Review Category : Local News

Volunteers Help Clean Up Area Near Blanchard River In Ottawa

5/22/17 – 5:10 A.M.

Ottawa residents did their part to clean up an area near the Blanchard River over the weekend. The Lima News reports volunteers teamed up with the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership to clear a stretch of the river’s bank near the west side of Ottawa.

The group planned to remove trash along the river, but ended up clearing overgrown areas after Friday night’s heavy rains.

Village councilman Tim Macke told the newspaper, “we’re just hitting a little percentage of what needs to be done.” He added that the area needs more widespread use of things like cover crops to protect the river’s water quality.

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New Findlay Police Chief To Be Named Next Month

5/22/17 – 5:02 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department could have a new chief this time next month. The Courier reports Lt. Ryan Doe or acting Chief John Dunbar are both in the running. Both officers took the civil service exam for the position last month.

A promotions board will consider the test results as one of the factors in their decision when they meet the week of June 12. The board consists of Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer, a union representative, a police chief of a community with a population of 30,000 or more, and an arbitrator. They have the final decision on the issue.

Findlay has had an acting police chief since January 7 when former Chief Greg Horne retired.

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Hydrant Flushing Announced For Next Monday

05/19/17 – 5:33 P.M.

Findlay will continue to flush fire hydrants next week. The Water Distribution Department announced the hydrants being flushed for Monday. The work will be done from McManness Ave east to County Road 236 and from Tiffin Avenue north to Fostoria Avenue.

You can call the Water Distribution Department at 419-424-7192 if you have any questions.

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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts Monday

05/19/17 – 5:07 P.M.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up and families heading off on vacation, officers will be out and about. Sheriff Mike Heldman said that you should buckle up.

Mike Heldman

He added that there is no reason to not wear your seatbelt.

Mike Heldman

The Click It or Ticket Campaign starts Monday and will last through June 4th. Heldman said that there will be extra patrols on the road.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Warns Against Underage Drinking

05/19/17 – 4:33 P.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you not to provide alcohol to minors. In a release, the department says that teen drinking can have dangerous and lasting consequences. Aside from drinking and driving they say that alcohol plays a role in sexual assault, violence, property damage, and injury accidents.

To keep teens safe make sure you communicate your expectations with them. You should also talk with them about the dangers of underage drinking. You should never serve or allow teens alcohol at any party you are hosting.

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Findlay And Hancock County Approve Community Guidelines Against Opioid Epidemic

05/19/17 – 4:31 P.M.

Findlay City Council and the Hancock County Commissioners adopted Community Guidelines to combat the opioid epidemic. The guidelines empower the community to work together on solutions to the opioid epidemic. ADAMHS Board’s Zach Thomas said that this will help get people on the same page about the epidemic.

Zach Thomas

Thomas said that it is important to remember that addiction is a disease.

Zach Thomas

Thomas added that nobody is expendable according to the document. The community should rally around those struggling with addiction to help them into recovery.

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Habitat For Humanity Ready To Build New Home In Ottawa

5/19/17 – 5:24 A.M.

Habitat for Humanity will break ground for another home in Putnam County this weekend. The Lima News reports the organization has a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. this Sunday at 1366 North Defiance Street in Ottawa.

The Whirlpool Corporation is building the home in partnership with the Gilbin family. It’s the second time the company has pitched in to build a home in Putnam County.

Following the ceremony, organizers are holding a reception at the Ottawa Presbyterian Church.

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Food Trucks Set Up Shop In Findlay Once A Week

5/19/17 – 5:16 A.M.

There’s some new food offerings in downtown Findlay for lunch this summer. The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a “Wednesday Food Truck Court” on Wednesday afternoons. The Courier reports the food trucks set up from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., or when the food runs out.

The center is setting out several tables in their parking lot for people to eat at after they get their food. They’re also setting up tables in the center’s atrium for people looking to get out of the heat.

Heather Clow is the executive director of the Marathon Center. She says they event stated with a couple of food trucks, but soon other truck owners contacted her to ask about taking part.

Angie’s Street Tacos, Dixie Girl, JK Juices, Amy May’s Rockin’ Taco, ABC Concessions and King’s Concessions all took part in the event this past Wednesday.

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Findlay Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash

5/19/17 – 5:05 A.M.

A motorcycle crash injured a Findlay man Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue.

27-year-old Andrew Gutting was riding his motorcycle west in the area when he collided with an eastbound pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Gage Haws of Findlay. Haws was trying to turn left into the Circle K parking lot.

Hanco EMS took Gutting to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Haws for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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Lane Shifts On I-75 Start Next Week

5/19/17 – 4:57 A.M.

A traffic pattern change starts on I-75 through Findlay early next week. ODOT says lane shifts will move northbound drivers to the outside shoulder between the State Route 15 interchange and County Road 99. Crews will place a concrete barrier near the inside lanes through the same area. Once ODOT has has the barrier in place, crews will start more daytime work on the interstate.

A release from the agency says engineers still expect to close the northbound exit ramp from I-75 to State Route 15 late this spring or early in the summer. ODOT expects the closure to last three years.

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