Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Changes How Parking Tickets Are Handled

9/17/14 – 5:04 A.M.

Getting a parking ticket is never fun, but it should be less of a pain in Fostoria now. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed an overhaul of how fines are handled at their Tuesday meeting.

Instead of paying for the ticket at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, fines can be paid at a drop box at the municipal building. Police Chief Keith Loreno says the change will reduce the cost of a ticket by $15 on average.

Parking tickets in Fostoria usually run between $50 and $75.

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Budweiser Clydesdales In Findlay For The Week

9/17/14 – 4:29 A.M.

The famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses are at the University of Findlay this week resting up for several appearances around the area this weekend. The eight horses weigh at least 2,000 pounds apiece and require lots of grooming and preparation before going to their gigs. They’ll be at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay on Friday, Tiffin on Saturday and Defiance on Sunday.

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Findlay Considering Joining Purchasing Group to Help Lower Firetruck Cost

09/07/14   12:30 a.m.

Findlay is doing some bargain shopping to try to get the best possible deal for a new fire truck.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer presented council with the option to join the Houston-Galveston Area Council purchasing group, which would allow the city to receive the same group-pricing afforded to other cities in the network.
Schmelzer said little has to be done to join. Essentially the only requirement is to be a government body. A few of the other Ohio cities already participating in HGAC are Perrysburg, Toledo and Dublin.
No action was taken on the matter at last night’s council meeting.
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Findlay Council Members Stand By Decision to Deny Bed Tax Requests

09/17/14   12:15 a.m.

Pleas for council to reconsider their stance on distributing hotel/motel bed tax money fell on deaf ears at last night’s Findlay council meeting.

Audio: Sarah Sisser
Sarah Sisser, executive director of the Hancock Historical Museum, said council should at least consider further discussion on the matter and create a criteria to see which organizations are fit to receive the funds, which she estimated would be under 10 of the 286 local non-profits.
Despite a number of requests for reconsideration, Findlay City Council voted to deny requests for portions of bed tax revenue.
Audio: Grant Russel
Councilman Grant Russel reiterated what the majority of council members had decided at last week’s appropriations committee meeting: that the money would benefit all organizations by spending it on the city’s safety services and infrastructure.
Council voted seven-to-one to deny the multiple requests it had received from multiple organizations for a portion of the bed tax revenue. Currently the only non-profit that receives any of those funds is the Arts Partnership. Council said it will fulfill that commitment with the Arts Partnership, which is effective until 2017.
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Hancock County Agrees to Three-Year Contract for Corrections Officers

09/16/14  3:50 p.m.

After months of negotiations, Hancock County and the union representing corrections officers have come to a new contract agreement. The three-year contract gives the officers pay raises, but also increases their insurance premiums.

The contract expired March 7, 2014 and officers have been working without a contract since then. The union and administrators then began negotiating wages and benefits.

Lt. Ryan Kidwell, jail administrator said officers with more than one year of service will receive a five percent pay raise this year, from $18.05 to $19.65 an hour. That rate will increase another 1.25 percent in the second year of the new contracts to $19.90 and in the third year to $20.15.

Starting pay for new officers will stay the same, beginning at $17.87 for the first two years. In the third year of the contract, a new officer and an officer with 120 days of experience will all receive a 1.25 percent raise. Starting pay will also increase in the third year to $18.09 an hour. An officer with 120 days of experience will receive $18.28 an hour

The downside of the contract for the officers is the three percent increase in health insurance premiums. The union will now start paying up to 20 percent of the premiums.

Hancock Count Commissioners ok’d the new contract today. Kidwell said the agreement works for everyone and the general feeling is positive.

Adminstrators and the union are still negotiating a contract for road deputies.

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No Activity During Pretrial Hearing For Former Riverdale Teacher

9/16/14 – 11:04 A.M.

A scheduled pretrial hearing for the former Riverdale teacher charged with child endangerment yielded no courtroom action today. Barb Williams met privately with her lawyers. The Courier’s Ryan Dunn reports around 20 people were on hand to support Williams.

The former kindergarten teacher was seen on a school security video pushing a 6-year-old student in May. Williams resigned from her position following the incident.

Her trial is set to begin Dec. 15.

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Hancock County Given Auditor Of State Award (Again)

9/16/14 – 10:55 A.M.

The Hancock County Auditor’s Office is getting high praise again. For the fourth year in a row the department has been given the Auditor of State Award with distinction…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says it’s an impressive feat. Rauschenberg says that’s because it accounts not just for the handling of local tax dollars, but also the extra regulations that come with handling grant money…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

State Auditor Dave Yost presented the award to the county on Monday.

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Fostoria Schools Showing Improvement

9/16/14 – 5:21 A.M.

The Fostoria School District appears to be moving in the right direction. The Courier reports the school board was given an overview of the district’s report card during a Monday meeting. Superintendent Andrew Sprang says the school system earned a C on its Performance Index Score, up from an F last year. The district also moved from an F to a C for its graduation rate. That number is up to 86.1 percent, four points higher than the state average.

Sprang says the Intermediate Elementary School earned A’s in overall math and reading, and gifted students value added progress.

The district still received an F for meeting six of 24 performance indicators. Sprang says there’s obviously room to improve, but pieces of the report card are moving in the right direction.

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Fiery Crash Destroys Injures Five In Dunkirk

9/16/14 – 5:03 A.M.

A fiery crash closed U.S. 68 in Hardin County for around three hours Monday. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81.

Preliminary details in the crash show that three cars were involved. The blaze left the convenience store intact, but completely destroyed the gas pumps. Five people were injured. Two of them were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment. The other three people were treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.

No other details were available.

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