Review Category : Local News

Two Juveniles Injured In Weekend Crash East Of Findlay

5/23/16 – 7:18 A.M.

Two juveniles were injured in a one-car crash over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital following a crash just before 3 p.m. Saturday on Marion Township Road 234 near Township Road 207.

The car was headed north on Road 234 when the driver went off the road and overturned in a field.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Local Gas Prices Up From Last Week

5/23/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Gas prices are higher in the area, but they are below the state average. reports the average price in Findlay is $2.34 for a gallon of regular today. That’s a 13 cent increase from last Monday. However the local average is below the state average, which sits at $2.37 a gallon.

While gas prices are on the rise heading toward Memorial Day weekend, they are well below last year’s prices. Last year at this time we were paying around $2.63 a gallon locally.

Drivers in Ottawa are also paying $2.34 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up 10 cents over the last seven days.

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Recap: Local Officials Meet With U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

5/23/16 – 6:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik met with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Courier reports the group learned more about where the Corps is in its study of flood mitigation efforts for the Blanchard River. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the Corps is still trying to get permission to use new computer modeling that would change the project’s cost/benefit ratio. That could take up to a month to happen.

The current federal plan doesn’t fit the cost/benefit ratio for the Corps to move forward with the project. However if the new computer modeling is approved for the project, that could change the ratio.

The Corps also informed the commissioners that Hancock County still owes around $160,000 for work on the study. Finishing the study will cost the federal government and the county government another $100,000. The final chief’s report could be ready by next summer.

The county commissioners are considering stepping away from the Corps plan and going with a local option. Potential engineers for that plan are currently being interviewed. The local plan would mean no funding from the federal government.

MORE: The Courier

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Elected Pandora Officials Not Getting Pay Raise

5/23/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Elected officials in Pandora won’t be getting a pay raise, at least not yet. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a measure passed last December that approved the raises was pulled back last month. At issue was the timing of the ordinance. The Ohio Auditor’s Office told Pandora Fiscal Officer Kim Reese that the pay raise measure needed to be passed before anyone who could benefit from it filed their petitions to run for office.

Pandora council had voted to increase council members’ annual salaries by $300 to $2,100. The mayor’s salary was set to be increased to $1,000 per month, as opposed to $4,000 per year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Woman Stabbed During Robbery Attempt In Findlay

5/23/16 – 5:19 A.M.

A woman was stabbed in an attempted robbery in Findlay over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Lane Avenue. 30-year-old Johnna Stepler and 28-year-old Dakota Nelson were sitting in a car at the time when they noticed a man sitting by the road. They asked him if he needed help, and he reportedly pulled a knife on them, demanding money.

Stepler was stabbed in her arm as she tried to protect herself. Her injuries were described as “non-life-threatening.” Nelson also suffered minor injuries.

The suspect left the area on a bike without taking anything. He is described as a white man in his 30s, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. The man was wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to call (419)424-7150.

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Garage Fire Reported Near Mt. Blanchard

5/23/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Area firefighters battled a garage fire late Sunday night. The Delaware Township and Wharton fire departments were called to 18590 Delaware Township Road 155 near Mt. Blanchard around 11:40 p.m.

An unattached garage was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

No other details were immediately available.

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McComb School District Leaning Toward All-Day Kindergarten

5/23/16 – 5:01 A.M.

The McComb school district is moving closer toward all-day kindergarten in the future. The Courier reports while the school board hasn’t voted on the subject yet, they are likely to take action this summer. If approved, the program would be launched starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The projected cost is almost $118,500.

The cost could increase if a kindergarten aid is hired. The number of kindergarten classes needed would also influence the price tag.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says all-day kindergarten appears to be what the staff, school board, and community wants. Teachers in the district were given a survey of district needs, and all-day kindergarten was ranked as the highest priority. Other options included: hiring a reading intervention teacher; a middle school and high school special education teacher; an elementary special education teacher, or an administrator because there are two for the three schools.

MORE: The Courier

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New Local Crime Prevention Website Launched

5/23/16 – 4:51 A.M.

There’s a new crime prevention website in Hancock County. The Courier reports the Crime Prevention Association of Findlay/Hancock County developed the site to keep people from being victims of crime. It differs from the Crime Stoppers website because it offers prevention tips to area residents.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker tells the newspaper the site will offer a “Tip of the month.” This month’s topic is “10 home safety tips for the summer.”


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Monday Interview – Summer Activities In The Parks

5/23/16 – 4:00 am

With the school year coming to an end, the summer season is gearing up, and in the City of Findlay a whole slate of summer activities awaits people. In fact, the slate of summer activities begins this evening. Lisa Mansfield with the City of Findlay Parks & Recreation Department says that tonight, kids of all ages will be able to Play Catch with the Mayor as a kickoff to summer fun in the City of Findlay.

Audio: Lisa Mansfield

The event is open to children of all ages and is free.

Throughout the summer, the Parks & Recreation Department will be running many activities that people can get ready for, including skating lessons and preparing for a show. Tracy Koehler with the department says that this year the Findlay “Learn To Skate” program will also feature a production of The Lion King on ice at The Cube.

Audio: Tracy Koehler

The skating rink at The Cube allows people to participate in cool activities that may not necessarily be associated with summer, such as ice skating. Mansfield said that additionally there are many organizations throughout Findlay that organize summer camps and activities and utilize parks facilities. One of the big events planned for later this summer is the opening of the new Miracle Field and playground that will be open to all children but especially children with special needs.

Audio: Lisa Mansfield

The opening of the Miracle Field facility is slated for August 20th. If you have any questions about any of the activities in the Findlay parks this summer, you can contact the Findlay Parks & Recreation Department at The Cube or online at Findlay To listen to the complete interview with both Mansfield and Koehler, visit our Soundcloud page below.

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Commissioners Meet With US Army Corps Engineers

5/20/2016 – 9:40 pm

Hancock County’s commissioners are getting closer to making a decision on the direction flood-control efforts should take. The Courier reports that the commissioners met with members of the Army Corps of Engineers Friday at their district offices in Buffalo to discuss the Blanchard River flood study and the future of a plan. The meeting lasted over an hour and included Project Manager Steve Wilson, Commissioner Mark Gazarek, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Findlay service-safety director Paul Schmelzer.

The Corps is continuing to work on the plan, however, should the county determine a differing course of action, the Corps would move into a regulatory position with the construction of a diversion channel. The Corps completion of a “Chief’s Report” could help secure up to 65% federal funding for a project.

However, in moving forward the project could also see cost savings by partnering with local agencies including ODOT. Mihalik said that coordinating with state contractors could save between $7 million and $14 million on the cost of digging the channel, according to initial estimates.

The commissioners voted March 24 to seek qualified engineers to take local control of the channel project. However, there has been no final decision by the commissioners on whether to wait for or abandon the chief’s report.

More: The Courier

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