Review Category : Local News

Findlay Visitors Bureau Accepting Applications for Event Grant Programs

01/22/15     3:15 p.m.

The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau has four grant programs available this year for organizations hosting local events and is now accepting applications. The new grant added this year is the Community Connect program, which offers a $500 grant for marketing expenses. CVB Director Rachael Rahrig says this grant is catered toward more than just Findlay.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

The Community Connect grant has a rolling deadline of 30 days before the date of the event. Likewise, the Co Op Advertising Program grant has a rolling deadline of 60 days prior to the event. The Co Op grant offers a 50 percent matching grant of up to $3,000 also for advertising and promotional costs.

The remaining two grants can be applied to any event costs. The Tourism Development Grant Program is for an event one or two years in existence. It offers a 100 percent matching grant up to $8,000. Deadline for this grant application is March 9.

Lastly, the Tourism Growth Program is a 100 percent matching grant of up to $5,000 for an established event. This grant is for an event that has plans for growth or has been reinvented. Applications are also due March 9.

Last year the CVB awarded more than $85,000 in grant money to local organizations hosting community events. Some of those events included sports tournaments, agriculture programs, festivals, art shows and more.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig said beyond grants, once you utilize CVB resources they can help you even further. Rahrig said they can supply welcome bags, event support, use of their promotional and marketing resources or even stage a welcome tent at the event.

2015 CVB Grant Programs

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Two Renewal Levies Set For Spring Ballot In Hancock County

1/22/15 – 10:57 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners cleared the way for two renewal levies to appear on the May ballot during their Thursday meeting. As a result, a 1.9 mill renewal levy for the Blanchard Valley Center and a half-mill renewal levy for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will be up for a vote this spring.

BVC Superintendent Connie Ament says the levy is needed because enrollment continues to climb…

Audio: Connie Ament

Ament says state funding continues to decrease as well. The levy is one of two that fund BVC operations.

Library Director Jeff Winkle says his organization is in a similar boat when it comes to a drop in state funding.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

Winkle says the current levy currently generates around $700,000 a year for the library. Ament the current BVC levy generates around $3.2 million annually for the center.

Neither organization is asking for additional money.

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West Ohio Food Bank Announces Interim Co-Directors

01/22/15     10:30 a.m.

The West Ohio Food Bank has announced two interim directors.

Current CEO Gary Bright has announced he will be leaving WOFB to return to work for Century Health in Findlay. He will be working with interim co-directors Brian Van Meter and Tommie Harner on a transition plan for the organization to ensure all the current operations are maintained.

An announcement will be made at a later date about the search process for a permanent CEO.

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Would-Be Robbers Stopped By Employee With A Gun In Lima

1/22/15 – 7:42 A.M.

A robbery attempt at a Lima area jewelry store was stopped when an employee pulled a handgun and took a shot at a would-be robber. The Lima News reports the incident happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

Two men entered Raine’s Jewelry on Shawnee Road and attempted to rob the store. An employee fired a single shot, and the men fled without taking anything. No one was injured.

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Three Arrested Following Fostoria Street Fight

1/22/15 – 7:14 A.M.

Three people were arrested and one person was taken to the hospital following a fight that involved a tire iron in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports the incident was reported around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night at 216 East Jones Street.

20-year-old Karah Leann Knezevich of Findlay, 24-year-old Benjamin Kuzma, and 19-year-old Bobbi Lane are all facing felonious assault charges. Lane was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

A man who was not publicly identified was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.

No other details were available.

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LaRocco Honored By Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association

1/22/15 – 6:52 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association honored an area attorney this week. The Courier reports Melissa LaRocco was given the 11th Jackson E. Betts Professionalism Award. It’s only the second time a woman has been given the honor.

LaRocco serves as the pro bono director for Legal Aid of Western Ohio. The organization provides legal assistance to low-income residents.

The last woman to be given the honor was Valerie Myers Roszman in 2010.

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Man Arrested For Stealing Credit Cards In Findlay

1/22/15 – 6:43 A.M.

A Toledo man is accused of stealing credit cards in several cities, including Findlay. Media Partner WTOL-11 reports Martin Gaines was recently arrested in Michigan. He faces several charges, including larceny in a vehicle and fraudulent use of credit cards.

Authorities say Gaines would break car windows and take credit cards out of vehicles. They believe he stole credit cards in Findlay, Sandusky, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Preliminary Plans For Putnam County Bridge Project Finished

1/22/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Preliminary plans for reconstructing the I-9 bridge near Ottawa are complete, but you can’t see them just yet.  The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials from the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District gave a report on the bridge at a recent meeting.  District Manager Lynn Army said the plans will be made public when a complete version is finished.

The I-9 bridge has been blamed for creating flooding issues along the Blanchard River in Putnam County.  Many say the bridge approach slows down the flow of the river.

Army said that the steady state model of water flow showed that changes to the bridge would reduce the river depth by four to six inches.  He believes that the unsteady state model will show even more reduction in river depth.

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Hancock County Sheriff Issues Scam Warning

1/22/15 – 5:22 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know about a scam that has popped up in the area. Sheriff Michael Heldman says potential victims have been targeted over email. The scammers will identify themselves as a family member or friend. They’ll go on to say they took a trip overseas, and their belongings were misplaced or taken. They then ask you to send them money so they can get home.

Heldman says not to send money and to ignore the email.

If you think you’ve been victimized by the scam, call the sheriff’s office at (419)424-7097.

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Inside Look At How McLane Was Recruited To Hancock County

1/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Economic development officials talked Wednesday about how McLane Company was encouraged to build a new distribution center in Hancock County. The Courier reports members of Findlay’s Kiwanis club were told how McLane’s interest in the area coincided with the creation of a new industrial park. McLane started looking at land near I-75 and County Road 99 during the same month Findlay-Hancock County Alliance members started talking about a new industrial park on Hancock County Road 212.

When a deal for the land right next to the interstate couldn’t be reached, McLane was approached about building in the new park. By February of last year, a letter of intent was signed by the company.

Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said once that happened, meetings were held with city, county, township, Blanchard Valley Port Authority, state transportation department and JobsOhio officials. Iriti said that convinced McLane to move forward with the nearly $119 million investment.

The McLane distribution center is expected to eventually employ around 425 people. The new facility will open next year.

MORE: The Courier

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