Review Category : Local News

Travelers Reminded to Drive Safely Over the Holiday Weekend

8/29/14   12:02 p.m.

Last Labor Day weekend 16 people died on Ohio roadways, 8 of those because of impaired drivers.

The State Highway Patrol said last year was actually one of the safest Labor Days on Ohio roadways, and they hope there will be even fewer this year.

The patrol reminds those traveling to buckle up, stay focused on the road and do not drive impaired. Motorists are also encouraged to use #677 to report impaired drivers.

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Seneca County Commissioners Want Residents To Get A Feel For The Size Of Proposed Justice Center

8/29/14 – 6:51 A.M.

A Seneca County Commissioner is looking to stamp out controversy about a proposed justice center. The Courier reports Fred Zoeller has asked that stakes be put in the lawn where the county courthouse once stood. The stakes would mark off where the building could be constructed.

Zoeller says he wants people to see that if the 9,000 square foot justice center is built, it would still leave plenty of green space. In fact, Zoeller says around 60% of the lawn would still be intact.

Plans for a new justice center include building a multi-story building for two common pleas courts, the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and possibly other county offices.

MORE: The Courier

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Major Putnam County Employer Under New Ownership

8/29/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A big Putnam County employer is under new ownership. Mars, Inc. has bought the Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura pet food brands. There is an Iams plant in Leipsic.

The Putnam County Sentinel reports the facility employs 150 people. There are also an additional 150 people working for the Excel Company, which is a third-party logistics company that works with Iams in Leipsic.

The Iams facility has expanded four times since opening in 1998.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Man Sentenced For Scissor Stabbing

8/29/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay man who stabbed someone with a pair of scissors has avoided jail time. 33-year-old Dustin Lanagan was sentenced to five years of community control for the May 3 incident on Blaine Street. Lanagan had entered an Alford plea, which acknowledges the prosecution’s strong evidence without admitting guilt.

Lanagan’s attorney cited his client’s past substance abuse and mental health problems during the hearing. The victim of the stabbing, Donald Collins, said that Lanagan had been like a son to him.

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Ottawa Looks To Buy Additional Water Monitoring Equipment

8/29/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Ottawa could buy additional equipment to track water quality in the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports The Ohio EPA has encouraged village leaders to apply for a grant to upgrade their facilities. If the grant is approved, the village would buy equipment that monitors for cyanotoxin. The grant would also pay for training on how to work the equipment.

Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips told council this week the Ohio EPA is releasing the money because of the problems with Toledo’s water. The grant is capped at $10,000. The cost of the new equipment would be around $8,000.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hancock County Veterans Asked To Join Database

8/29/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The Hancock County Veterans Services Office is using the fair to reach out to veterans. Director Nichole Coleman tells the Courier they are encouraging vets to enter themselves into a database of Hancock County veterans. Coleman says she wants to use the database to communicate better with her office’s clients.

The Veterans Service Office booth is in the Merchants building on the fairgrounds. People submitting information to the database are asked to include contact info, military background, and employment background.

Those who sign up can also ask that the information be shared with the veterans representative at OhioMeansJobs, and with the Military Veterans Resource Center career counselor.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Fair Rolls Into Day Three

The Hancock County Fair heads into the long holiday weekend on day three.

Today is “Beef Day” in the north show arena. Starting this morning there will be several beef classes. The events will run through out the day. The Junior Fair dairy show is also this morning in the south show arena.

Later today the University of Findlay English equestrian exhibition will take place in the north grandstands. The 4-H free style riding event will follow at 7 p.m.

Full Schedule:

9 a.m. — Open class saddle horse and pony, north grandstand.
9:30 a.m. on — “Beef day” in the north show arena: Beef feeder show, beef feeder showmanship, finished dairy steer show, finished dairy steer showmanship, Hancock County Calf Club steer show, born and raised in Hancock County finished beef show, independent steer show, open class steer show, beef showmanship, beef showman showoff, lunch break, Junior Fair beef breeding, open class beef breeding.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair dairy show, followed by open class dairy show, south show arena.
Noon to 3 p.m. — Home and garden program, Grange Building.
1 p.m. — Junior Fair goat show, south show arena.
5 p.m. — Goat obstacle course, south show arena.
5 p.m. — University of Findlay English equestrian exhibition, north grandstand.
7 p.m. — 4-H free style riding, followed by “Battle of the Barrels,” north grandstand.

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Progress at Findlay City Council of the Whole Meeting

8/28/14   10:05 p.m.

Last night’s Findlay City Council of the Whole meeting started off on a positive note with good reports from the various department from the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.

Dione Neubauer is the director of the Chamber of Commerce. Neubauer said one of the goals of the chamber is to be a resource for community information and the chamber had over 250,000 referrals last month alone.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau reported visitors to Hancock County generated $224 million in business activity. Director Rachael Rahrig said that equates to $6.6 million in local taxes.
Lastly Economic Development director Tony Iriti explained that a big focus of his department has been the downtown area for the last three or four years. Iriti said this fall they will be applying downtown Findlay to become a Main Street city through the Heritage Ohio program.
After the alliance’s presentation, City Council made some progress last night in regard to dealing with unsightly properties.
City law director Don Rasmussen said he is working with the court systems to create a registration system at the time of foreclosures. Rasmussen said the issue with foreclosed properties is the owner has possesion for a period of time, then it’s in limbo until a bank or whomever takes ownership.
During this time, weeds and grass on the property can grow uncontrollably. Rasmussen said hopefully requiring registration will give the city a point of contact for someone to hold responsible.
The catch is it is free to register, but there is a $500 penalty if the foreclosing party does not. Rasmussen said this does not necessarily give the city more leverage, but rather creates a line of communication between the city and the responsible party.
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Ohio Northern University named “Tuition Hero”

8/28/14  4:34 p.m.

Ohio Northern University in Ada has been awarded the title of “Tuition Hero” by tuitionhereoes.com, which tracks tuition rates for universities nationwide.

To be named a tuition hero, a school must have a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 or less and have a fixed rate tuition policy.

The information on tuition heroes’ website includes tuition as well as required fees for full-time undergraduate students

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University of Findlay Enrollment Still Climbing

8/28/14   4:25 p.m.

The University of Findlay is increasing in popularity. Enrollment at the university increased 8.5 percent from last year, making it the fourth consecutive year of growth.

The international student community played a big role in the increase, with its enrollment alone going up by 46 percent.

As of today Findlay has a total of 3,956 students enrolled.

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