Review Category : Local News

Special Olympics Torch To Come Through Findlay Tomorrow

6/23/14 – 6:47 A.M.

The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics will make its way through Findlay again tomorrow. The Torch Run is expected to arrive at the Ohio State Highway Patrol office in Findlay at 3 p.m. It will make its way to the Blanchard Valley Center sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

The Hancock County Special Olympics will hold a celebration at Blanchard Valley Center. The free event will include music, a dunk tank, games, face painting and food.

The torch is making its way to Columbus for the opening of the games Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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Hancock County Veterans Service Director Elected To High Position

6/23/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The executive director for the Hancock County Veterans Service Office  has a little more on her plate these days. Nichole Coleman was recently elected as the women’s veterans representative for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. Her duties in the role will include going to Washington D.C. to talk about concerns that female veterans have.

Coleman’s other responsibilities include staying on top of issues that impact female veterans. Those issues include, health care, disability compensation, and pension benefits.

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Friday Crash Kills Wood County Man

6/23/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A weekend crash took the life of a Wood County man. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports 39-year-old Jared Zernhel was killed in a crash near Bowling Green Friday night. The crash involved a pickup truck driven by Zernhel and a semi at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Sand Ridge Road.

Zernhel was driving south on South Ridge when he ran a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound semi. A female passenger in the pickup truck was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment. Her name was not released.


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Putnam County Authorities Investigate Apparent Drowning

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent drowning from over the weekend. A release from the department says deputies were called to a home near Ottoville at 24962 Road P around 10:30 p.m. last night. A 9-1-1 caller told a dispatcher 59-year-old Donald Burgei had been home alone, and that no one could locate him.

A little over an hour later Burgei’s body was pulled from a pond on the property. An autopsy has been ordered and the cause of death remains under investigation.

No other information was available.


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Marathon Service Station Will Replace Old Swifty Gas Station

6/13/14 – 5:24 A.M.

The old Swifty gas station on Trenton Avenue won’t sit vacant very long. An Indiana company will turn the property into a Marathon service plaza. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved the project Thursday.

A 2,600 square foot building will be built to replace the 476 square foot Swifty building. The fuel pumps will be replaced as part of the renovation.

The new building should be completed by November.

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Cooper Tire Team Meets With NASA Engineers

6/13/14 – 5:17 A.M.

When you need insight on technology, there aren’t too many organizations better than NASA to talk too. That’s just what members of Cooper Tire & Rubber’s technology team did Thursday. The group met with NASA scientists and engineers Thursday at the University of Toledo to talk about technical challenges and opportunities in the future.

The free consultations are being offered by NASA to manufacturing companies. Cooper Tire qualified to receive help with two projects. One focused on development of a coating for tire molds. The other focused on radio-frequency identification technology.

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Findlay Man Sentenced For Sixth DUI

6/13/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A Findlay man will spend nearly a year-and-a-half in jail after he was convicted of drunk driving for a sixth time. The Courier reports 47-year-old Stacy Johnson was sentenced to 17 months behind bars Thursday. The charges stemmed from a traffic stop made on February 19 near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and North Blanchard Street in Findlay.

Johnson’s driver’s licence will be suspended for five years. He’ll be eligible for early release after 12 months.

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Pay Raises Granted For Hancock County Job and Family Services Employees

6/13/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Pay raises are in store for employees in the Hancock County Job and Family Services office. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the increases Thursday to try and stop employee turnover in the department.

The 1.5 percent pay bumps will be effective June 22 for 28 positions in the agency. Routine raises have also been built into the pay scale.

Wages in the office didn’t change between 2006 and 2012. A 2.8% pay increase was given last year.

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Marathon Petroleum Expanding Service Building On Findlay Campus

6/13/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s plans to expand a service building in downtown Findlay were approved by the city’s Planning Commission Thursday. An existing 19,000 square foot building will add a little more than 15,000 square feet. The current service building is near the corner of East Sandusky Street and Beech Avenue.

The expansion will also add a third floor walkway to the new parking garage being built in the area.

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