Review Category : Local News

Columbus Grove Drug Testing Policy Discussed

2/26/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Residents in the Columbus Grove school district learned more about a possible drug testing policy at a Wednesday night meeting. The Lima News reports a public forum on the issue was held, and around 70 people were in attendance.

Great Lakes Biomedical President Kyle Prueter was part of the panel, and told those on hand the proposed policy isn’t about catching children. Prueter said the random drug screenings are a deterrent that help children avoid doing drugs in the first place. Great Lakes Biomedical will conduct the tests if the school board approves the policy.

If the policy is implemented, penalties could only be enforced against kids in extracurricular activities. State law does not allow for academic penalties.

MORE: Lima News

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Big Property Tax Exemption Offered To Disabled Veterans

2/26/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Disabled veterans can qualify for larger property tax deductions in Ohio now. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says the deduction comes through the homestead tax exemption. Veterans who are rated 100 percent disabled from a service injury can apply for an exemption of up to $50,000 for a home valued at $100,000.

The service-related injury must be certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agency. Applications are due by the first Monday in June.

Applications are available in the Hancock County auditor’s office, and on the auditor’s website.

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Homeless Numbers Down In Findlay

2/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The number of people without a place to call home appears to be down in Findlay. The Courier reports only 10 beds were full at the City Mission on West Main Cross last weekend. Executive Director Phil Arnold says during the recession that number was more like 50 people.

Arnold says that while the number of people staying the night at the shelter are down, the number of people stopping in for a meal has remained consistent. There are between 20 to 60 people coming in for dinner or picking up food boxes. The prepackaged boxes have nonperishable foods and frozen meat. They’re available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MORE: The Courier

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Wood County Teen Faces Vehicular Homicide Charges

2/26/15 – 4:29 A.M.

The 16-year-old accused of causing a crash in Bowling Green that killed four people is being charged with vehicular homicide. The Wood County prosecutor says Nicholas Korducki was driving negligently on February 5th when he crossed the center line and slammed into a minivan. He faces up to 90 days in the Juvenile Detention Facility.

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Findlay City Schools Receives State Auditor Distinction Award

02/25/15     3:10 p.m.

The Findlay City School District has received an excellence award from the state auditor’s office.

According to a release from State Auditor Dave Yost, a recent financial audit of the district returned a clean report, earning the district an Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

To receive a distinction award, a district must not only have clean reports, but also file them in a timely manner, have no ethics issues or questionable findings.

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Multicultural Center Holding Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser

02/25/15     12:48 p.m.

Findlay’s Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center will be celebrating more than three decades of service to the community this year. It will mark the occasion with the annual Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Awards Banquet March 7.

Audio: Jerome Gray

Board Chair Jerome Gray said you won’t find an organization like the center within 500 miles.

Audio: Jerome Gray

The fundraiser will be held at the Findlay Country Club. The speaker for this year’s celebration is Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and there will be a full cash bar available. Reservations will need to be made by this Friday Feb. 27 by calling Gray at 419-788-6794.

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Power Outage Reported In Findlay

2/25 – 9:38 A.M.

A small power outage is affecting part of Findlay today. AEP Ohio confirms an outage near the Millstream Career Center. The problem was first reported just after 9 a.m. So far there’s no word on what caused the outage, or how long power will be out.

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Fire Destroys Wyandot County Barn

2/25/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A barn was destroyed by a fire near Carey Tuesday afternoon. Five fire departments were called to 9501 South Township Road 93 around 4 p.m. to battle the blaze.

Some of the fire departments weren’t able to effectively fight the flames because their equipment kept freezing.

No one was injured, and the fire remains under investigation.

 

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Hancock County Family First Council In Need Of New Administrator

2/25/15 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Family First Council needs a new group to handle administrative duties. The Courier reports the Hancock County Educational Service Center has resigned from administrative duties from the group. According to state law, if another group doesn’t step up to handle the job, it falls to the county commissioners.

Administering the program takes about 20 hours per week. The council pays around $8,800 in fees for the work.

The Family First Council was established in 1993. It aims to streamline and coordinate government services for children and families.

MORE: The Courier

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