Review Category : Local News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Findlay High School Students Serving As Poll Workers Today

11/3/15 – 5:05 A.M.

If you’re voting in Hancock County today, you might notice some younger poll workers. The Courier reports the Hancock County Board of Elections has hired eight Findlay high school students to assist at voting locations. The teenagers are part of the “We the People” civics team at the high school.

The students are all seniors. To work at the polls today, they had to be at least 17-years-old, but they did not have to be registered voters. In fact, only one of the students is old enough to vote.

The students are being paid $130 each. They’ll use that money to help pay for state and national “We the People” competitions.

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Warnings To Be Issued For Crawford Street Traffic Violations

11/3/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Now that Crawford Street in Findlay has been converted to a one-way street, there is bound to be a transition period for drivers. Recognizing this, Findlay officials say people parking or driving the wrong way on Crawford will be given a warning for the next two weeks. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says the decision to only give warnings was made to help “ease people” into the change.

Drivers who cause a crash or are under the influence will still be cited.

West Crawford was converted to one-way to the west while East Crawford was changed to one-way to the east last Friday. The changes were made to allow for more parking downtown.

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Fire Reported At Tiffin Ballreich’s Factory

11/3/15 – 4:31 A.M.

Potato chip production is on hold again after a fire at a Tiffin factory. Firefighters say the second fire in four days broke out yesterday at the Ballreich’s factory on Ohio Avenue. Mechanical malfunctions are being blamed for yesterday’s blaze and a fire that sent workers home early on Thursday.

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Election Day Is Here

11/3/15 – 4:26 A.M.

Today is Election Day across Ohio. The big race in our area is the four-way race for three Findlay City Council-At-Large seats. There are also several mayoral, village council, and school board races across the region The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. We’ll have full election coverage starting at 7 p.m.

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Toledo Imam Speaks On Overcoming Religious Differences

11/2/2015 – 10:32 pm

Imam Talal Eid spoke on Islam in the modern world at the University of Findlay Wednesday night. As the Imam for the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Eid said that he wanted to explain the nature of Islam and to help bridge the gap between Islam and other religions of the world.

Audio: Imam Talal Eid

Imam Eid has worked all over the world as a scholar, theologian, activist and lecturer on Muslim relations, and has served on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Imam Eid said that if we talk to each other and learn from each other, we can help solve many of the issues that exist between religions in the modern world.

Audio: Imam Talal Eid

Imam Eid spoke as a part of an ongoing lecture series at UF which will help provide a learning environment for exploring critical issues relevant to religious studies.

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Ag Talk: November Weather Outlook

11/2/2015 – 3:07 pm

So far, the fall weather has been good for area farmers, allowing most to get their crops harvested before the cold weather sets in. Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that temperatures will be higher as November takes off.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz also notes that rains will increase as the month continues on, with predictions calling for around two to four inches more than average for the year. While that may not bode well for crops waiting to be harvested, Lentz says that winter wheat crops may see some significant improvement given the fall weather conditions.

Audio: Ed Lentz

The warm weather also increases the soil temperatures, which will generally last longer than the air temperatures. Lentz says this too will help wheat crops get a start on their growth this winter.

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