Review Category : Local News

Ohio Air National Guard Conducting Nighttime Training Runs This Week.

11/17/2015 – 5:09 pm

The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will be conducting nighttime training flights now through Friday, weather permitting. The Courier reports that residents throughout northwest Ohio may see or hear the F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until 9:00 pm this week.

Training flights usually take place during the daylight hours, however, F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as well.

More: The Courier

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Missing Findlay Man Located

11/17/2015 – 3:23 pm

A missing Hancock County man has been found. According to a release Findlay police put out a endangered missing adult alert for 29-year-old Nathan Bash earlier today. Bash was described as having a mental disorder that required medication. Bash was located just before 2:00 pm Tuesday afternoon and safely returned to his residence.

The Findlay Police Department thanks the public for their help.

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Hite Reviewing Pay-For-Play Policies For School Sports/Activities

11/17/2015 – 12:08 pm

For financial reasons, many schools across Ohio have instituted a pay-to-play policy when it comes to extracurricular activities. The theory is that these fees will help offset the cost of offering the activity to students. However, many times these fees can also create a financial hardship for families of students who want to participate, and some students may not participate in activities and sports because they cannot afford to do so. Ohio Senator Cliff Hite is addressing these concerns and possible solutions in a series of informational hearings across the state. Hite says that pay-for-play fees can at times reach as high as $1000.00 per student, which will prevent some students from participating in activities and sports.

Audio: Senator Cliff Hite

Extracurricular activities can be anything in the school, from sports, to clubs, organizations and any activity that is outside the scope of the classroom but also school related. Hite, himself a former teacher and coach, says that many students perform better in the class if they’re involved in activities outside of the class.

Audio: Senator Cliff Hite

Hite has been holding public hearings across the state and he says that by and large most people are ok with the idea of eliminating pay-to-play policies, but the issue then becomes, what comes next?

Audio: Senator Cliff Hite

Many schools are caught between a rock and a hard place because, as Hite said, they’ve seen significant drops in student participation when pay-to-play is school policy, but can’t afford to offer activities unless they are offered as pay-to-play.

Audio: Senator Cliff Hite

So, what is the solution? Well, there isn’t a clear one yet, and Hite says that any compromise will require both sides to give a bit, but the state senate is holding the public meetings to see what ideas can be garnered from the public.

Audio: Senator Cliff Hite

If you have an idea or concern that you would like to send to Senator Hite, you can contact his office at 614-466-8150 or email at Hite@OhioSenate.gov.

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I-75 Southbound Backed Up In Wood County Following Crash

1/17/15 – 6:39 A.M.

A crash in the southbound lanes of I-75 is causing a major backup near Bowling Green this morning. An incident near mile marker 181 has the right lane closed. Traffic is backed up to just south of Dunbridge. You’re advised to avoid that area if you can for the time being.

So far there are no details available on the crash.

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Sonar Scan Of Bluffton Cemetery To Be Taken

11/17/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A sonar survey of Bluffton’s Shannon Cemetery will be done soon. The Courier reports village council passed a resolution to have a Toledo Company scan the cemetery before moving forward with a plan to build a memorial there. The survey will be paid for with $650 worth of donated money.

Councilman Roger Warren was the only member of council to vote against the resolution. He said the sonar scan was a waste of money and that the village should move forward with the memorial project.

The issue has been the topic of controversy. A community group has argued the cemetery should be returned to its original state.

MORE: The Courier

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Pay Rate Set For Carey Employee

11/17/15 – 5:11 A.M.

The issue of a Carey employee’s pay was settled during a Monday night village council meeting. The Courier reports an ordinance to pay Executive Secretary Dixie Risser $16.51 an hour was passed. The ordinance specifies Risser will not have to pay back between $250-$300 she was overpaid when her pay rate was initially set at $16.77 an hour. The amount was 26 cents more than the top pay for the position’s pay range.

Councilman Mike Blair voted against the measure, saying Risser’s pay should have been left alone. Mayor Steve Smalley says a new pay range will be set at a later date.

MORE: The Courier

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Former Putnam County Jail Set For Demolition

11/17/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The former Putnam County Jail will be torn down soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports demolition will begin this week. A fence has been installed around the site and heavy equipment has been moved in.

The site will be used for extra parking once the demolition is complete.

The old jail was built in 1898, and housed prisoners until 2002.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Shelter House At Center Of Controversy

11/17/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A proposed shelter house was the center of controversy at the Arlington Village Council meeting Monday night. The Courier reports the dispute was over how price quotes to build a new shelter were received. Some council members wondered if construction firms gained an advantage by putting in their bids after other estimates had already been turned in.

The estimated cost is $49,820. Because the price is below $50,000; it doesn’t need a formal bidding process. Councilman Brian Essinger called the process, “bull crap.” Mayor Ed Solt took issue with Essinger questioning his honesty. Councilman Tom Blunk said the Parks and Recreation Committee will review the issue.

Bids for the project were between $38,000 and $49,000 depending on the scope of work. The village is expecting to get a grant from the Hancock Park District to help pay for the project.

MORE: The Courier

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Lawsuit Returns To Putnam County Common Pleas Court

11/16/2015 – 10:06 pm

A decision on Putnam County Administrator Jack Betscher’s lawsuit against a former employer for severance pay was returned to Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The Courier reports that the Third District Court of appeals in Lima issued the ruling Monday.The decision involves Betscher’s request to receive “statutorily-mandated paid vacation leave” from his former employer, Putnam County Educational Service Center after he was hired full-time by the county commissioners.

In his complaint, Betscher said common pleas court “was correct in finding that he was a non-teaching employee,” but the court said in the conclusion the service center “lacked legal authority to contract with the commissioners prior to enactment of a specific state law.

More: The Courier

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Fire Put Out At Sanoh America Monday Morning.

11/16/2015 – 10:01 pm

A fire damaged a paint booth line at Sanoh America in Findlay Monday morning. According to the Findlay Fire Department, the fire was first reported just before 8:40 am. Two sprinkler heads had been activated and the fire itself was brought under control just before 9:00 am.

The fire department reported no injuries. A damage estimate was not available Monday night, however, production in the area was shut down Monday.

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