. That’s compared to $593 million during the second-quarter of 2013. One big reason for the increase is because the company paid $55 million less for pretax pension settlement expenses.

Income from the refining and marketing segment of Marathon reached more than $1.2 billion last quarter. During the second-quarter of last year that number was $903 million. The company says the increase was due to “more favorable net product price realizations.”

Income from Speedway was $94 million. That’s down from $123 million for the same time last year. That’s despite merchandise sales being higher for the same time frame. The company says Speedway had a lower gross margin on gas, plus higher operating expenses as a result of adding new stores.

MORE: Marathon Earnings Report

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Agreement Reached On Carey Athletic Field Use

7/31/14 – 6:50 A.M.

Two Carey sports programs have figured out how they’ll share the village’s athletic fields. The school district’s varsity football program and the Carey youth soccer program have an agreement on who gets to use the football stadium, and when.

The soccer program, which runs in the spring, will use the football stadium if the soccer field is unplayable. The football team gets exclusive use of the soccer field for practices during the football season in the fall.

The village owns the football stadium and the soccer field. The school district will pay for repairs to the soccer field following the football season.

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Lima Police Release Video Of Fatal Chase

7/31/14 – 6:38 A.M.

The Lima Police Department has released a cruiser video from a brief police chase that led to a fatal crash last Friday. The Lima News reports the video shows an officer attempted to pull over a van full of people when the driver of the van sped away. 13 seconds later the video shows the van hitting another vehicle after crossing railroad tracks.

The crash killed a passenger in the second car, 21-year-old Devontae Williams. Major Chip Protsman tells the newspaper the chase was so short the officer didn’t have time to decide whether to continue the pursuit.

The driver of the van has not been charged yet. Protsman told the newspaper charges are pending.

MORE: Lima News

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Area Restaurants Win Big At State Fair Rib Competition

731/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Two local restaurants were honored at the Ohio State Fair this week. Tony’s Restaurant of Findlay was named the reserve grand champion for ribs. Wally’s Great American BBQ took home the People’s Choice Award, Wally’s ribs are served at Dell’s restaurant in Fostoria.

The restaurants are no stranger to success at the state fair. Both have brought home trophies from the Pork Rib-Off in the past.

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Arson Behind Two Ottawa Fires

7/31/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Two house fires in Ottawa were set on purpose. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the State Fire Marshall’s Office found that arson was the cause of the fires at 315 North Perry Street and 529 West Third Street last Friday morning. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information that identifies who was responsible for setting the blazes.

The fires were considered suspicious because neither home had working utilities. Both had been turned over to the village of Ottawa, and were set for demolition.

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