Review Category : Local News

Ottawa Elementary Library Damaged By Broken Sprinkler Head

2/17/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The library at Ottawa Elementary School was damaged by a broken sprinkler head Monday. The Lima News reports a maintenance worker discovered the issues around 6:45 a.m. Superintendent Don Horstman tells the newspaper that teachers and staff quickly moved books and equipment out of harm’s way. A restoration service was at the school to assess the damage by 10 a.m.

The library is closed to students for the time being. It’s not known how long it will take to get everything fixed, but Horstman says they are already putting things back together.

MORE: Lima News

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Logger Hurt In Putnam County

2/17/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A man was injured while cutting down a tree in Putnam County Monday afternoon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a call for help came from a wooded area behind the Catholic church in Cloverdale around 2 p.m.

53-year-old Willam Charles Rayle suffered a leg injury after a tree fell on him. He was able to free himself, but unable to move further. Heavy rescue equipment was brought in from Kalida because of the rough terrain of the area where Rayle was.

No other details have been released.


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Ohio Secretary Of State Concerned About Voter Fraud

2/17/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Voter fraud was a topic of conversation for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted while he was in Findlay Monday night. Husted spoke at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner at the University of Findlay. The Courier reports Husted took issue with President Obama’s executive order to issue Social Security numbers to at least 5 million immigrants. He said that move could leave the state open to voter fraud.

Husted said that in Ohio voters can register with a Social Security number or their driver’s license. He added the change hurts the state’s ability to police for non-citizens casting ballots. The reason is because the state uses Social Security numbers to cross check those who have cast ballots. If a non-citizen is given a Social Security number, it will be harder to see if they are legally able to vote.

In 2012, 291 non-citizens were found to have voted.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Schools to Seek Bids for Modular Unit Classrooms

02/17/15     12:15 a.m.

Findlay City Schools will address its growing enrollment with modular classroom units at least temporarily. At Monday’s meeting, the board of education agreed to begin seeking bids for units for Jefferson and Chamberlin Hill Schools.

Superintendent Ed Kurt said with kindergarten classes up to 25 students per class and first and second grade not far behind something had to be done. Additionally with the local economy on the upswing, Kurt said it doesn’t look like enrollment will be decreasing any time soon.

The modulars will address the enrollment over-capacity issues in kindergarten through second grades and allow the board to see if enrollment continues to grow before addressing the problem on a permanent basis.

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Residents Ask ADAMHS Board for Recovery Home Decision Soon

02/16/15     11:15 p.m.

Residents of the Wilson Vance neighborhood met with the ADAMHS Board for the third time Monday night to discuss the proposed addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Ave. in Findlay. But even after the meeting, attendees were still unsure of where to go from here.

Audio: What’s Next?

This meeting was a debriefing on last Monday’s public forum. Those in attendance helped tally votes and compile data. At the end of tonight’s meeting the attendees overwhelmingly voted no to additional meetings and asked the ADAMHS Board to make a decision, which may come at their Feb. 24 meeting.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said while discussion is good, it’s no longer productive and time for a decision.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

She said no matter how things go, she hopes the ADAMHS Board continues the open conversation with the neighborhood.

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New or Gently Used Formal Gowns Being Collected for Dress Donation

02/16/15     3:35 p.m.

The Shelly Company’s Findlay Division will once again be collecting dresses for their “Don’t Stress Over the Dress” campaign.

The program donates prom dresses to high school girls who otherwise would not be able to attend their prom due to finances. Long and short formal gowns that are new or gently used in all sizes and colors are being sought, as well as purses, makeup and other dress-up necessities. Services such as hair, cosmetology, tanning, pedicures and manicures are also being accepted.

Donations will be accepted until March 9 at the Findlay Shelly Company office on Fostoria Ave as well as the Carey office on County Road 99. All donations are tax-deductible. Distribution of dresses will be held March 22 at the Findlay Village Mall.

For more information contact Denise Foley in Findlay at 419-429-3445 or Shelly VanAtta in Carey at 419-396-7641.

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Car-Train Crash Injures One In Fostoria

2/16/15 – 7:20 A.M.

A car-train crash injured one person in Fostoria Saturday. The Fostoria Police Department reports a westbound CSX train hit a northbound car at a crossing on South Main Street. A woman was extricated from the car and taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for unknown injuries. She was later taken to Toledo Hospital.

The name of the woman has not been released. The crash remains under investigation.

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Train And Semi Collide In Putnam County

2/16/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A semi was involved in a crash with a train in Putnam County over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday on County Road 5, north of State Route 613 east of Leipsic.

The semi slid into an eastbound train, damaging the semi, train cars, and the rail crossing. The driver of the semi, Shawn Keele of Illinois, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Gas Prices Continue To Climb

2/16/15 – 6:43 A.M.

Filling up your tank is a little more expensive as we start another work week. reports the average price for regular is $2.27 around the state. That’s up from $2.23 last Monday, but down from midweek prices around $2.33.

In Findlay, drivers are reporting prices around $2.31. That’s up from last Monday’s $2.25 a gallon.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.29 a gallon this morning.

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Monday Interview: Anti-Vax Movement Spreading to Pets

02/16/15     5:30 a.m.

With the recent outbreak of measles in the country, the vaccination debate is at the forefront again. But vaccinations are not just an issue for children or even humans. Veterinarians are now seeing the anti-vaccination movement spread to animals as well.

Audio: Linda Peck

Dr. Linda Peck in the director of the pre-veterinary program at the University of Findlay. She said pets have a standard set of shots just like humans and there are some pet parents that opt out of them. But often times with pet parents, once everything is explained to them by a vet professional they decide to go with the immunization.

Audio: Linda Peck

Peck said in cats the common virus vets see that is treatable by vaccination is feline leukemia. In dogs, it’s parvovirus. One thing most animal owners don’t understand according to Peck is that animals need vaccinated for more than just their health, but also to create a barrier between the disease in the wild and humans.

Audio: Linda Peck

For all animals, Peck said to only vaccinate them against diseases they are susceptible to or at risk for. She said like most human vaccinations, all of them carry risks, but most are minor and easily treatable like swelling, hives and possibly vomiting. In every case, Peck says to consult a veterinarian to determine which immunizations you pet will or will not need.

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