Review Category : Local News

Successor For Hardin County Commissioner Seat To Be Named In March

2/9/2016 – 2:30 pm

A successor will be appointed next month to fill the vacant seat of Hardin County Commissioner following the death of Ed Elliott. WKTN Radio reports that the Hardin County Republican Party will meet March 7th to name a successor. This person will serve until the term is completed in early 2017.

Currently one Republican, Robert Carder, is running in the March 15th Primary. He will face independent Roger Crowe in November. As Elliott was to run in the primary his name will still appear on the ballot this March but a notice will be given to voters advising them that a vote for Elliott will not count.

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Local Business Owners Get Update On The Economy

2/9/16 – 11:16 A.M.

Local business owners got a briefing on the state of the economy Tuesday. Nick Raich, founder of the Earnings Scout, talked to Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce members about his economic outlook for 2016. Raich says the data shows the economy is slowing down…

Audio: Nick Raich

However, that doesn’t mean you should panic about the economy. Raich says business owners should actually be investing in themselves right now.

Audio: Nick Raich

Raich says because companies aren’t optimistic about the economy, they are staying a holding pattern, which in turn is slowing down economic growth.

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Update Given On Gibbs Building Fire Recovery Efforts

2/9/16 – 10:35 A.M.

Members of the community are continuing to pitch in to help the people affected by the Gibbs building fire in downtown Findlay. Hancock County Red Cross director Todd James gave an update at a Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday…

Audio: Todd James

While he didn’t have an exact figure, he did mention some of the families have found new permanent housing…

Audio: Todd James

James said the situation was similar to the Argyle building fire in 2012. He added the recovery effort is moving along at about the same pace.

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Findlay Streets Closed Tueday For Gas Line Repair

2/9/2016 – 10:11 am

Two Findlay streets will be closed today due to gas line repair work. According to a release from the city engineer Columbia Gas will be working on lines on Washington Street and Liberty Streets. Washington street will be closed to thru-traffic from Cory St. to S. West Street until 1:00 pm. Liberty Street will be closed from West Main Cross to Sandusky Street until 5:00 pm this afternoon.

All work is weather permitting. Avoid both areas if at all possible.

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Carey School Board Approves Athletic Building Project

2/9/16 – 7:26 A.M.

The Carey school district will build a new athletic building and bus garage. The Courier reports the school board voted to approve the $1.5 million project during their Monday meeting. Bonds will be sold to raise around $1 million. The rest of project will be paid for through the general fund.

The athletic building would include a fitness/weight room, storage area, locker rooms, and public restrooms among other things. The bus garage will keep 12 buses under cover and also have a service area.

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Benefit Held For Hopewell-Loudon Student Battling Rare Cancer

2/9/16 – 7:18 A.M.

Two area schools set aside their rivalry for a night to help a student battling a rare bone cancer. The Review-Times reports a benefit for L Ray Burns and his family was held during the Hopewell-Loudon girls basketball game against Tiffin Calvert Monday night.

Students and parents bought red and blue t-shirts for the Monday game, with the slogan “Shoot for a cure” and the #lraystrong hashtag. Anyone with the shirt got into the game for free, and more than 300 were sold. Raffles and a bake sale were also held to raise money for the Burns family to help pay for medical treatment.

Doctors discovered a tumor a few months after the Hopewell-Loudon senior broke his ankle in a football game against Calvert. Burns is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to treat the cancerous tumor that was found in his left ankle.

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Second Fostoria Police Officer Facing OVI Charge

2/9/16 – 7:01 A.M.

Another Fostoria police officer has been charged with OVI. The Courier reports Justin Kiser was taken into custody Saturday night following a field sobriety test. Kiser was pulled over for speeding by a state trooper around 1:30 a.m. on Union Street in Fostoria. He refused to take a breathalyzer.

Kiser has been placed on leave for the time being.

On January 17 officer Cory Brian was arrested and charged with OVI when he was pulled over for a lane violation on U.S. 224. He’s scheduled for a pretrial hearing February 19.

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Fostoria Shooting Victims Back At Home

2/9/16 – 6:50 A.M.

Two victims of a Fostoria shooting are out of the hospital. The Courier reports 36-year-old Lashelle Norman and her daughter, 17-year-old Alexia Johnson, are now recovering from their injuries at home. They were both shot in their home in Nye’s Trailer Park on January 30. 34-year-old Terrance Williamson of Toledo has been charged with attempted murder in the case.

Norman tells the news paper it’s going to take a lot of physical therapy and counseling to recover from the shooting. She was shot in her pelvis, lung and stomach. Johnson was shot in the leg.

Norman says she and her daughter are likely alive because Williamson’s gun jammed after he fired several shots. Williamson was arrested when his car crashed following the incident.

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MLB Pitcher Buys Findlay Real Estate Firm

2/9/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Major League Baseball player has bought a Findlay real estate firm. New York Mets pitcher and Arcadia native Jerry Blevins bought Preferred Brokers from Doris and Jim Staschiak Sr. on Monday. The plans are for the Staschiaks to lead a transition period that would lead to Blevins’ brother, Rob Ellis, taking over as managing broker.

Ellis is currently working to get his real estate brokerage license from Hondros College of Business in Toledo. He’ll then have to work in the real estate field for two years and pass the state broker?s exam before he becomes a managing broker.

Blevins plans to have an active role in the business when his baseball playing days are over.

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McComb Council Member’s Residency Questioned

2/9/16 – 5:05 A.M.

There’s a dispute in McComb over the residency of a village council member. The Courier reports council talked about the issue at their Monday meeting. Councilman Jim Clark says Dawn Swain may no longer live in the village. The dispute will be brought up at a public hearing on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Council voted to suspend Swain from voting duties until after the hearing. Her previous votes could also be challenged.

Clark says Swain may be a resident of Bowling Green now. He added he didn’t think she’d lived in the village since October. Swain’s address is listed as 212 West Main Street in McComb according to the Hancock County Board of Elections.

Swain did not comment on the issue Monday.

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