Review Category : Local News

Maag’s Hotel Demolition Begins In Leipsic

5/29/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A dilapidated building in downtown Leipsic is coming down. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the former Maag’s Hotel building is being demolished. Work on the project began this week. The building has been vacant for two years, but its condition has been a concern for village council for many years.

ALL Excavating & Demolition is handling the project.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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New Trial Date Set For Arcadia Man

5/29/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A new trial date has been set for an Arcadia man accused of several crimes. The Courier reports 21-year-old Joe Vera III had the trial date for a sexual assault case moved to August 24 during a Thursday hearing. Vera’s new lawyer requested more time to review the case as he had just taken over as council earlier this month.

That case accuses Vera of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old in McComb in April of last year. It’s not the only trial Vera faces this summer though. He is also set to stand trial July 20 in an aggravated robbery case. That charge stems from a March 25 incident where Vera allegedly tried to steal a car from a man at knifepoint at the Tiffin Avenue Circle K.

Vera is also scheduled to have an August 13 trial in Wood County on two counts of burglary.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Center for Performing Arts to Host First Show Dec. 18

05/28/15     5:20 p.m.

After breaking ground last July, the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has officially set a date for its first performance.

Audio: Ann Buis

Ann Buis is the vice chair of the board of directors. She said the construction is going well and is a great mix of the preservation of Central Middle School and modern additions.

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is finishing one fundraiser and starting another. Fundraising coordinator Sarah Palmer said Monday, June 1 will be your last day to buy seats in the auditorium.

Audio: Sarah Palmer

Through July 15 you can buy engraved pavers to be used in the outside walkway around the building. Those pavers will be $500 for small and $1,500 for large.

If you’re interested in the donating to either campaign, see or call 419-423-27

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Commissioner Phil Riegle Injured In Wednesday Crash

5/28/15 – 10:19 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle was injured in a Wednesday night crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Riegle was involved in a two car collision at the intersection of Township Road 37 and County Road 8 just before 9 p.m.

16-year-old Andrew Ross of Arlington was driving west on Road 37 when he ran a stop sign and hit the side of Riegle’s car. The pickup truck Ross was driving went off the road and hit a utility pole.

Riegle was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. During Thursday’s commissioners meeting it was learned he was released from the hospital this morning. Ross was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Rail Preservation Society Moves Train Depot

5/28/15 – 6:47 A.M.

A historic train depot is being moved in Findlay. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the depot built in the 1800s is getting a new home. The building was sitting on property leased by the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation group, and is being moved to a 40-acre complex.

Dave Wobser is a trustee for the organization and tells the TV station the roof was cut off and moved first. The rest of the building will come later. The building should be put back together by the end of this week.


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Area Farmers Have Good Spring Planting Season

5/28/15 – 6:32 A.M.

It’s been a good planting season for area farmers. That’s according to Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz. He tells the Courier the relatively dry conditions and moderate temperatures are ideal for planting.

The dry fields allow crops to develop deeper root systems. Lentz tells the newspaper that’s especially important for corn.

There is one drawback to the dry conditions. Lentz says dryer soil conditions make it difficult for soybeans to emerge.

MORE: The Courier

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Three Injured In Wednesday Crash On I-75

5/28/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A four-car crash injured three people on I-75 in Hancock County late Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the chain reaction crash happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate south of the State Route 613 interchange.

21-year-old Kayla Beltz of Lakeview was driving south when she failed to stop for slower traffic. Her car hit the back of a car driven by 24-year-old Emma Dunn of Archbold. Dunn’s car then hit a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Amy Beth Bowers of Hilliard. Her car was pushed into a car driven by 57-year-old Tami Cory of Bucyrus.

Beltz, Dunn, and Bowers were all taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash backed up the interstate for more than an hour.

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Pandora-Gilboa Teacher Wins National Award

5/28/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A Pandora-Gilboa teacher has earned national recognition. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Mark Suter is one of 10 teachers to place first in the Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award. Suter created the “Rockettech Club” to work with the economic development offices in Putnam and Allen Counties to come up with solutions to a skilled labor shortage.

Rockettech and another club, P-G Engineering, work together create products and services for area businesses.

Suter has been teaching in the district since 2010.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Pay Raise Recommended For Findlay Law Director

5/28/15 – 5:06 A.M.

Findlay’s law director could be in line for a pay raise next year. The Courier reports an Ad Hoc committee meeting of Findlay City Council members talked about the issue Wednesday night. Don Rasmussen makes a little more than $100,000, and would see an $8,000 raise under a recommendation from the committee. The raise still needs full council approval.

Councilmen Grant Russel and Tom Klein said they didn’t agree with a pay cut for the position when Rasmussen was running for the office in 2011. The committee also recommended a two percent pay raise each year from 2017 through 2019. That would put the law director salary at around $115,000.

Human Resources Director Don Essex looked at cities like Findlay to provide a frame of reference. In Wooster, the law director makes nearly $122,000 a year. On the low end of the spectrum the law director in Ashland makes a little more than $78,000.

The committee has also recommended two percent pay increases each year for the next four years for the mayor and city auditor. Mayor Lydia Mihalik took a two percent pay cut in 2012.

MORE: The Courier

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Patrol Reports 14 Fatal Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend

5/27/15 – 6:28 P.M.

The State Highway Patrol says 14 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roads during the Memorial Day weekend. That’s one more than in 2014. A report from the law enforcement agency says three of the deaths were OVI-related. Of the 14 killed, four people were not wearing a seatbelt.

The patrol says 544 OVI arrests were made between May 22 and May 25. More than 5,500 people were cited for not wearing a seatbelt.

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