Review Category : Local News

Findlay Water Tower Dedicated To Area Veterans

8/22/16 – 12:01 P.M.

The water tower on Findlay’s north side was recently repainted red, white, and blue with a slogan that reads “Findlay Salutes Veterans.” The tower was officially dedicated during a ceremony Monday morning. The new look of the water tower is more than just a fresh coat of paint according to Hancock County Veterans Services director Nichole Coleman…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Coleman also says the dedication means a lot, especially to Vietnam-era veterans…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Despite that, Coleman said veterans from that time made sure that those who returned from Desert Storm were treated much better.

Coleman added that the new paint job on the tower also serves as a reminder to the community to look for veterans to thank them for their service. She adds it may even inspire a future generation of veterans.

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Ottawa-Glandorf High School Mitigating Mold Issue Before School Year Starts

8/22/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The Ottawa-Glandorf school district is dealing with a mold issue in the high school. A post on the district’s Facebook page says the problem was discovered during a maintenance check on August 15. One wing of the building was closed to allow a contractor to mitigate the issue. Belfor Property Restoration was contracted to clean, disinfect, and repair the damage.

Five classrooms were found to have mold. They are being cleaned with HEPA filtered vacuums and disinfected. Parts of the ceiling are also being replaced.

A malfunction in the HVAC system caused the mold problem. Cold air was continuously pumped into one room, causing a humidity difference between that room and adjoining rooms.

The school year is still expected to being on time Tuesday. Arrangements have been made to move classes from the affected rooms until they are cleared for students to return.

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Structure Is Good For Students After They Get Home From School

08/22/16 – 5:30 A.M.

The second week of school is underway and some parents might be wondering what their kids should do after school. Findlay City Schools Elementary Director of Instruction Stephanie Roth says there should be a plan.

She adds that there are several activities that kids should have planned into their nightly agendas. These include a snack time, a time to play and exercise, and a time to do homework.

Roth says it is important that these kinds of activities are built into a structured agenda. She says that structure helps to keep things under control and manageable for both the kids and the parents.

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Repaving Projects Scheduled In Findlay This Week

8/22/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Road crews will be busy repaving Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering office reports resurfacing will take place on Marilyn Drive from Goldenrod Lane to Lilac Drive, Lilac Lane from Carlee Lane to Bittersweet Drive, and Goldenrod Lane from Carlee Lane to Bittersweet Drive.

Curb replacement continues on Osborne Avenue from Wedgewood Drive to Sandusky Street. Curb replacement is also taking place on McManness Avenue between East Main Cross and Center Street.

Waterline installation continues on the University of Findlay campus on Davis Street between Morey Avenue and Cory Street.

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Resurfacing Work Continues On Hancock County Highways

8/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

ODOT will be busy in Hancock County this week. Resurfacing continues south of Findlay on I-75. The interstate will be reduced to one lane between Hancock County Road 60 and State Route 235. The project is expected to wrap up by Labor Day.

Lane restrictions will be in place elsewhere as well. Look out for resurfacing work on State Route 235 between Hancock County Road 313 and Mount Cory as well as an area just north of McComb. There will also be restrictions on State Route 103 between Mount Blanchard and the Wyandot County line; and State Route 568 between Hancock County Road 253 and the Wyandot County line.

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Owens Community College Lends A Hand To Students

8/22/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Owens Community College in Findlay is offering help for students who suffer setbacks that may keep them out of school. The Courier reports the college has started an emergency fund for students, opened a food pantry on campus, and started a community garden. Angie McGinnis is the manager of advising at the Findlay campus. She tells the newspaper, “One small thing can derail somebody. I think a lot of our students are on really thin ice and one thing can put them under.” The idea is that preventing issues outside the classroom will lead to more students finishing their studies.

The emergency fund can be used to help with non-education related expenses. The money can be used to help cover unexpected things like car repairs.

McGinnis says the community garden was started this year as another way to help out students. Staff and faculty have been tending to the garden and setting out the vegetables in the Education Center for students to eat.

MORE: The Courier

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Solar Array Is Coming To The Corner Of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 215

08/19/16 – 4:49 P.M.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative broke ground today for a solar panel array. The array will be in a field at the corner of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 215. Manager of Power Delivery Engineering Ben Wilson says that it is cost effective.

Audio: Ben Wilson

Wilson says that the tax credits could take off as much as 40% of the price.

Wilson added that since construction is now underway members can expect to receive power from the panels in about a month. They will be charged for the upkeep and monitoring of the panels.

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Miracle League Vice President Says Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park Is For Everyone

08/19/16 – 12:40 P.M.

Tomorrow the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park will hold it’s grand opening. Vice President of the Miracle League of Findlay Brad Koller says the park is meant for everyone.

Audio: Brad Koller

The dugouts are open, the surfaces are rubberized to cut tripping hazards, and the field is shorter. Koller says this is to ensure kids feel welcomed.

Audio: Brad Koller

Events kick off with a lunch from 12-1 pm at the cube. At 1:15 the opening ceremony will be held on the Miracle Field with the first game starting at 2 p.m. A total of six teams from the Findlay area are participating

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Red Cross’ Todd James Helping With Flood Relief After Heavy Rainfall Devastates Louisiana

08/19/16 – 10:40 A.M.

A local Red Cross representative is helping flood victims in Louisiana. Executive Director Todd James is down in Louisiana serving as the Public Affairs manager for the operation. He says the flooding in Louisiana has been devastating.

Audio: Todd James

James says that the Red Cross has people from all over the country coming to help in the relief effort.

Audio: Todd James

He adds that it has been an ongoing struggle because the rain has not stopped causing more people to be evacuated.

The Red Cross is sheltering about 4,700 people and more is expected.

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Six Injured In Three Car Crash In Allen County

8/19/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Six people were injured in a three-car crash near Lima Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 81 and Thayer Road around 11:15 a.m. 28-year-old Rachel Perez of Columbus was driving south on Thayer when she failed to yield at the intersection with Route 81. She was hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Heather Rowe of Ada. A third car driven by 24-year-old Courtney Sites of Lima was stopped on the south side of the intersection was also hit.

Perez and her three children were taken to a Lima area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Rowe and her passenger were also hospitalized. Sites and her passenger were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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