Review Category : Local News

The Impact Of Poverty On Local Business

12/10/2015 – 4:30 pm

Poverty is a major issue for any community, but it can have far-reaching impacts in places you may not realize at first. Angela Crist and Carol Steegman from Findlay Hope House spoke at the Women’s Leadership Forum Thursday about how poverty can have far reaching effects to local business. Crist says that when employers are hiring for open positions, they need to be aware of what is important to the type of employee who they are hiring and be frank about what is expected of any new hires.

Audio: Angela Crist

Crist says that employers need to be aware of the cost of living in a community, that expectations they have on any new hires, and they need to learn if those expectations are realistic and reasonable given the type of position they are filling and what they are paying for.

Audio: Angela Crist

Crist says that Findlay Hope House has a program that helps to provide resources to people in poverty and helps them to move out of poverty. They work with people on job interview training, finding employment, and provide access to services in the community. For more information on Findlay Hope House and its programs you can visit them online at

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Kenton Appoints New Police Chief

12/10/2015 – 4:10 pm

Kenton has named a new Police Chief. Dennis Musser was named to the position earlier this week by Kenton Mayor Randy Manns. WKTN Radio reports the appointment was announced this morning.

Kenton has been without a Police Chief since May of this year when former Chief John Vermillion retired. All officers in the department failed to pass a civil service exam which was required for the position. At that point, it fell to Mayor Manns to make an appointment. Musser has been with the department since June of 2000 and said he is excited about the opportunity but adds there is a lot of work to be done.

“It’s not going to be an overnight process. Our department has a lot it is in need of, so we’re going to get started on that right away, and I’m very excited about making that happen. I think everybody in the department, as well as the city as a whole, is ready to move forward.”

More: Kenton Radio

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Look For Toys For Tots Marines When Out This Holiday Season

12/10/2015 – 10:45 am

Toys For Tots remains a popular holiday program each year, and the same holds true for Hancock County. The organization raises money and collects donations of toys to distribute to needy families in the county each year. Local coordinator Roger Neff says that all donations of toys and funds remain in Hancock County.

Audio: Roger Neff

Toys For Tots is a program of the US Marine Corps Reserve and works locally in partnership with Findlay Hope House, The Salvation Army, Chopin Hall and many other organizations to get the toys to children in need during the holidays.

If you would like to make a donation of toys or a monetary donation, Neff says that there will be several opportunities to do so between now and Christmas.

Audio: Roger Neff

Neff says that there will also be Marines in their dress blues at the east side Walmart over the next two weekends as well. Any appropriate children’s toys will be accepted and will be given to children of the right age group. If you would like more information about the Toys For Tot’s program in Hancock County you can visit them online.

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Plans For New Senior Living Center On Hold Due To Parking Concerns

12/10/15 – 10:36 A.M.

A new senior living center is planned for development in Findlay, if parking concerns can be dealt with. Country Club Acres Inc. presented plans for a 62 unit facility on Township Road 145 during Thursday’s City Planning Commission meeting. But the plans were tabled because of the number of parking spaces planned for the facility.

The land to the south of Fox Run Manor is zoned M-2 Multiuse. That zoning code for that area requires 2.5 parking spaces for each living unit. The current plans only call for one parking space per unit. The developer says many residents in this type of housing don’t have their own car. They have applied for a variance with the Building, Planning, and Zoning Commission.

The property has enough room for more parking, but the developers would prefer not to pave over an easement set aside for a Marathon Petroleum pipeline.

The issue will reappear on the January agenda for the commission.

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Arrest Made In Attempted BG Bank Robbery

12/10/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A suspect is in custody in connection to an attempted Bowling Green bank robbery. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 19-year-old Awais Jehangir of Macomb, Michigan, was arrested Tuesday. He’s accused of trying to rob the 5/3 Bank on North Main Street on November 18.

Investigators say a man gave a note to a teller demanding money, but was given nothing. He then left on foot. The man never showed a weapon during the incident.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Hancock County Hunters Fare Well During Deer-Gun Season

12/10/15 – 6:45 A.M.

Area hunters fared better in 2015 than they did a year ago. Numbers released from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show 487 deer were tagged in Hancock County last week, an increase of 44 from 2014. Four neighboring counties also saw an increase in the numbers of deer killed.

Putnam, Wood, and Wyandot Counties saw a decrease in kills this year. Putnam County hunters tagged 304, down from 315 in 2014. Wyandot County saw 696 checked, and Wood County hunters bagged 293 deer.

Across Ohio, nearly 73,400 deer were checked. That’s a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

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Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Testifies In Favor Of Proposed Strangulation Law

12/10/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Ohio could make strangulation its own crime in the future. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Todd Schroeder recently testified in favor of the legislation. House Bill 362 would make strangulation a 3rd-degree felony.

Schroeder tells the newspaper strangulations can be difficult to prosecute. He added they don’t fit neatly into any other crime. Part of the problem is that strangulations can leave no visible injury. Because of that, cases involving strangulation are rarely prosecuted as felonies.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Preview Of Performing Arts Center Given

12/10/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Hundreds of people got a sneak-peak at the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night. The Courier reports an open house was held for donors at the former Central Middle School auditorium. Visitors were able to check out the stage, view paintings in a gallery, and take in the Gary and Jane Heminger Atrium.

Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger was on hand for the event. He told the newspaper, “People are very excited. I think this is way beyond their expectations.”

The first performance in the new center will be next Friday. Alan Thicke of “Growing Pains” fame will be performing in the musical, “Kenny Rogers Presents ‘The Toy Shoppe.'”

MORE: The Courier

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Jury Deliberating In Hancock County Assault Case

12/10/15 – 5:11 A.M.

The trial of a McComb man accused of attacking a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office employee continued Wednesday. The Courier reports the state and the defense both rested in the trial of 38-year-old Kevin Potts. The jury deliberated for around five hours without reaching a verdict. They’ll resume deliberations this morning.

Potts testified on his own behalf Wednesday. He admitted to going to the Arlington home of John Sheppard on June 25. Potts’ girlfriend, Lori Welly, had said she was sexually assaulted by Sheppard when she was being held in the Hancock County jail in 2014. Those claims were found to be false. Potts admitted he brought a handgun and a knife, but didn’t plan on using them.

Sheppard and his wife Kim both testified Wednesday. John said Potts attempted to get into his home, and even pointed a gun at him. Kim said she saw Potts holding a gun as he tried to break in.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Mayor Encourages Conservancy District To Take Reigns Of Mitigation Project

12/10/15 – 4:56 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District recently got a letter from Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. The letter asked the organization to take control of the flood-mitigation plan for the Blanchard River. However, conservancy district Director Clark Lynn Army says the letter is not enough to act on. Mihalik tells the Courier she didn’t think her letter would cause the conservancy to act. She added that she did want to let them know the city is ready for them to join the effort.

The November 30 letter asks the organization to begin administering the project once it reaches the planning and design phase.

Army says the district will need to see the finalized plan from the Army Corps of Engineers, have a commitment on funding, and get direction from the Hancock County commissioners. The county commissioners are the non-federal sponsor of the project.

Commissioners Mark Gazarek and Phil Riegle told the newspaper they have not contacted the conservancy about taking over the project. They added they were unsure of the process and the timing.

MORE: The Courier

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