Review Category : Local News

Fire Prevention Program To Be Held In Ottawa

10/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire safety program will take place in Ottawa tomorrow night. The Putnam County Library will host the event that focuses on fire prevention and trick-or-treat safety. The Ottawa Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck. Kids in attendance are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Gas Prices Below $3 Locally

10/13/14 – 5:20 A.M.

We’re seeing gas prices at levels we haven’t seen in quite some time today – below $3 a gallon. The average price in Findlay is $2.99 a gallon, down another 12 cents from last Monday. In Ottawa, prices have been at $2.99 a gallon since Friday. To our south prices are below $2.90 a gallon in Lima and Kenton.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.03 according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s down 13 cents from last week and down 30 cents from September 13.

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Construction On U.S. 224 Bridge Continuing This Week

10/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Construction work continues on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay this week. ODOT says you can expect more of the same. Lane restrictions will continue between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day as the north side of the bridge is rebuilt. There will also be short-term daytime lane closures.

The driveways to some businesses in the construction zone will be closed at times. Alternate routes will be available.

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Wyandot County Prosecutor Dead From Apparent Suicide

10/13/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Sad news out of Upper Sandusky today, as Wyandot County Prosecutor Jonathan Miller was apparently found dead Sunday as the result of a suicide. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says Miller was found at the city’s reservoir around 10:30 a.m. No other details were available Sunday. Additional information will be released following an investigation.

Miller was in the middle of his third term as Wyandot County Prosecutor.

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Election Preview: Van Buren Bond Issue

10/13/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The November election is less than a month away, and early voting started last week. With that in mind we’ll be looking at the contested races and issues you’ll be seeing on the ballot.

The Van Buren School District is once again asking voters to pass a levy to build some new facilities and renovate others. Superintendent Tim Myers says following the rejection of the most recent levy attempt in May, the school board reduced the length of the bond from 37 years to 30…

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says to fully repair everything in the middle and high school building it would cost upward of $20 million.

Myers says he understands voter concern about paying for a bond issue for 30 years, but stresses that a “no” vote won’t save money in the long run…

Audio: Tim Myers

The bond issue on the ballot would generate 7 mills for 30 years.

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Highway Patrol to Focus on Teen Drivers’ Safety During October

10/10/14     5:15 p.m.

The State Highway Patrol is focusing on keeping teen drivers safe this month. According to the report, from 2011-13 teen drivers were at fault in almost 100,000 traffic accidents and caused 288 deaths in Ohio. More than half of those accidents were related to speeding and in more than a quarter of the fatal accidents caused by teens, the teen driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

In Hancock County alone, there was 827 car accidents where teen drivers were at fault from 2011-13. Wood and Allen Counties had just over 1,300 and Hardin, Putnam and Wyandot each had over 100. Seneca fell in between with over 400.

The patrol advises teen drivers to plan ahead to avoid rushing while driving as well as use safety belts every time they’re in a vehicle.

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Courier Series to Highlight Cooper Tire’s Past, Present, Future

10/10/14     12:35 p.m.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cooper Tire & Rubber. Courier reporter Lou Wilin previewed his upcoming four-part series with Chris Oaks on Good Mornings

Audio: Lou Wilin

In that 100 years, Cooper Tire & Rubber has undergone a number of changes and had many influences including that of Wall Street.

Audio: Lou Wilin

Wilin’s series will highlight Cooper’s past, present and future. The series will begin in tomorrow’s Courier and continue until Wednesday.

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UF Stands By Decision to Expell 2 Student-Athletes After Sexual Assault

10/10/14     12:25 p.m.

The University of Findlay is standing by their decision to expel two student-athletes after a sexual assault that took place on campus.

Junior point guard Alphonso Baity and sophomore defensive back Justin Browning appealed the school’s decision Monday following their Friday dismissals. The university says it reviewed the appeal but based on the given information and original evidence it is upholding its decision.

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