Review Category : Local News

State Fights Return Of Exotic Animal To Wood County Man

1/30/15 – 4:31 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is fighting a court order that requires them to return nearly one dozen animals confiscated from Tiger Ridge Exotics. They filed statements Thursday from two veterinarians that said the animals can’t be returned without posing an unreasonable danger to their health, the safety of the people transporting them and to the persons living near the farm. The animals are currently in Reynoldsburg where they’re undergoing health evaluations. State officials say they were living in inhumane conditions.

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Marathon Subsidiary Speedway Converting 1,200 Hess Locations

01/29/15     5:03 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum subsidiary Speedway closed its deal on the sale of Hess retail locations Sept. 30 and is now in the process of converting them to Speedway stores.

Starting with the stores furthest south due to the winter weather, Speedway says it closes five stores a day, reopening them the following day with all Speedway goods and equipment. With more than 1,200 stores to convert in 14 states, teams of 20 work from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day to complete the flips.

Store conversions began in mid-November, with 60 being completed in 2014.

At the same time, Hess employees are being retrained to work in their new Speedway stores.

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Tax Code Changes May Allow for Up to $500 in Tax Refund Advances

01/29/15     4:05 p.m.

New legislation being proposed by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown would allow low-income families to get tax refund money they’ve earned in times of need. Brown proposed those eligible for the earned income tax credit can get an advance of up to $500 of their tax return months before the tax return arrives.

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown said by granting these advances, he hopes Ohioans won’t be tempted to use payday lenders for a cash advance.

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown said if Congress approves the idea and it works well, the $500 may be upped in the future.

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Lady Antebellum To Play Allen County Fair

1/29/15 – 11:55 A.M.

The Allen County Fair has announced its headlining act for 2015.

Country music act Lady Antebellum will take the stage on August 29. Sam Hunt will serve as the opening act. Tickets go on sale February 7.

The Allen County Fair has a track record of bringing in big country acts to perform in the region. Last year Toby Keith headlined the event.

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Study Gives Opinion On Site For New Seneca County Justice Center

1/29/15 – 5:34 A.M.

A new study says the best location for a Seneca County justice center is in downtown Tiffin. The Courier reports the study indicates the East Tower property in downtown Tiffin would be the best location for the center. A rough estimate of $11.5 million was given as the cost to renovate an existing building and add new space. However, no design work has been done.

The issue is far from a done deal though. A separate study from last year says the ideal location would be the site of the former courthouse. That project would include a 36,000 square foot building and a connection to the 18,000 square foot county annex building. The estimated cost for that was $8.5 million.

Those behind the new study say building downtown would help bolster redevelopment in that area. They also think a $1.5 million historical tax credit would help bring down the price.

MORE: The Courier

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Tree Planting Initiative Getting Set For Spring Project

1/29/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A tree planting initiative will continue in Findlay this spring. The city’s Shade Tree Commission will have a meeting about the NeighborWoods Spring Tree Planting Project early next month. Interested residents are invited to the Universal Church on South Main Street on February 4 at 7 p.m.

The NeighborWoods program started last year and focused on the Sherman Park area. This year the focus will on South Main Street between Lima Avenue and 6th Street.

For more information, call (419)424-7137.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Broad Avenue Crash

1/29/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A two-car crash injured one person in Findlay Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Broad Avenue.

41-year-old Angelique Lovell was backing out of a driveway when she hit a car driven by 74-year-old Patricia Grayson. Hanco EMS took Grayson to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Lovell was cited for failure to yield.

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Findlay Middle Schools Make Big Investment in Technology

1/29/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A grant from Marathon Petroleum means a big upgrade in technology for Findlay middle schools. The Courier reports 250 iPads, 36 laptops, and even probes to help students analyze data are arriving in the middle schools this week. The equipment is being bought with part of a $1.1 million grant announced last February.

The grant is designed to boost the school district’s science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Marathon engineers have also offered to partner with the school to help give lessons using the new technology.

MORE: The Courier

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Exotic Animals To Be Returned To Wood County Man

1/29/15 – 4:22 A.M.

Nearly a dozen animals seized from Tiger Ridge Exotics are being ordered to be returned. Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture tranquilized and removed six tigers, a black leopard, a lion, Kodiak bear, liger and a bob cat. Several hours later, a Wood County Common Pleas Court judge ordered them to be taken back, although a date and time for their return hasn’t been scheduled. State officials say owner Kenny Hetrick is in violation of a state law passed in 2012 that requires him to have a permit to have the animals.

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Climatologists Predicting Promising Planting Season for Farmers

01/28/15     5: 25 p.m.

Although it’s still a few months away, climatologists are already predicting the weather for planting season for farmers. From what they can tell so far, it looks like it will be warmer and dryer than normal come planting time.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from the Hancock County OSU Extension Office said a dryer season helps the plant get established quickly and once they are established they can handle adversity in the weather or to pests more effectively.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said predictors are indicating the wheat crop should come up in a normal time period near the end of March. All in all, Lentz said things look promising.

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