Review Category : Local News

UPDATE: Local Superintendents Talk About PARCC Test Decision

7/1/15 – 10:58 A.M.
Update – 11:34 A.M.

Ohio’s new budget kills a controversial Common Core test, and at least one area superintendent isn’t sad to see it go…

Audio: Merri Skilliter

McComb’s Merri Skilliter says there are still a lot of unanswered questions though.  For instance, Skilliter says there’s no word on how much it will cost for the state to put another test in place.  She’s also uncertain on how this will affect student growth and teacher effectiveness measures.

Van Buren Superintendent Tim Myers echoed those thoughts, but also has some concerns.  Namely, what will the Ohio Department of Education do to replace the test, and will the same mistakes be made?

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says in the short term, he doesn’t believe the decision will change the curriculum at Van Buren.

Both Skilliter and Myers had concerns about how the change will impact school district grades, which were in-part based on PARCC scores.

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Reward Offered In Fatal Lima Hit-And-Run Case

7/1/15 – 9:45 A.M.

Lima Police are still looking for two people of interest in a fatal hit-and-run in the city. NBC-Lima reports a$1,000 reward for information about the death of Aaron Ehrnsberger is being offered in hopes of drumming up leads. Ehrnsberger was killed May 31 when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop.

The car involved in the crash was registered to 26-year-old Catherine Wilson. 31-year-old Robert Catlett III is also named as a person of interest in the case. They haven’t been seen in over a month, and investigators last thought they might be in Florida.


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Missing Firefighter’s Car Found In Wood County

7/1/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A missing Michigan firefighter’s car has been found in Wood County. Media partner WTOL-11 reports a dark green Saturn belonging to 22-year-old Timothy Graves was recently found at a rest stop south of Bowling Green. Graves was last seen leaving the Healthlink EMS building in Belleville, Michigan on June 28.

Graves is also a firefighter for the Belleville Fire Department. He’s described as 5’6″ tall and wears glasses. We have a picture on our website.


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Lima Fireworks Display Postponed

7/1/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Independence Day fireworks celebration in Lima has fallen victim to the recent wet weather. The Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the Star Spangled Spectacular has been postponed until September 5. Soggy conditions in Faurot Park forced the delay.

The Freedom 5k Run/Walk is still set to take place in Lima Saturday.

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Seneca County Opportunity Center Seeks New Levy

7/1/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Seneca County voters could see a levy for the Seneca County Opportunity Center when they cast a ballot this fall. The Courier reports the agency asked the county commissioners to approve placing a 2.5-mill continuing levy on the November ballot. If approved, it would generate around $2.75 million a year.

Business Operations Manager Dick Williams said the last time the center asked for new money was 14 years ago. He added that with increased expenses and declining revenue, they would see a $1.4 million deficit by the end of 2017.

MORE: The Courier

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Arcadia School Board Hiring Process Questioned

7/1/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The debate over the hiring of three administrators in the Arcadia school district continued Tuesday. The Courier reports several people were on hand to talk about the process used to hire Superintendent Bruce Kidder, high school Principal Bill Dobbins and Athletic Director Dave Golden. The meeting also saw Golden resign from the position.

Residents were upset the board agenda didn’t include discussion about Kidder’s support for the hiring of Dobbins. Most of the comments directed at the board questioned why only two people interviewed him. One person asked the board to address rumors that Dobbins would cut the vocational agriculture program and student council. The school board did not respond to the comments.

New Riegel School District Superintendent Elaine Nye defended Dobbins. She said Arcadia would benefit from his leadership. Nye added that issues in the Hopewell-Loudon school district, where Dobbins previously worked, were not caused by him.

MORE: The Courier

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Hartman Requests Visitations With Wife’s Newborn

7/1/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay man awaiting trial for allegedly killing his infant son has requested he be able to see his wife’s newborn baby. The Courier reports the attorney for Jerrod Hartman made the request in paperwork filed with the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. On June 10 Judge Joseph Niemeyer ordered Hartman have no contact with the baby.

Hartman’s lawyer said the prosecutors, “relayed to individuals involved in this case that they no longer have opposition to Jerrod being around the newborn.” The prosecution denied that was the case.

The request also points out that Hartman has small nieces and nephews and he is allowed to be around them while out on bond.

Hartman is set to go on trial July 29.

MORE: The Courier

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Blanchard Valley Named One of the “100 Great Community Hospitals”

06/30/15     5:28 p.m.

Blanchard Valley Hospital has received another award for community care. Becker’s Hospital Review named Blanchard Valley to its “100 Great Community Hospitals” list for 2015.

Becker’s list is based on hospital quality, accolades and service to the community. BVH President Scott Malaney said the recognition is a “testament to the extraordinary associates, physicians and volunteers” at the hospital.

The award comes just a few months after Truven Health Analytics named BVH one of its 100 Top Hospitals in March.

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HHWP Community Action Commission Launching Summer Crisis Program

06/30/15     4:58 p.m.

The Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Putnam Community Action Commission is starting its Summer Crisis Program.

The SCP starts Wednesday, July 1 and will continue through the end of August. The program helps pay bills or provide cooling for those with a documented medical condition or who are 60 years and over. To qualify, the household must have an annual income at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty guidelines.

For appointments to sign up for the SCP or for more information, go to or call 1-800-423-4304.

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Hancock County to Upgrade Court Surveillance with $22K Grant

06/30/15     1:38 p.m.

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk Becky Vanscoder (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court was in Findlay today to present the Hancock County Juvenile and Probate Courts with grant money. The $22,900 will go toward upgrading the audio and video surveillance system in the court.

Audio: Maureen O’Connor

Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Kristen Johnson said this is a huge step in the right direction.

Audio: Kristen Johnson

O’Connor said the money was originally intended for upgrading the Supreme Court’s technology but the project was not ready this year. Instead, O’Connor said she decided the money should be distributed to local courts to use for their various technology needs.


More than $2.5 million in grants has been distributed to about 110 court systems in Ohio as a result.

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