Review Category : Local News

Sahloff Named To Putnam County Elections Board

11/2/2015 – 3:00 pm

Secretary of State Jon Husted has appointed Kurt W. Sahloff as a member of the Putnam County Board of Elections. The Courier reports that Sahloff will fill the unexpired term of Virginia Price. State law requires a bipartisan representation on each of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections and each board is made up of two Republican and two Democratic members, all of whom must be qualified electors in the counties for which they serve. Appointments are made by the Ohio Secretary of State.

Sahloff was recommended by the Putnam County Republican Executive Committee.

More: The Courier

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2015 United Way Fundraising Campaign Continues

11/3/2015 – 2:25 pm

The United Way of Hancock County is continuing their 2015 fundraising campaign. CEO John Urbanski says that collects so far remain on target with 2014 numbers.

Audio: John Urbanski

The United Way funds a variety of programs in the community, from educational to cleanup, and improvement programs. Urbanski says that the wide range of projects is what brings people to continue to donate to the fund each year.

Audio: John Urbanski

The 2015 campaign continues. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, you can contact the United Way at 419-423-1432.

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Workforce Development Coalition Underway

11/3/2015 – 11:33 am

The Findlay-Hancock County Workforce Coalition is underway. Tony Iriti, Economic Development Director for the Hancock County Alliance says that while Findlay and Hancock County hadn’t gone for the “big score”. That is, finding a major company to locate in Findlay, small sustained growth has been more beneficial for the community in the long run.

Audio: Tony Iriti

The coalition aims to work with schools and companies on training, education, and workforce development programs. Iriti says that in June 2015 around 870 seniors graduated in Hancock County, and around 75% of those seniors said they were going to college.

Audio: Tony Iriti

Iriti notes that there are many jobs available, which may pay over six figures. But many of those positions are also dependent on a candidate’s experience and education. So the coalition aims to work with companies and schools to provide the necessary education and work experience to allow local students to fill those open positions.

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ODOT Gives Update On I-75 Widening Project

11/3/15 – 10:46 A.M.

The bad news is construction on I-75 won’t be ending anytime soon. The good news is that it also shouldn’t take any longer than needed. Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce members got an update on construction efforts today…

Audio: Rod Maas

Rod Maas is a planning engineer for ODOT District 1. He says once the project is finished it will improve safety. He said besides having three lanes, there will be extra width along the shoulders, allowing more maneuverability.


Audio: Rod Maas

Maas added that the widening of I-75 through Findlay and the reconstruction of the U.S. 68 interchange is still set for 2018.

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World’s First Pop-Up Book Gallery To Be Unveiled Later This Month

11/3/2015 – 10:36 pm

Photo Caption: A progression of Matthew Reinhart’s templates for the pop-up book, “Cinderella,” which will be exhibited in the Laiho Gallery. (Photo: UF Newsroom)

A one of its kind in the world art exhibit will open in Findlay this month. The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum will unveil an exhibit for pop-up books. The Laiho Gallery will officially open to the public on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 pm. The exhibit will feature many works of art from pop-up books, including many from artist Matthew Reinhart who will be on hand at the grand opening, and who has donated over 300 works that will be displayed.

The public is welcome to attend, but they ask that you make reservations by Friday, November 6th by calling 419-434-5521 or email museum administrator Kerry Teeple at

More: UF Newsroom

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New Fire Truck In Service In Bluffton

11/3/15 – 6:48 A.M.

Bluffton firefighters are breaking in a new fire truck. The Courier reports village council members were given a fire department update during their Monday meeting. Fire Chief Jon Kinn says the truck is in service and firefighters have been putting it through its paces.

Kinn says the truck is fully equipped, but they are still waiting for a few more items to come in.

MORE: The Courier

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Carey Officials Get More Details About Tax Collection Agency

11/3/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Carey officials learned more about potential changes to how the village collects income taxes during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports a representative from the Central Collection Agency of Cleveland talked to council members. David Bernaciak said it would cost Carey around $41,000 the first year to oversee income tax collection.

If the village uses the agency it would mean residents could file their taxes online. The contract wouldn’t begin until next July since 2015 tax forms have already been ordered.

Ada, North Baltimore, and Alger are three local communities that use the service. The agency has 67 clients in Ohio.

MORE: The Courier

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Potential Park Upgrades Discussed In Arlington

11/3/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Park improvements were talked about during Monday’s Arlington Village Council meeting. The Courier reports council members heard about plans to demolish a park building and build another one in its place. The project would cost a little less than $50,000. The village is waiting to see if it will get a $37,500 grant from the Hancock Park District before moving ahead with the plan.

A new scoreboard could be in the works for Price Field. Backers are looking to find funding for that project.

Other possible improvements include a new roof for the swimming pool house and upgrades to tennis courts.

MORE: The Courier

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Ottawa-Glandorf Teachers To Vote On New Contract Today

11/3/15 – 5:15 A.M.

It appears teachers in the Ottawa-Glandorf School District are closer to approving a new contract. A release from the school says the Ottawa-Glandorf Teacher’s Association and administrators have reached a tentative agreement. The deal pertains to outstanding salary and language proposals.

The teacher’s union will vote on the deal today. If approved, the school board will vote on the contract at a 7:30 p.m. meeting.

The tentative contract was agreed to following two federal mediation sessions.

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