Review Category : Local News

Update Made To Hancock County Hazard Plan

1/31/14 – 5:18 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners have approved an update to the county’s hazard plan.  By doing so the county is now eligible for a $1 million grant.  If the grant is approved the money from FEMA would be used to demolish more flood prone properties near the Blanchard River.  An extension of the grant agreement is expected with the next few weeks.

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Today Is Deadline To Buy Dog Tags

1/31/14 – 5:12 A.M.

If you haven’t gotten new tags for your dog yet, you’ll want to do that today. January 31 is the deadline to register your animal, and waiting any longer will cost you. The cost per dog in Hancock County is $20. After today that price jumps to $40.

Tags can be bought in the auditor’s office in the Hancock County Courthouse. You can also order them online this year through the auditor’s website. The cost is the same, but there is a $1.95 fee for processing debit and credit cards.

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Trial Date Set For Findlay Man Accused Of Killing Infant Son

1/31/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A trial date has been set for a Findlay man accused of killing his infant son. The Courier reports 24-year-old Jerrod Hartman’s trial was scheduled for August 4 during a Thursday hearing. Hartman is facing charges of murder and endangering children in the death of 44-day-old James Hartman. Investigators say the child died as a result of blunt force trauma on October 28.

In the meantime Jerrod Hartman remains free on bond, and his lawyers are asking that some of the restrictions of his bond be loosened. Hartman wants to be able to leave Ohio for business trips taken for his father’s company, Tour de Force CRM.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeier will rule after receiving additional information from Hartman’s attorneys.

MORE: The Courier

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US 224 Bridge Replacement Starts Next Month

1/31/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A major bridge construction project will kick off in Findlay next month. ODOT officials talked about the process of replacing the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 during a Thursday meeting at Owens Community College. Construction project engineer Chris Hughes tells the Courier the new bridge will feature six lanes, including two turn lanes, will be raised four feet, and will have a sidewalk on the southern side.

The bridge will be built in halves, so it will be open to at least one lane of traffic for most of the construction process. However it will be completely closed at least twice, the first time at the end of February. A detour will be put in place, and traffic from I-75 will be sent up the current exit ramp and down the other side.

The project is expected to be finished in the late fall.

MORE: The Courier

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Hercules Tire Sold To North Carolina Company

1/30/14 11:15 a.m.
Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. based in Findlay has been sold to a North Carolina company. The Courier is reporting that American Tire Distributors in Huntersville, North Carolina purchased Hercules for between $310 to $320 million. American Tire Distributor Senior Vice President of Marketing, Ron Sinclair said no immediate changes are planned at the Findlay operation saying that it will be studied for months.

Sinclair said, “We’re really excited about joining forces with Hercules.” William Berry, CEO for American Tire Distributors said, ” Hercules is a well-run company with an outstanding reputation in the industry.

Hercules employees 84 people in Findlay between their headquarters on U.S. 224 and their warehouse on Marion Twp. Rd. 212.

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Fire Brought Quickly Under Control At St. Paul’s

UPDATE:  1/30/14 9:25 a.m.
More details have been revealed about a fire at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in downtown Findlay this morning. An e-mail to church members said the fire was electrical in nature and detected in the ceiling of the sanctuary. A fire department dispatcher reported that the fire was quickly contained. One employee was in the building when the alarm sounded and was able to get out unharmed. The call came in around 9 o’clock this morning.

Members were advised in the e-mail that considerable clean up will need to be done in the days ahead. The congregation will hold services at Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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New Riegel Council Extends Income Tax Break

1/30/14 5:35 a.m.
New Riegel Village Council Members decided to give tax credit for residents who work in other municipalities. The Advertiser Tribune reports council met in special session Wednesday evening to amend a previously introduced ordinance regarding income tax collection. Solicitor Rick Palau presented a new ordinance requested by the Regional Income Tax Agency giving one-half credit for payment of taxes in other cities.

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Heating Issue Closes Arcadia School Wednesday

1/30/14 5:25 a.m.
Arcadia Schools ended up canceling again Wednesday but not for weather-related issues. School officials made the decision to close after a heat exchanger malfunctioned causing a foul odor according to the Review Times. Arlington Gas crews came in to check for dangerous gas issues and discovered none. The heating problem was then fixed by a separate company and classes were expected to resume this morning.

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Two Injured At North Ridge And Bigelow Crash

1/30/14 5:15 a.m.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported a two-vehicle injury crash at North Ridge Road and West Bigelow Ave. in Liberty Township. At approximately 6:35 p.m. 22 year-old Theresa Zickert of Findlay was Northbound on North Ridge when she attempted to stop on icy pavement. Her vehicle slid and hit a car stopped for a stop sign at W. Bigelow driven by 36 year-old Helaina Todd of Findlay. Todd was transported to Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. Zickert was treated at the scene.

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Alliance Outlines 2013 Progress

Alliance Meeting 1/29/14 4 PM grs
The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance outlined their progress in 2013 at their annual meeting Wednesday. A total of 544 jobs were created through 21 projects in 2013 with 18 projects due to expansion of local companies. Employment increased to 38,100, the highest number of people employed since 2008. Steps were also taken to develop a site plan for a new industrial park as the Alliance continues to reach out to new companies to locate in Findlay and Hancock County.

Through the Economic Restructuring Committee, Findlay’s Downtown will continue to be a focal point and asset to the community, working to make downtown a great place place to work, live, walk and socialize. The committee will continue to work with downtown building owners to fill vacant store-fronts.

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