Review Category : Local News

Anticipation Building For Marathon Arts Center Opening

12/16/2015 – 3:05 pm

In just days the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will open it’s doors in a highly anticipated event. Kathleen Stacey, the Marketing Director for the center says that people will be amazed at the amount of work that went into renovating the former Central Middle School into the Performing Arts Center.

Audio: Kathleen Stacy

The center will open with a performance of The Toy Shoppe, which was written by Kenny Rogers and features Alan Thicke. Tickets are still available, and Stacey says that people will be surprised at the quality of the seats for the performance. While people may remember the Central auditorium, they will be amazed at how it’s changed.

Audio: Kathleen Stacy

Tickets for the shows this weekend as well as shows in 2016 are still available. You can get more information about the center and the shows online at Marathon Center

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Park District To Feature Area Photographers In Contest

12/16/2015 – 1:47 pm

Amateur photographers are invited to enter the Hancock Park District’s 20th Annual Photography Contest & Open House. The contest will feature eight different categories; Hancock Park District Scene, People in the Park, General Nature, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Wild Animal, Domestic Animal, Action Sports and Best of Black & White.

The event is open to youth and adults and no cost to enter. All entries must be submitted by January 15th at the Hancock Park District Office at 1424 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay. The contest will be held during a park district open house on Saturday, February 6th from 3pm-6pm at the Brugeman Lodge at the Riverbend Recreation Area. A complete list of contest rules can be found online at Hancock

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North Baltimore Man Honored For Service To Community

12/16/15 – 7:14 A.M.

A North Baltimore man was honored Tuesday for his many contributions to the community. The Courier reports Ralph Wolfe was named the Citizen of the Year for 2015. Mayor Mike Julien says Wolfe is involved in many community organizations. He also helps out by picking up trash around town.

Wolfe, who is 84-year-old, told council he hates litter, and likes getting the exercise.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County Commissioners Temporarily Handling Planning Commission Duties

12/16/15 – 6:48 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners are handling the duties of the planning commission for the time being. The Courier reports Roxyanne Burrus and an administrative assistant both resigned recently. In their absence County Administrator Stacy Wilson and Tonya Hemmer, an assistant administrator, are handling the office duties.

The commissioners are looking for replacements for the positions. In the meantime they’ll get $1,500 to handle the duties of the planning commission.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Business Expanding

12/16/15 – 6:41 A.M.

A Fostoria business continues to grow. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria City Council approved a seven-year, $15,000 loan to BoJuhn Environmental Services. The money will help pay for equipment needed to move to a bigger building at 222 South Main Street.

The money is coming from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund. It’s the second loan the company has received. In April, BoJuhn, then doing business as Cinargo Environmental Services, was granted a $50,000 loan to help establish the business in Fostoria.

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Fostoria Closes Out 2015 Budget

12/16/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Fostoria officials closed the city’s budget for 2015 during their Tuesday night meeting. The Courier reports council members voted to approve two final appropriations for the year. The money will cover expenses like payroll that will come up between now and January 1.

The temporary appropriations are based on estimates for 2016 made in July. At that time, Auditor Steve Gardner was estimating a carryover of $8,000 into the new year.

MORE: The Courier

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Fourth Candidate Enters Putnam County Sheriff’s Race

12/16/15 – 5:19 A.M.

The field of candidates running for Putnam County Sheriff is getting crowded. The Lima News reports Putnam County Sheriff Captain Brian Siefker has entered the race. He’ll challenge current Sheriff Mike Chandler. Columbus Grove Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach is also running. All three candidates are Republicans. There’s also an independent candidate, Leipsic Police Chief Dennis Cupp.

Siefker tells the newspaper he thinks the sheriff’s office can do a better job communicating. He added be believes there should be a more aggressive approach in fighting heroin and opiate addiction.

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Putnam County Judge Will Run For Seat On Appeals Court

12/16/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A retiring Putnam County judge may not be at the end of his legal career. The Lima News reports Randall Basinger plans to run for the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Basinger tells the newspaper he’s considered running for the position before. Basinger filled in for the court in the 1990s when the Ohio Supreme Court used common pleas court judges to help out.

Basinger will run as a Democrat. Two others have filed to run. Assistant Mercer County prosecutor Amy Ikerd and Shelby County probate judge William Zimmerman are both running as Republicans.

Basinger announced his retirement as Putnam County’s common pleas court judge earlier this month.

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Putnam County Man Saves Woman From Roadside Beating

12/16/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A Kalida man saved a woman from a roadside beating recently. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the incident happened Saturday Night on State Route 115 between Vaughnsville and Lima. Zach Selhorst tells the newspaper he was driving home from work when he saw a woman lying in a ditch and a man standing over her screaming.

Selhorst says he turned around to see what was going on. The man had fallen into the ditch and the woman ran to Selhorst’s car. The two took off down the road to a nearby farmer’s market where they called 911.

Selhorst said he didn’t stick around after deputies showed up. So far there’s no word of an arrest in the case.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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