Review Category : Local News

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.

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Findlay Schools Moving Forward With Modular Units, Washington Not an Option

01/21/15     9:08 p.m.

When Findlay City Schools announced it was struggling with being over capacity for kindergarten through second grade, many began suggesting reopening Washington School, which was closed in 2011 due to low enrollment.

Audio: Ed Kurt

At Wednesday’s strategic planning meeting, Superintendent Ed Kurt explained to community members that with the addition of Millstream there would be increased traffic congestion in the area on schools day if a full elementary school was added. He said there are also not enough elementary students living in that area to justify the change either.

Instead the strategic planning committee will pursue modular units attached to two current buildings. At the meeting community members told Kurt they support the idea of modular units at least for the time being. The modulars will likely be put at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate Schools.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the next step will be to bring the decision to the board at their meeting Feb. 16. After that the district will decide which neighborhoods will move to different school zones.

All of the modular units would be paid for with permanent improvement funds and no levy would need to be passed to do so.

Kurt said he expects to be using modular units for three to five years, 10 at most. He said the strategic planning committee will have to decide how it wants to proceed after that.

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Tiffin Woman Who Lost Five Children in a Fire Sentenced on Drug Charge

01/21/15     5:08 p.m.

A Tiffin woman who lost her five children in a fire has been sentenced on drug charges.

31-year-old Anna Angel was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of community control after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. The Advertiser-Tribune reports Angel will also undergo substance abuse rehabilitation. Authorities say Angel was selling drugs from her home in the summer of 2014.

Angel’s boyfriend and five children died in their mobile home in September 2013 when cigarettes or burning candles sparked a fire. Angel was at work at the time of the blaze.

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Congressman Bob Latta Responds to State of the Union Address

01/21/15     2:38 p.m.

One of the most talked about subjects from last night State of the Union address was President Obama’s suggestion of two free years of community college. Ohio’s 5th District Congressman Bob Latta said while it may seem like a good idea, money is an issue.

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta said as far as cost the rough estimate is $60 billion. He said with the country being $18 trillion in debt, it’s a bill state’s would have to foot, which is not right to force on them. Latta said the country is past broke at this point, it’s broken.

President Obama laid a number of new agenda items on the table last, from Cuba relations to Internet regulation to tax credits. The president made it clear that he was not worried about another election because he is in his last term. Latta said the president needs to listen to the people.

Audio: Bob Latta

Latta said the people of the United States made it clear what they wanted by voting mostly Republicans into office in September.

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North Baltimore Council Upset By Snow Removal Efforts

1/21/15 – 6:52 A.M.

North Baltimore village council members took aim at snow removal efforts during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports several council members voiced their complaints, including criticism of plow crews moving snow to the middle of Main Street.

The village has a snow route ordinance on the books. It requires cars to be removed from certain streets to allow for plowing. Officials say the law is not enforced. Some signs have been removed or are unreadable.

Village Administrator Donna Dettling said the safety of North Baltimore residents is a priority.

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Fostoria Residents Can Pay Water Bill Online

1/21/15 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria residents have a new way to pay their water bills. The Review-Times reports online bill pay is now available through the city’s website. The feature went live on January 1, and so far around 40 people have signed up. About one-third of the city’s residents received a notice about the service in their last water bill. Everyone else will get a notice during the next billing cycle.

Safety-Service Director Allyson Murray says you’ll need your billing statement handy for the initial sign up. There is a $3.95 fee for each transaction.

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Fostoria Capital Improvement Budget Approved

1/21/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Capital improvement projects have been approved in Fostoria. The Courier reports the city will spend $139,000 on improvement projects this year. The biggest expense will be upgrading the police department’s records management system. Fostoria will spend $44,000 to buy software that allows the police to share information with other law enforcement agencies more easily.

Some of the other expenses this year will include payments on a new ambulance and three SUVs for the police department.

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Ada Man Injured In Hancock County Crash

1/21/15 – 5:04 A.M.

An Ada man was injured in a two-car crash near Bluffton Tuesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of State Route 235 and County Road 304 around 8:30 p.m.

22-year-old Kyle Wagner of Ada was driving south on Route 235 when he was hit by a car driven by 62-year-old Donald Coburn of Lima. Coburn was driving on Road 304 and failed to yield for a stop sign. Wagner was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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New Task Force Takes Aim At Child Abuse Cases

A new task force is working to get recognition for the services it can offer the county when it comes to work on child abuse cases. The Courier reports Susan Pneuman, the owner of The Center for Autism and Dyslexia, spoke to the county commissioners Tuesday. Pneuman said the task force plans to petition Probate and Juvenile Judge Kristen Johnson to be included in groups that take part in handling child abuse cases.

Pneuman says Judge Johnson has already agreed to serve on the new task force. She added while several agencies are on board to address cases of sexual abuse, other forms of abuse can fall through the cracks.

The group has already identified the need for a standardized document for people to use when reporting suspected child abuse cases.

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