Review Category : Local News

Findlay Ranked Top Micropolitan For The Third Year Running

03/01/17 – 5:38 P.M.

Findlay is ranked the number one micropolitan community in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities. Site Selection magazine ranked Findlay the best of 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas. This is the third time Findlay has received the award. Findlay Economic Development director Tim Mayle said, ”2016 turned out to be a fantastic year for many of our existing companies”.

The Economic Development Office compiled and submitted 22 projects that met Site Selections criteria.

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Green Waste Site Opens To Collect Storm Debris

03/01/17 – 5:40 P.M.

The Green Waste Site in Findlay will open temporarily to collect storm debris. The site will open from March 1 through March 10 for residents to drop off debris. Its hours will be 7 am to 3 pm Monday-Friday and 8 am to noon on Saturday and Sunday. During this time you can also drop off leaves, tree limbs, and brush.

The Site is intended for residential use only. It will reopen for the season on April 4.

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Local Democrats Have Feelings Of Doubt And Support For Trump’s Latest Address

03/01/17 – 3:03 P.M.

Local democrats had mixed feelings about President Donald Trumps address to congress. Local party chair Nancy Stephani said the president showed some hypocrisy in his statements.

Nancy Stephani

Stephani said that while Trump’s actions may not reflect his statements there were some items that democrats approve of.

Nancy Stephani

Stephani also mentioned that the democratic party is working hard on the local level to rebuild itself.

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AEP Dealing With Several Power Outages In The Region

3/1/17 – 9:03 A.M.
Updated – 10:03 A.M.

AEP is dealing with several power outages in the region this morning, but things appear to be getting better. AEP’s website reports more than 1,000 outages in Hancock County at the moment, down from a peak of more than 2,000 earlier this morning. Only a couple hundred outages remain in Findlay. An outage east of Bluffton continues to affect around 300 customers and should be fixed by six tonight. A seperate outage near Mount Blanchard is affecting more than 500 people. AEP says power should be restored in that area around 6:15

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Cygnet Woman Injured In Hancock County Crash

3/1/17 – 6:59 A.M.

A two-car crash in Hancock County injured a Cygnet woman Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of County Roads 212 and 236.

79-year-old Thomas Lewallen was driving on County Road 212 when an SUV driven by 61-year-old Larry Yantis of Findlay pulled into his path. Hanco Ambulance took Lewallen’s passenger to Blanchard Valley Hospital. A crash report says 76-year-old Sandra Lewallen suffered non-incapacitating injuries.

Deputies cited Yantis for failure to yield the right of way.

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Findlay Police Department Talks About High Speed Chase Policy

3/1/17 – 5:03 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is talking about its high-speed chase policy following last week’s chase that ended with a crash downtown. Acting Police Chief John Dunbar tells the Courier that while there is a policy in place, the nature of a chase doesn’t allow for ironclad rules. He says officers must consider things like time of day, traffic levels, pedestrians, and road conditions.

City officers acted in a secondary role in last week’s chase. The pursuit began outside of the city and the suspect led officers from other agencies into town. Dunbar says in that case, officers try to reduce risk. Last week they blocked off streets ahead of the chase. Dunbar said that wasn’t fool proof since there are many side streets for a suspect to use.

If a chase starts in Findlay, the police department tries to limit the number of cruisers involved to three at the most. Dunbar says two is ideal. One officer can focus on the chase while another uses a radio to get information out to other emergency responders.

MORE: The Courier

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Bryan Man Injured In Rollover Crash

02/28/17 – 3:15 P.M.

A rollover crash sent a Bryan man to the hospital this morning. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that 88-year-old William Ruffer of Bryan was driving south on Ohio 15 around 7 a.m. He went off the right side of the road heading through the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing. He struck a log which then caused his vehicle to flip.

Putnam County EMS took Ruffer to ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital for his injuries.

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Farmers Breakfast To Honor Hall Of Fame Inductees

The Agri-Business Committee will honor inductees of the Hancock County Agricultural Hall of Fame with a breakfast. The Annual Farmers’ Share Breakfast will feature the winner of the local FFA public speaking contest. Then the 2017 inductees of the Hall of Fame will be recognized.

The event will be at the Brugeman Lodge in Riverbend Park at 7:30 a.m. March 9. Tickets are $3 and can be bough at the chamber of commerce.

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Rain Barrel Decorating Contest Winners Announced

02/28/17 – 5:07 P.M.

The winners were announced for Rain Barrel Decorating Contest by the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. Nine schools entered 24 decorated rain barrels for this year’s contest. Riverdale High School won the People’s Choice Award as well as first place in the general theme category. Hardin Northern took first place in the watershed theme category. First place went to Arlington High School in the agriculture theme category.

You can view pictures of the rain barrels at

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U.S. 68 Closing In Dunkirk Today

3/1/17 – 5:18 A.M.

Road crews will reduce the Main Street bridge in Findlay to one southbound lane Thursday. ODOT says workers will remove debris from the base of the bridge piers at that time.

ODOT crews are closing U.S. 68 in Dunkirk today. Emergency rail repair is taking place in the village and is closing the highway for at least a week. The detour around the work uses U.S. 30, State Route 235, and State Route 81.

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