Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Sees Benefits From Full Body Scanner

5/16/16 – 1:41 P.M.

A full body scanner has been in use at the Hancock County Jail for a year now. Jail Administrator Lt. Ryan Kidwell says the equipment has added efficiency to jail operations…

Audio: Ryan Kidwell

Kidwell says prior to the scanner, inmates coming back into the jail from work duties or counseling sessions would have to be strip searched. Now that there is less likelihood of a strip search, Kidwell says more inmates are likely to take part in correctional activities…

Audio: Ryan Kidwell

Kidwell spoke at today’s Findlay Rotary Club Meeting.

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Meeting Set For Proposed Noise Wall Near US 68 And Western Avenue

5/16/16 – 10:31 A.M.

A public meeting about a potential noise wall along U.S. 68 / State Route 15 near Western Avenue will take place later this week. ODOT reports the meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chamberlin Hill Intermediate School’s gymnasium.

Residents in that area requested the wall in the summer of 2015. ODOT completed a noise analysis, and will present their findings at the meeting. There will also be an opportunity for affected property owners to vote in favor or against the construction of the wall.

Chamberlin Hill Intermediate School is located at 600 West Yates Avenue in Findlay.

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Superhero Party Will Benefit Local Cancer Patient

5/16/16 – 10:12 A.M.

If your kid is a fan of superheroes, you’ll want to take them to an upcoming event at the Children’s Museum of Findlay. The museum will hold a super hero party to benefit the Braden Kramer foundation this Sunday. Braden was diagnosed with Leukemia last September…

Audio: Carol Metzger

Carol Metzger from Cancer Patient Services says the party will be a great way to help out Braden and his family, and have a lot of fun.

For the $10 admission, you will get admission to the museum, a dance party, superhero crafts, and more.

MORE: Superhero Party Facebook Page

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Area Farmers Scramble To Plant Corn

5/16/16 – 9:17 A.M.

It’s been a wet spring, and that means local farmers haven’t been able to get their corn crop in the ground. Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that means farmers will be making some changes in their schedules…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz adds you won’t see too many farmers doing extra tilling right now. He says it’s all about getting corn in the ground as soon as possible.

Mother nature might help out farmers this week. With the exception of a little rain Tuesday, it is expected to be a drier.

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Mount Blanchard Water Rates Going Up In June

5/16/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Water rates in Mount Blanchard will increase on June 1. Village council recently agreed to change the base monthly rate to $30. That’s a $5 increase. The payment for a water tower wasn’t factored into the previous rates. That, combined with lower consumption rates, led to the change being made.

Sewer rates will not be changing.

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UF Students Can Take Faster Path To Law Degree

5/16/16 – 6:47 A.M.

Incoming University of Findlay students will have a faster path to a law degree thanks to partnerships with other schools. An agreement with Cleveland State University, the University of Toledo, and Ohio Northern University aims to cut down the time and cost of getting a legal degree.

UF students can take six years instead of seven to get their law degree. The senior year of college will also count as the first year of law school.

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Local Gas Prices Up Over The Last Week

5/16/16 – 5:31 A.M.

We’re paying a little more at the pump as we start a new work week. reports the average price in Findlay is around $2.21 a gallon. That’s up five cents from a week ago. Gas prices are looking good compared to a year ago when we were paying $2.57 a gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.24 for a gallon of regular this morning. That’s up nine cents over the past seven days.

The prices in Ottawa mirror the statewide average, which is also $2.24 a gallon today.

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State Route 12 Closed Between Findlay And Arcadia Starting Today

5/16/16 – 5:22 A.M.

New projects for ODOT are popping up in Hancock County this week. You can expect to see State Route 12 between Findlay and Arcadia closed for the next five days for culvert replacements. The work on the highway will take place between Township Road 238 and County Road 248.

State Route 15 between U.S. 68 and State Route 330 will be reduced to one lane in both directions this week for bridge deck repair in several locations.

A switch in traffic is still anticipated on I-75 this week. That could mean lane reductions in both lanes between Hancock County Road 99 and State Route 18.

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Suspicious Death In Findlay Remains Under Investigation

5/16/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A suspicious death remains under investigation in Findlay. Lt. Robert Ring says a man’s body was discovered in a home in the 1800 block of Sherry Street around 2:35 a.m. Saturday. Ring says there appeared to be physical trauma to the body.

The man has not been publicly identified pending notification of family members.

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City Mission Holds Open House For Renovated Facility

5/16/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The new expanded City Mission opened its doors in Findlay over the weekend. The Courier reports a dedication ceremony was held Saturday at the facility on West Main Cross Street. The $2.55 million project nearly doubled the City Mission’s size.

There are now 30 beds for men at the shelter, and 20 for women. There are also five family units. Director Phil Arnold tells the newspaper in the past when a mother came in with a son who was at least 9-years-old, they didn’t have anywhere to stay. The same was true for fathers and daughters. That limitation is gone now.

The same programming designed to get people on their feet will be available to women and men.

The facility’s dining hall and kitchen have also been renovated.

MORE: The Courier

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