Review Category : Local News

53rd Small Business Awards Honored 18 Local Businesses And People

10/20/16 – 2:51 P.M.

The 53rd Annual Small Business Awards were held Thursday afternoon and 17 awards were handed out. One of the winners was the Bourbon Affair, who took home the Emerging Business of the Year Award. Dave Spridgeon said the business he owns with Ryan Leonard has been really well.

Dave Spridgeon

Small Business of the Year went to Garlock Brothers Construction. President Todd Garlock said this is the second time they’ve won this award.


Here is a full list of awards and winners:

  • Distinguished Leadership Award – Carol Dale-Joseph
  • Community Partner Award – Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation
  • S.T.A.R. Awards – Hearthside Foods and Pilgrim Family Restaurant
  • Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award – Hancock Historical Museum
  • ATHENA Award – Jennifer Traxler
  • Emerging Business of the Year – The Bourbon Affair
  • Small Business Manufacturing Excellence of the Year – Valfim
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year – Lisa Allen of the Baker’s Cafe
  • Downtown Champion of the Year – Coffee Amici
  • Nonprofit Leader of the Year – Brett Finlay of Findlay YMCA
  • Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year – Re/Max Realty
  • Agriculture Enterprise of the Year – D+H Meats
  • Diversity Small Business of the Year – Z-Pulse
  • Professional of the Year – Elizabeth Wilkins of 50 North
  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year – Gibson Concrete Construction
  • Small Business Person of the Year – Michael Gardner (posthumously) of the Gathering, Gathering Wine, and the Anvil
  • Small Business of the Year – Garlock Brothers Construction
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Kenton Burglary Results In One Injured Man

10/20/16 – 7:31 A.M.

Suspects injured a Kenton man during an aggravated burglary incident Tuesday night. WKTN Radio reports that officers from the Kenton Police Department were dispatched to a Columbus street home. A 28-year-old man suffered apparent broken bones. A 22-year-old woman was unharmed in the burglary.

A 41-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman from McGuffey are suspects. A 24-year-old Kenton man is also listed as a suspect. So far no charges have been made.

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Putnam County Judge Running For State Seat

10/20/16 – 7:00 A.M.

A Putnam County judge is making a run for a seat on Ohio’s Third District Court of Appeals despite losing a loved one. The Putnam County Sentinel reports that Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger filed his intent to run for the office earlier this year. Shortly after, his wife was diagnosed with an untreatable cancer and passed away on March 14. After lengthy discussions with family and friends, he decided to leave his name on the ballot.

Basinger has over 40 years in his career in the law. He has served as the common pleas judge since 1988 after he served as the Putnam County prosecutor.

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Candidate Profile: Mary Harshfield

10/17/16 – 12:36 P.M.

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot changes its focus to the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in Ohio, challenger Mary Harshfield says there needs to be more education about the subject…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says there also needs to be more money spent at a state level on recovery efforts for addicts.

When it comes to education, Harshfield says the state needs to let teachers decide what’s best for students…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says she fears that children who don’t do well on tests are getting left behind.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, challenger Mary Harshfield says believes the state will put proper restrictions in place…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield adds it took way too long for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana.

Tomorrow we’ll hear from the incumbent in the 83rd House District, Robert Sprague.

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Panel Discussion On Islamic Faith Will Be Held Next Week At The University Of Findlay

10/20/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A panel discussion about Islam will be hosted by the University of Findlay Next Thursday. The free event will be open to the public in the Ritz Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo Imam Talal Eid will be there. Alongside him will be UF professors Song-Chong Lee and Elizabeth Buchanan. Some students will also be on the panel including Nada Bahammam from Saudi Arabia and Ahmed Al-eteiwi from Jordan. The goal of this event is to address misunderstandings and confusions about the Islamic faith. UF Professors Erin Laverick and Shawn Graves will moderate the event.

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Former Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Charged

10/20/16 – 5:09 A.M.

A former Hancock County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher will spend six months in jail. The courier reports that 47-year-old Rick Ruppright was sentenced for contributing to the delinquency of a 17-year-old girl who he had a sexual relationship with. Ruppright was also fined $1000 with $500 suspended and ordered to pay $248 in restitution to the victims family. He had pleaded guilty to the charge in Juvenile court.

According to the charge against him, Ruppright endangered the health and welfare of the girl Between August 2015 and December 2015. Judge Kristen Johnson said that Ruppright used an elaborate scheme to ensure the relationship remained secret. He also provided alcohol to the underage girl and helped provide ways for her to skip school.

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Three Teachers Awarded Golden Apple Awards

10/20/16 – 4:43 A.M.

Three teachers were inducted into the Golden Apple Academy during a ceremony Wednesday night. The courier reports that Kim miller, Megan Ortinau, and Audrey Van Hoose made it into the prestigious group of educators. There are only about 78 Findlay and Hancock County teachers that have got the Findlay Rotary Club’s Golden Apple Award. The award goes to teachers who show exemplary skills and talents with their students and serve as mentors to other teachers. Only one award is handed out every year in the elementary, middle school, and high school divisions.

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Zombie Run For The Red 5K Coming October 29th For Youth Council

10/19/16 – 10:14 A.M.

The zombie apocalypse is on its way to Findlay but only to help raise funds for the Findlay Youth Council with a zombie run. Youth Council members Brook Makrincy, Ruxie Lulji, and Mia Johnson might even be a few of the zombies for the 5K.


The race is the 29th at the Findlay High School. Registration is at 5 p.m. and the race starts at 6 p.m. You can register online for $20 until the 22nd, afterwards it will cost $25. Top finishers in various age groups will win prizes.

After the race, there will be an after party. The money raised will go to support the Hancock County Red Cross Youth Council.

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Son Of Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Stopped In Lima To Raise Support

10/19/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Lima got a visit from a close supporter of Donald Trump yesterday at a republican dinner. The Lima News reports that Trump’s third son Eric stopped in the city to raise support for the presidential nominee. During his speech, he expressed that he doesn’t think very highly of the government’s performance over the past couple years. Trump told attendees that he laments the state of America’s education and healthcare systems. He added that the current administration has lost the respect of the world. He said that he is optimistic that his father can win the Buckeye State’s voters.

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Candidate Profile: William Bateson

10/19/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot continues today with the Hancock County Commissioners race. On the topic of flood mitigation, challenger William Bateson says he wants to see the greatest benefit for the community…

Audio: William Bateson

Bateson said because of that, he couldn’t say if he would support a diversion channel or not.

On the topic of renovating the probate and juvenile court, Bateson says that could be costly, and there are other needs to address…

Audio: William Bateson

Bateson adds current leaders need to make a decision on how much they want to invest in the current probate facility.

On economic development, Bateson said transparency is crucial when spending on development projects…

Audio: William Bateson

Tomorrow our focus shifts to the 83rd House District race.

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