Review Category : Local News

Lincoln Elementary School Celebrates 100 Years

3/25/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A celebration of Lincoln Elementary School will take place in Findlay this week. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Two celebrations will take place Friday. The first will be at 9:15 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade. Another celebration will take place at 10:15 a.m. for the rest of the school. The celebrations are open to the public.

When the school first opened it housed grades one through nine. Today it’s home to kindergarten through ?fifth-grade students.

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Road Budget Set For Hancock County

3/25/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The Hancock County road work budget has been set for the year. Nearly nine miles of roads will be resurfaced for around $1.3 million. An extra $604,500 will be spent on replacing five bridges. $444,500 of that money spent on bridges will come from local dollars

The bridges to be replaced are on Portage Township Road 98; Madison Township Road 148; Amanda Township Road 167; Portage Township Road 112; and Madison Township Road 177.

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Hancock County Drug Court Holds First Session

3/25/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County’s drug court held its first session Tuesday. The Courier reports two people have agreed to take on the intensive requirements the program offers to avoid jail time.

46-year-old Wendy Martinez and 30-year-old Daniel Kirk made appearances in front of Judge Joseph Niemeyer. Martinez has pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge. Kirk was found eligible after he was allegedly found with heroin last March. The pair will take part in cognitive behavior group intervention followed by aftercare, and regular contact with a sponsor and case manager. Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, substance abuse counseling, meeting with a nurse practitioner, probation compliance, and attendance at all court sessions are also part of the plan.

The sentences will last 12 to 18 months. Failure to comply can result in being removed from the program.

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Findlay Committees Looking to Improve Parking in the Downtown Area

03/24/15     8:45 p.m.

With Findlay’s downtown revitalization in full swing, local leaders are focusing their attention on parking to keep things moving in the right direction.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said one of those things young professionals are looking for is downtown housing so they can walk to work, restaurants, the gym and more.

But in order to address the housing issue, parking has to be revamped first. The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance’s Economic Restructuring and Design Committee met with members of city council’s Streets, Sidewalks, Streetlights and Parking committee Tuesday to discuss what the city’s role would be.

The city is in the design phase of the downtown Transportation Alternative Plan, which will make Main Street safer for pedestrians.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti said that they city and ODOT can deal with Main Street and the Economic Restructuring Committee will work to supplement that with off-street parking and more.

While no decisions were made, the two groups said they will be working together closely to get a plan in place for the future.

Downtown Parking Breakdown (numbers provided by the Alliance):

  • 472 two-hour on-street parking
  • 13 one hour on-street parking
  • 4 on-street restricted spaces
  • 3 10-minute book drop-off spaces for library
  • 300 Hancock County spaces (14 reserved)
  • 290 City of Findlay spaces (42 leased, 28 reserved)
  • 98 Sherman House spaces
  • 1388 private spaces
  • 249 church parking spaces
  • 285 parking garage spaces
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United Way Looking for Projects and Volunteers for Days of Caring

03/24/15     3:05 p.m.

For the 21st year, the United Way is looking for volunteers to help serve during the annual Days of Caring. Volunteers will donate at least four hours of a workday between April 27 and May 1 to complete a service project at a school, church or other non-profit organization.

Audio: Bev Phillips

Bev Phillips is the Community Services Director at United Way. She said the work done last year saved non-profits more than $87,000.

Audio: Bev Phillips

If you’d like to sign up a team to volunteer during the work or would like to submit a project that needs to be done, see

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Human Trafficking Growing Problem with Growing Outreach to Fight It

03/24/15     2:12 p.m.

Social workers, law enforcement, clergy, health care workers and more all gathered at the University of Findlay Tuesday to discuss human trafficking. Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is the Director of U.S. Training for Hope For Justice, a non-profit working to abolish human trafficking worldwide and presented to the group.

Audio: Jeffrey Barrows

Barrows said that at any given time there are 1,000 Ohio youths trafficked for sex and another 700 to 800 trafficked for labor. He said between the high population center and big cities within reach via the highway system Ohio is an attractive location for traffickers.

Audio: Jeffrey Barrows

Barrows said now that other FBI task forces are being established in cities like Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati they’re finding that Toledo is not a hotspot, but the norm.

In addition to outreach like these training sessions like this, Barrows said they’re also working to enhance their response system. He said when victims are rescued they need medical, dental and mental health care among other things like shelter, clothing and food. Barrows said there are coalitions working to ensure those gaps are filled.

Barrows said hopefully these training sessions will benefit not only law enforcement, but also social workers, teachers and more who work with children on a daily basis.

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Three Area Men To Be Ordained As Catholic Deacons

3/24/15 – 11:38 A.M.

Three men from our region will be ordained deacons of the Catholic Church this weekend. A release from the Toledo Diocese says the Rite of Ordination will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey.

28-year-old David Kidd of Lima, 28-year-old Jeffery Smith of Tiffin, and 26-year-old Austin Ammanniti will all be ordained. Bishop Daniel Thomas will perform the ceremony.

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Hancock County Landfill Wins Award For Methane Disposal

3/24/15 – 11:11 A.M.

Hancock County’s landfill has been nationally recognized for its methane disposal system.  Sanitary Engineer Steve Wilson says the EPA has taken notice of the methane to energy conversion system operating at the landfill…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the EPA’s methane outreach program encourages beneficial reuse of methane generated from landfills.

Audio: Steve Wilson

Methane gas generated by landfills has been an issue for generations.  It smells and can be explosive if not mitigated the right way.

The facility in Hancock County has been in operation since last fall.

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Curb Replacement Closing Part of Western Ave. in Findlay this Week

03/24/15     10:40 a.m.

The first phase of a road construction project is starting in Findlay tomorrow. A release from the city says the southbound lane of Western Ave. between W Sandusky St. and Lima St. will likely be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for curb replacement.

The northbound lane will remain open to northbound traffic only. The southbound side will reopen after work hours at 6 p.m. each day. Delays are expected in the area during road work.

All of the curbs on Western Ave. will be replaced in the near future, as that will need to be done before repaving can begin.

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Area Unemployment Rates Fall In February

3/24/15 – 10:36 A.M.

After a post-holiday jump in unemployment rates, joblessness dropped in the region in February. Every area county saw a decrease in unemployment last month. The lowest rate in the area was in Hancock County at 4 percent. Wyandot and Putnam Counties were also below 5 percent unemployment, at 4.3 percent and 4.6 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Wood County was at 5 percent unemployment, Allen County checked in a 5.4, and Seneca was at 5.7 percent. Henry County’s jobless rate was at 7.2 percent in February.

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