Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Historical Society Is Hosting Several Events Over The Next Few Months

08/03/16 – 5:13 P.M.

The Hancock County Historical Society has several events coming up in the next couple months that you might be interested in. The society’s Sarah Sisser explained the first event this month.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Other events include a showing of the Sting on August 19th at 7 pm in the museum. On September 9th there is a farm to table dinner provided by a local chef at the Scarlet Oaks Estate. There is only a handful of reservations left for the dinner.

There will also be several lectures offered throughout the next few months. Visit the Historical Society’s website for a complete list of their events.

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Algae Bloom Found In Blanchard River, Experts Say It Is Safe

08/03/16 – 3:31 P.M.

The Blanchard River has a lot of algae blooming near the Bright Road bridge and other locations. According to Phil Martin from the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership says that it is caused by the river’s flow.

Audio: Phil Martin

Martin says Findlay doesn’t have to worry about the algae because the city’s water comes from the reservoir.

He also says the algae can be prevented in other areas by staying aware of phosphorus products you use that can end up in the river.

Audio: Phil Martin

Martin says that phosphorous helps lead to algae bloom and with the river running low and slowly there is time for the phosphorous to build up. You can help prevent this by keeping items containing phosphorous such as fertilizer and grass clippings out of the river.

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Marathon Entering Joint Venture With Enbridge Energy Partners To Invest In Bakken Pipeline

08/03/16 – 1:00 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum Company is looking to grow its business by investing in a pipeline. Marathon will be forming a joint Venture with Enbridge Energy Partners investing in the Bakken Pipelines. The two companies will buy 25% partial equity in the pipeline from a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners. Upon closing the deal Marathon will own 9.2% indirect interest in the system in exchange for a $500 million dollar investment.

Marathon also announced that it might cancel its transportation services agreement with the Sandpiper project depending on the closing of the Bakken deal. If this happens then it will also liquidate Marathon’s indirect ownership interest in North Dakota Pipeline Co.

The Bakken Pipeline is expected to be ready by the end of this year and. It will deliver over 470,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to the midwest  and to the gulf of Mexico.

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Two Injured In Monday Crash On I-75 Near Van Buren

8/3/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A two-car crash on I-75 injured two people Monday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened in the southbound lanes near State Route 613 around 9:35 a.m. Investigators say Gregory Cudgel of Roseville Michigan was following too close to another car when he rear-ended it.

Cudgel and a passenger, 28-year-old of Christopher Hair of Toledo, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the other car was not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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North Baltimore Gets Grant For Improvement Project

8/3/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A state grant will help pay for infrastructure upgrades in North Baltimore. The Courier reports the Ohio Public Works Commission has awarded the village more than $289,000. The money will be used for the replacement of a waterline on Main Street between the railroad tracks and Broadway.

The project will be bid soon, and work could be finished by November.

North Baltimore’s downtown improvement plan includes upgrading waterlines, curb work, and street reconstruction.

MORE: The Courier

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Man Facing Murder Charges Appears In Putnam County Municipal Court

8/3/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The man who allegedly has admitted to killing his son 10 years ago appeared in Putnam County Municipal Court Tuesday. The Courier reports a preliminary hearing was held for 30-year-old Travis Soto. The case was bound over to the Putnam County Common Pleas Court and bond was continued at $500,000. The grand jury could review the case as soon as next week.

On July 25, Soto reportedly went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and admitted to murdering 2-year-old Julio Baldoza.

Soto was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006 for a child endangerment conviction. At the time Soto said he was riding an ATV at his Continental home and hit the boy when he came around a corner. He did not get medical attention for the child.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Council To Talk About Workforce Development Position

8/3/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The question of whether Findlay should help pay for a workforce development coordinator for the area was brought up at Tuesday’s Findlay City Council meeting. The Courier reports Councilwoman Holly Frische said the agreement to pay $30,000 to the position was never fully agreed to by council members. She added that the money could be better spent on other city services.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer talked about the issue after the meeting. He said council seemed to be willing to help pay for the position when the subject was first brought up. He added an ordinance asking for $30,000 will likely appear on the next council agenda. It will then be referred to the Appropriations Committee for further discussion.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik said having a workforce development coordinator will help Findlay stay competitive in attracting potential employers. The coordinator role is part of a larger joint effort between many local agencies to provide qualified workers to area businesses.

MORE: The Courier

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Water And Sewer Committee To Hear About Deferring Fee For Townhomes Of Liberty Ridge

08/02/16 – 9:37 P.M.

Andrew Yates of the Townhomes of Liberty Ridge is seeking to defer payment of the impact and capacity fee for his next building phase. At the city council meeting Tuesday night, Service-Safety Director, Paul Schmelzer said it needs to be brought before the Water and Sewer Committee.

Audio: Schmelzer

Schmelzer said that Yates has already run the sewer line to the location of the next buildings. This avoids tearing up the road later but leaves the section connected to nothing.

According to Schmelzer, the fee is costly for Yates’ next phase.

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VIDEO: National Night Out Events Held In Findlay

8/2/16 – 9:01 P.M.

Community members got a chance to talk to local law enforcement officers and first responders Tuesday.  National Night Out festivities in Findlay’s Riverside Park saw a wide range of participants…

Audio: Brian White

Crime Prevention Officer Brian White says this year’s event took on a renewed importance with tensions between the public and police boiling over in other parts of the country.  White said events like this help develop trust and familiarity with law enforcement…

Audio: Brian White

The event also featured entertainment, kids events, and refreshments.

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United Way Of Hancock County Involved In Events This Weekend And Next Month

08/02/16 – 8:31 P.M.

United Way of Hancock County will kick off its annual campaign next month. On September 8th the United Way will be in the Roy Armes Room in the Marathon Performing Arts Center from 5-9 pm. Director John Urbanski says it’s going to be a good time.

Audio: John Urbanski

The United Way will also be involved in this weekend’s Car Tunes. The event will be downtown and people can show up around 11 am.

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