Review Category : Local News

McComb Officials Applying For Grant

12/23/14 – 5:09 A.M.

McComb officials are throwing their hat into the ring for a competitive grant. The Courier reports village council has submitted paperwork to apply for a $138,000 grant from the Orton Foundation. Other Hancock County villages and townships are also competing for the money. The award helps fund community improvements.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said McComb is also looking into doing market analysis to see if the village could support more housing. The study would look into the housing market and see if more apartments or townhouses are needed. It would come at no cost to council.

MORE: The Courier

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Firefighters Called To Vanlue Area Home Monday

12/23/14 – 4:51 A.M.

Firefighters battled a blaze near Vanlue Monday night. Emergency responders were called to 11588 Hancock County Road 252 around 11:30 p.m. The home was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Four people were in the house at the time, they were able to get out safely.

No other details were available.

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White Christmas Likely with Windy Winter Weather Pattern This Week

12/22/14     4:05 p.m.

So far this season we haven’t had much winter weather to deal with, but that is about to change just in time for Christmas. WTOL 11’s Chief Meteorologist Robert Shiels said the weather is going to take a turn toward wintry this week.

Audio: Robert Shiels

That temperature drop Christmas Day is likely to produce some snowfall Christmas morning.

Audio: Robert Shiels

Shiels said we can expect snowfall up to an inch Christmas morning between 4 and 10 a.m. Christmas Day will also bring winds of 25 to 30 mph, which could make travel hazardous.

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Blanchard Valley Joining New Hospital Collaboration Company

12/22/14     12:15 p.m.

Eight area hospitals have joined together to form a new company, including Blanchard Valley Health Systems and Wood County Hospital.

The eight hospitals will now be a part of Vantage Healthcare of Ohio, LLC. According to a release from Blanchard Valley, the joint venture will allow member hospitals to create new services and provide easier access to healthcare in their local community.

One of the first areas the group will look at will be services that are currently out-sources. The release says by combining the hospitals, new services can be created that would otherwise be limited and outsourced.

The eight hospitals comprising Vantage Healthcare of Ohio are: The Bellevue Hospital (Bellevue); Blanchard Valley Health System (Findlay); Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers (Bryan); Fulton County Health Center (Wauseon); Henry County Hospital (Napoleon); Magruder Hospital (Port Clinton); Fisher-Titus Medical Center (Norwalk); and Wood County Hospital (Bowling Green).

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Grant Helping Findlay Schools Expand Preschool Program for Kids in Need

12/22/14     11:52 a.m.

A grant from the United Way is helping Findlay City Schools expand its preschool program. While the children involved are only four and five years old, Superintendent Ed Kurt said getting them enrolled in schooling early will eventually impact the Findlay and Hancock County workforce development initiative.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the grant will help children of financially disadvantaged families in the district start school next year. Those children must have turned four years old by Aug. 1, 2014. Transportation to the Washington building where the classes will take place and lunch will be provided.

Interested parents can call 419-425-8231. Applications will be taken through Jan. 5 or until classes are full.

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IRS Phone Scam Reported In The Area

12/22/14 – 6:46 A.M.

Residents in our region have been the target of a new phone scam. The Lima News reports people have been getting calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS. The scammer will say they have been trying to reach you about unpaid taxes and that this is your last chance to pay. They’ll then direct you to pay the fine with a prepaid credit card.

The people behind the scam are using software that makes an IRS phone number show up on your caller ID.

If you get a call like this, you’re urged to call the better business bureau.

MORE: Lima News

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Gas Prices Inch Closer To $2 A Gallon

12/22/14 – 5:29 A.M.

Gas prices continue their pre-Christmas slide. reports the average price for a gallon of regular in the state is $2.18. That’s down 22 cents from last Monday. Three days before Christmas last year we were paying $3.21 a gallon.

Local prices show Findlay drivers paying around $2.17 a gallon. In Ottawa, the average price is $2.12. A few Lima stations are reportedly selling gas for under $2 a gallon today.

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Year In Review: McLane Company Announces New Distribution Center

12/21/14     5:30 a.m.

Our look back at 2014 continues with even more economic development in Findlay. In May, McLane Company announced they’d be building a 337,000 square foot grocery distribution center, becoming the first company in the new Tall Timbers West industrial park.

At the groundbreaking ceremony in October, McLane COO Mike Youngblood said it was a number of things that made Findlay an attractive place for the new center.

Audio: Mike Youngblood

In addition to the 425 jobs the center will create, McLane is also helping the city finance the infrastructure for the new industrial park it will be a part of.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

At the groundbreaking, Mayor Lydia Mihalik said McLane and the new park are great progress for Findlay. McLane is giving $500,000 to help with streets, water and more for what will be Tall Timbers West. JobsOhio will also be giving an additional $637,000.

The distribution center is expected to be open in the fall of 2016.

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Fostoria Police Investigate Alleged Robbery

12/22/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Fostoria police are looking into an alleged robbery. A man called the police department and said his son had been robbed at knife-point behind the Dollar General store on East Lytle Street.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says the actual victim hasn’t come forward and no suspects have been caught.

The alleged incident was said to have happened last Wednesday afternoon.

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