Review Category : Local News

Arlington Swimming Pool Needs More Lifeguards

7/6/16 – 6:42 A.M.

The Arlington swimming pool is suffering from a lack of lifeguards, and as a result will have reduced hours this week. The Courier reports the pool will only be open from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, and will be closed Saturday. Arlington Council members were told the pool doesn’t have enough lifeguards on staff right now.

Normally there are 16 to 17 lifeguards, but that number is down to around 12 this year. With some of them going on family vacations and taking part in other activities, that doesn’t leave enough people to staff to pool.

To help the situation, the pool manager may become licensed to certify lifeguards.

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Fostoria’s Budget Woes May Get Worse Before They Get Better

7/6/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The news about Fostoria’s budget has gone from bad to worse. The Review-Times reports projections for 2017 show a deficit of $1.6 million. The news comes after the state placed the city under a fiscal emergency earlier this year. Fostoria is projected to have an $800,000 shortfall at the end of 2016. City Auditor Steve Garner presented the numbers during a public hearing Tuesday.

Garner projects city revenues will only be $6 million next year. That’s down from more than $8.5 million eight years ago. Estimated expenses for next year are around $6.9 million. Garner says one of the biggest issues is the end of a $500,000 of grant used to pay the salaries and benefits of eight firefighters.

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Grant Will Help Sediment Collection Efforts In Blanchard River

7/6/16 – 5:15 A.M.

A grant from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will help collect and check sediment in the Blanchard River. The Courier reports city council has approved a $355,000 grant that will install a sediment collector near Findlay reservoir one. The goal of the project is to see how removing sediment from Maumee River tributaries affects water quality. It will also test how some of the sediment collected can be used.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said Findlay won’t contribute any money to the project. The city will help oversee operations.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Asks For Funding For New Jail Software

7/6/16 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants the county commissioners to pay for an upgrade in the software that helps manage the jail. Back in March, Sheriff Mike Heldman said the software from the ProPhoenix Corporation can help cut man-hours needed to manage the jail and use data to identify crime trends among other features…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman says the program could also be used to let the public file complaints online. He added he isn’t sure if he wants to do that yet.

The Courier reports the cost of the software is a little more than $387,000 up front, and more than $42,600 per year for support and maintenance.

Heldman tells the commissioners the current software has been used since 2004 and is problematic. He added jailers still have to record everything by hand because the software can be unreliable.

The commissioners took no action on the issue during the Tuesday meeting.

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United Way Planning For Fundraising Season Kick-Off

7/5/16 – 12:47 P.M.

On September 8th the United Way of Hancock County will celebrate its annual fundraising campaign with a kickoff party. The event will provide a pep talk on the fundraiser and then move into entertainment. Director John Urbanski explained the event in a recent interview…

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski the past kick off events have been in the mornings…

Audio: John Urbanski

Cocktails will start at 5, with dinner at 6 and comedian Will McDaniel at 7. The event will be held at Roy Armes Hall in the Marathon Performing Arts Center and cost $30 a person.

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UPDATED: Carey Teen Accused In Stabbing Incident At Indian Lake

7/5/16 – 7:07 A.M.
Update – 12:03 P.M.

A Carey teenager is accused of stabbing a Tiffin man following a fireworks show in Logan County. WPKO radio reports 18-year-old Derrick Lee Richards has been charged with felonious assault following the incident near Old Field Beach at Indian Lake. The stabbing happened Saturday night around 10:45 p.m.

36-year-old Joshua Johnson of Tiffin has been identified as the victim. He was taken from the scene by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is handling the investigation.

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Plenty Of Road Work In Findlay This Week

There are plenty of road work projects taking place in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says curb replacement will take place on Elm Street between Main Street and Lima Avenue, Liberty Street between Elm and Sandusky streets, Washington Street between Western and Hurd, Clinton Court between Central Parkway and Blanchard Street, and Hollybrook Drive between Beecher Street and Edinborough Drive.

In addition, Broad Avenue between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street, as well as East Melrose between Crystal Avenue and Bright Road will be reduced to one lane for road work.

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Local Gas Prices Continue To Fall

7/5/16 – 7:25 A.M.

We haven’t seen gas prices this low coming out of the 4th of July weekend in quite some time. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay today is $1.94 per gallon. That’s in comparison to $2.61 a gallon at the same time last year. Prices have dropped 16 cents over the last week.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.03 a gallon. That’s also a 16 cent decline over the last seven days.

The statewide average is $2.18 for a gallon of regular. A year ago the state average was $2.70.

 

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Home Near Upper Sandusky Destroyed By Weekend Fire

7/5/16 – 6:49 A.M.

A home near Upper Sandusky was destroyed by a fire Sunday morning. The Upper Sandusky Fire Department was called to 12491 Township Road 58 around 7:15 a.m. after a sheriff’s deputy saw smoke in the area. The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The State Fire Marshall’s Office has been called to help.

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