Review Category : Local News

United Way Announces More Than $2 Million in Community Grants

04/07/15     3:58 p.m.

Last year the community raised more than $3 million for the United Way of Hancock County. Now a team of more than 40 volunteers has awarded over $2 million in grants to local agencies as a result. United Way Community Services Director Bev Phillips said the grants are figured very carefully to make sure the money is being spent most effectively.

Audio: Bev Phillips

Phillips said the volunteers evaluate each agency, program and service then discuss their grant application and recommend a range of potential grant amounts. This way, Phillips said each agency is held accountable for the community’s donations along with the United Way.

Audio: Bev Phillips

For a list of the agencies and programs given grants as well as those grant amounts, see the release from the United Way of Hancock County.

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Traffic Backed Up On I-75 Southbound In Wood County

4/7/15 – 8:18 A.M.

Traffic is backed up in the southbound lanes of I-75 in Wood County this morning. The State Highway Patrol reports a crash near U.S. 6 has closed parts of the interstate. Waze users report slow traffic from Cygnet back to Bowling Green.

The accident happened in the construction zone.

There’s no word on how many cars were involved or if there were any injuries.

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Action Delayed On Bluffton Alley Request

5/7/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Bluffton Village Council members will hold off before making a decision on vacating an alley. The Courier reports two couples have requested the town vacate the alley off of Jackson Street for safety reasons. However, several other neighbors say their properties could be affected.

Action on the issue was postponed until the property owners could contact their lawyers.

MORE: The Courier

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Internet Service Disruptions Discussed In Carey

4/7/15 – 6:44 A.M.

Officials for an internet provider in Carey are having some issues with a new competitor. The Courier reports Tom Utley of UData told village council members that antennas placed by HDER Link on the village’s water tower have disrupted service. UData also has antennas on the tower and pay Carey $2,400 in a lease agreement. HDER has a similar deal.

Councilman Mike Blair says the two companies will have to work out a solution. The village doesn’t have an exclusive deal with either company. Councilwoman Jennifer Rathburn said the village should draw up a more formal agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both parties.

MORE: The Courier

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Changes Possible For Arlington Junk Pickup Day

4/7/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A village-wide junk pickup day has been scheduled in Arlington. The Courier reports the annual event will be held May 8, but there could be some changes to the program.

J&N Haulers of Ada has been contracted by the village to haul away the junk. However, the company is concerned about the amount of time workers have to spend cleaning up streets because scavengers scatter things into the roadway.

One suggestion was to place all items in trash bags, but that wouldn’t work for larger items. Putting a dumpster at a common site for residents was also discussed.

No changes have been finalized yet.

MORE: The Courier

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Strike To End At Marathon Refinery In Kentucky

4/7/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A strike at a Marathon Petroleum refinery will come to an end soon. Bloomberg Business News reports unionized workers at the Catlettsburg, Kentucky refinery will go back to work later this week. They had been on strike for more than two months.

Workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas remain on strike. The workers walked off the job when talks broke down between the United Steelworkers and Dutch Royal Shell. At one point workers at 12 refineries were on strike. Tentative agreements were reached with Shell on March 12. It is to be used as a template for deals at the other refineries.

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Property Rights Vs. Diversion Channel Debated In Putnam County

4/7/15 – 5:08 A.M.

Diversion channels to deal with Blanchard River flooding are a controversial topic no matter where you go in the watershed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a meeting on the subject got heated at times last week. Some of the people in attendance debated the merits of a diversion channel while also bringing up the issue of personal property rights.

The issue stems from proposed modifications to the Road I-9 bridge. Studies show that lowering the approach to the bridge could lower flood levels anywhere from 2 to 12 inches. But to reach the higher number of the estimate, a diversion channel would have to be built through farmland near Ottawa.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Man Accused Of Attempting To Rob Toledo Bank

4/7/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Findlay man is facing charges after a bizarre bank robbery attempt in Toledo. The Toledo Police Department reports 48-year-old David Johnson entered the Key Bank at 245 Superior Street Monday just before noon. He handed a note to a teller demanding “all the money,” then sat down on the floor and waited for the police to arrive.

According to the police report, Johnson said he wanted to go to prison and die. He was taken into custody and will face a robbery charge.

Johnson’s last known address was 2005 Park Street in Findlay. He was listed as homeless in the police report.

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Toledo Wing Conducting Fighter Jet Training in NW Ohio Tuesday

04/06/15     4:40 p.m.

Residents in northwest Ohio may see and hear fighter jets overhead Tuesday morning.

The Ohio Air National Guard said the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo will conduct a drill between 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday as part of an Aerospace Control Alert System test. Residents may see jets following a Civil Air Patrol aircraft during that time.

The training flights may be delayed due to weather.

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Ohio Northern to Take on Notre Dame in Robotic Football This Friday

04/06/15     3:20 p.m.

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While traditional football is played in the fall, students at Ohio Northern University have a big game of robotic football coming up Friday.

The ONU Polar Robotics Club and engineering capstone team build quarterbacks, linemen, wide receivers, centers and a kicker to take on Notre Dame each year. The robots will then have their mechanics tested in an eight-on-eight, modified rules fame.

Students from ONU’s College of Engineering will take on Notre Dame at ONU at 7 p.m. on Friday in the King Horn Sports Center. ONU is looking for a three-peat coming off last year’s 29-7 victory. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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