Review Category : Local News

First Quarter Home Sales Down Compared To Last Year

4/22/14 – 11:16 A.M.

Homes sales were down a little bit in our region for the first quarter of 2014. The Ohio Association of Realtors says 213 homes were sold in the Heartland region between January and March. During the same time last year 255 homes sold. That’s a decline of 16.5% Sale prices were stable, as the average price paid for a home remained just over $111,000.

March was a much better month than January and February. 90 homes sold last month compared to 94 last year. The average sale price of the homes sold in March was 6% higher than March of last year.

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Findlay Bridge Will Be Replaced This Summer

4/22/14 – 11:02 A.M.

Construction crews will replace a Findlay bridge this year. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a contract with R.G. Zachrich of Defiance today. Replacing the E. Main Cross bridge over Lye Creek will cost a little more than $672,000. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the local share is much less…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the work was much needed…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says the work will start sometime this summer.

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Hancock County Unemployment Rate Drops Below 5%

4/22/14 – 10:32 A.M.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate has dropped below 5%. Numbers released from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show that only 4.7% of Hancock County residents are without a job. Only seven of Ohio’s 88 counties are below 5% unemployment.

All the are counties saw unemployment decrease last month. Putnam and Wyandot Counties had jobless rates of 5.6%. That was followed by 5.8% unemployment in Wood County, and 5.9% in Hardin County. Elsewhere Seneca checked in at 6.1, Allen was at 6.3 and Henry County was at 7.2% unemployment.

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Ohio News Roundup 4/22

4/22/14 – 8:56 A.M

(Toledo, OH) — A woman accused of forcing a teenager into the sex trade will spend three-years in prison. Amber Ginter was sentenced Monday for transporting the minor from Ohio to Michigan in December 2009 for the sole purpose of engaging the child in sexual activity. Federal officials say human trafficking is very real and the case is a reminder that neighbors need to ask questions if something looks suspicious.

(Toledo, OH) — The extremely cold winter is being blamed for a drastic drop in attendance at the Toledo Zoo. Officials say nearly three-thousand people visited the zoo in January, compared to nearly 12-thousand the same time last year. During the month of January, 40-inches of snow fell. In January 2013, there was just three-inches of snow.

(Toledo, OH) — The City of Toledo is keeping a close eye on its Twitter account after someone hacked it. Monday afternoon, at least two messages were posted urging followers to click on a link for a website. The Tweets were removed a few hours later and replaced with “We were briefly hijacked, but all is well now.”

(Columbus, OH) — Ohio State University officials are getting tough on the mumps. The university launched a vaccination program yesterday, giving students, faculty and staff a chance to get protected from the virus. OSU officials have made mumps vaccination and illness protection guidelines available online at Columbus Public Health officials say more than 250 people have had the mumps from the OSU outbreak.

(Steubenville, OH) — The former Steubenville High School coach charged in last year’s high-profile rape case is making a plea deal. Matt Belardine will plead no contest today to making a false statement and enabling underage drinking. Belardine was a volunteer coach at Steubenville when he hosted the underage drinking party where two football players raped a 16-year-old girl.

(Mount Vernon, OH) — A dozen people will face a judge next month for their roles in a multi-state drug ring. Knox County prosecutors say the group was indicted yesterday on more than 400 drug trafficking-related charges. The suspects are accused of funneling more than 100-thousand prescription pills into central Ohio for people’s misuse and abuse.

(Cleveland, OH) — Cuyahoga County officials say they have more work to do to beat the heroin epidemic. They’re expanding the ongoing crackdown on the deadly drug to treat every overdose like a crime scene, with every investigative tool available and upgraded charges against dealers whose clients die. Efforts so far have reduced the heroin death rate in Cuyahoga County to the lowest in three years.

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Seneca County Board Of Elections Fills Open Spots

4/22/14 – 7:45 A.M.

The Seneca County Board of Elections has replaced three members. The Courier reports Jane Sheeley, Carolyn Cray and Rosemarie Reimer will fill vacant positions through the May 6 primary. All three are retired former members of the board. They all intend to go back into retirement after the election.

Democratic clerk Lorrie Wolfret and Republican Jennifer Lee both submitted letters of resignation last Friday. Republican board member Janet Leahy stepped down April 4.

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Bluffton Council Discusses Sidewalk Ordinance

4/22/14 – 7:14 A.M.

Bluffton’s amended sidewalk ordinance has lived to see another day. Village council voted 4-2 to move the compromise legislation to a third and final reading.

The ordinance would make the village pay for the installation of new sidewalks. Maintenance costs would still be the responsibility of property owners. The original version of the ordinance made property owners pay for installation as well.

A final reading of the legislation is set for May 5.

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Carey Moves Forward With Electric Upgrades

4/22/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Electric upgrades in Carey are moving forward. The Courier reports council approved two emergency ordinances Monday. One ordinance covers the Continental Structural Plastics substation construction. It also handles utility pole replacement along the village’s main power line.

The second ordinance covers a voltage conversion project from Ogg Street to Waterworks Park.

The cost of the project is expected to be between $6.2 and $6.9 million. The village has applied for grant money to cover the cost of the work.

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Arlington Residents Concerned About Higher Water Bills

4/22/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Higher water bills are worrying some Arlington residents. At last night’s village council meeting, Mayor Ed Solt said people had approached him about increases in what they are paying. Council said residents with concerns should contact the Arlington Board of Public Affairs. The board can provide relief for bills when there is a suspected leak.

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Findlay School To Get New Security Entrance

4/22/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Plans are in place to make the entrance to a Findlay school building more secure. The Courier reports the school board approved a contract to build a new entrance at Jacobs Primary School. Construction Services of Carey won the contract, which is worth a little more than $161,000.

The project will add two glass doors, a security camera, and an intercom. Visitors will have to buzz an attendant at the front desk before they are let in. The set up is like what is in place at Chamberlin Hill Intermediate School.

Construction should finish before the next school year starts.

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Hancock County Drug Treatment Center Gets State Money

4/22/14 – 5:02 A.M.

The last piece of funding for a drug treatment center in Findlay was secured Monday. The state controlling board approved a $300,000 grant for the facility. The money means the new center at 2627 Crystal Avenue will open in 2015.

Six people will work at the rehab center full-time. The staff will include peer recovery specialists, a nurse and a program director. Peer recovery specialists are former drug addicts in recovery who serve as role models for people in treatment.

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