Review Category : Local News

Hancock Historical Museum Hoping Bed Tax Money a Possibility in the Future

09/23/14     11:14 a.m.

Last year Findlay city council agreed to allocate 10 percent of its bed tax money to the Arts Partnership for three years. But this year, a new council denied multiple requests for any of that money.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Sarah Sisser, executive director of the Hancock Historical Museum, said having their bid turned down was actually a loss for Findlay. Sisser said if their request had been approved the museum would have hired an administrator, freeing up her time to plan more events and bring more people to the community.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Sisser was the first to ask for a portion of the funds this year on the museum’s behalf. Sisser said the denial was a hit to the year of work the museum had been doing to prepare for the ask.

For the last year, Sisser said the museum has taken attendance and surveyed attendees at all their events to collect statistics to present to council. They even added new events to up their numbers.

In the future, Sisser said she hopes council will reconsider and at least take the time to create criteria for allocation of the funds.

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Ottawa Residents Warned About Series Of Break-Ins

9/23/14 – 9:02 A.M.

Ottawa area residents are being warned about a series of break-ins. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office issued a message on Facebook, saying the intrusions have happened at night while people are asleep in their homes. The post also says the burglars appear to be looking for money and haven’t hurt anyone.

The sheriff’s office is reminding residents to lock their doors at night, and to lock up their valuables.

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Man Accused Of Attacking Woman At BG Hobby Lobby

9/23/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A North Baltimore man is facing domestic violence charges following an incident at the Hobby Lobby in Bowling Green. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 36-year-old Gary Bretz allegedly hit a woman and pushed her to the ground at the store last Thursday. He’s also accused of taking the woman’s necklace and sunglasses.

Bretz left the store and was later arrested in North Baltimore after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Problematic Weed Found In Putnam County

9/23/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Putnam County farmers are being given a heads up about a weed that can be a costly problem. The Lima News reports Mike Weller of Continental recently discovered spiny amaranth in his fields. The weed is Roundup resistant and grows in hay and bean fields as well as pastures. When it gets into crops it can cost farmers $20 to $40 per acre.

James Hoorman of the Ohio State University Putnam County Extension Office tells the newspaper the best way to deal with the weed is to cut it out and burn it. Unfortunately, it has spikes on it, so cutting it by hand can be painful. Hoorman adds the weed has made its way north because it often gets mixed in with cheap cotton meal used to feed cattle.

MORE: The Lima News

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McComb Looks To Upgrade Water Treatment Plant

9/23/14 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb residents may have to pay more for their water in the future to meet an EPA requirement. The Courier reports village council took a step towards upgrading the water treatment plant at last night’s meeting. Council hired an Atlanta company to draw up plans to add an aeration system to the plant.

The new system would remove trihalomethanes from the water. Village council members say their hands are tied on the issue as the Ohio EPA has mandated the upgrade. Failure to do so would mean fines for the village.

Water rate proposals will be studied so officials can figure out how to pay for the work.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Teen Killed In Monday Crash

9/23/14 – 4:52 A.M.

A Putnam County teenager was killed in a Monday morning car crash in Van Wert County. The State Highway Patrol reports the one-car crash happened on U.S. 224 near John Yoh Road just before 8 a.m.

The patrol reports 17-year-old Jacob Guy died when a car driven by 18-year-old Matthew Niemeyer went off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole. Guy and another passenger, 17-year-old Christopher Mohr were both ejected. Guy was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mohr was taken by medical helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Niemeyer and a third passenger, 17-year-old Brandon Kimmet suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at Van Wert County Hospital.

The boys were on their way to school at the Vantage Career Center. The accident report says seatbelts were not in use.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Findlay City Schools Taking Steps to Ensure Mental Health of its Students

09/22/14   9:30 p.m.

In January, the Findlay City Schools Board of Education approved suicide intervention procedures. Now less than a year later, those procedures have been changed.

Audio: Barbara Dysinger

Board member and mental health professional Barbara Dysinger said constant updates are needed to keep the procedures relevant and useful for staff and students. The biggest change to the updated procedures list is a page of warning signs and local resources for students in need.

The updated procedures have been distributed to guidance counselors and principals in all the Findlay schools. For the time being principals will keep track of when they use the procedures and what works and what doesn’t.

Dysinger said sometime in January of 2015 the mental health committee for the district will meet with the principals to determine what in the procedures was beneficial and if any changes or additions need to be made.

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Elmwood Brothers to Serve Time for Cancer Scam

09/22/14   3:35 p.m.

Two Elmwood brothers will serve time in juvenile detention after stealing money with a fraudulent cancer story.

The boys admitted to the first-degree misdemeanor of theft after prosecutors said they visited homes in Findlay and Wood County seeking money for a sick teacher who did not exist. Police located five victims, who lost a total of $37.

Wood County Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner placed both teenagers on probation, including eight days of detainment for the younger brother and 20 days for his sibling. The judge ordered they both perform community service for a cancer charity.

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Ohio’s Financial Health and Stability on the Rise

09/22/14   1:27 p.m.

Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel released the annual financial report from the state this week. He said judging by the report, his 11.5 million bosses, also known as the citizens of Ohio, should be pretty happy.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Mandel reported that since he took office there has been significant financial gains. For example, Ohio was ranked 43rd in the county financially before Mandel took office and is now up to 7th. An $8 billion deficit has also increased to a $1 billion surplus. And Ohio’s rainy day fund has gone from $.89 to almost $1.5 billion.

Audio: Josh Mandel

State financial health benefits everyone according to Mandel because businesses may see lower taxes, which gives them the opportunity to grow and create jobs.

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Motorcyclist Injured In Wyandot County

A motorcycle crash in Wyandot County injured one person Saturday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 2:20 p.m. on County Road 119, south of Harpster.

The crash victim was taken from the scene by a medical helicopter.

No other details were available.

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