Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore To Get New Fire Truck Soon

12/4/13 – 1:45 P.M.

The village of North Baltimore could have its new fire truck in service by the end of the year. The Courier reports Fire Chief Ted Francisco told council that some more equipment needs to be installed on the vehicle before it’s operational. Some equipment and lights have already been installed on the truck, which will cost the village around $400,000.

The truck was initially supposed to arrive in North Baltimore last week.

MORE: The Courier

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Numbers Down Locally On First Day Of Deer-Gun Season

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12/4/13 – 1:34 P.M.

Area deer hunters will have some work to do if they want to match the number of animals tagged during last year’s deer-gun hunting season. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports numbers were down for the opening day of hunting season in Hancock and all of the surrounding counties.

Hancock County hunters bagged 89 deer compared to 174 last year. In Putnam County the number was 72 compared to 108. Elsewhere Allen County saw 77 deer tagged, the number was 142 in Hardin County, Henry County saw 112, Seneca County was at 82, Wood checked in at 59, and Wyandot County saw 178 deer tagged.

Statewide numbers are down 3% to 2012.

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Box Truck Hits I-75 Overpass In Findlay

12/4/13 – 1:17 P.M.

South River Road was closed for about an hour this morning after westbound box truck hit the I-75 overpass in the area.  The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just before 10 a.m. today.  The truck was empty and the driver, 39-year-old Christopher Rathburn of Bluffton, was not injured.  75 was not closed for the cleanup.  Rathburn was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.  Signs near the overpass indicate the overpass was too low for trucks to pass under.

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Red Cross Will Wrap Gifts For Donations

12/4/13 – 11:38 A.M.

If you’re like us, gift wrapping isn’t your thing. The Hancock County Chapter of the American Red Cross may have just what you need, and you can help out a good cause in the process…

Audio: Todd James

Director Todd James says if you are skilled at wrapping presents, you can sign up for a shift at the Hancock County Red Cross website.

Even if gift wrapping isn’t your strong suit, James says the need for volunteers is great…

Audio: Todd James

James says you can do anything from disaster scene relief to simply helping out at a local blood drive.

Listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10:

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Seneca County CVB Requests Bed Tax Hike

Bed Tax Hike 12/4/13 5:25 AM grs
The Seneca county Commissioners are considering increasing the county’s share of the lodging tax by one percent. The Review Times reports the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services personnel requested the increase. Commissioners Holly Stacy and Fred Zoeller supported the increase while Jeff Wagner said he was opposed to any new or increased taxes. If approved, the tax would generate about $35,000. The tax generated about $75,000 in 2012 and averages about $69,000 annually.

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Council Adopts Downtown Buffer And Landscaping Requirements

12/4/13 5:15 a.m.
City Council passed zoning legislation for buffer and landscaping requirements for new and expanded parking lots along Main and Main Cross Streets in downtown Findlay. Councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence, the only one to vote against the legislation said she didn’t understand the necessity of the requirements. Marathon’s wall fronting Main Street was used as an example, but Spence estimated that such a wall would likely cost about $100,000, a price that could be unaffordable for other property owners. Others defended the requirements saying they will be worth it.

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FHS Newspaper Recognized Nationally

12/4/13 5:05 a.m.
The Findlay High School newspaper staff was awarded the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker Award. The recognition ranks the Blue and Gold as being one of the top three high school newspapers in the United States according to the Courier. The winners were announced at the association’s National High School Journalism Convention in Boston, Ma. on November 16. This is the Blue and Gold’s seventh nomination and fourth win.

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Sewer Work To Close Sandusky Street At Winthrop Dr.

12/4/13 5 a.m.
City workers will begin repairs on a collapsed sanitary sewer beneath West Sandusky Street at Winthrop Drive today. West Sandusky Street will be closed between Emma Street and Glessner Avenue from approximately 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The city’s engineering department will issue further notices if the closure is expected to last longer than original time frame.

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Crash Tempoiarily Closes Westbound SR 15..No Injuries

12/4/13 4:50 a.m.
A noninjury crash closed the westbound lanes of State Route 15 for period of time Tuesday night. A van pulling a trailer, driven by 18 year-old Glenn Loe of Hoytville, was westbound on SR 15 near Township Road 196 in Amanda Township, when he lost control. The vehicle went off of the north side of the roadway flipping on its side. Neither Loe or his passenger, 26 year-old James Womack of Leipsic were injured. Loe was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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Health Insurance Premiums To Rise For County Employees

12/4/13 4:40 a.m.
Hancock County Employees and County Commissioners will be contributing more toward their health insurance premiums beginning in 2014. County employees will contribute 17 percent of the premium each month, an increase of 2 percent. The Commissioners agreed to pay the balance at their Tuesday meeting according to the Courier. Premiums were expected to remain flat next year, but another county dropped out of the insurance pool and rates went up.

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