Review Category : Local News

Riverside Dam Dredging Could Cost $2.7 Million

3/9/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Dredging debris behind the Riverside Park dam could cost up to $2.7 million. Those were the findings presented to city and county officials Tuesday. The Courier reports several factors still have to be considered before a final pricetag is in place. That won’t be known until officials determine things like desired water depths, areas to be dredged, future use and habitat goals, and restoration plans.

The initial findings from the consulting firm Hull & Associates cost $15,000. The bill was split by Findlay and Hancock County.

The next step will be to determine if there is any contamination in the sediment. That will cost around $32,000. A survey to find out of an endangered species of mussel lives in that area of the Blanchard will also be taken.

In the meantime city and county officials are looking to see if grant money is available to pay for the project. A proposed timeline would see the dredging take place between July and September of 2017.

MORE: The Courier

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Presidential Race 2016 – A Look At The Republican Primary

3/9/2016 – 4:05 am

Earlier this week we looked at the 2016 Democratic race for President. Today we’ll take a look at the Republican race. Last summer there were a number of candidates for President on the Republican ticket, and that has changed drastically since that time. Donald Trump has been leading in many polls recently, which according to Dr. Perry Bush of Bluffton University, has surprised many.

Audio: Dr. Perry Bush

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich remain in the race heading into the Ohio primary next Tuesday. While Trump appears to be the favorite, Dr. Bush says that by all indications, it appears that there is a possibility for a brokered Republican convention this in Cleveland this summer.

Audio: Dr. Perry Bush

Ohio Republican voters will get to decide during the March Primary next Tuesday, March 15th. Listen to the complete interview with Dr. Bush on our Soundcloud page below.

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Video: UF Holds Seminar On Naloxone

3/9/2016 – 4:00 am

Several local organizations are working to save people who have overdosed on opiates and heroin. At the University of Findlay, student organizers helped to organize an information and overview on naloxone and how it can be used to treat certain addictions.

Audio: Traci Willis

Senior Traci Willis is studying social work and had some personal experience in dealing with addiction. Her brother died of an overdose. Willis said that she hoped that the people in attendance were able to walk away with some knowledge that could help them in the future.

Audio: Traci Willis

Hancock Public Health offers naloxone kits to the public. For more info, contact the Hancock County Health Department. A video showing what to do in the case of an overdose and how to administer naloxone can be found above.

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State Auditor To Review Health Department Wednesday

3/8/2016 – 4:15 pm

State Auditor Dave Yost will be in Findlay Wednesday morning to discuss the successful merger of the county and city health departments. According to spokesman Dominic Binkley, Yost will tour the new facility, Hancock Public Health and will also recognize Findlay for its selection by Site Selection Magazine as the top metropolitan in the country.

Auditor Yost will be stopping at Hancock Public Health at 1644 Tiffin Avenue Wednesday morning at 9:30am.

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HATS To Offer Free Rides To Seniors Wednesday

3/8/2016 – 3:23 pm

Senior citizens will be able to have free rides provided by Hancock Area Transportation Services (HATS) on Wednesday. HATS says that a donation of fuel from Marathon Petroleum Company will allow all senior citizens aged 65 or older to take the rides all day on Wednesday. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis and can be scheduled now by calling 419-423-7261, ext: 26.

HATS provides public transportation for anyone traveling within Hancock County and is administered by the HHWP Community Action Commission.

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Former Hardin County Commissioner Selected To Fill Open Seat

3/8/2016 – 3:15 pm

Former Hardin County Commissioner Gerald Potter has been selected to finish out the open term of Hardin County Commissioner. WKTN Radio reports that Potter was selected by the Hardin County Republican Party Executive Committee Monday night after reviewing several candidates.

Potter previously served as Hardin County Commissioner following the late Ed Elliott when Elliott ran for State Representative in 2001. Potter will serve until the end of this year to fill out the remainder of Elliott’s term.

More: Kenton Today

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Unemployment Up Across The Region For January

3/8/16 – 10:36 A.M.

Unemployment was up all across the region in January. While rates jumped in the first month of the year, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment is still lower in every county in the region than it was in January of 2015. Unemployment typically jumps in January with the end of seasonal employment.

In Hancock County the jobless rate was up to 4.4 percent from 3.6 percent in December. While only 200 people left the labor force, 500 less people were employed in January. That led to 300 more people looking for work during the first month of the year.

Three other local counties were below 5 percent unemployment in January; Wyandot (4.5), Putnam (4.9), and Wood (4.9). Elsewhere in the area, Hardin County saw 5.2 percent joblessness, Allen was at 5.5, Seneca County saw 6.1 percent unemployment, and Henry County was at 7.2 percent.

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Smoke Detector Initiative Set To Take Place In Bluffton

3/8/16 – 7:32 A.M.

A joint effort from the Bluffton Fire Department, the Red Cross, and Bluffton University will help residents in the village prepare for fires in their homes. The Courier reports teams of three will go door-to-door on March 26 and offer free home assessments. Fire Chief Joe Kinn says the groups will check to see if a smoke detector has been installed properly in the house. They’ll also check the batteries.

Kinn said if a home does not have a smoke detector, a new one will be installed at no cost to the homeowner.

The group hopes to visit between 100 to 200 homes.

MORE: The Courier

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Counterfeit Money Used In Forest

3/8/16 – 7:23 A.M.

Area businesses are urged to be on the lookout after counterfeit money was used at a business in Forest. WKTN radio says the village police department recently received a report from a local business about the issue. Cashiers are advised to look for security measures on bills, and to use a counterfeit detection pen if possible.

MORE: WKTN

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Fire Destroys Putnam County Garage

3/8/16 – 6:58 A.M.

A Putnam County garage was destroyed by a fire Monday morning. The Putnam County Sentinel reports firefighters from three departments were called to 23742 Road M near Ottoville late in the morning. The building and its contents were a complete loss. A nearby home and a second outbuilding were not damaged though.

So far there’s no word on what sparked the blaze.

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