Review Category : Local News

Bluffton Village Councilman Resigns

4/21/15 – 8:37 A.M.

A Bluffton village councilman has stepped down. The Courier reports Everett Collier resigned Monday evening. The resignation was effective immediately. No reason was given for the move.

Collier is in the middle of a term that doesn’t expire until the end of December of 2017. Council will appoint a replacement to complete the term.

MORE: The Courier

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Carey Moves To Buy Bosserman Property

4/21/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Carey is moving forward with buying property to house two village departments. The Courier reports village council approved a measure Monday to issue $740,000 in bonds to buy the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment property. There are plans to house the electric and public works department on the seven-acre facility.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said an emergency ordinance was needed to lock in an interest rate of a little more than 2.6 percent. Council President Chad Kin voted against the measure. He said less money could have been spent to construct a new building in the village.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Superintendent Wants To See Change In Testing

4/21/15 – 7:19 A.M.

The superintendent of the Fostoria School District talked about student testing Monday. The Courier reports Andrew Sprang hopes the system for assessing students will be changed next year. He said students are currently preparing for the second round of PARCC testing. The tests will be completed by mid-May.

Sprang said he’s hoping to see some relief. He added that the state might move to one round of testing instead of two next year. Sprang says that would be less of a classroom disruption.

MORE: The Courier

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Arlington Council Members Discuss The State Of U.S. 68

4/21/15 – 6:47 A.M.

Arlington officials are concerned about the state of U.S. 68 through the village. The Courier reports council members talked about the issue at their Monday meeting. Those on hand said that while some repairs had been made over the years, a long-term fix is needed.

Council members have agreed to send letters to state representatives requesting funding. Councilman Brian Essinger said members of ODOT will also be contacted.

The village sees more than 8,000 vehicles per day use Main Street. A drainage problem has also caused issues on U.S. 68 through Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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Ohio Secretary Of State In Putnam County This Weekend

4/21/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted will pay a visit to Putnam County this weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Husted will be the guest of the county’s Republican Central Committee. The group is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

The event will be held at the Continental Conservation Club from 9 a.m. in the morning until 11 a.m.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Candidate Profile: John Kovach

4/21/15 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our look at candidates running for Findlay council-at-large seats today.  John Kovach is seeking office for the first time since running for county commissioner in 2010.  He says it was the recent dust-up about the addiction recovery home that got him interested in running…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says while he believes there is room for a recovery house in Findlay, he doesn’t believe it should go in areas zoned for single family residences.

On the topic of flood control, Kovach says he thinks money spent on mitigation studies could have been used differently…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says from his experience as a developer, anytime you deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, you’re going to spend a lot of time and money for a result you don’t like.

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Fostoria Man Dies After Lighting Home On Fire

4/21/15 – 5:25 A.M.

A Fostoria man was killed in a house fire that he intentionally set. Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident began just after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. Officers received a call about a man threatening to harm himself in a home at 528 Columbus Avenue. Officers arrived and tried to contact 52-year-old Robert Barney Sr. from outside. Eventually they made their way into the home, where Barney threatened to blow up the home.

Officers smelled a flammable liquid and retreated back outside. They attempted to establish contact again, but Barney lit the house on fire. Firefighters were on standby and extinguished the blaze. When emergency responders re-entered the house Barney was found dead.

An autopsy is pending.

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Putnam County Residents Upset Over Mitigation Plans

4/21/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Concerns about proposed flood mitigation measures in Putnam County were discussed Monday night. The Courier reports around 70 people were on hand at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. Those in attendance are concerned a diversion channel near Ottawa and changes to the I-9 bridge will save downtown Ottawa at the expense of the rural community.

Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the newspaper the mitigation plans consider the entire watershed, and not just Findlay and Ottawa. He added that the proposals for both towns are complimentary, and won’t cause bigger flooding problems upstream or downstream.

Those at the Ottawa meeting weren’t sold on the plan. There was also anger about the government using eminent domain to buy the land needed for diversion channels.

MORE: The Courier

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LB School Distrcit Ends Legal Battle With Teacher

4/21/15 – 4:55 A.M.

The long legal battle between the Liberty-Benton school district and a fired teacher is finally over. The Courier reports the LB school board has opted against challenging an appeals court ruling regarding the firing of Mark Badertscher. The board talked about the issue in executive session at last night’s meeting.

Last week the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima upheld a ruling by Hancock County Common Court Pleas Judge Reginald Routson. Routson had previously ruled that the school district should reinstate Badertscher with back pay.

Badertscher was fired in 2013 after a student choked out another student in Badertscher’s classroom while he was assisting other students outside of the room. The district said it was the last in a long line of issues with the teacher. However Badertscher said he had never been written-up before that incident.

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