Review Category : Local News

Allen County Ag Society Names New Fair General Manager

11/23/2015 – 2:10 pm

The Allen County Fairboard has named a new Fair Manager. Bob Fricke was named as the next General Manager of the Allen County Fair. Previously, Fricke has served as a promoter and general manager of Limaland Motorsports Park and was a Vice President of the University of Northwestern Ohio.

In the past, Fricke was a member of the 4-H, FFA and the Junior Fair Board and has assisted with fair activities. His children show regularly at the Allen County Fair as well.

“I was raised on the family farm and still currently involved with farming, so I truly know the importance of the Allen County Fair and the fairgrounds to our community,” Fricke said. “I am excited for the opportunity to use my life experiences and background to continue to build on what is already the greatest annual event in Allen County.”

Fricke lives near Elida.

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Support Local Businesses This Weekend

11/23/2015 – 2:00 pm

With holiday sales set to kick off again this week with Black Friday people are encouraged to support local business. Small Business Saturday returns this weekend. Consumer researcher Rhonda Abrams says that it’s important to remember Small Business Saturday because dollars spent in local business can impact local communities.

Audio: Rhonda Abrams

Abrams says that many small businesses make attempts to supply their stores with products that cannot be bought at the larger retail stores, making them destination stops when you are holiday shopping. But even so, people remain smart shoppers. Abrams notes that it isn’t an either/or situation. People can get bargains at larger chain stores and at small local businesses.

Audio: Rhonda Abrams

Small business Saturday will be this weekend. Remember to shop local.

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Gas Prices Nearing Lowest Prices In Several Years

11/23/15 – 7:36 A.M.

Local gas prices are headed down, and could drop to the lowest levels we’ve seen in years this week. Ohio gas reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $1.79 today. The last time prices were this low was early January of this year. The latest numbers reflect a 20 cent decline over the past week alone.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $1.78 a gallon today.

The statewide average stands at $1.81 a gallon, down from $1.97 last week.

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Most Road Work Projects Wrapping Up Locally

11/23/15 – 7:25 A.M.

Most road construction projects are wrapping up for the season in Hancock County, but there will be a couple of spots to look out for this week. ODOT says State Route 103 between Arlington and Jenera will be reduced to one lane this week for berm work. U.S. 224 between Findlay and State Route 235 will also see lane reductions for berm work.

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Reaction Swift To Proposed End Of Fostoria Tax Credit

11/23/15 – 7:20 A.M.

A proposed change to end a tax credit in Fostoria has been met with outrage on social media, but Mayor Eric Kecker says he’s only gotten a couple of phone calls about it. The Review-Times reports an income tax credit is set to expire on January 1.

Currently city residents who work elsewhere only have to pay the difference in taxes between the two cities. Keckler says the change is needed to offset the loss of a grant that has been paying for eight firefighters. The city has received the SAFER grant twice, and Keckler believes it’s unlikely it will get a third grant.

Keckler calls the move a “tough choice,” but adds he would sleep better knowing, “there are policemen, firemen and paramedics out there if somebody needs them.” Online backlash has been led by former Mayor John Davoli. In a post on the RT Facebook page, Davoli said, “Notice how there is no talk of cuts in the city budget, just a big cut in YOUR budget!”

MORE: Review-Times

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Wetlands Project Will Study Field Runoff In Hancock County

11/23/15 – 6:54 A.M.

An environmental study at the University of Findlay’s Rieck Center has been completed. University officials say the study is expected to give findings about floodwater filtration and collection. A more than $93,000 grant from the Ohio EPA created a space for natural filtering and treatment of runoff from nearby fields.

The money was used to create a seven-acre wetland complex at 17311 Amanda Township Road 166. A gently sloped dithc was designed to direct field runoff to the wetlands rather than into the Blanchard River water system.

The project’s purpose is to reduce sediment and phosphorus runoff from farmland.

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Findlay Man Injured In Weekend Crash

11/23/15 – 6:43 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a one-car crash late Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened on Broad Avenue around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. 23-year-old Anthony Ramsey suffered head injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Police say Ramsey was driving south when he lost control of the car and hit a curb near the Great Scot grocery store. The car then hit a tree.

Ramsey was cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence, operating without reasonable control, and failure to wear a seat belt.

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Another Robbery Reported In Fostoria

11/23/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Another Fostoria business has been robbed at gunpoint. The Review-Times reports the incident happened at the Fostoria Pantry at 255 West South Street just before 9 p.m. Saturday night. Police are still investigating what was taken. The crime is believed to be linked to a string of robberies over the last month in the city.

On November 18 the Little Caesers location was also robbed at gunpoint. In that case an employee was hit in the face with a gun. No one was injured in the Saturday night robbery.

Other robberies believed to be connected to the suspect include an October 19 incident at the South Side Carryout, an October 21 incident at the Taco Bell on Plaza Drive, and an October 30 robbery at the Tri-County Beverage Center on West Lytle Street.

MORE: Review-Times

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Michigan Man Arrested Following Chase In Hancock County

11/23/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A Michigan man was arrested in Hancock County Friday night after leading sheriff’s deputies on a brief chase. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened in Liberty Township around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Law enforcement received several calls about a Ford Explorer driving all over the road near U.S. 224 and Township Road 136. A deputy was able to locate the SUV as it was pulling into a driveway on Township Road 94. The suspect, 29-year-old Peter Kiser, got back in the SUV and sped away. He drove through two yards and fields along Township Road 136 before coming to a stop.

Kiser faces charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, criminal mischief, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation, and a left of center violation.

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One Killed, Several Injured In Upper Sandusky Crash

11/23/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A two-car crash killed one person and injured seven others Saturday night near Upper Sandusky. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened on State Route 53 near Upper Sandusky around 8:30 p.m.

A car driven by Calvin Lust of Sycamore was exiting U.S. 23 and trying to turn left onto Route 53. He pulled into the path of a car driven by Terry Seabold of Wapakoneta. Lust was extricated from his car with the Jaws of Life while emergency responders performed CPR. He would later die from his injuries.

Four passengers in Lust’s car were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Seabold and two passengers were also taken to the hospital.

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