Review Category : Local News

Cooper Tire Reports Increased Operating Profits In Second Quarter

8/4/16 – 7:22 A.M.

Even though net sales were down for Cooper Tire & Rubber in the second quarter of 2016 compared to last year, the company posted an $11 million increase in net income. Second quarter results for the Findlay-based tire maker were released today. The numbers show net sales were $740 million for April, May, and June. That’s down $12 million from the same period in 2015.

At the same time, operating profit increased by 10.5 percent, from $99 million last year to $110 million this year. That accounts for 14.8 percent of net sales, which the company says is a record for the second quarter.

The release from Cooper says the increase in operating profit was partially due to better raw material costs. Higher unit volume and lower expenses in other areas also helped increase profit for the quarter.

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Pay Raises Approved For Liberty-Benton Teachers

8/4/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for teachers in the Liberty-Benton school district. The Courier reports the school board approved a new three year contract with the teacher’s union during their Wednesday meeting. The new deal includes a base pay raise of around 1.35 percent in the first two years, followed by a 1.65 percent raise in the third year.

The new contract also gives opportunities for more raises based on performance. Step increases based on years of service have been eliminated. As part of the deal, entry level pay will increase by nearly $1,000 to around $33,800 by 2018.

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Ohio Makes Money Available For Poll Worker Training

8/4/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County will get nearly $5,000 from the state to train poll workers for the November election. The Courier reports that in a change of pace, the money for training is coming up front. Hancock County Board of Elections Director Jody O’Brien says typically the state has reimbursed the county for training costs.

On Wednesday Secretary of State Jon Husted announced $760,000 from the state’s general fund will be used to offset the costs of getting poll workers ready for the election. Hancock and the surrounding counties will see a total of a little more than $31,000 of that money.

O’Brien says Hancock County will train 300 workers before November.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Police Investigate Taylor Street Assault

8/4/16 – 4:50 A.M.

One man was hospitalized following an assault in Findlay Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the 200 block of Taylor Street around 10:20 p.m. A man was reportedly hit with blunt objects and was left bleeding in the area.

Police say the victim was conscious and alert when they arrived. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Witnesses and the victim said between two and four men were involved in the attack. The case remains under investigation.

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Tomorrow Marks Opening For Antique Machinery Show At Hancock County Fairgrounds

08/03/16 – 5:30 P.M.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Hancock County’s annual Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association show. Admission is just $5, free for children 15 and under. There are many activities available each day. Tomorrow at 3 pm is the steam engine games in the steam engine/sawmill area. At 2 pm on Friday, there is a tractor rodeo in the south grandstand. And on Saturday at 1 pm there is a magic show at the mini park. These are just a few of the activities being held at the show which lasts from Thursday to Sunday.

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Hancock County Historical Society Is Hosting Several Events Over The Next Few Months

08/03/16 – 5:13 P.M.

The Hancock County Historical Society has several events coming up in the next couple months that you might be interested in. The society’s Sarah Sisser explained the first event this month.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Other events include a showing of the Sting on August 19th at 7 pm in the museum. On September 9th there is a farm to table dinner provided by a local chef at the Scarlet Oaks Estate. There is only a handful of reservations left for the dinner.

There will also be several lectures offered throughout the next few months. Visit the Historical Society’s website for a complete list of their events.

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Algae Bloom Found In Blanchard River, Experts Say It Is Safe

08/03/16 – 3:31 P.M.

The Blanchard River has a lot of algae blooming near the Bright Road bridge and other locations. According to Phil Martin from the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership says that it is caused by the river’s flow.

Audio: Phil Martin

Martin says Findlay doesn’t have to worry about the algae because the city’s water comes from the reservoir.

He also says the algae can be prevented in other areas by staying aware of phosphorus products you use that can end up in the river.

Audio: Phil Martin

Martin says that phosphorous helps lead to algae bloom and with the river running low and slowly there is time for the phosphorous to build up. You can help prevent this by keeping items containing phosphorous such as fertilizer and grass clippings out of the river.

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Marathon Entering Joint Venture With Enbridge Energy Partners To Invest In Bakken Pipeline

08/03/16 – 1:00 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum Company is looking to grow its business by investing in a pipeline. Marathon will be forming a joint Venture with Enbridge Energy Partners investing in the Bakken Pipelines. The two companies will buy 25% partial equity in the pipeline from a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners. Upon closing the deal Marathon will own 9.2% indirect interest in the system in exchange for a $500 million dollar investment.

Marathon also announced that it might cancel its transportation services agreement with the Sandpiper project depending on the closing of the Bakken deal. If this happens then it will also liquidate Marathon’s indirect ownership interest in North Dakota Pipeline Co.

The Bakken Pipeline is expected to be ready by the end of this year and. It will deliver over 470,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to the midwest  and to the gulf of Mexico.

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Two Injured In Monday Crash On I-75 Near Van Buren

8/3/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A two-car crash on I-75 injured two people Monday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened in the southbound lanes near State Route 613 around 9:35 a.m. Investigators say Gregory Cudgel of Roseville Michigan was following too close to another car when he rear-ended it.

Cudgel and a passenger, 28-year-old of Christopher Hair of Toledo, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the other car was not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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