Review Category : Local News

Judge Jonathan Starn Applies For Open Spot On Common Pleas Court

1/24/17 – 4:55 A.M.

Only one person applied to fill a vacant position on the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The Courier reports Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Starn submitted his name to take the spot left open when Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer retired last year. Governor John Kasich still has to approve Starn for the position.

Voters reelected Niemeyer in 2014. The term runs through 2020.

Starn has been a municipal court judge since 2010.

If Kasich appoints Starn to take the rest of Niemeyer’s term as judge, the same process will likely take place to fill Starn’s spot in the municipal court.

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Findlay City Schools Are Saving Money On Energy Bills

01/24/17 – 1:07 A.M.
Findlay City school board learned that city schools have been saving money on their energy bill. Superintendent Ed Kurt said that their initiatives have been helping to make the school use better energy practices.
Kurt said the help of the staff has allowed better use of the schools money.
Sean Swisher from Cenergistics told the board that they saved a total of $125,800 from August to December this school year. That compares to $116,700 for the 2014-15 school year and $221,125 last year.
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Findlay High School Principal Had His First Meeting On Graduation Requirements

01/24/17 – 12:42 P.M.
The Findlay High School principal is serving on a work group to work give recommendations on graduation requirements. Craig Kupferberg said that the current rules could hurt students.
He added that the group has already met for the first time.  Kupferberg said that the group gave him homework.
They will provide a recommendation to the state’s superintendent who will then give his own recommendation to legislators.
The group consists of 20 total members. Only three of which are principals.
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VIDEO: Findlay Mayor Talks About Upcoming Projects

1/23/17 – 2:04 P.M.
UPDATE – 5:52 P.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik gave the Findlay Rotary club an update on city operations Monday. Mihalik says 2017 will bring an increased emphasis on community policing efforts…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says officials are still developing the plan, but a formal initiative is under way. She says the plan would focus on areas where residents call the police and fire departments more frequently.

On the subject of finances, Mihalik said the city is spending the same amount on personnel now as it was in 2008…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says she’s focused on investing in infrastructure and creating a budget that’s based on the rate of the city’s revenue.

Mihalik added there’s been some confusion about a pavement study included in the capital plan for 2017…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says the pavement analysis looks for problems underneath the road as well. She says that would help eliminate any costly surprises when taking on a paving project.

The goal is to perform a pavement analysis once every five years.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Joins Neighboring States In Combating Human Trafficking

01/23/17 – 5:05 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining the patrols of Indiana and Michigan in cracking down on human trafficking. They are partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness. The initiative lasts until this Friday. The goal is to train and educate people that are most likely to see human trafficking. This includes drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants, and truck stop employees.

To report a human trafficking tip call the National Human Trafficking Hotline Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or by texting BeFree to 233733.

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Gateway Church Offers 12 Step Program For Those In Need

01/23/17 – 1:42 P.M.

Gateway Church offers a 12 step program called Celebrate Recovery to help people with recovery. Worship director Jon Campbell said the program focuses on the hurts, habits, and hangups that could hold people back.

Jon Campbell

The night starts with food and fellowship followed by songs and then small group discussions. You are welcome to join whenever and it doesn’t matter which step you are on. The program also focuses on anonymity.

Jon Campbell

The program is held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Church. It’s also at New Life Church on Tuesdays, the City Mission has one on Wednesday, and Cedar Creek Church hosts another on Thursdays.

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Two Injured In Weekend Crash West Of Findlay

1/23/17 – 7:30 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two Mount Cory residents over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened on State Route 12 near Hancock County Road 9 around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 49-year-old Mark Greiner of Mount Cory was slowing down for stopped traffic when a car driven by 18-year-old Brooke Peplinski of Findlay hit him from behind.

Hanco Ambulance took Greiner and 39-year-old Jacquelyn Griener to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Medical personnel checked out Peplinski at the scene of the crash.

Deputies cited Peplinski for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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United Way of Fostoria Nearing Fundraising Goal

1/23/17 – 7:19 A.M.

Officials at the United Way of Fostoria say their fundraising goal for the current campaign season is in sight. The Review-Times reports the organization has brought in more than $185,000 so far. That’s roughly 5 percent short of the campaign goal of $195,000.

Campaign co-chair Mike Foss says there is still time to give. Foss tells the newspaper, “While it was an aggressive goal, we felt – and still feel – we have a good opportunity to hit that.”

Money raised from the campaign supports 12 agencies in Fostoria.

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Local Gas Prices Continue January Slide

1/23/17 – 6:55 A.M.

Local gas prices are continuing a January slide. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 15 cents over the last seven days. Prices haven’t been this low since the beginning of December.

Ottawa drivers report the average price is $2.05 per gallon in the village.

Around Ohio the statewide average is $2.11. That’s a decrease of 13 cents over the last seven days.

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Seneca County Boy Arrested After Taking Family Car Sunday Morning

1/23/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A 10-year-old boy is facing charges after he allegedly took the family car for a joy ride Sunday morning. The Courier reports a Fostoria Police Officer noticed a car driving erratically around 7:15 a.m. on North Countyline Street. The boy led the officer on a chase, eventually crashing at the intersection of North Countyline and Culbertson streets.

Investigators say the boy wanted to go shopping. He apparently made several stops between his home in the village of Kansas to Fostoria.

The boy faces a charge of fleeing from an officer. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper the boy put a lot of people in danger. Loreno says the child was driving at high speeds in the city.

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