Review Category : Local News

Arlington Council Talks About Upcoming Maintenance Projects

8/19/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Arlington’s village council talked about maintenance during their meeting last night. Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday told council some minor cracks are being sealed in the clear well that holds finished water at the water treatment plant.

The Courier also reports the village’s swimming pool will be drained for the season Wednesday.

Village council will also apply for grants to fix fencing and dugouts at the park.

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Bluffton Gets Insurance Payment To Pay For Town Hall Damage

8/19/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Bluffton has received money from its insurance provider to help pay for repairs to the town hall building. The Courier reports an initial payment of more than $146,000 was made recently. The original claim was for more than $174,000, but that was reduced by around $26,000 because of depreciation. Another $1,000 was taken off the claim to cover the deductible.

Village Administrator James Mehaffie told the newspaper there are still outstanding invoices and estimates that have been submitted.

Bluffton’s town hall was damaged when a sprinkler head malfunctioned in May. The problem resulted in around 2,000 gallons of water getting pumped into the building before the water could be shut off.

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Carey Council Focuses On Electrical Upgrades

8/19/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Carey officials were focused on electricity during their Monday night meeting. The Courier reports village council approved a recommendation to spend more than $1.18 million for equipment to build a new substation near Continental Structural Plastics. The bids came in below the estimated $1.25 million.

Council also gave first reading to a modified electric rate increase. The current proposal would see rates raised 4 percent next year and 2 percent the following year. That differs from the original proposal, which called for a 2 percent raise annually through 2017. The money raised from the increase will help fund upgrades to the electrical system in the village.

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Fostoria Schools Add New Bus To Fleet

8/19/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The Fostoria City School district is adding a new bus to its fleet. The Review-Times reports the school board voted to approve buying a 77-passenger school bus during their Monday night meeting. The new bus will replace an older model. Fostoria has 19 busses in their current fleet.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang says they should receive the new bus in the next couple of weeks. The school year starts Thursday in Fostoria.

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Findlay Native To Be Honored For Military Service Today

8/19/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay native who served in the Iraq war will be honored with service medals today. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will present eight medals to James Goshe at the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on East Main Cross at 4 p.m.

Goshe joined the Army in 1995 and trained as a cannon crew member. He served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, and was discharged in 2005.

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BVH Public Relations and Marketing Team Best in the Nation

8/18/14   4:23 p.m.

Blanchard Valley Health System’s Public Relations and Marketing Department has been named the Best Health Care Communications Team in the nation.

The department won the award through the prestigious Ragan Health Care PR and Marketing Awards for a number of projects. Some of the projects included the Extraordinary People marketing campaign, Safety Dance internal education video social media advancement and more.

The team includes: (L to R) Amy Leach, director of PR & Marketing; Amy Jordan, graphics coordinator; Megan James, communications coordinator; Abby Hartman, special events planner; Mindy Radabaugh, PR & print shop coordinator; and Brian Radar, print shop coordinator. 

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Farm Fields the Focus of New ODNR Water Quality Program

8/18/14   12:55 p.m.

Since Toledo’s water crisis, the state government has been focusing on what can be done to improve water quality. One of the products of that is the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Erie Nutrient Reduction Program.

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Jean Derr is the Program Administrator for the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District and will be overseeing the LE NRP which will reimburse farmers and landowners who plant cover crops, install drainage management equipment or blind tile inlets. These practices will allow farmers to better manage water from their fields after harvest and during growing season.

 

The program spans 27 counties, including all local counties, and its goal is to combat harmful algal blooms and nutrient run-off from fields.

Audio: Jean Derr

ODNR has committed $1.25 million for the program in addition to the $3.5 million already appropriated through the Ohio Clean Lakes initiative. They are anticipating 25,000 acres of cover crops to be planted as well as 300 structures to be installed.

Applications for the program may be picked up at the Hancock SWCD. After submitting an application, the land will be inspected by SWCD and ODNR staff to ensure it is eligible for the program.

Counties included: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.

Contact Jean Derr at Hancock SWCD at 419-422-6569 or Mark Bruce at ODNR at 614-265-6860 with questions or for more information.

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Gas Prices Down To Start The Week

8/18/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.39. That’s down from the $3.51 we were paying last Monday. It’s also eight cents less than what we were paying a month ago.

Prices in Findlay are trending higher than the state average though. The average price in the city was around $3.44 this morning. Ottawa drivers were paying $3.42.

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Findlay Man Injured In Weekend Motorcycle Crash

8/18/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a weekend motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday on County Road 180.

Investigators say 26-year-old Sean Farrell was riding his motorcycle north on Road 180 when he lost control just south of State Route 568 in Marion Township. Farrell, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. From there he was transported to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus by medical helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Weekend Apartment Fire Injures Two Just Outside Of Findlay

8/18/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A fire just outside of Findlay injured a father and daughter over the weekend. Liberty Township Fire Chief Gene Stump says firefighters were called to an apartment building at 2800 South Main Street around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. David Castret and his 18-month-old daughter were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The fire started in the kitchen and was contained to one apartment. There was smoke damage to other parts of the building. No damage estimate was available.


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