Review Category : Local News

Columbus Grove Officials Discuss Future Of Vacant Church

8/29/16 – 7:00 A.M.

Columbus Grove officials are trying to figure out what to do with a vacant church. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council members recently talked about possible uses for the former Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church. Officials from the church have offered the building to the village at no cost, plus a donation of $30,000.

Village administrator Jeff Vance told council he had been approached about using the building as a branch of the public library. He added that if that happened the fire department could move to the current library location. The building could then be expanded to hold larger trucks.

Other suggestions for the old church include using it as a venue for village and school concerts, an off-site testing location for the school, and renting out the basement for gatherings.

Not everyone is on board with the village taking possession of the church. Councilman Mark Kohls said he didn’t believe they would be able to get any major revenue from the facility.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Price For Student Tickets At Hancock County Fair Up A Little This Year

8/29/16 – 5:41 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair starts Wednesday, and ticket prices have stayed the same for the most part. One exception is the cost of a “school ticket,” which is now $15 until 8 p.m. Friday. It was $12 last year. A school ticket is for someone 17-years-old or younger and admits them to the fair every day.

A season ticket still costs $21. It admits one person and their children 15-years-old and younger into the fair. A season ticket can be bought until 8 p.m. Friday.

Daily admission is $7 at the gate. Some fair attractions have extra fees.

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Fire Damages Storage Shed Near Rawson

8/29/16 – 5:32 A.M.

A steel storage shed between Findlay and Rawson was damaged by a weekend fire. Firefighters from the Rawson Fire Department were called to 8411 Township Road 79 around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. A nearby trash fire spread to the building, sparking the blaze.

Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion while battling the flames.

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Trauma Informed Care Being Implemented In Findlay City Schools

08/29/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Findlay City Schools has been using a new approach called Trauma Informed Care. Kelly Glick from Findlay City Schools says it’s about adapting responses to different causes of behaviors.

Glick, along with Darlene Mack, researched Trauma Informed Care and are implementing it in local schools. They say that trauma can affect how a child learns and adapting your response to them can be helpful.

Glick adds that it can be applied to more than just children.

They add that trauma can actually change the brain. It has been shown to alter the brain which affects learning.

She adds that this can make it difficult for students to pay attention.

Findlay City Schools may be the first to fully train staff to use the Trauma Informed Care approach according to Mack. She and Glick having been training staff members.

Catch the full interview below.

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Van Buren Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase

8/29/16 – 5:23 A.M.

A Van Buren man was arrested following a high-speed chase in Findlay over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department reports 37-year-old Joseph Miller was pulled over in the 200 block of South Main Street around 11:46 p.m. Friday. The officer who made the stop suspected there might be drugs in the car and called for a K-9 unit. When the police dog arrived, Miller sped away.

The chase made its way through the city at high speeds. At one point it went through a residential area. After stopping the car, Miller tried to run away on foot but was stopped when an officer used a Taser on him.

Miller faces several charges, including possession of cocaine, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, tampering with evidence, and making false alarms. The last charge was filed after Miller activated the jail’s fire alarm while he was being booked.

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Camera Installation Continues On Findlay City School Buses

8/29/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Multiple cameras are being used on Findlay City School buses to keep kids safe. The Courier reports work continues to outfit each bus with five cameras each. So far 13 of the 44 have the cameras installed. The cost of the project is around $3,000 per bus. District treasurer Mike Barnhart says the plan is to install the camera system on around six to eight buses per year.

The money for the installation comes from the district’s permanent improvement levy and general fund. Around half the cost so far has come from each fund.

The cameras aren’t only designed to catch issues inside the bus. One is mounted on the outside, by the driver. Transportation Director John Dell says the camera can be used to catch people who illegally pass the buses. The video could be turned over to law enforcement so that the driver in question can be cited.

MORE: The Courier

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Ottawa Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

08/26/16 – 5:28 P.M.

An Ottawa man was killed in a two-vehicle crash this morning. Jeremy Larson was riding his motorcycle southbound on State Route 15 when an SUV driven by Teddy McCoy of Kalida turned into his path. Larson struck the passenger side of the SUV around 11:45 am near milepost one. Larson Died at the scene due to his injuries. McCoy and his passenger Karen McCoy were taken to St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care in Ottawa for minor injuries.

Larson Was not wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Local Agency Awarded A Micro Business Development Grant

08/26/16 – 12:18 P.M.

The HHWP Community Action Commission received a Micro Business Development Grant. In a release, they say it will be used to fund training programs for new and current entrepreneurs. Micro Business Manager Tom Meyers says that the programs will help keep entrepreneurs in business.

Audio: Tom Meyers

The program consists of thirteen 3 hour sessions starting on September 15th. All sessions will be held on a Thursday in the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Small Business Resource Center.

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United Way Of Hancock County And FamilyWize Saved Community Members Thousands

08/26/16 – 11:00 A.M

The United Way of Hancock County and FamilyWize have helped local community members save on prescriptions. The annual Health Impact Report showed that the partnership helped 6,580 people save over $760,800 since 2007.  Partnering with FamilyWize has allowed United Way to offer free resources to people. According to a release, the program is free. It saved participants an average of 43% off of their prescriptions in 2015.

You can sign up for the program at or by visiting the United Way of Hancock County.

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Marijuana Seized From Seneca County Fields

8/26/16 – 7:29 A.M.

Officers with the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit seized 100 marijuana plants from fields across the county Thursday. Several law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. The estimated value of the plants was around $100,000.

The seizures were done in coordination with the annual State Marijuana Eradication program.

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