Review Category : Local News

University of Findlay Get $1.56 Million for Scholarship Endowment Fund

10/23/14     9:10 p.m.

Marjorie and Mildred McGranahan were two unmarried sisters from McComb and graduates of what was then Findlay College. Now deceased, their legacies will live on in the form of a healthy scholarship endowment fund for future University of Findlay students.

Audio: Rose Miller

Rose Miller’s mother-in-law was a first cousin of the McGranahans. She and her husband were farmers and were close with Millie. She said anything having to do with science, agriculture and education was important to both Marj and Millie.
The McGranahans managed the 500-acre family farm on their own well into their 90s. With their farm earnings, they began giving small donations to UF and formed the McGranahan-Shafer-Van Dorn scholarship endowment fund, which grew to $1.27 million.
Earlier this month, UF received its final gift from the sisters, $1.56 million from their estates, which will be added to the established fund.
Katherine Fell, president of UF, said its impossible to imagine how many lives these sisters will touch with their endowment.

Millie died April 4, 2010 at 92-year-old. At age 99, Marjorie died on Oct. 6, 2013.

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Passports Available for World of Downtown Restaurants Tour in Findlay

10/23/14     11:09 a.m.

If there are restaurants in downtown Findlay you’ve been wanting to try, the seventh annual World of Downtown Restaurants tour is being held Nov. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. The self-guided tour takes you to 17 downtown restaurants where you can sample food.

Audio: Tamera Rooney

Tamera Rooney, communications director for United Way, said this year’s event is limited to 300 passport holders. Those passports are available for purchase at Buggy Whip Bakery, Coffee Amici or the United Way for $20.

Participating restaurants: West End Tavern, Adrianna’s Riverfront Cafe, Rossilli’s, Tavern at the Inn, Greek Garden, Alexandria’s, Buggy Whip Bakery, Bistro on Main, Waldo Pepper’s, Trans Am Meatballs & Subs, We Serve. Coffee, Baker’s Cafe, Main Street Deli, Wine Merchant, Bread Kneads Downtown, Logan’s Irish Pub and Coffee Amici.

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Hancock County Buys More Flood Prone Property

10/23/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners bought more property for flood mitigation purposes today. The county will use money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy property at 800 Wedgewood Drive in Findlay.

The house was appraised at $135,000.

The county has been buying and demolishing flood-prone homes since 2007. The practice reduces damage from future flooding.

 

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Findlay Based Non-Profit Sending Medical Gloves To Africa

10/23/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Findlay High School graduate is working to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. Nathan Thomas’ non-profit organization, All We Are, is trying to send 50,000 pairs of medical examination gloves to West Africa. The group estimates it will take $9,000 to buy the gloves and send them overseas.

The All We Are website says the reason Ebola continues to spread is because healthcare workers don’t have the proper protective gear.

You can get more information about the campaign at allweare.org.

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Putnam County Residents Showing No Signs Of Ebola

10/23/14 – 5:07 A.M.

No news is good news for the six Putnam County residents who are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Putnam County Health Department reports that so far no one in the group who visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson is showing symptoms of the deadly disease.

Vinson is a nurse who traveled from Texas to northeast Ohio. She was recently diagnosed with Ebola.

The health department will continue to check the temperatures of the Putnam County residents twice a day until November 1.

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Bluffton Bank Robbery Suspect Makes Court Appearance

10/23/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Michigan man accused of robbing a Bluffton bank and then setting himself on fire in Findlay appeared in court Wednesday. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Brian Matheny has been charged with aggravated robbery. His bail was set at $750,000 during the hearing.

An investigator said that Matheny had a Molotov cocktail with him when he demanded money from a teller at the Chase Bank on Main Street in Bluffton Tuesday morning. Matheny apparently used the incendiary device to light himself on fire. He suffered burns to his lower extremities as a result.

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Findlay Murderer Reportedly Commits Suicide In Prison

10/23/14 – 4:50 A.M.

A Findlay man who was in prison for killing his wife apparently committed suicide this week. The Courier reports 29-year-old Evan Donoho was found dead in the Mansfield Correctional Institution Tuesday afternoon. The details surrounding his death are under investigation.

Donoho killed with wife with a hammer on September 26 of 2011. He told investigators a man named “Samuel” had broken into his home and told Donoho he either had to kill his wife or her two children or all three would die. Both the prosecution and defense said the intruder was imaginary.

Donoho was serving a 29-years to life prison sentence.

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Montre Robinson Murder Trial Wraps Up With Closing Arguments

10/22/14     1:31 p.m.

The trial of Findlay murder suspect Montre Robinson wrapped up today with closing arguments. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn was in court this morning where he says the prosecution reminded the jury of the happenings on the night of Joe Gutierrez’ murder.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Dunn said the defense also reiterated their case.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

The jury is now deliberating the case. A verdict is expected tomorrow.

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Former Findlay IHOP Owner Sentenced for Fraud

10/22/14     12:20 p.m.

The former owner of the Findlay IHOP restaurant was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.

According to the Toledo Blade, 57-year-old Tarek Elkafrawi owned seven IHOP restaurants in northwest Ohio and Indiana. A fire at the Findlay restaurant in 2008 closed the business for about a year. The restaurant remains closed and is for sale.

Elkafrawi pleaded guilty to 53 counts in relation to a series of criminal schemes between 2003 and 2012 intended to defraud the government, the restaurant’s corporation, Farmers Insurance company, and his employees of millions of dollars.

He admitted to hiring more than 200 undocumented workers. He provided some employees multiple identities to receive extra hours without overtime pay, so they could make Medicaid and other public assistance claims.

Elkafrawi was ordered to pay $1.36 million to the insurance company for fraudulent insurance claim payments, as well $5,042 to the Findlay Fire Department for the fire. He was also required a forfeiture of property, including proceeds from the sale of the seven restaurants, cash, and vehicles.

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Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Applications Begin Next Week

10/22/14     11:27 a.m.

Next week the Salvation Army of Hancock County will begin taking applications for its Holiday Assistance Program. The program is aimed at helping families who will need financial help buying presents this season.

Applications will be accepted Oct. 27 through 31 and Nov. 3 through 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., as well as later times by appointment. Those seeking assistance are asked to bring an ID, social security cards, proof of birth for all those living in the home, proof of income, expenses and Hancock County residency.

For more information, contact Major Andy Carter or Major Marty Smith at 419-422-8238.

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