Review Category : Local News

New Municipal-Income Tax Rules In Ohio Began January 1

1/19/15 – 12:12 P.M.

New municipal income tax rules went into place in Ohio at the beginning of the year, but as a taxpayer you probably won’t notice too much difference.

Findlay Income Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas says it will be mostly employers who see changes…

Audio: Andrew Thomas

The laws don’t change how estimate payments are made. Those are still paid quarterly or deferred until later in the year.

The changes were passed by the state legislature in 2014 in an attempt to simplify tax returns.

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University Of Findlay Enrollment Increases

1/19/15 – 10:44 A.M.

The University of Findlay says enrollment at the school continues to increase. A release from UF says there was a 6.3 percent increase in students taking classes this spring semester compared to the spring semester of 2015. It’s the seventh straight semester showing increased enrollment.

The number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UF comes to 3,925 this semester. That’s nearly 300 more students than at this time in 2015.

The number of undergraduates increased 4.9 percent. The number of graduate students was up 9.4 percent.

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Allen County Authorities Looking For Missing Teen

1/19/16 – 9:25 A.M.

Allen County authorities are looking for a missing teen. The Lima News reports 14-year-old Samantha Cowen went missing on January 10. She is described as white with sandy hair and brown eyes. Cowen is 5’6″ tall and weighs around 140 pounds.

The Shawnee Township Police Department told the newspaper they’ve received a few tips, but haven’t found Cowen yet. Anyone with information is urged to call (419)227-1115.

Cowen is listed as missing on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website. The girl’s disappearance has not fit the criteria for an Amber Alert or Endangered Missing Child Alert to be issued.

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Three Injured In Findlay Crash

1/19/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A two-car crash injured three people on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay Sunday. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened near the intersection with Central Avenue just before noon.

20-year-old Emily Green of Lima was driving north on Central when she pulled in front of a car driven by 19-year-old Garrett Cooper of Arcadia, who was driving west on Tiffin Avenue. Cooper slammed on the brakes and slid into a car driven by 48-year-old Sandra Butler of Findlay.

Butler and two children in her car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Green drove off following the crash, but another driver followed her and contacted police. She was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

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Bluffton Council Names New President

1/19/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Bluffton Village Council has a new leader. The Courier reports Phil Talavinia was named council president during a Monday meeting. Talavinia has been a council member since 2014, and is the athletic director at Bluffton University.

In the meantime Bluffton still has an empty council seat. Applications are being taken until noon today in the town hall building. A decision has to be made by February 3.

The empty council seat had belonged to David Steiner, but he unsuccesfully ran for mayor last year.

MORE: The Courier

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Tax Abatement Approved For Carey Car Dealer

1/19/16 – 5:06 A.M.

A Carey car dealer is a step closer to building a new dealership. The Courier reports Carey village council approved a 100 percent, five-year property tax abatement for Wagner Ford at their Monday meeting. The company is planning on investing $2 million into a new two-acre complex on South Vance Street. The dealership is currently landlocked on East Findlay Street.

The company is expected to create eight new full-time jobs once the new location opens. Four part-time jobs will also be added. That’s on top of 13 people already working for Wagner. The new jobs are expected to create an extra $35,000 in payroll taxes.

The abatement gives Wagner a tax exemption of a little more than $136,000 over five-years. The company will pay $40,900 to the Carey school district as part of the deal.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Police Officer Suffers Minor Injuries In Crash

1/19/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer was injured in a two-car crash Monday. The Fostoria Police Department says Captain Patrick Brooks was driving south on North Countyline Street around 12:20 when his personal vehicle was hit from behind. The second car was driven by 56-year-old Steven McConkey of Findlay.

Brooks was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. Police Chief Keith Loreno says Brooks will be off work for a day or two. McConkey was not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Arlington Looks For State Funding For Main Street Repairs

1/19/16 – 4:47 A.M.

State legislators are working to get Arlington money to fix Main Street. The Courier reports village council members were updated on the issue at their Monday meeting. Village officials recently met with state Senator Cliff Hite and Representative Robert Sprague to talk about repairs needed on U.S. 68. The highway serves as Main Street in Arlington.

It’s expected that pavement, curb, and sidewalk repairs could cost around $4 million. Village council would budget $1 million if the state pays the rest.

Village officials are also putting together the maintenance history of the road and a list of nearby industry that use the highway in Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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Free Tax Prep Service Sponsored By United Way

1/18/2016 – 5:06 pm

If you want help in getting your tax returns filed this year, you can do so. The United Way of Hancock County is partnering with 50 North, The Findlay-Hancock Public Library, Millstream Career Center, and several other agencies to offer free tax preparation services at different times and locations throughout the community.

The service will be available for individuals who made up to $65,000 and families who made up to $96,000 in 2015. If you’d like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 211 or 1-800-650-4357. Appointments can also be scheduled at 50 North by calling 419-423-8496.

Appointments are being taken now for February, March, and April.

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Whirlpool Announces Partnership With Rhodes State College

1/18/2016 – 4:21 pm

Whirlpool Corp has announced a partnership with Rhodes State College in Lima which will allow students to work and earn college credit. The Courier reports the partnership called Work, Earn, and Learn will allow the students to gain work experience at the plant while earning $19 an hour and the chance to earn up to $2,400 in scholarships. The Ottawa plant makes all full-size freezers sold by Whirlpool brand, Amana and Maytag in the U.S.

Once complete, the students may receive either an associate’s degree from Rhodes State or an apprenticeship in the skilled trades field. Other Whirlpool plants, including the plant in Findlay, offer some type of apprenticeship programs and partner with local technical colleges.

More: The Courier

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