Review Category : Local News

Findlay Announces New Low Fixed Rate For Natural Gas Aggregation Program

10/6/2015 – 1:10 pm

The City of Findlay announced a new gas aggregation program which may reduce gas rates for Findlay residents. According to a release, the city chose Volunteer Energy Services as the program’s supplier for a two-year program beginning in December. A fixed rate of $3.99 per metric cubic foot has been set for gas consumed for the December 2015-November 2016 billing cycles.

This will mark the lowest rate in the history of Findlay’s gas aggregation program. Residents and small businesses should watch out for a letter from Volunteer Energy which should arrive by October 18th. Current program members and newly eligible account holders will receive an opt-out notice about the new rate. Residents who are with another supplier will also receive a letter letting them know about the rate and telling them how they can join the program if they are interested.

If you have any questions, you can contact Volunteer Energy Services at 1-800-977-8374.

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Carey Man Arrested For Drug Possession

10/6/2015 – 12:50 pm

A Carey man was arrested after a search of his apartment found drugs. The Courier reports that 37-year-old Rickie Reza Jr was arrested after Wyandot County detectives found more than 20 grams of cocaine packaged for sale at his apartment on Vance St. They also found marijuana and cash in the apartment.

The search of the apartment was the result of an investigation over the summer by the sheriff’s office and the METRICH Enforcement Unit. Charges against Reza Jr. are pending.

Assisting in the investigation and search were the Carey Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and Wyandot County EMS.

More: The Courier

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Semi Truck Crash/Fire Near North Baltimore Causes Backup On I-75

10/6/2015 – 12:35 pm

There were no injuries in a semi truck crash on I-75 near North Baltimore this morning. According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, shortly before 6am today 28 year old Matthew Lyle was driving a semi southbound on 75 when he noticed another semi attempting to move over into his lane. His vehicle drove off the right side of the road and struck a cement barrier. There was a fuel spill and the Lyle vehicle caught on fire.

Fire and Police from North Baltimore were called in to extinguish the fire and for traffic control. The fire caused a backup on I-75 for around two hours. The crash remains under investigation.

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Hancock County Commissioners Approve Bed Tax Increase

10/6/15 – 11:08 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners unanimously approved increasing the hotel/motel bed tax by three percent during their Tuesday meeting. Two percent of the extra money raised will go to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, and one percent will go to the Hancock County Agricultural Society. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the move will pay off for the county…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said that over the weekend thousands of people attended a craft show at the fairgrounds, including vendors who stayed overnight. He added a new building at the fairgrounds will only spur more events like that.

Gazarek said he didn’t believe the additional tax would stop people from staying in Findlay…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The tax will last seven years, around the amount of time it would take to pay off the debt on the arts center and new fairground building.

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The commissioners will draft a memorandum of understanding with both entities to dictate how the money can be spent. The funds can only be used to permanent improvements. It can not be used for operational purposes.

The new tax will be implemented November 1.

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Putnam County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scam

10/5/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls from a group claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearing House. The calls have been coming from numbers with 867 and 876 area codes.

You’re advised to ignore the calls and hang up if you get one.

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Road Work Will Close Two Findlay Streets Today

10/6/15 – 4:58 A.M.

Road work will close two Findlay streets today. The city’s engineering office says Lima Avenue will be closed between Elyria Street and Blaine Street until October 9. Blanchard Street will also be closed between West Main Cross and the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge for deck repair. That project should wrap up around 5 p.m. today.

A detour will be posted at the Lima Avenue location. Access to State Route 15 and I-75 will be maintained for westbound traffic.


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State Issue 3 Draws Critics At Findlay Forum

10/6/15 – 4:48 A.M.

Opponents of State Issue 3 took aim at TV ads supporting the issue during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports the Hancock County Opiate Task Force held a public forum on the subject. John Stanovich is the chairman of the task force, and said the commercials he’s seen have been using a high emotional appeal. One commercial that’s been airing features a little girl whose mother says medical marijuana has alleviated her daughter’s seizures.

Stanovich says while he might support medical marijuana, approving recreational use would be a mistake. Issue 3 would allow both types of use.

Task force members urged the roughly 60 people in attendance to vote no on Issue 3 and yes on Issue 2. The latter would ban the creating of monopolies through the state constitution. Critics of Issue 3 say it would create a pot monopoly in Ohio.

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Trauma Informed Care Program Making Strides At Findlay City Schools

10/5/2015 – 7:55 pm

The Trama Informed Care program was highlighted at the Findlay School Board meeting Monday. Kelly Glick, the Assistant Principal of Donnel Middle School said that the school has collected much data by way of numbers and statistics on trauma rates in the school and now they are beginning to collect individual stories.

Audio: Kelly Glick

The Trama Informed Care program is designed to help staff at the schools identify issues that students may be having at home and away from the school building, as those issues have the potential to affect how a student performs in school.

Audio: Kelly Glick

Glick said that the staff will sift through the data they’ve collected in order to put together a program to help teachers and parents better understand trama in student’s lives and how it can impact their school experience.


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Findlay Schools Designate October As Dyslexia Awareness Month

10/5/2015 – 7:50pm

Findlay City Schools has designated October as Dyslexia Awareness month. Julie Von Stein, a psychologist with the school system said that recognizing the signs of dyslexia and helping to teach people the signs is important to diagnose the problem at an early stage.

Audio: Julie Von Stein

The school board passed a resolution at the meeting Monday evening to designate October as a month to recognize dyslexia. Von Stein said that the school system has made some significant strides in teaching parents and teachers how to spot dyslexia and how to address it with young students.

Audio: Julie Von Stein

The school will be putting out information packets for parents to review highlighting issues with dyslexia.

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Findlay Rugby Club To Celebrate Anniversary

10/5/2015 – 3:50pm

A local sports organization will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this weekend. The Findlay Rugby Club has been a part of the Findlay community since the 1970s. And still, there remains many misconceptions about the sport of Rugby, and how it compares to traditional American football.

Audio: Jim Akroyd

Jim Akroyd, the coach of the club says that while Rugby is a contact sport, you need to remember to be careful when playing. Additionally the teams play 40-minute halfs nonstop. The Findlay Rugby Club operates at a field on County Road 140 in Hancock County. Carl Bowers said that the field has gone through changes over the years and new plans remain in the works.

Audio: Carl Bowers

The 40th Anniversary Alumni game will be held Saturday at the field, starting with the University of Findlay Women’s Rugby team at noon, followed by the Findlay Scars at 2:00 pm.

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