Review Category : Local News

Gas Service Restored In Risingsun

10/9/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Natural gas service was restored to Risingsun residents Thursday night. A damaged transmission line cut service to the village earlier in the afternoon. The Review-Times reports Columbia Gas representatives had to go to all 233 houses in the village to reconnect service following the outage.

The lone line that serves Risingsun was damaged about a mile west of the village. It’s not known what caused the damage.

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Rural Hancock County Home Burns Again

10/5/15 – 6:37 A.M.

A vacant house that was destroyed by a fire earlier this year, caught fire again early this morning. Delaware Township firefighters were called to 18362 Hancock County Road 8 just before 2 a.m. The fire was extinguished within an hour.

The previous fire happened in July and was considered suspicious. The house had been vacant for years.

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Columbus Grove Home Damaged By Fire

10/9/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home was damaged by a fire yesterday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Columbus Grove Fire Department was called to 504 South Main Street early Thursday afternoon.

The flames were contained to a carport and exterior wall of the home. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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No Water District In Putnam County Until At Least 2017

10/9/15 – 5:14 A.M.

If a regional water and sewer district is going to happen in Putnam County, it won’t happen for a while. The Courier reports efforts to start the district have been pushed back until 2017 at the earliest. Putnam County Commissioner John Love says more meetings are being held with villages and townships to talk about the plan.

The goal of the proposed district is to provide, “safe, reliable, cost-effective water and sewer service to areas of the county that want it.” If created, it would be a separate government entity. That’s been a sticking point, as many people opposed to the plan have voiced concern about another level of government.

Backers of the plan say it would create savings in water and sewer service and maintenance across the county.

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Dorney Plaza Renovation Plans Reviewed

10/9/15 – 5:01 A.M.

Proposed renovations for Findlay’s Dorney Plaza have been scaled back. Several city and county officials went over changes in a plan to use the area as a gathering space during a Thursday meeting. The Courier reports new plans would put memorials south of the courthouse into a straight line, and adding more benches and landscaping.

There was also talk about what to do with the parking lot west of the courthouse. Those on hand at the meeting said walking through the parking lot is dangerous for pedestrians. There was discussion about limiting it to handicap parking. Expanded greenspace would separate cars from people walking in the area.

The parking spaces lost would be offset by new spaces gained by creating a lot at 222 Broadway.

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Halloween Safety Service Available In Putnam County

10/8/2015 – 5:00 pm

Putnam County residents concerned about their children’s safety this Halloween can use a service which will help. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced that the service OffenderWatch will show the addresses of all 43 registered sex offenders in Putnam County. According to a release from Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler, they wanted to let the public know where these individuals lived so that they’d avoid their homes on Halloween.

The service provides a mapping and address feature provided through the sheriff’s website at which will be able to help parents map out their kids Trick or Treat routes. Information on the service can be found at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Website at or by calling the office at 419-523-3208.


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Ag Talk: Preventing Field Fires During Harvest

10/8/2015 – 4:40 pm

As the fall harvest rolls along, and with dry weather staying around for the most part, farmers need to take precautions to make sure they don’t start fires with their equipment in the fields. OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz reminds farmers to put a fire extinguisher in every vehicle they use.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz also says farmers should put two extinguishers in their combines. One for up near the cab and another down towards the ground so that there would always be one within reach. Lentz also notes there are other common sense tips that farmers can keep in mind this season.

Audio: Ed Lentz


Also keep any oily rags and drop cloths away from the machinery while it’s running in the field. Lentz also reminds farmers to allow their machinery to cool down each night to prevent overheating in the fields during the harvest.

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Residents Encouraged To Become Foster Parents

10/8/2015 – 3:30 pm

Hancock County Job & Family Services has kicked off a “Foster Local” campaign to encourage awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families in the community. Angie Rader with the JFS Children Services says that there is a need for new foster parents in the community.

Audio: Angie Rader

Hancock JFS is partnering with the Putnam, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot county agencies to promote the need for foster parents in all five counties. While there are many current foster parents in each county, Rader says that there still is a great need for more parents.

Audio: Angie Rader

If you want to be a foster parent, or would like more information about the program, Rader says that you can get information at

Audio: Angie Rader

You can also visit or you can call the office at 419-424-7022 ext: 5. for more information.

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Kindergarten Students To Get Free Smoke Alarms

10/8/2015 – 12:30 pm

During National Fire Prevention Week this month, Kindergarten students in Findlay and Hancock county schools will be receiving free smoke alarms to help protect their homes. The program is called Project S.A.F.E and is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Todd James, director of the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Red Cross said that the program has been going on for around three years and it begins with a presentation in the schools.

Audio: Todd James

The program is sponsored by Walmart and the Findlay Kiwanis Club. James said that many of the students know quite a bit already about fire safety, which helps when they are trying to make homes safer for all family members.

Audio: Todd James

If you would like more information about the S.A.F.E. Program or would like to support it, you can contact the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.

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Upper Sandusky Man Arrested Following Drug Search

10/8/2015 – 11:43 am

One arrest was made after a search of a residence uncovered drugs in Upper Sandusky. The Courier reports that the Wyandot County Special Response team served a search warrant at 13961 Wyandot County Road 115 early Wednesday evening. During the search, detectives found a large amount of marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, a loaded handgun and a large amount of cash.

24-year-old Zachery Scofield of Upper Sandusky was arrested on felony charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana. Assisting in the search were the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, Carey Police Department, Upper Sandusky Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wyandot County EMS.

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