Review Category : Local News

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued Through 10 p.m.

05/26/15     3:06 p.m.

Ahead of this afternoon’s anticipated storms, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch.

That watch is in effect for Allen, Hardin, Henry and Putnam Counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to severe thunderstorms, damaging straight line winds are a concern. Gusts of up to 70 mph and 1-inch hail are possible with the storms

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to Insepct Golf Carts for Street Use

05/26/15     1:30 p.m.

Starting June 1, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be inspecting street-worthy golf carts.

Inspections will take place at the sheriff’s office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Saturdays by appointment, for $10. Lt. Chris Bell said carts can be driven in unincorporated, residential areas of the county. However, villages and cities with the county may have ordinances against them. Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen said the city does not have and restrictions on golf carts currently, other than those put in place by the state.

Each golf cart that passes the sheriff’s inspection will then be authorized to purchase a title and registration from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as Ohio license plates.

For questions or Saturday inspection appointments, contact Lt. Chris Bell at 419-424-7224.

Golf Cart Requirement for Street Use:

  • Have headlights, brake lights, tail lights and turn signals
  • Have windshield, horn, rearview mirror and license plate light
  • Not capable of traveling over 20 mph
  • Seat belt for each occupant
  • Drivers must have Ohio operator’s license
  • Children must use child restraint seats as required by law
  • DUI and insurance laws apply to those driving a golf cart on public roads

More from the Ohio Revised code here and here.

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Adjustments Should Be Considering for Late-Season Corn Planting

05/26/15    1:10 p.m.

Whether you’re replanting or just now getting corn seed into the fields, farmers who are working late into planting season have a few obstacles to consider. One of which is the corn hybrid maturity or weight per kernel.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from the Hancock County OSU Extension Office said that at this point it is time to switch to a mid-season hybrid maturity to get the best yield potential.

Corn’s genetic makeup should be taken into consideration this late in the season as well. One of the main concerns should be the BT protein trait to help fight insects.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said farmers should considering stacking their corn with extra BT to help protect against the borer.

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CSX Closing Downtown Findlay Railroad Crossings for Repairs at 1 p.m.

05/26/15     12:57 p.m.

A few streets in downtown Findlay will be blocked this afternoon for railroad track repair.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said CSX will be closing crossings from Center Street south to Lincoln Street for the repairs.

It is estimated the railroad crossings along that route will be closed for about an hour starting at 1 p.m. The crossings will be completely closed to through traffic during that time.

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Grants Boost Funds For Court Services In Hancock County

5/26/14 – 11:18 A.M.

State funding will continue to help pay for Hancock County’s bond program through the adult probation office. Kim Switzer is the director of court services for Hancock County. She says a pretrial diversion grant will be a big benefit…

Audio: Kim Switzer

Switzer said the grant amounted to around $69,000.

The second grant was a supervision grant for $222,000. It pays for in-house services for jail inmates. The services are designed to reduce the chances someone will become a repeat offender.

A grant renewed earlier this year goes toward probation improvement programs.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer says the grants help maintain vital services and the county budget…

Audio: Joseph Niemeyer

Niemeyer added the grants help pay for some of the tools the court uses in dispensing criminal justice.

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North Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty In Arson Case

5/26/15 – 7:32 A.M.

A North Baltimore man pleaded guilty to arson charges late last week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 64-year-old Robert Baird appeared in court and also pleaded guilty to burglary and assault charges. Baird had been accused of setting fire to a home at 108 Rhodes Avenue in North Baltimore in January.

The home was vacant and had been bought by the Wood County Park District. The house was going to be demolished to create more green space.

Sentencing will be held July 9.

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Plenty Of Road Projects In Findlay This Week

5/26/15 – 7:25 A.M.

There will be plenty of road work in Findlay starting today. The city engineering department reports curb replacement will start on Lima Avenue between Lake Cascades and Western Avenue. The eastbound lane of Lima Avenue will be shifted to the north during this process. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Another project in that area will cause some traffic backups as well. Paving will continue on Western and Broad Avenues between Lima and Howard streets. There will be intersection closures for east and westbound traffic between Howard and Lima during the paving work.

Elsewhere there will be lane restrictions for the westbound lane of Tiffin Avenue between Cherry Lane and Blanchard Avenue for curb replacement. Westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane for another three to four weeks in that area.

Tomorrow will see resurfacing work start on Bernard Avenue. The road will be closed to through traffic from Crystal Avenue to the end to the road between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

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Gas Prices Fall Following Memorial Day Holiday

5/26/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Local gas prices continue to jump around. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.57 in Findlay today. That’s up nine cents from last Tuesday, but down 22 cents from last week’s high of $2.79 a gallon.

Price in Ottawa are 10 cents higher than last Tuesday at $2.63 a gallon.

Across the state the average price for regular is $2.69 a gallon. That’s up 10 cents from last Tuesday but down from the pre-Memorial Day weekend high of $2.75.

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Barn Damaged By Fire Near Carey

5/26/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A barn near Carey was damaged by a fire over the weekend. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the blaze happened at 11711 Crawford Township Road 29 around 10:20 a.m. Sunday. No one was injured and the extent of the damage was not known.

Tractors and other equipment were reportedly in the barn at the time of fire. Four fire departments responded to the blaze.

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Teens Injured In Monday Night Crash

5/26/15 – 5:32 A.M.

Two teenagers were injured in a one-car crash in southern Hancock County Monday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 9:45 p.m. in the 16000 block of County Road 16.

17-year-old Ivy Benroth of Mount Cory was driving north when she swerved to avoid a deer. The car went off the road and overturned. Benroth and her passenger, 16-year-old Zoe Benroth, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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