Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Are Chamber of Commerce Names New Executive Director

12/16/14     5:30 p.m.

The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director.

Sally McDonald, of Leamington, Ontario, will be the next leader of the Chamber.

McDonald will take the place of Pamela Smith, who announced Oct. 23 she would be stepping down to accept a position as the head of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce in Sandusky.

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Prevent Blindness Ohio Affiliate Concerned About Fireworks Legislation

12/16/14     5:18 p.m.

Tomorrow the Ohio House Health Committee will likely be voting on Senate Bill 386. This bill would legalize setting off consumer fireworks in the state, like bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles and firecrackers.

The only public supporters of this bill so far are members of the fireworks and pyrotechnics industries. On the other hand, law enforcement and public health officials have been strongly opposed.

Audio: Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams is the CEO for Ohio’s Prevent Blindness affiliate and works on the Ohio Fireworks Safety Coalition. Williams said last year alone, there were 11,400 injuries treated in the ER due to fireworks, a 31 percent increase from 2012 and the highest number of injuries in the last 16 years.

While these statistics alone are concerning, Williams said more than half of these happened to bystanders who were not participating in fireworks discharge, like an incident that happened this past July.

Audio: Sherry Williams

 

The biggest concerns for this particular bill are that it requires no permit or training to set off the fireworks, most of which contain 50 milligrams of gunpowder. The bill also sets no limit for the amount one is allowed to buy or store at once.

Wiliams said the coalition is asking legislators to slow down and work with them to create a bill that satisfies all the questions and concerns.

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Boil Water Advisory for 900 and 1000 Blocks of Woodside Dr. in Findlay

12/16/14     4:15 p.m.

The city of Findlay has issued a boil water advisory for a number of residences on Woodside Drive until further notice.

A release from the Water Distribution Department says homes in the 900 and 1000 block of Woodside will be affected due to water main repair work.

The affected addresses are: 937, 940, 1000, 1001, 1010, 1011, 1016, 1017, 1024, 1025, 1032, 1033, 1040, 1041 and 1047.

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Representative Sprague Talks About The Fight Against Opioid Addiction In Ohio

12/16/14 – 11:58 A.M.

Ohio has made strides in the fight against opioid addiction within the last year. State Representative Robert Sprague recapped some of the bills passed in the state in 2014 during a meeting at the Courier today. He also said there’s more work to be done.

House Bill 367 will be voted on tomorrow and includes a critical education component…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the bill also cracks down on doctors who are acting as “pill mills” for the heroin treatment drug, buprenorphine, which is addicting on its own.

Sprague also said the state needs a “good samaritan law” that protects people who try to get help for people who have overdosed…

Audio: Robert Sprague

A similar bill never made it out of committee this year. Sprague says that’s because lawmakers felt it was giving potential protection for drug dealers. He added he’d reintroduce legislation in 2015 that would clearly define addicts and drug dealers.

Another issue is the amount of opioids being prescribed by doctors…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s looking into a system in Maine that examines pain treatment options beyond eight weeks. The system makes it more difficult to get opioids at that point and looks at other chronic pain treatment options.

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BGSU Football Player Facing Charge For Prank That Went Too Far

12/16/14 – 6:47 A.M.

A Bowling Green State University football player is facing charges after a prank went too far. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 22-year-old Matthew Johnson has been charged with obstructing official business. Johnson took $1,500 from his roommate as a joke.

Johnson and his roommate had both won money from a casino. He hid the money from Ryan Burbink, who in turn filed a police report. Johnson gave the money back and admitted to police he was behind the prank.

BGSU officials tell the newspaper they are addressing the situation.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Carey Council Approves Pay For New Police Hires

12/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

The Carey village council approved an ordinance last night that makes sure new hires in the police department get paid. The Courier reports the pay ordinance also covers some officers who have completed their probationary period.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said no other pay raises have been approved, but raises could be given in March on a case-by-case basis. Performance evaluations will be given in February. The village recently approved a change that does away with “across-the-board” raises. A merit system is used instead.

MORE: The Courier

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Year In Review: Ground Broken For Arts Center

12/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

After years of debate about the future of Central Middle school in Findlay, steps were taken towards its future this year. Our look back at 2014 focuses on the future site of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Ground for the new facility was broken in late July. At the time, Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger said the addition of a performing arts center was a big gain for Findlay…

Audio: Gary Heminger

Ed Reading is the chairman of the board for the new center. In August, he said they anticipated the facility opening on time in 2015.

Audio: Ed Reading

The renovated Central auditorium will have 1,000 seats. A new portion will be added to the existing structure. It will include a new lobby, entrance, art gallery, black box theater and multipurpose room.

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Bluffton Residents Could See Utility Price Hikes In 2015

12/16/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Bluffton residents could be paying more for village utilities in 2015. The Courier reports an ordinance read at last night’s council meeting would raise water rates 15 percent. Sewer fees would also increase 5 percent and the monthly charge to use the yard recycling center would go up $2.

The water increase would mean the minimum monthly user would pay an extra $2.03. The minimum monthly sewer user would pay an additional $1.18. The increases for water and sewer service would go into effect March 14. The new fees for the recycling center wouldn’t be applied until May 14.

Councilman Roger Warren voted against the ordinance. He said he didn’t think the increase would be enough to cover future EPA mandates. Council president Dave Steiner said income tax revenue should cover any infrastructure upgrades.

A second reading for the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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Firm Will Assess Needs Of Fostoria School Buildings

12/16/14 – 4:59 A.M.

The Fostoria School District will assess the future needs of its buildings. The Courier reports Garmann/Miller and Associates will help update the master building plans for the district. Superintendent Andrew Sprang says the move will help, “chart the future of the buildings in our school district.”

Sprang and Treasurer Norman Elchert both recommended the architectural firm to help map building plans going forward.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Arcadia Administrators Retiring

12/16/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Two Arcadia school administrators are stepping down at the end of the school year. The Courier reports Superintendent Laurie Walles and High School Principal Cathy Schroll will retire in June. The school board is expected to be presented with retirement applications at a Wednesday night meeting.

Walles has been the district’s superintendent for 13 years. Schroll has served nine years in her post.

MORE: The Courier

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