Review Category : Local News

Owner Of Wood County Exotic Animal Farm Allowed To Visit Seized Animals

12/30/16 – 4:43 A.M.

The owners of the Tiger Ridge exotic animal farm are preparing to see all of their animals. A Wood County judge has allowed the farm’s owners to visit the animals seized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture earlier this year. They can also bring their own veterinarian to determine the animals’ health. The state has appealed a judge’s order to return the animals to the farm, claiming they were legally seized over permit violations.

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6 People Have Petitions Out To Run For A Findlay Council-At-Large Seat

12/29/16 – 4:55 P.M.

There are several people in Findlay that have petitions out to run for a Council-At-Large seat. There are three Republicans and three Democrats looking to run.  Republicans Grant Russel and Tom Shindledecker are incumbents seeking reelection. Humans of Findlay Facebook page originator and book author Dave Morrow is another Republican seeking signatures to run for the position.

Former Findlay School Board member Barb Lockard is running as a Democrat, as is Tim Davis. Mary Harshfield is also running as a Democrat. She ran for State Representative seat earlier this year.

They all need to get 50 signatures from Findlay residents and turn them in by February 1. After the signatures are checked they will be put on the ballot.

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Lima Charities Will Be Receiving Checks From The Lima Noon Sertoma Service CLub

12/29/16 – 2:41 P.M.

The Lima Noon Sertoma Service Club will be giving out Christmas Auction Checks to area organizations next week. The club will be giving $1,000 to four different organizations on January 3 at the Old Barn out Back. A representative of each organization will be there to accept the check. This year’s checks are going to Family Promise, Lima Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army, and the Samaritan House.

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Putnam County 4 Under 40 Awards Seeking Nominations

12/29/16 – 11:27 A.M.

Putnam County is looking for nominations for the Putnam County 4 Under 40 Awards. The general public is welcome to nominate any young professionals aged 18-39 that live in Putnam County. The nominee must show a commitment to his or her profession. They must also show dedication to building relationships, leadership activities, and ongoing professional development. The final need for nomination is to have philanthropic involvement in Putnam County.

Nominations are due by January 12 to ottawachamber@earthlink.net. The recipients will be honored February 9 at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Appreciation Dinner and Awards Program.

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Year In Review: Findlay Debates Medical Marijuana

12/29/16 – 5:30 A.M.

It’s the last week of 2016 and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but with regulations unclear many cities moved to ban the practice for the time being. Findlay officials debated the best way to regulate medical pot sales during the year. Mayor Lydia Mihalik initially proposed a ban of marijuana dispensaries in September.

City council reached a compromise on the issue in October. The city is banning dispensaries from opening until September 8, 2018. By that time the state should have rules in place governing the prescription and sale of the drug.

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Christmas Tree Collection Underway In Hancock County

12/29/16 – 5:16 A.M.

If you have a live Christmas tree you’re looking to get rid of, you have a couple of options in Hancock County. Christmas Tree recycling started this week at the Hancock County Landfill. You can take your tree there until January 16. You need to remove decorations from the tree before dropping it off.

The city of Findlay’s green waste site opens for Christmas tree collection next Tuesday. The site is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 3 through January 6. It’s also open from January 9 through January 13.

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Findlay Man Indicted For Christmas Day Meth Bust

12/29/16 – 5:06 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing several charges after police reportedly found a “large amount” of crystal meth is his car on Christmas. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury indicted 26-year-old Shad Noblit on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin and two counts of possession of drugs.

Police say they pulled over Noblit in the 1200 block of South Blanchard Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. A K9 unit alerted to the car. Investigators say that led officers to find crystal methamphetamine, other drugs, drug paraphernalia, and money in Noblit’s car.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Man Indicted For July Fatal Crash

12/29/16 – 4:58 A.M.

The Hancock County grand jury indicted a Fostoria man for allegedly causing a fatal crash in July of this year. The Courier reports 22-year-old Jacob Woodruff faces a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of 20-year-old Corrine Odoms of Fostoria.

The crash happened on U.S. 224 east of Findlay on July 15 in front of the Red Hawk Run Golf Course. At the time of the crash, Woodruff was driving under suspension. Investigators say Woodruff was under the influence of marijuana.

Proseuctors have also charged Woodruff with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed controlled substance or listed metabolite of a controlled substance.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County Commissioners Approve 2017 Operating Budget

12/28/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners approved a general fund budget over $16.2 million Tuesday morning. The Review-Times reports that the final draft of the budget was adopted with the consent of all three commissioners. The budget is in line with the $16.35 million the county’s Budget Commission certified in general funds revenue. This gives the county about an extra $77,000 for wiggle room in the budget. The operation of the county jail was the leading expense outlined in the budget at $3.4 million. Operations of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is at $1.8 million.

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Year In Review: Flood Mitigation Changes Course

12/28/16 – 6:00 A.M.

It’s the last week of 2016 and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

It’s not a year-in-review in Findlay without an update on flood mitigation. The big news in that department this year came in the spring. Frustrated with ongoing delays, the Hancock County Commissioners voted to have a private engineering firm take the reigns of the project…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The commissioners approved a contract with Stantec Consulting. Scott Peyton is with Stantec and said in July his company would review all the Army Corps of Engineer’s data…

Audio: Scott Peyton

Stantec has said it will give a report of their findings in early 2017.

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