Review Category : Local News

BVH Auxiliary Holding Annual Prom Dress Collection

3/11/2016 – 10:30 am

If you have a prom dress and you don’t know what to do with it, the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s Nearly New Shop would like to hear from you. They are accepting donations for their annual prom dress distribution. Items accepted will include gently used dresses, shoes, accessories, and men’s formal wear.

Items can be dropped off at the shop, 306 Lima Avenue in Findlay now through the prom season. The dresses, shoes, accessories and men’s wear will be available free of charge beginning March 15th to any area teen needing items for prom. One dress per girl will be provided and items will be available through prom season.

The shop is open Tuesday through Thursday as well as the first and third Friday each month from 10am-4pm. They are also open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. All donations are tax deductible.

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UPDATE 10:35am: Pedestrian Hit By Semi In Kenton Thursday Night

3/11/16 – 5:12 A.M.

UPDATED 10:35am: Includes names of driver and victim.

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi in Kenton Thursday night. WKTN radio reports the incident happened around 7:45 p.m. at the corner of Main and Carroll streets. Witnesses say the woman, identified as 54-year-old Karen Winegardner of Kenton was with a bicycle when she was hit. The truck, operated by 51-year-old Daniel Figy of Wasseon, continued south and was stopped in the 800 block of Main Street. Winegardner was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

The incident closed the intersection until late Thursday night.


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Narcan Saves BG Teen From Overdose

3/11/16 – 5:03 A.M.

The value of a drug designed to counteract opioid overdoses was on display in Bowling Green this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports Narcan was used to save an unresponsive teenager Thursday. Police officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Klotz Road just before 1 a.m. for a report of an 18-year-old who wasn’t breathing. BG Fire personnel then arrived and administered Narcan, which led to the man becoming responsive again.

The man was taken to Wood County Hospital for further treatment. He initially denied taking any drugs, but then admitted he had taken half a Percocet pill.

No charges have been filed as of yet.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Final Preparation Underway For Lima Kasich Town Hall Meeting

3/11/16 – 4:54 A.M.

Around 150 people will attend a nationally televised town hall meeting for Republican presidential candidate John Kasich in Lima today. The Lima News reports preparation started Thursday for the campaign event. The town hall will start at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The event at the Lima Pallet Company requires a ticket to attend.

As far as security for the event goes, the newspaper reports the governor’s standard security detail will be running things. The Lima Police Department says the State Highway Patrol did not ask for extra help.

MORE: Lima News

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Local Residents Share Stories Of Coming To America

3/10/2016 – 9:17 pm

As a part of the Community Read Month in Findlay, a panel discussion on the immigrant experience in Hancock County was held at Glendale Middle School which highlighted the “Unknown Local Stories of Immigration. Four residents from Hancock County shared their stories in coming to America and living in Hancock County. Community read month is organized in part by the Findlay-Hancock Public Library. Jeff Winkle from the Library said that the discussions are a major part of the initiative each year.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

Dr. Hiro Kawamura from the University of Findlay moderated the discussion and said that he hoped that people were able to walk away from the panel knowing a bit more about cultural diversity in Findlay and Hancock County.

Audio: Dr. Hiro Kawamura

For more information about Community Read Month, visit the Findlay-Hancock Library. A video from the event can be found above.

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School Administrators Looking For More Local Say In Learning Mandates

3/10/2016 – 4:38 pm

Many local school districts have come together to press for more local control over curriculum, testing and fiscal responsibility over their school districts. The Northwest / West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network is a group of many schools in the area advocating for changes. Jeff Kanable, Superintendent of Liberty-Benton Schools says that many of the changes proposed recently have been positive, but there’s always room for improvement.

Audio: Jeff Kanable

In order to find out how the public as a whole, views the current state of modern public education, Kanable says that the group has compiled a survey to ask the public how they view the current state of education in their schools and identify areas where the schools could use improvement.

Audio: Jeff Kanable

If you would like to participate in the survey you can click on the link below.

Northwest / West Central Ohio Public Education Survey 

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Two Arrested Following Findlay Drug Raid

3/10/2016 – 3:40 pm

Two people were arrested after a drug raid on Putnam Street in Findlay Wednesday night. The Courier reports that the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force and the Findlay Police Department Response Team executed a search warrant at 927 Putnam St. Apt. G Wednesday night. During the search, detectives found powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a large sum of cash and other items indicative of drug trafficking.

41-year-old Heather L. Hoover of Findlay and 43-year-old Keith S. Hartfield of Toledo were both arrested and charged with felonies in the case. The incident remains under investigation.

More: The Courier

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Michigan Woman Injured In Crash On OH 15

3/10/2016 – 1:37 pm

A Michigan woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on OH 15 near County Road 180 shortly before 10pm Wednesday. The Courier reports that 33-year-old Fonda Juarez of Lansing Michigan was westbound on 15 when a semi driven by 45-year-old Timothy Bennett of Caro Michigan attempted to pass her vehicle.

The semi struck the side of a U-Haul was Juarez was towing which caused her to spin out of control and run off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch. Juarez had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for evaluation. Bennett was cited for an improper lane change. The crash remains under investigation.

More: The Courier

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Four Inducted To Hancock Agriculture Hall Of Fame

3/10/2016 – 1:30 pm

The inductees to the 2016 Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame were announced this morning. Dr. C. Richard Beckett and Marion Kroetz were presented with their awards during the annual farmers share breakfast. Dr. Hobart D. Schoonover and Gene Stuckey were honored posthumously. They both passed away in 2014. The award recognizes those who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a producer or in an agriculture-related profession.

This is the 11th year for the Hancock Ag Hall of Fame awards at the farmers share breakfast. Farmers receive around 19 cents for each dollar spent on the food. The annual event is hosted by the Agri-Business Committee of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.

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Publisher Of Site Selection Magazine Talks About Findlay’s Top Ranking

3/10/16 – 12:01 P.M.

Findlay was recently named the top micropolitan community in the nation by Site Selection magazine for the second straight year. Today the Executive Vice President of the publication, Ron Starner, paid a visit to Findlay to talk about why the city was number one again…

Audio: Ron Starner

To qualify, a project had to either represent a capital investment of $1 million or more, add 20,000 square feet or more of new space, or add 50 or more jobs.

Starner, talked a little about what makes Findlay stand out…

Audio: Ron Starner

Starner adds it is rare for a city to grab the top spot two years in a row. Findlay is also one of only four cities to be in the top 10 small cities in 10 of the last 15 years.

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