Review Category : Local News

Ohio Concealed Carry Licenses Numbers from 2014 Released

02/27/15     4:20 p.m.

The state of Ohio has released concealed carry license numbers from 2014.

In Hancock County, there were 383 new licenses issued with 369 renewed licenses. The highest in the area was Wood County, with 1231 issued and 798 renewed. The lowest was Putnam County with 137 issued and 95 renewed.

Allen County issued 514 and renewed 642 licenses. Seneca had 177 new licenses and 223 renewals. Wyandot had 200 new and 102 renewed.

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Tax Season Popular for Typical Scams As Well As New Ones

02/27/15     2:58 p.m.

Tax season is always a popular one for IRS scams to surface. But Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said a new scam that is happening in the same season around Valentine’s Day has to deal with online dating.

Audio: Mike DeWine

DeWine said one woman in Findlay lost $150,000 to the man she thought she was dating. The man claimed he was an oil investor and asked her to invest in work in Nigeria, which was a scam.

In general, DeWine said that if someone tells you that you owe money over the phone, your best bet is to get it in writing.

Audio: Mike DeWine

DeWine said any too good to be true opportunities usually are too good to be true. He encourages anyone who has been scammed or believes someone is trying to scam them to report it to the Attorney General’s Office as soon as possible.

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Red Cross Launching Project Prepare to Get Ohioans Ready for Disasters

02/27/15     11:33 a.m.

The American Red Cross is launching a campaign aimed at getting residents ready for emergencies. Project Prepare will train half a million Ohioans to better handle emergencies over the next two years.

Audio: Todd James

Hancock County Red Cross Director Todd James said over the next to years, the Red Cross will be holding a number of trainings and classes to get the community prepared. James said there are three goals for all residents.

Audio: Todd James

All the classes and trainings will be posted on their website when they are scheduled. Businesses, organizations and schools may also contact the Red Cross to bring trainings to them free of charge by calling 419-422-9322.

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Kenton Tests New Tornado Siren

2/27/15 – 7:35 A.M.

It’s been a long time coming, but Kenton finally has a tornado siren in place. Kentontoday.com reports the new siren was tested for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Safety-Service Director Jim Hites says the siren, which is located at the fire station, will be tested for 30 seconds every Wednesday at noon.

The siren rotates 360 degrees when it is activated. Hites says it’s designed as a warning ?for people who are outside, and that it will be tough to hear indoors.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Carey Businesses Wanted For Geocaching Event

2/27/15 – 7:26 A.M.

Carey businesses are being asked to take part in a unique event. The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce wants businesses to be a part of “Geocaching in Carey.” The event will aim to draw people into village shops using GPS devices. It will run from March 21 through March 28.

People taking part will follow the geocache clues to businesses, where they will have the location checked off their list. Completed lists will be put in a drawing for a prize package.

The cost for businesses to take part is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. For more information call (419)396-7856.

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Ottawa Council Talks About Regional Water Project

2/27/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Where does Ottawa stand when it comes to the regionalization of water service in Putnam County? That was the question posed at a village council meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there isn’t a clear answer on the subject yet.

Councilman Troy Yant said Ottawa would like to be supportive of the project and be actively involved. He also said the village isn’t ready to commit to a plan at this point. It was then recommended that Village Solicitor Joe Schroeder draw up a non-specific letter of support for the project.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Water Quality Discussed In Ottawa Thursday

2/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Algae blooms on Lake Erie were a topic of conversation in Ottawa Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey Reutter is the director of Ohio Sea Grant and spoke at a conference on water quality issues. Reutter says Lake Erie is different than the other Great Lakes because it’s fairly shallow in comparison. He also said that it takes 20-50 days for water to “flush out” of the lake, which increases chances for algae blooms.

Reutter said phosphorous was the main cause of the blooms. He estimated cutting the amount of phosphorous by 40 percent would reduce the amount of algae issues.

Joe Logan of the Ohio Farmers Union said farmers will do their part to prevent run-off from getting into streams that lead to the lake. Logan added that by using best management practices with fertilizer it will keep more nutrients in fields and lead to less nutrients in the water.

The forum was sponsored by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council.

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Drug Dealers Find New Ways To Hide Illegal Items

2/27/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Thursday conference in Findlay outlined the different ways drug dealers try and hide their drugs. The Courier reports deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spoke at “Operation: Street Smart,” an all-day drug education conference. The speakers on hand said that drug dealers are hiding things in food packaging.

Drugs have been found in resealed potato chip bags, false-bottom soup cans, and refrigerated false-bottom beer cans. Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Bain says having to check items like that slows down searches.

Presenters at the conference also talked about recent trends in drug and alcohol use.

MORE: The Courier

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Kan Du Art Studio Getting A New Home In Findlay

2/27/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Findlay’s Kan Du art studio is getting a new home. The Courier reports Blanchard Valley Industries is moving the facility into the former Rocking U location on West Main Cross Street. The BVC paid a little more than $194,000 for the property. It will be renovated with a $520,000 grant from Ohio’s Capital Arts & Culture Committee.

The studio is currently located at 329 South Main Street. BVC Superintendent Connie Ament says the new location will be nice because there will be more parking and better wheelchair access.

Kan Du studios is a part of the Blanchard Valley Center’s efforts to create work programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Art is created and sold in a boutique environment.

MORE: The Courier

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BGSU Opens New Student Rec Center

2/26/15 – 4:45 A.M.

Bowling Green State University is showing off its new state of the art Student Recreation Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held today at 4:30 p.m. The renovated building features a new cardio area, all new equipment and upgrades to the flooring. University officials say they’re hoping the Student Recreation Center will help increase enrollment and retention.

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