Review Category : Local News

Homelessness a Problem Even in Rural Areas Like Findlay

8/4/14   2:55 p.m.

In a rural areas like Findlay homeless isn’t thought of as a big problem. But it’s something that affects us on a more subtle level.

Lucy Coppes, property manager for National Church Residences, spoke at the Rotary Club meeting this morning and said that we will soon be facing elderly homelessness, a crisis we have not seen yet.

Audio: Lucy Coppes

In rural areas, 14 of every 10,000 people are homeless, mostly due to lack of affordable housing and inadequate income as well as the federal government’s focus on the homeless population being centered on urban areas.

Coppes said budget cuts aren’t helping. Sixty-two percent of government spending goes toward entitlement programs such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Audio: Lucy Coppes

Coppes says the only true remedy is advocating for these people and volunteering time and effort to help them.

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Hancock County Budget Still Solid After First Half of the Year Comes to a Close

8/4/14   2:38 p.m.

Since the first half of the year has come to a close, county officials are taking a look at the budget and expenditures.

County commissioner Phil Riegle said the first half of the year wasn’t record-breaking, but it was solid.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle said to have a large increase in revenue, people need to spend significantly more.

Audio: Phil Riegle

According to Riegle, sales tax revenue is up slightly from 7 million in the first half of 2013 to 7.25 million this year.

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Wood County Village Dealing With Stray Cat Issue

8/4/14 – 10:47 A.M.

A Wood County village is dealing is a growing problem – feral cats. The Sentinel Tribune reports residents in Pemberville say they’ve lost track of how many strays are roaming area neighborhoods.

The Wood County Humane Society has proposed trapping the cats, spaying or neutering them, and then returning the cats to the village. Pemberville’s village council is concerned about how to fund the program.

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Accidental 911 Call Leads To Arrest In Kenton

8/4/14 – 6:41 A.M.

An accidental 911 call led to the arrest of a Kenton man last Friday. reports a small child was playing with a phone and called the emergency service. Police were dispatched to to a home in the 200 block of Glendale Street after the child hung up.

Officers spoke to 31-year-old Joe Nelson when they arrived at the house. They found that Nelson had an outstanding warrant, and took him into custody. He was released later in the day.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Tiffin Woman Injured In Car-Train Crash

8/4/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A Tiffin woman was injured when her car was hit by a train last Friday. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at a crossing north of Fostoria near U.S. 23.

23-year-old Hollie Irving was driving east of Switzer Road when she attempted to cross the tracks. She was hit on her passenger side door by a CSX train. The crossing doesn’t have a gate or warning lights, but does have a warning sign.

Irving was taken to Promedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

8/4/14 – 5:23 A.M.

You’ll pay more to fill up your gas tank to start off the work week. reports the statewide average for regular unleaded is $3.46 this morning. That’s 10 cents higher than last Monday, but 12 cents cheaper than what we were paying on July 4.

In Findlay, prices are slightly above the state average, checking in around $3.49 a gallon. Prices are also at $3.49 in Ottawa.

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Hancock Park District Hunting Lottery Coming Up This Week

8/4/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Deer hunting season is still a little while off in Ohio, but preparations are underway already. The Hancock Park District will hold its annual “hunting with permission” lottery Thursday night at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Activity Barn at Litzenberg Memorial Woods.

Lottery winners get permits to hunt deer and small game in the Litzenberg Memorial Woods during the designated seasons.

White-tailed deer archery season starts September 27 in Ohio.

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Weekend Checkpoints Net 11 Arrests

8/4/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Eleven people were arrested for impaired driving during two weekend checkpoints in Findlay. The State Highway Patrol reports four people were taken into custody at a checkpoint on Main Street near the University of Findlay Friday night. A second checkpoint on Tiffin Avenue near the AAA office early Saturday morning led to two more arrests.

Another four people were arrested in areas around the checkpoints.

800 cars were inspected during the enforcement blitz.

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Fostoria Residents Pitch In To Help Toledo Relief Effort

8/4/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Fostoria residents pitched in to help give people who live in Toledo some help. The Review-Times reports more than 230 cases of bottled water were dropped off at the Fostoria Fire Department Sunday. People also dropped off wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and food that doesn’t need water to eat.

Volunteers from the New Life Family Worship Center helped organize the drive. Items were collected from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. Mayor Eric Keckler told the newspaper he was impressed with the turnout because the event was only publicized on social media starting Saturday night.

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Findlay Water Safe, Bottled Water Supplies Increasing At Local Stores

8/4/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Area officials are reminding Findlay residents the water is safe here. The reminders come after Toledo residents haven’t been able to use their water because of an algae bloom on Lake Erie near the city’s water intake. Findlay gets its water from above ground reservoirs east of the city. Smaller towns in Hancock County either use wells or their own reservoirs.

The inability to get safe drinking water led to Toledo residents fanning out across the region and buying up bottled water supplies in Findlay and beyond. More stocks of bottled water were brought to area stores Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik offered help to Toledo Saturday morning. However, the National Guard was able to truck in water from Columbus and Akron.

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