Review Category : Local News

Help Available For Home Repairs In Fostoria

11/26/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A grant will help low-income homeowners in Fostoria make improvements to their properties. The Review-Times reports the WSOS Community Action Commission is hoping the grant money will make a dent in the number of dilapidated houses in the tri-county area. The state has granted the agency $975,000 to use toward the effort.

The home rehab program allows homeowners to apply for up to $30,000. The money can be used for a variety of repairs; including electrical and plumbing work, roof replacement, and siding repair among others.

There are eligibility requirements. For more information call (419)639-2802.

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Two Injured In Lima Avenue Crash

11/26/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Two people were injured in a Findlay crash Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the one-car crash happened in the 1200 block of Lima Avenue just before 7 p.m.

26-year-old Bryan Kidd lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit a guardrail. The SUV then went off the road and into a ditch. Kidd and his brother, 24-year-old Curtis Kidd, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Preliminary Tariffs Target Chinese-Made Tires

11/27/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A move by federal officials could have an impact on Cooper Tire & Rubber and its employees. The Courier reports the government is taking a step toward imposing tariffs on Chinese-made tires. By next week, U.S. companies will have to post preliminary tariffs on any Chinese-made tires they import to sell. Money from preliminary tariffs go to the government.

There are four preliminary tariff rates being implemented. Depending on the brand of Chinese tire, U.S. companies will have to pay an extra 12.5 percent, 15.69 percent, 17.69 percent, or 81.29 percent to import them.

The move comes as part of preliminary findings from the Commerce Department’s investigation into Chinese companies selling tires below their fair market value. The Chinese government has been accused of subsidizing the lower prices.

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State Bank Returning to Findlay Next Year

11/25/14 3:48 p.m.

State Bank will be making its return to Findlay in 2015.

SB Financial Group Inc. of Defiance announced today that it has purchased the Commercial Savings Bank building at 201 East Lincoln St. in Findlay. Pending approval from the state and federal bank regulators, they hope to have the new State Bank open early next year.

Commercial Savings Bank will continue to operate on Tiffin Ave. The Hancock County Board of Elections, which has offices in the back half of the Lincoln St. building, will also stay at its current location.

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Friendly’s Restaurant in Findlay Closes Its Doors For Good

11/25/14 12:04 p.m.

One of Findlay’s Tiffin Ave. restaurants closed its doors this weekend.

Friendly’s Restaurant, which had been in Findlay since 1973, officially closed Sunday.

APEX Eagle Hospitality, the franchisee which owned and operated the business, said, “continuing operation was no longer viable.”

No details were provided regarding the future of the site.

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State and Local Counties Unemployment Rates Drop in October

11/25/14 11:09 a.m.

October brought about more drops in unemployment. In the state of Ohio as a whole, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent from 5.6 in September.

Locally all counties saw drops as well. Hancock County is the lowest in the area dropping from 3.8 to 3.4. Allen County still has the highest unemployment in the region after dropping from 5 to 4.5 percent. Seneca and Wood Counties saw equal decreases from 4.6 to 4.1 percent. Putnam County unemployment levels fell from 3.9 to 3.5, Hardin County dropped from 4.6 to 4 and Wyandot dropped from 4.1 to 3.7 percent.

Current labor force estimates

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Timeline For 2015 Hancock County Budget Set

11/25/14 – 10:27 A.M.

The Hancock County budget for 2015 is taking shape. The commissioners plan to have the budget for next year put together by December 9. At that point, the budget will be available for public viewing for 10 days in the auditor’s office.

According to a schedule set at today’s commissioners meeting, the budget will most likely come up for a vote on December 23.

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McComb Residents To Pay More For Water

11/25/14 – 5:27 A.M.

McComb residents will pay more for water in 2015. The Courier reports village council has approved a price increase to offset mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The minimum water bill will increase by $10.69 starting in January. The EPA is requiring the village make upgrades to its water system.

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Semi Overturns In Hancock County

11/25/14 – 5:15 A.M.

State Route 613 was blocked east of McComb for several hours last night after a semi overturned. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened between County Roads 139 and 140 around 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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