Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Reaches Settlements On Two Pending Lawsuits

3/15/16 – 10:24 A.M.

Hancock County officials agreed to settlements on two lawsuits today, one which will see the county pay out a little more than $15,000; and another that will see the county receive around $7,400.

Commissioner Phil Riegle says the county and several other entities were sued following a crash on a county road…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the settlement will be paid for by the county’s insurance.

The county also accepted a settlement from a person who damaged the back garage door to properties at 205 and 207 North Main Street. While the buildings are going to be torn down eventually, Riegle says they need to be secured so people can’t access them.

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Hancock County Sales Tax Collections Remain Strong

3/15/16 – 10:07 A.M.

The economy appears to be roaring along in Hancock County. Sales tax collections for March came in at $1.6 million, setting a new record for the month. According to auditor Charity Rauschenberg the numbers are reflective of actual sales that took place in December. $1.6 million is 19 percent higher than numbers reported for the same time period in 2015.

So far for 2016 sales tax collections are 10 percent above the 2015 pace.

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City And County Discuss Right-Of-Way For Main & Cory Street Improvements

3/15/16 – 9:21 A.M.

The overhaul of Main and Cory streets in Findlay won’t begin until next Spring at the earliest, but work to move the project forward has already started. On Tuesday Findlay engineer Brian Thomas met with the Hancock County Commissioners to discuss right-of-way issues. Parts of four county-owned properties are in the right-of-way of the plan.

Thomas told the commissioners to make sure the project is done right, they need temporary permission to work on the county-owned land. Commissioner Phil Riegle said he didn’t see that as being an issue.

No official action was taken on the plan today.

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Education Forum Set For Later This Month In Tiffin

3/15/16 – 6:44 A.M.

A forum for school board members and administrators from across the state is coming to Tiffin this month. The event will take place March 24 at Tiffin Middle School.

The keynote speaker will be Ohio Board of Education Board Member A.J. Wagner. He’ll be talking about what the future holds for Ohio education.

For more information call (419)447-2515.

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Findlay Receives “Tree City USA” Designation Again

3/15/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Findlay has once again received a “Tree City USA” designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. The award is given annually to cities that have a tree board or department, have a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observation.

The “Tree City USA” program is in its 40th year.

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Carey School Board Votes For New Marching Band Uniforms

3/15/16 – 5:24 A.M.

The Carey High School marching band is getting new uniforms. The Courier reports the school board voted spend a little more than $24,000 for 90 uniforms during their Monday meeting. The Carey Music Boosters will have to pay the amount back within the next five years.

The new outfits actually cost more than $40,000, but the music boosters already paid more than $16,000 to make sure the uniforms are delivered before the next school year. Band director Phillip Miller has also requested new parkas and plumes for the band.

The last time the district bought new marching band uniforms was 1997. Parkas were last bought around a decade ago.

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Sewer Rates Changing In McComb

3/15/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Sewer rates are changing in McComb. The Courier reports starting with the May bill, village residents will pay a standard sewer rate of $20.77 per month. The current rate charges residents 50 percent of their water bill.

The new rate is designed to generate more revenue. The money will be used to finance a new sewage treatment plant.

Council approved the change during their Monday meeting.\

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Independent Candidate Files To Run Against Commissioner Gazarek In November

3/15/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek will likely face a challenge from an independent candidate in the November general election.  51-year-old Bill Bateson of Arlington has filed to run for the position.  Bateson is an area farmer and this will be his first time running for office.

The filing deadline for independent candidates was 4 p.m. on Monday.  Bateson’s petitions have to be certified before he is officially put on the November ballot.

Gazarek is unopposed in the Republican primary.

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New Principals Named For Findlay Schools

3/15/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Three new principals have been appointed in the Findlay City School district. The Courier reports Janice Panuto, Kim Plesac, and Mike Scoles will all move from their current positions into new roles this summer.

Panuto is currently the Findlay High School assistant principal in charge of freshmen. She’ll become the Glenwood Middle School principal. Plesac is going to be the principal at Jefferson Primary. She’s currently a kindergarten teacher in the district. Scoles is a high school counselor, and will move to Lincoln Elementary to become the principal there.

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Findlay Schools Will Work To Help Misbehaving Kids At Younger Age

3/15/16 – 4:51 A.M.

The Findlay School District is going to work with an area agency to identify children who are misbehaving at an earlier age, and attempt to get them help. The Courier reports the district will use the Family Resource Center’s “Wrap Around” program. The program brings together students demonstrating “aggressive” behavior, their parents, teachers, and counselors to talk about classroom issues. It will be applied in kids in Kindergarten through the third grade.

Superintendent Ed Kurt says students with behavior issues are normally identified at the middle school level. This program aims to get them help earlier. Kurt adds the need for discipline has increased at the elementary level. Some of the situations have been more severe than they have been in the past.

Aggressive behavior doesn’t necessarily mean aggression toward other students. It can be things like running out of the classroom, throwing things, and refusing to listen to teachers.

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