Review Category : Local News

Findlay City Council Passes Ordinance To Work On Roads

09/20/16 – 11:43 P.M.

Findlay City Council passed an ordinance at their meeting Tuesday to cooperate with ODOT and resurface some roads. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says the future project will be between around the highway.

Road Projects

This is a partnership with ODOT that is renewed every year. Schmelzer said that ODOT helps as long as the city does its part.

ODOT Helps

The city’s share of the project is estimated to be $230,000.

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City Council Votes To Give Raise The Bar Funds

09/20/16 – 10:48 P.M.

Findlay City Council voted to give money to the Raise The Bar Organization to help with operations. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the $30,000 dollars will go to pay for the director.

Mayor Mihalik

Mihalik says that it is exciting to be able to get things moving in the organization.

Mayor Mihalik

After a long discussion, council voted in favor of the deal after amending the ordinance to allow council a seat on the board. Council voted in favor of the deal with only 3 votes against it.

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Oktoberfest Will Have Games, Dancing, And Beer

09/20/16 – 10:08 P.M.

Oktoberfest is coming to Downtown Findlay this Saturday and event coordinators are prepared. Downtown Coordinator Carla Treadway says the event was a hit last year so they aren’t holding anything back.

Being Prepared

She says that crowds will be drawn to the event for various things. There’s polka music to dance to among other things.


There is also beer available. Treadway says that there will be a variety to choose from if you’re a beer drinker.

Beer Selection

Oktoberfest will also have fun German games to compete in.

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Health and Wellness Fair Coming To UF This Thursday

09/20/16 – 5:08 P.M.

The Annual Health and Wellness fair will be held at the University of Findlay this Thursday. The annual Cosiano Health Center’s Health and Wellness Fair is from 10am-1pm and free to attend. The fair will be in the Alumni Memorial Union located on Frazer Street and is open to the public. This year’s fair will have many participants giving health screenings and educational displays. Some of these include cancer patient services, chiropractic health, vision checks, and much more.

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Whittier Primary School Put On Lock-down, Removed After Police Searched The Area

09/20/16 – 4:27 P.M.

Whittier Primary School went on a level one lockdown after two students and a school administrator thought they heard a gunshot outside the building. The Courier reports that the incident was reported to police around 1:45 pm. Nothing indicating a gunshot was located after police checked the area. Around 2 pm police cleared the scene and the school was taken off of the lockdown. An alert was sent out a little before 2:10 pm.

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Exploring Career And Job Fair Coming To Hancock County Fair Grounds This Thursday

09/20/16 – 3:36 P.M.

There is a job fair coming to the Hancock County Fairgrounds Legacy Building this Thursday. The Exploring Career and Job Fair is from 9am-1pm and will include high school students from all over the county. The free job will be open to the public from 1-4pm. A release says it is a great opportunity for prospective employees to meet with 24 area employers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes.

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Unemployment Rate Declines For Most Area Counties

9/20/16 – 11:36 A.M.

Unemployment rates were down for the most part for the region in August. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports most counties saw a lower rate. Hancock County remained unchanged at 3.5 percent. That’s slightly higher than it was in August of 2015, when the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

Unemployment declined in Allen (4.6 in August vs. 5.3 in July), Henry (4.2 in August vs. 4.5 in July), Hardin (4.9 in August vs. 5.2 in July), Putnam, (3.2 in August vs 3.5 in July), Seneca (4.4 in August vs. 4.7 in July), Wood (4.0 in August vs. 4.1 in July), and Wyandot (3.4 in August vs. 3.7 in July) Counties.

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Prosecutor Will Decide Whether To Charge Girls Involved In Alleged Instagram Threat

9/20/16 – 11:24 A.M.

Investigators have finished their investigation into a post on Instagram that landed two Findlay High School students in hot water last week. The Courier reports it’s now up to the Hancock County Prosecutor to decide whether to press charges. The two 14-year-old girls could face disorderly conduct charges for posting a picture that showed them holding plastic guns and a sign that read, “I hate everyone, you hate everyone. Let’s shoot up the school at homecoming.”

Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring tells the newspaper, “there doesn’t appear to be any legitimate threat or concern to anybody.” He added, “there is no evidence they’ve got any weapons or pose any threat to homecoming.”

School administrators had the girls removed from school on September 13. Findlay’s homecoming football game is September 30, with the dance the following night.

MORE: The Courier

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Effort Underway To Honor Local Purple Heart Recipients

9/20/16 – 11:10 A.M.

Another effort to honor veterans is taking shape in Hancock County. Commissioner Phil Riegle says many people have shown interest in becoming a “Purple Heart Community.”

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the county, city of Findlay, and local villages may all apply for the status at the same time.

To become a Purple Heart Community the county would have to do a couple of things…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says a ceremony honoring Purple Heart recipients would also have to take place. That likely will happen next spring.

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Reaching Women Conference This Saturday At Marathon Performing Arts Center

9/20/16 – 5:35 A.M.

The annual Reaching Women Interdenominational conference is coming this Saturday to Findlay.  Shirley Reesner from the Reaching Women organization says they reach out to all women.

Interdenominational Conference

Christian singer and author Shiela Walsh is coming to Findlay to take part in the conference. Andrea Sirtel from the organization says that getting Walsh was a stroke of luck.

Sheila Walsh

The conference is open to all women and starts at 8:15 am in the Marathon Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at

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