Review Category : Local News

Stantec Looking At Ways To Improve Blanchard River Flow In Findlay

10/12/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The engineering firm investigating flood mitigation options in Hancock County is looking at more than just a diversion channel. The Courier reports a representative of Stantec gave the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District an update Tuesday. Adam Hoff says removing dams in the river and cutting retention “benches” into the river bank are options the company is considering. Those measures would not replace am Eagle Creek diversion channel though.

The retention benches would widen the river in parts of Findlay. There are five low-head dams in the river, including one in Riverside Park. Hoff says there would have to be a discussion with the city about removing that dam.

Hoff added Stantec is looking at other ways to improve river flow. He did say dredging the river would not fix the flooding problem. Hoff says a cross-section of the river shows the bottom is bedrock. He added that means the river does a “good job of cleaning itself every time it floods.”

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Suing BP Over Texas City Refinery Issues

10/12/16 – 4:36 A.M.

BP is claiming in court that Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum had plenty of time to kick the tires before it purchased its Texas City refinery. Marathon is suing BP, alleging the 82-year-old refinery was in an unacceptable state of disrepair when purchased four years ago. Marathon claims that BP failed to perform critical maintenance and repair work before handing over control of the facility. The Texas City refinery has a long history of explosions and toxic leaks.

Via MetroNews

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Forum To Be Offered At University Of Findlay About Network Security

10/11/16 – 7:54 P.M.

The Information Assurance forum is coming up on October 26th and you could learn about cyber security. Centuracomm’s Jay Yeater says that hackers target susceptible employees.


Yeater says that criminals know our day to day work habits and try to exploit them.


This forum is designed to help address these issues for businesses. The forum will be held in the Winebrenner Seminary at the University of Findlay from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s open to the public but does cost $45 dollar for non-chamber members. It’s only $30 for those who are in the chamber.

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Appropriations Committee Torn On Funding The Arts Partnership

10/11/16 – 6:26 P.M.

Findlay’s appropriation committee met today to discuss providing funds to the Arts Partnership. The committee was torn on whether to recommend funding for the organization. There were also concerns on what funding would look like. Members of the council that were present at the meeting agreed that the Arts Partnership gives great services to the city. Its status as a non-profit concerned a few about funding it with tax-payers money.

Committee members tied 2-2 in recommending that council give the funds requested from the bed tax. They do recommend that council forms a committee that will address the application process and criteria for requesting funds in the future.

City council will decide on the matter at their next meeting.

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Open Arms Raises Awareness About Domestic Abuse With Annual Meeting Later This Month

10/11/16 – 3:24 P.M.

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and Open Arms of Findlay will have their annual meeting to raise awareness. Communications Coordinator Jodi DeVore says that the meeting serves a few purposes.


The keynote speaker this year is Joanna Connors.


The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be in the Parkview Church at 7 p.m. on October 24.

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Hancock County Democratic Party and Ohio Democratic Party Hosting Voting Event

10/11/16 – 1:28 P.M.

The Hancock County Democratic Party and the Ohio Democratic Party are planning a voting event. The Earliest Voting event will start at Coffee Amici at 8 a.m. Wednesday. From there they will head over to the Hancock Board of Elections. They plan to arrive there right as they open at 8:30 a.m. so they can be among the first to vote. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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UPDATE: Financial Analyst Says Cooper Would Be Tempting Takeover Target For Continental

10/11/16 – 9:23 A.M.
Update – 11:50 A.M.

At least one financial analyst believes Cooper Tire and Rubber would be a tempting takeover target for a German-tire maker. The Blade reports Northcoast Research analyst Nick Mitchell says it would make sense for Continental AG to look at the Findlay-based Company, but there’s no concrete evidence it will happen. Mitchell’s analysis stems from a September report by Reuters. The report said Continental wants to make inroads in the replacement tire market.

Mitchell talked more about the issue with the Courier Tuesday morning. He said, “Cooper’s unique footprint, with factories in North America, China and Europe would make Cooper a logical takeover target of Continental.”

A spokesman for Cooper told the Blade that the company doesn’t comment on market speculation or rumors. Continental has not commented on the matter either.

The Blade report says both Continental and Cooper have a 7 percent share of the replacement tire market in the U.S. Continental is the world’s fourth-largest tire maker. Cooper is the 12th largest maker of tires in the world.

MORE: Toledo Blade
MORE: Modern Tire Dealer
MORE: The Courier

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Carey Committee Looks At Village Improvement Projects

10/11/16 – 8:50 A.M.

A committee in Carey is reviewing several projects for the village. The Courier reports the group met for a second time Thursday. They are looking at short and long-term improvement items.

Potential first-year-projects include buying automatic water and electric meter readers. Officials say the equipment would reduce the amount of manpower needed to take monthly readings.

Other parts of the first phase of the plan include buying land next to Spring Grove Cemetery for future expansion, funding a new fire truck, and buying equipment to clean sewer lines.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Man Injured In Sunday Crash

10/11/16 – 7:43 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay injured a city man Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of South Blanchard and East Sandusky streets just after 11 p.m. 16-year-old Alyssa Cheney of Findlay was driving south on South Blanchard when she failed to stop at a stop light and hit a westbound car driven 34-year-old Christopher Torongeau.

Hanco EMS took Torongeau to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Cheney for a red light violation.

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POET Ethanol To Install New Energy Technology At Plants In Leipsic And Fostoria

10/11/16 – 7:34 A.M.

Two POET ethanol biorefineries in our area will install new energy generation systems. A release says the company will equip the facilities in Leipsic and Fostoria with systems that use heat generated by the plants to create power. The company says the project will capture steam to power a turbine.

POET says the systems will, “reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional use in the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The company is installing the technology at six of its refineries.

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