Review Category : Local News

New Vicar in Place In Putnam County Parishes

2/3/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Four Putnam County parishes have a new official. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that Reverend Rick Friebel has been installed as a new vicar. Friebel will assist the priests at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa; Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Kalida; Saint John’s Catholic Church in Continental; and Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Residents To Vote On Electricity Aggregation

2/3/15 – 5:04 A.M.

Arlington residents could form a group to negotiate for lower electric rates. The Courier reports voters in the village will be asked to install an electricity aggregation program on the May ballot. The program would only apply to American Electric Power customers in Arlington.

Those not wanting to take part could “opt out” at no cost.

MORE: The Courier

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Allen County Teen Feared Missing In Columbus

2/3/15 – 4:37 A.M.

A Lima-area family is staying in Columbus until they or police find some sign of a transgender teenager. Fifteen-year-old Ashley Lane was last seen this past weekend at a dance party as part of Ohayocon at the Columbus Convention Center. Her family is concerned about her safety after she left all her belongings at their hotel room and fear she may have been taken from the area.

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CSX Studying Possibility of Closing Fostoria’s “F” Tower

02/02/15     5:00 p.m.

Technology advances may soon bring the operation of “F” tower in Fostoria to a close.

The Blade reports “F” tower employees operate track switches and signals at three CSX railroad intersections. CSX is currently studying the feasibility of the closure, which may result in operators directing railroad traffic from a regional office remotely. CSX said “F” tower is one of few local towers still in operation for the company.

A CSX spokesman told the Blade that the five full-time employees running operations at “F” tower will be offered other operational jobs in the area.

More: The Toledo Blade

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Revised Transportation Alternative Plan for Downtown Findlay

02/02/15     1:50 p.m.

During a year-in-review presentation at the Findlay Rotary Club today, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik unveiled a revised version of the downtown parking plan. The previous version of the Transportation Alternative Plan included reverse-angled parking and reduced Main St. to one lane in each direction. The new TAP application did away with both those changes.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said this is just a draft and once the design is finalized they will share it with the public for more input. With a $2.4 million TAP grant from the state and $5 million from Marathon, Mihalik said they are hoping ODOT will fund the rest of the project for construction in 2016, but there is still plenty to do before they get to that point.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

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Valfilm Takes Control of Dow Chemical Plant

02/02/15     10:45 a.m.

After announcing its purchase Dec. 5, Valfilm officially takes ownership of what was previously the Dow Chemical Plant today.

The plant currently produces films for food packaging, metal adhesion and embossed films. In a press release Valfim said they intend to broaden the product range to include strech films by April, which will double plant revenue according to Valfilm.

Valfilm said working with the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development and Ohio Means Jobs made the deal possible.

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Gas Prices Edge Back Down

2/2/15 – 7:39 A.M.

Gas prices are up as we start a new work week. reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.03. A week ago the state average was $1.88. Prices jumped early last week, and started decreasing again over the weekend.

Locally, Findlay prices are around $2.08 a gallon. That’s up from a $1.91 a gallon last Monday, but down from last Tuesday’s $2.15 a gallon.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.05 a gallon.

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Update: Winter Storm Makes A Mess On Area Roads

2/2/15 – 5:31 A.M.
Update – 6:45 A.M.
Update – 12:13 P.M.
Update – 1:16 P.M.

While the snow storm didn’t drop as much snow as we initially anticipated it still made a mess on area roads. Seneca and Henry Counties are all under Level 2 Road Alerts. That means roadways are hazardous. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Hancock, Wood and Putnam Counties have downgraded to Level 1 Road Alerts.

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Monday Interview: Fundraising Series Coming to Findlay

02/02/15     5:30 a.m.

Leadership teams from 15 local non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to attend The Fundraising Series presented by Aly Sterling Philanthropy in Findlay in March. Julie Brown, program director for host organizations The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, said the series will cover best practices for a year of fundraising.

Audio: Julie Brown

Brown said fundraising is never far from the mind of those serving the community in non-profit organizations.

Audio: Julie Brown

The Community Foundation will bring The Fundraising Series to Findlay at the end of March. 15 agencies will attend one session per day March 12, 26 and April 9. Space is limited to 15 Hancock County agencies. To reserve a spot, call the Community Foundation at 419-425-1100.

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