Review Category : Local News

No Concert At Wood County Fair This Year

1/28/14 – 7:13 A.M.

Wood County Fair goers won’t be taking in a concert this summer. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the fair board has opted instead to have a monster truck show. Fair board members said that the performers they were looking at for the fair were either booked already, too expensive, or not what the board had in mind for the show.

The monster truck show will be held August 2.

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North Baltimore Business Adding More Than 50 Jobs

1/28/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A North Baltimore business has been given a job creation tax credit. Continental Structural Plastics will be adding 56 full-time jobs with an average pay rate of a little more than $26,000 a year. The State Development Services Agency gave the company a 50%, six-year tax credit for the promised expansion.

The company makes composite and plastic products for the auto, heavy truck and heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries.

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Van Buren Voters To Decide On Bond Issue This Spring

1/28/14 – 5:27 A.M.

Residents in the Van Buren school district will be asked to approve a bond measure to pay for improvements to the district’s facilities this spring. The Courier reports the school board approved putting the $29.3 million measure on the May ballot at their Monday meeting. The project is not eligible for state funding because its property valuation is too high, considering its enrollment.

If approved the 37-year, 6.9 mill package would pay for the demolition of the 1918 section of the middle and high school building, the construction of new classrooms and a new gym, and for upgrades to the heating and cooling systems at the district’s two buildings.

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Army Corps Urged To Fund Blanchard Flood Study

1/28/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Ohio’s elected officials in Washington D.C. are once again prodding the Army Corps of Engineers to fund the final part of the Blanchard River Flood study. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, as well as Congressman Bob Latta all signed off on the letter that urges the Corps to follow the recommendations of the bipartisan Senate-House appropriations bill, which they say would benefit the mitigation project.

Senator Brown says flood control projects help spur economic growth and protect local communities. Senator Portman adds that the project is critical for the economic future of both Findlay and Ottawa.

The letter points out several ways in which the Blanchard River project fits within the standards and regulations set by the Corps.

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Marathon Subsidiary To Add Several High Paying Jobs

1/28/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The growth of a Marathon subsidiary will bring several high paying jobs to Findlay. The Ohio Development Services Agency says MPLX LP will create an additional 150 jobs locally, with an average salary of $100,000 per year. The agency also reports Marathon will be making $80 million in investments locally, but did not elaborate on what the investments would be in.

Marathon Petroleum communications manager Stefanie Griffith tells the Courier growth in the pipeline business has led to the growth of MPLX.

The announcement of the additional jobs and investments has extended a job creation tax break Marathon gets from the state. The extension of the benefit is worth $3.9 million.

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Scam Targets Utility Customers In Bowling Green

1/28/14 – 4:24 A.M.

There’s a new scam targeting utility customers in Bowling Green.  Officials say some people have received emails that appear to be from Pacific Gas and Electric, and contain a statement showing an unpaid balance.  Anyone who gets this email should not respond, click on the provided links or provide any personal information.

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Be Careful With Alternate Heating Sources

1/27/14 – 12:12 P.M.

With a propane shortage in the news, and natural gas suppliers urging customers to conserve during this latest sub-zero cold snap, many people are turning to alternative heat sources to stay warm. Hancock County Red Cross Director Todd James says if you plan on doing that you need to take precautions…

Audio: Todd James

While heating centers have opened in other parts of the state, James isn’t anticipating needing them here. He says they are ready should that change though…

Audio: Todd James

James also suggests you check up on older relatives and neighbors too make sure they’re doing ok while we’re in the deep freeze.

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Coroner Issues Report In Findlay Homicide

1/27/14 – 1:29 P.M.

More information about a Findlay homicide was made public today. The Hancock County coroner released findings from the shooting death of Joe Gutierrez III. The report says Gutierrez died from multiple gunshot wounds within minutes of the November 8 shooting. The coroner also noted the presence of cocaine and alcohol in his system.

20-year-old Ralph Harris and 21-year-old Montre Robinson are charged in the case.

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Commissioner Gazarek Talks About The Impact The Cold Has On The County

The Hancock County engineering department has been in road clearing mode for most of January, but when things eventually warm up it will be time to fill the potholes the rough winter has left behind. County Commissioner Mark Gazarek talked about what, it any impact, the unusually harsh winter might have on the road paving budget while on WFINat10 today…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Last week the commissioners approved the purchase of new snow removing equipment for the county. While that might seem like a timely move, Gazarek says it was in the works before this winter started to take its toll…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek also commended the efforts of the engineering department and the plow drivers for trying to keep roads open during this latest winter storm.

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