Review Category : Local News

United Way Fundraising Tops $3.2 Million

1/16/17 – 4:59 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County topped last year’s fundraising number. The agency says the community has pledged more than $3.2 million for the 2016 campaign. The amount is more than $65,000 over the 2015 pledge total. Organizers say several pledges are still expected.

The money raised is now distributed to approved programs and services in the community. The United Way gives grants to agencies reviewed by local residents who serve on volunteer impact teams.

Funds are also used for United Way operations and community initiatives such as the Halt Hunger Initiative.

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Marathon Announces New VP Of Human Resources And Labor Relations

01/13/17 – 5:05 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum Corp has named a new vice president of human resources and labor relations. The Courier reports that 53-year-old Dave Sauber will fill the position effective February 1. He comes to Marathon after retiring from Shell Oil Company as vice president of human resources policy, benefits, and services.

Sauber held a variety of positions at Shell. He started as a human resources analyst in the company’s exploration and production organization. He was appointed vice president at Shell in 2013.

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Hancock County Avoids The Ice Storm But Not The Cold

01/13/17 – 4:53 P.M.

The ice storm hitting the midwest is bad news but Hancock County may not have to worry. WTOL 11 meteorologist Robert Shiels said that the storm should be about 25 miles south of the county.

Robert Shiels

Though we probably won’t see any ice it will be a cold weekend.

Robert Shiels

He said that we can expect to start the week with more rain. He added that they will continue to watch the levels of the Blanchard River. The area could get up to an inch of rain in a 24 hour period.

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The Black Heritage Center Welcomes You To Join In Celebrating MLK Day

01/13/17 – 3:35 P.M.

You can join the Black Heritage Center in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day this Sunday. Event Organizer Jerome Gray said that the event will have a distinguished speaker.

Jerome Gray

Gray said that there is a walk to the Winebrenner Theological Seminary for a period of pray and reflection. To participate in that he says you will want to meet at the Church of the Living God around 2:45 pm. If you aren’t interested in taking part then you don’t have to be there until 3 pm with the program starting at 3:30 pm.

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Marathon Donates $50,000 To The Boot Project To Help Make Schools Safer

1/13/17 – 1:38 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum gave a large donation of $50,000 to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Boot Program. Sheriff Michael Heldman said that the money will be used well.

Mike Heldman

Heldman said that the first shipment is already here and ready to install. The goal is to have all of the Boots in place by the end of the school year.

Marathon’s manager of administrative services Paul Smith said that the company was happy to give the program $50,000.

Paul Smith

Smith added that they want to see more community involvement in the project.

Paul Smith

The program will help keep these kids safe in the case of an emergency such as an active shooter situation. The total cost of the project is $420,000.

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St. Wendelin Names New Parish Director

1/13/17 – 7:29 A.M.

St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria is getting a new parish director. The Review-Times reports the church has appointed John Hay to the role. Hay’s job duties include being the chief steward of St. Wendelin Parish, especially in the area of operations.

Hay is a 1988 graduate of St. Wendelin High School. He will take the place of Matt Meyers. Meyers started in the position in August of 2015, but only wanted to serve in the role for a limited time.

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Court Dates Set For Fostoria Police Chase Suspect

1/13/17 – 7:21 A.M.

A Fostoria woman accused of ramming two police cruisers last November will appear in court later this month. The Review-Times reports Jodi Ridenour has a plea hearing set for January 31. Officials have scheduled a jury trial for February 23.

Police arrested Ridenour on November 22. Officers were on their way to serve a search warrant at a home at 495 Town Street when they noticed two cars pulling away. The car driven by Ridenour allegedly rammed two cruisers before hitting a power pole.

Ridenour faces assault, obstructing official business, and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer charges.

The incident was the second time police accused Ridenour of leading them on a chase in 2016.

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Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Will Help With Tax Forms Again

1/13/17 – 6:43 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will offer some tax forms and help this tax season. Library Director Jeff Winkle says that’s despite the Ohio Department of Taxation no longer distributing tax forms through libraries. Winkle says the library will print off forms on its own. Staff will be on hand to help taxpayers print forms from the internet as well.

The library is hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program again. It starts February 1. You can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment through the United Way.

The state’s department of taxation isn’t sending forms to the library anymore to stop waste. The agency says people only returned around 10 percent of the forms distributed last year.

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