Review Category : Local News

Applications Due Soon For Community Garden Plots In Findlay

02/22/17 – 10:49 A.M.

The Community Gardens of Hancock County are accepting applications from people that would like to grow food. The gardens are open to everyone but preference is given to low- to moderate-income families. It is also open to agencies, churches, or youth groups that will donate some of the produce to those serving food to insecure families.

Applications can be filled out online at liveunitedhancockcounty.org. They’re also available at the Family Center and the United Way of Hancock County. They are due by February 28.

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Syphilis Cases On The Rise In Wood County

2/22/17 – 4:29 A.M.

Syphilis is on the rise in Wood County. The Sentinel-Tribune claims cases of the sexually-transmitted disease have been increasing since 2012. The early stages of syphilis often have no symptoms but can cause organ damage and even death if not treated.

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Finalists Announced For McComb Superintendent Position

2/22/17 – 6:48 A.M.

Four people are finalists for the McComb School District Superintendent position. The school board says they will interview Upper Sandusky High School Assistant Principal Tony Fenstermaker, McComb seventh- to 12th-grade Principal Jeremy Herr, Findlay High School Principal Craig Kupferberg and Perry High School Principal Nicholas Weingart.

The first round of interviews take place between February 27 and March 8. The district will make a decision by March 22.

Former McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter left the job to take the Ada superintendent position.

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Findlay City Council Agrees To Forgive Some Debt Owed By Campus for Emerging Technologies

2/22/17 – 5:33 A.M.

Findlay City Council is forgiving around $100,000 of debt owed to the city from the North Central Campus for Emerging Technologies. The campus is located at 1700 Fostoria Avenue at the former Interstill Plant. GreaterFindlayInc. bought the facility in 2005 with several loans, including money from the city’s revolving loan fund. Hancock Regional Planning Commission director Matt Cordonnier says the agreement allows the city to recover some its losses.

Emerging Technologies is leasing space in its building to Brown Mackie College. The college announced last year it would close when all of its current students have finished their programs.

Council voted 8-1 to accept the debt-forgiveness plan. Councilman Jim Niemeyer opposed the measure. Councilwoman Holly Frische abstained due to a potential conflict.

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Starn Officially Appointed To Hancock County Judge Position

2/22/17 – 5:20 A.M.

Findlay Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Starn is set to become Hancock County’s newest common pleas court judge. Governor John Kasich has appointed Starn to the vacant seat. Starn starts in his new role on March 3.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer retired at the end of 2016, opening up a seat on the bench in Hancock County. Starn was the only person who applied for the opening. He has been a municipal judge since 2010.

Because Starn is a Republican, the Hancock County Republican Party must name a replacement for Starn in the municipal court. The governor has to approve the recommendation as well.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Tuesday Crash On I-75 Exit Ramp

2/22/17 – 9:03 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened on the southbound exit ramp from the interstate to State Route 12 around 1 p.m.

21-year-old Igjanae Perkins of North Baltimore stopped at the top of the ramp to turn left. A pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Teresa Sessions of Findlay hit the back of Perkins’ car. Hanco Ambulance took Perkins’ passenger, 57-year-old Larenda Davis, to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Officers cited Sessions for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

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Fostoria Council Reviews Four Fiscal Recovery Plans

2/22/17 – 8:51 A.M.

Fostoria residents are likely to see a property tax levy on the ballot later this year. The Review-Times reports city council saw four different versions of a fiscal recovery plan during a Tuesday meeting. Three of the plans call for raising property taxes by either 4 mills, 5 mills or 6 mills. The plans raise the city’s carryover balance by various amounts entering 2021.

A fourth option calls for laying off between 13 and 15 city employees with no property tax levy on the ballot. The layoffs would include six police officers, five firefighters and two police clerks.

Council took no action on the issue Tuesday night.

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One-Car Crash Reported On Route 15 Near Vanlue

2/22/17 – 7:25 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-car crash near Vanlue this morning. The crash happened in the westbound lanes of State Route 15 near Township Road 196. A dispatcher says the driver was awake and conscious when EMS crews arrived.

Responders closed both lanes of the highway while they removed a damaged guardrail from the road.

No other details are available just yet.

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Engineering Firm’s Proposed Blanchard River Flood Plan Doubles Potential Cost

2/22/17 – 5:12 A.M.

It doesn’t look like a consulting company’s plan for Blanchard River flood mitigation will cost any less than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s plan. The Courier reports estimates from Stantec Engineering will double the $80 million estimate from the Corps. Findlay officials learned Stantec’s plan calls for a bigger diversion channel during last night’s council meeting. The plan also includes large water detention areas upstream of Findlay in the area of Mount Blanchard and along Eagle Creek.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik told council removing dams from the river and cutting retention “benches” into the river bank to widen it as it flows through Findlay could be enough to drop flood levels in the city by a foot during a 100-year-flood. Stantec’s report says the price tag on that option is around $20 million.

he Corps estimated its plan would drop flood levels by two feet during a 100-year-flood.

A public meeting about Stantec’s findings takes place at 6 p.m. tonight at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

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