Review Category : Local News

Metrich Drug Task Force Receives Grant

2/3/14 4:15 p.m.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety announced that the multi-county METRICH Enforcement Unit will receive a sizable grant to fight drug crime. The Courier reports that METRICH will receive $112,500 from ODPS’s Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. Metrich serves more than 550,000 people in ten counties including Hancock, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties.

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Mayor Talks About Impact Of Winter And Flood Mitigation

2/3/14 3:15 p.m.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik commented on the relentless winter weather that has a grip on the region and how much of a burden it places on the city’s budget. She commented on WFIN@Ten this morning..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said the winter hasn’t busted the budget yet but if the city continues to get pounded by winter weather it could be a problem. Mihalik also talked about a trip to Washington D.C. along with Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson and Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Chief, Tony Iriti, to make a pitch once again for Blanchard River flood study money..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

The group will meet with the Army Corps of Engineers and different committee members within the House and the Senate to make sure the Blanchard River is part of that allocation and complete the last phase of the feasibility study.

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VIDEO: Marathon To Build Major Expansion To Its Headquarters In Downtown Findlay

2/3/14 1:25 p.m.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Petroleum Corporation has announced a major expansion of its corporate headquarters in Downtown Findlay. CEO Gary Heminger, speaking to the Noon Rotary Club in Findlay Monday, said the new expansion will be headquarters to the newly created and fast-growing pipeline subsidiary, MPLX..

Audio:  Gary Heminger

A graphic showed a campus-style facility located on the southeast corner of South Main and Hardin Sts. complete with parking garages and a multipurpose hotel for which private investors will be sought. The site of the former Elks building will be greenspace. Heminger prefaced the announcement by saying the company is making a leap of faith that the Findlay community will continue fighting for completion of flood mitigation efforts..

Audio:  Gary Heminger

Heminger’s said in Marathon’s talks with the Army Corps of Engineers, eyebrows were raised at just how much the flow of the U.S.’s transportation fuels are controlled at the Findlay headquarters..

Audio:  Gary Heminger

Construction of the $80 million project is scheduled to begin in the spring of this year.

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Findlay Reinventing Itself For New Young Professionals

2/3/14 2:40 p.m.
Courting and retaining young professionals in Findlay is something the city is working on developing. Economic Development Director, Tony Iriti talked about it on WFIN@Ten this morning..

Audio:  Tony Iriti

Work on developing housing in downtown Finday has already begun. Companies, such as Marathon, are attracting the young professionals and the Findlay community is working on developing the amenities they expect. Young professionals with their higher disposable income may also invest in small business to create the amenities they expect..

Audio:  Tony Iriti

Iriti also said that Findlay being a college town needs to make the city more attractive to students, making more things available for them to do.

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Another Winter Storm On The Horizon

2/3/14 – 8:45 A.M.

It looks like we’re about to get another blast of winter weather.  A Winter Storm Watch for Hancock, Putnam, Allen, Seneca, Wyandot, and Wood Counties has been issued from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.  We could see 6-10 inches of snow, mostly coming in Tuesday night through early Wednesday.  Blowing and drifting snow is expected Wednesday.

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Fire Closes Tiffin Mall Sunday

2/3/14 – 5:32 A.M.

A fire closed the Tiffin Mall Sunday. The Review-Times reports firefighters were called to the mall around 4:30 a.m. Fire Chief Bill Ennis tells the newspaper the flames started in a store front near JC Penny. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it looks like it may have started where rubber mats are kept for Heidelberg University’s track team for indoor training.

A sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading, but it still took 40 minutes to put out the blaze. The mall was closed because of smoke and odors that filled other stores. It’s expected to be open today.

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One Killed In Wood County Crash

2/3/14 – 5:19 A.M.

A two-car head-on collision took the life of a Wood County man and injured two others Saturday. The State Highway Patrol reports 58-year-old David Kaseman was driving west on State Route 105 near Bowling Green around 10:30 a.m., when he went left of center and hit a car driven by 74-year-old William Beard Jr. of Pemberville.

Kaseman was pronounced dead at Wood County Hospital. Beard and his wife Judy were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Carey Duplex Damaged In Fire

2/3/14 – 5:06 A.M.

A Carey duplex was damaged by fire over the weekend. Firefighters were called to 232 E. South Street just before noon Saturday to battle the blaze. The fire damaged the living room and the porch area of the home.

No one was injured and no damage estimate has been made available yet.

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Lammers To Run For Putnam County Juvenile And Probate Judge

2/3/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The Putnam County prosecutor has his eyes on a higher office. The Lima News reports Gary Lammers will submit petitions to run to be the county’s probate and juvenile judge. The move would set up a Democratic primary showdown between Lammers and sitting Judge Michael Borer.

Lammers submitted his name to replace retiring judge Daniel Gershutz in 2011, but Borer ultimately was given the appointment.

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