Review Category : Local News

Alvarado Named Next Hopewell-Loudon Superintendent

Glenwood Middle School in Findlay will be looking for a new principal next year. That’s because the current principal, David Alvarado, has officially accepted an offer to become Hopewell-Loudon’s next superintendent. The Review-Times reports the board of education approved a contract for Alvarado at a Wednesday night meeting.

Alvarado will start on August 1. Interim Superintendent Rodney Russell will continue in his role until the end of July.

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Ditch Maintenance Talked About In Ottawa

2/11/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Ottawa village council talked about cleaning a ditch that runs through town during a meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips gave the group a revised estimate for clearing around 9,400 feet of Tawa Run. He said it would cost roughly $27,000.

Council members were informed all but a few hundred feet of the ditch is within village limits. Phillips said the work would include removing any debris in the waterway away from the stream inside Ottawa village limits. But, those in the township could be responsible for removing debris from their property once it is taken out of Tawa Run.

Council voted to table the matter until a more concrete cost estimate can be made.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Tim Meyer To Serve As Putnam County Sheriff

2/11/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A new sheriff has been named in Putnam County. The Toledo Blade reports Tim Meyer will run the department for the rest of the year. He takes over for Lt. Dave Roney, who had been serving as the interim sheriff since Michael Chandler died on January 27.

Meyer has worked with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office since 1978.

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Fire Destroys Rawson Home

2/11/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Fire ripped through a Rawson home early Wednesday morning. The Rawson fire department was called to 227 South Main Street around 1:15 a.m. after someone driving by saw smoke and alerted the homeowners. Two people living in the home were able to evacuate safely.

30 firefighters from four departments were called in to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing, clothing, and food.

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Tuesday Fire Destroys Liberty Township Home

2/11/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A Liberty Township home was destroyed when a garage fire spread to the rest of the house Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to 10610 Hancock County Road 9 around 10:10 p.m. Fire Chief Gene Stump tells the Courier the home is a complete loss.

34 firefighters from two departments were called in to fight the flames. No one was hurt, but four dogs were killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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County Commissioner Candidates Spar Over Differences

2/10/2016 – 11:02 pm

Photo Caption: Candidates Brian Robertson and John Harrington with WFIN News Director Doug Jenkins during the forum at The University of Findlay.

There are differences between both Republican candidates for Hancock County Commissioner, and that was apparent at the Commissioners Forum at the University of Findlay Wednesday night. Current Commissioner Brian Robertson and challenger, Findlay City Councilman John Harrington each presented their views on the role of a County Commissioner in Hancock County.

The main topic of the evening was flood mitigation. Both noted that in their mind it was the biggest issue facing Hancock County. Robertson cited his experience in business and talked about work he’s done on the issue since taking office including traveling to Washington DC to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers and elected officials.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Harrington said while the Army Corps has been frustrating at times they still have the expertise to properly manage flood mitigation in Hancock County.

Audio: John Harrington

While there was much talk about flood mitigation, it also needs to be funded. A 1/2 percent sales tax was implemented to help fund any programs in the county. On what to do once that tax expires, Robertson said that any decision will need to be based on getting results.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Harrington said that the increase helped to pay for both flood mitigation and funds to the general fund. Given that, letting it expire would require a great deal of thinking as to how other programs would be adversely impacted.

Audio: John Harrington

Both campaigns have issued a great deal of literature both highlighting their candidates records and noting issues with each other. Harrington said that as a county commissioner, he’d make it a point to attend any and all meetings countywide rather than just pay lip service.

Audio: John Harrington

Robertson noted that as a member of the city council, Harrington has missed many committee meetings over his term. Robertson said that his goal is to change the status quo in Hancock County politics.

Audio: Brian Robertson

On ongoing cooperation between the City of Findlay and Hancock County Robertson said that there has been some significant collaboration between the two entities, including tax funding that went to help support both.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Harrington cited the recent Health Department merger as particularly good, but said that Robertson did not acknowledge working with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, who Robertson lost to in the race for Mayor in 2012.

Audio: John Harrington

Robertson responded by saying that he has worked close with Mayor Mihalik in many cases but his day to day interaction with the city has been with Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Harrington said that he was of the mind that both entities needed to work better together.

Audio: John Harrington

 

Hancock County has implemented a 3% bed tax to help support the new Marathon Performing Arts Center and the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Harrington said that it was a fair tax that would help to support both entities.

Audio: John Harrington

Robertson said that many people are in favor of the tax as the money it will generate will help to support both funds. As to it’s long term usage, given that it will expire in seven years, he said that by then the county will have much different needs than it does today.

Audio: Brian Robertson

 

Voters will decide on the Republican nominee during the primary on March 15th.

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Sign Up Today For Children’s Mentoring Connection Bowling For Kids

2/10/2016 – 3:26 pm

If you like having fun and want to support kids you need to get signed up for the Children’s Mentoring Connections Bowling For Kids event. Executive Director Jennifer Swartzlander says that teams are signing up today for the event, slated for March 12-13th.

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

The event will be held at AMF Sportsmans Lanes in Findlay and Swartzlander says that teams around four or five people can sign up to participate. Swartzlander said that the Children’s Mentoring Connection pairs kids with community volunteers to help build relationships.

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

You can register your team today online through Hancock Mentors.org or you can contact the program at 419-424-9752.

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Findlay Mall Car Show Begins On Friday

2/10/2016 – 3:00 pm

Forecasters are predicting single digit temperatures this weekend. So if you’re looking for something fun to do indoors, stop by the Findlay Village Mall for the annual Findlay Mall Car Show. Organizer John LaRiche says that there will be more cars showcased this year than ever before.

Audio: John LaRiche

LaRiche says that there will be sixteen different franchises represented at the show and unlike the major car shows in Detroit and Columbus, this show will give people are more hands on view on the cars showcased.

Audio: John LaRiche

LaRiche says that the cars will be moved in late Thursday evening and the show itself runs during regular mall hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While they won’t sell cars on the spot, reps will be on hand to answer any questions that people may have about the cars themselves.

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Cooper Tire Appoints New Member To Board Of Directors

2/10/16 – 7:07 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber has appointed a new member to its board of directors. Susan Davis, the executive vice president of the Asia-Pacific region for Johnson Controls, was appointed to the board Tuesday. Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial company.

Davis is based in China, where she is the lead officer for the company in the region.

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