Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Habitat For Humanity Hires Executive Director

4/1/16 – 4:55 A.M.

Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity has a new Executive Director. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Matt Rau will start in his new role on April 4. The Putnam County chapter of Habitat recently received a Capacity Build Grant, which will provide the money to pay for the position. The three-year grant helps chapters hire full-time staff members.

Rau is a Putnam County native and most recently worked as the Program Manager and Director of the Path Center in Defiance. He is a Bluffton University graduate.

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Major Drug Bust Made In Tiffin

4/1/16 – 4:21 A.M.

Thousands of dollars in drugs are off the streets of Tiffin after a major bust. Seneca County Drug Task Force agents seized large amounts of marijuana, heroin, prescription pills and cocaine during a raid yesterday on Second Avenue. Resident Marlos Fayson was arrested on drug possession charges. He’s in the Seneca County Jail, awaiting arraignment.

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Humans Of Findlay To Celebrate Second Anniversary Saturday

4/1/2016 – 4:00 am

The ongoing local project Humans of Findlay will be celebrating its second anniversary this Saturday, April 2nd. The brain child of local resident Dave Morrow, Humans of Findlay will be holding a meet and greet with area residents at Coffee Amici Saturday morning starting at 8am.

Audio: Dave Morrow

Over the past year, Morrow has been working with the Hancock Historical Museum to document Humans of Findlay and last fall released Volume One of the project. Sarah Sisser, Executive Director of the museum says that if you’d like to purchase Volume One, you can do so at the museum during business hours.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

The anniversary will be on Saturday from 8am till 5pm. Morrow notes that they are currently working on Volume 2 of the project, but to stay tuned for updates.

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Residents Notified Of Possible Lead In Water Lines

3/31/2016 – 7:40 pm

Around 80 Findlay households were sent a letter Wednesday from Mayor Lydia Mihalik letting them know that a lead service line may be supplying water to their home from a city water main. The Courier reports that the city will offer free lead testing for water to any homes that may still be served by a lead line. Testing one sample costs $16, so it would cost the city about $1,280 to test all 80 households in question.

Residents who received the letter can call the Water Treatment Plant at 419-424-7193 to schedule an appointment for testing. Also included with the mayor’s letter was a guide for homeowners on how to take a sample of their tap water to test it for lead.

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Video: UF Breaks Ground On Center For Student Life, College Of Business Building

3/31/2016 – 4:31 pm

It was the dawn of a new era at the University of Findlay as ground was broken during a ceremony for the new Center for Student Life and College of Business Building. The new facility has been in development for some time and will include centers for student activities as well as house the offices and class space for the College of Business.

Audio: Marcia Latta

Marcia Latta, VP of University Advancement says that today UF has a student body of over 4000 which increases the need for a Center for Student Life. Latta says that the University is thrilled to finally be moving forward with the construction of this project.

Audio: Marcia Latta

The new building is estimated to cost around $15 million and will also include additional green space and expanded parking. A video of the groundbreaking can be found above.

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Marathon Ranking By Forbes Based On Employee Surveys

3/31/2016 – 1:08 pm

Marathon Corporation was recently named as the best employer in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Forbes used the statistics company Statista to compile data on US companies. Blake Spitola from Statista says that they surveyed around 30,000 from companies all across the United States.

Audio: Blake Spitola

Spitola said that employees were asked a number of questions about their own companies as well as other similar companies in their industry.

Audio: Blake Spitola

Employees were also asked about their opinions on working for other companies, which they could know by word of mouth or prior experience. Spitola said that this would be counted as an indirect score and the two would be weighted for a final ranking. He noted that while it’s not an exact science, it does offer a fairly accurate representation on how employees view their companies as good places for work.

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Hancock County Veterans To Get Free Rides From HATS

3/31/16 – 11:43 A.M.

Veterans in Hancock County can now get free rides to where they need to go. The Hancock County Veterans Service Office says the Corporate Affairs group at Marathon Petroleum has made a donation to the HATS transportation service to support the effort. Laurie Collins is the HATS transportation director, and says the $1,100 donation will account for more than 1,400 free rides for local veterans.

Veterans interested in using the service need to have a Hancock County Veterans ID Card to show to the driver who picks them up. The card is available free of charge through the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. All you need is a DD 214 and a picture ID card.

HATS rides can be scheduled by calling (419)423-7261.

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TB Case Confirmed In Hancock County

3/31/16 – 11:22 A.M.

Hancock County has a confirmed case of tuberculosis. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the county has spent around $3,500 to treat the infected patient. Riegle says Ohio law requires the county to pay for TB treatments for people who aren’t insured, or can’t cover the cost of medication.

Riegle added that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPPA, prevents him from giving any more details on the case.

Tuberculosis is preventable by vaccine. It’s spread through the air when people infected with active TB cough or sneeze. Symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood, fever, and weight loss.

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More Than 1,000 People Sign Petition Opposing Diversion Channel

3/31/16 – 11:05 A.M.

Opponents of the potential Blanchard River diversion channel once again registered their concerns about the project Thursday. A petition signed by more than 1,000 people was delivered to the Hancock County Commissioners. Vanessa Vandale delivered the petitions and said those who signed the petition don’t feel they’re being represented…

Audio: Vanessa Vandale

Vandale says the channel would affect people who have had the farms in question in their families for generations. She adds for many the land is their only source of income.

Vandale says the concerns of area farmers hasn’t changed…

Audio: Vanessa Vandale

Vandale adds the potential of disturbing oil wells in the area gives rural residents concern about their water quality.

Vandale also said the people who signed the petition would much rather see the Blanchard river cleared of logjams.

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Bowling Green Police Arrest Two BGSU Students In Connection To Armed Robbery

3/31/2016 – 10:38 am

Two Bowling Green University students were arrested Wednesday in connection to an armed robbery in the community earlier this month. Bowling Green police report that 19-year-old Devonte L. Jacocks of Mansfield and 18-year-old Jaimonte Carson-Bondurant of Reynoldsburg were arrested for the armed robbery of the Falcon Food Mart on Wooster Street in BG on March 13th. Both are students at BGSU.

The police state that the two males allegedly entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money from the store clerk. After taking the money they fled from the store. The incident remains under investigation, and if anyone has any information related to the crime they are encouraged for contact BG police or Detective Brian Houser at 419-352-1131.

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