Review Category : Local News

Leipsic Set To Leave Fiscal Emergency Status

1/23/17 – 5:32 A.M.

It’s been a long road, but it appears Leipsic is set to leave its fiscal emergency designation. That’s according to Mayor Kevin Benton, who made the announcement during a state of the village address last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports representatives from Ohio have recommended dropping the designation for the village. The state declared a fiscal emergency for Leipsic six years ago.

Benton says state auditors found the village was in line with guidelines to get Leipsic’s finances under control. Benton added the village met the goals while still providing all services for residents.

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Findlay Young Professionals To Hold Annual Kick-Off at Alexandria’s Thursday

01/23/17 – 5:30 A.M.
This Thursday Findlay Young Professionals will be holding their annual kickoff event. Member Ashley Barger said that the event is open to everyone and helps you get to know the organization. She and fellow member Andy Boes said it is a great way to connect with the community.
 
Boes added that if a non-member decides that FYP is a good fit then they can register on the spot. They will have kiosks available with applications. Membership is $50 annually. Barger added that some people could get free memberships. She said that this is great for those people that have friends that are interested but are hesitant in joining. 
 
The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at Alexandria’s. There is no cost in taking part and the event will be fully catered.

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St. Michael’s Pastor To Retire This Year

1/23/17 – 5:18 A.M.

The leader of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay is stepping down this year. Father Michael Hohenbrink announced his retirement to the congregation Sunday. Hohenbrink said he asked Bishop Thomas for permission to retire on December 8.

Hohenbrink’s last day is set for June 30. The Catholic Church will assign a new pastor effective in July.

Hohenbrink says he plans to stay in Findlay. He also wants to help out at the church in some capacity.

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Man Accused Of Murder Facing Charges In Hancock County Jail Assault

1/23/16 – 5:06 A.M.

An Arlington man facing a murder charge is now facing charges for an alleged assault in the Hancock County Jail. The Courier reports deputies have charged 28-year-old Brent Houdeshell and 30-year-old Joshua Frenzel of Fostoria in connection to a November 16 incident. Investigators say both men hit 28-year-old Paul Porter twice, knocking him unconscious. The fight reportedly happened after inmates accused Porter from stealing commissary items. He also allegedly spit on Houdeshell.

Houdeshell is facing a murder charge in a separate case. Police say he killed 2-year-old Brayden Ferrell in a Findlay apartment last April. He’s scheduled for arraignment on the jail assault on February 1.

Frenzel is no longer in the jail. In late November Judge Reginald Routson sentenced Frenzel to 23 months in prison for failure to appear and drug charges. A court date for Frenzel hasn’t been set for the jail assault.

Porter remains in jail. He is facing a robbery charge.

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Protest Against Trump Happened On Main Street In Findlay Friday

01/20/17 – 5:22 P.M.

A protest happened in front of the Findlay Courthouse Friday to stand up against the Trump Administration. Kate Kapostasy said they were standing up for the equal treatment of minorities.

Kate Kapostasy

During the protest, Kapostasy said that there was some discussion with a Trump supporter.

 

Kate Kapostasy

The group was standing up for the safety of minorities. At one point during the day, they had over 20 protesters. The protest was organized over facebook for Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

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Flag City Honor Flight Schedules Two Flights In One Year For The First Time

01/20/17 – 2:40 P.M.

Flag City Honor Flight has announced the flight dates for 2017 and scheduled a second flight for the first time. The first flight will be on June 7 and the second flight will be held September 20. FCHF Media Relations Vaun Wickerham said that they were able to schedule the second flight due to increased resources. He explained that as the popularity of Flag City Honor Flight grew so did the influx of volunteers and donations.

The flights will take veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. The highest priority lies on WWII veterans followed by Korean vets and finally Vietnam vets. You can find more information or download an application at flagcityhonorflight.org.

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ODOT Reports More Salt Was Used This Year Than Last Year

01/20/17 – 11:27 P.M.

This winter was mild so far but not as mild as it was last year. ODOT reports that district 1 used over 17,600 tons of salt on the roads this year and spent $2.4 million. The eight-county district used about 10,400 tons of salt and spent around $1.5 million this same time last year.

So far this year Hancock County has used over 2,800 tons of salt, spending $346,000. The report represents October to the present.

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Fostoria Woman Injured In Findlay Crash

1/20/17 – 6:46 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Fostoria woman in Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says 32-year-old Emily Montiel stopped for a red light at the intersection of of Tiffin Avenue and Croy Drive around 4:30 p.m. when a pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Scott Adams of Findlay collided with her from behind.

Hanco Ambulance took Montiel to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police cited Adams for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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United Way Of Fostoria Launches “First Call For Help” Program

1/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

Fostoria residents who need help with a problem have a new resource available to them. The Review-Times reports the United Way of Fostoria launched the “First Call for Help” program Tuesday. The system gives residents a central place to go to learn more about the resources that could be available to them.

The program can help point people in the right direction when they can’t pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, or experiencing domestic violence among other issues. United Way Executive Director Evelyn Marker says the agency doesn’t supply the resources, but can point people where to go.

The number for the program is 419-435-2555. It’s available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Rep. Robert Sprague Attending Today’s Inauguration Ceremony

1/20/17 – 5:27 A.M.

State Representative Robert Sprague is attending the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. today. Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger appointed Sprague to Ohio’s delegation at the event. Sprague says he’ll attend Donald Trump’s noon inauguration before taking a seat outside the White House for the inaugural parade. He and the group also plan to attend tonight’s Liberty and Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

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