Review Category : Local News

Candidates For Findlay School Board Removed From Fall Ballot

8/24/2015    5pm

Two candidates for Findlay school board have been removed from the ballot for the general election after not having the required amount of valid signatures.

The Courier reports that Larry Schaller and Richard McKinney, who were challenging board incumbents Jane Robertson and Kathy Siebenaler Wilson, are no longer in the running for the three open seats on the board, Board of Elections Deputy Director Jody O’Brien said.

Schaller had 59 valid signatures of the 75 required to run, and McKinney had 70.

“We always try to tell people to get more signatures than they need so they don’t run into this,” O’Brien said.

Signatures need to be from citizens who live in the Findlay school district, O’Brien said. Even if they have a Findlay address, the may not live in the district, she said.

For local elections, once a candidate files, they can not go back to get more signatures, O’Brien said.

O’Brien said that one person has filed a write-in petition. Chris Aldrich, of 725 Meadow View Drive, will be a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates do not need signatures for their petitions.

Because the race is now uncontested, the three open seats will automatically go to Robertson, Wilson, and Aldrich as long as the school board certifies Aldrich’s petition Tuesday, O’Brien said.

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Handbags That Help Looking For New Members

8/24/2015   11:55am

A local women’s organization is looking for new members. Handbags That Help Women’s Giving Circle is accepting both new and renewal memberships now through September 9th. HTH is a women’s giving circle that is committed to dramatically improving lives throughout Hancock County by awarding grants to charitable projects and programs. Every membership dollar donated by HTH members supports the grants programs.

The giving circle is open to all area women. The only requirement for membership is a $500 annual contribution. That donation gives each member a single vote as to how the pooled funds will be awarded that year. As an alternative to the $500 Individual Voting Membership, women can share a Joint Membership. With a Joint Membership, 2-5 women split a membership and share a single vote. Each member is also required to pay a $15 administrative fee to support the expenses of organization.

The first meeting of the organization will be on Wednesday, September 9th from 9:30-11:30am at the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Health Center. For more information contact Andrea Reinhart at the Community Foundation at areinhart@community-foundation.com or 419-425-1100.

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New Wyandot County Wildlife Officer Named

8/24/2015   11:45am

A new Ohio Wildlife Officer has been named to Wyandot County. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Nathan S. West has been assigned to Wyandot County beginning this week. West is a 2014 graduate of the Wildlife Academy and has been service with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as an At-Large officer in southeast Ohio.

West graduated from Logan High School in Logan Ohio and he has an associates degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking College. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Rio Grande. Prior to graduating, West held positions with the Hocking Hills State Park and the Division of Wildlife. He also interned with Columbus Metro Parks and worked full-time for the City of Columbus’ Parks and Recreation Department as a Park Maintenance Supervisor.

In Wyandot County, West will be responsible for enforcing wildlife laws and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed.

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Local Gas Prices Coming Back Down

8/24/15 – 6:50 A.M.

After a spike in prices last week, the cost of filling up the tank is coming back down. Ohio gas prices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.49 a gallon today. That’s down from $2.87 last Monday, but still 12 cents higher than two weeks ago.

Ottawa drivers report paying $2.56 a gallon this morning. That’s down from $2.79 last week.

Around Ohio the average price is $2.65 a gallon, down 20 cents from last Monday, but up 24 cents from two weeks ago.

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Passengers Stop Out Of Control Tour Bus In Wyandot County

8/24/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Passengers on a tour bus in Wyandot County had a scary experience late last week. WCMH-TV in Columbus reports the driver of the bus suffered a heart attack while driving north on U.S. 23. The bus veered off the road, through an intersection, and into the southbound lane of traffic. Two passengers were able to bring the bus under control and bring it to a stop.

Passengers were also able to perform CPR on the driver, who was taken to a Toledo hospital by medical helicopter.

The passengers were union members on their way back to Toledo after protesting Right to Work in Columbus.

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Lightning Strike Triggers Fostoria Tornado Siren

8/24/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A tornado siren that went off in Fostoria Sunday night was a false alarm. Safety Service Director Allyson Murray tells the Review Times the siren at the former Field School on Sixth Street went off around 8:50 p.m. She says neighbors in that area said there was a lightning strike just before the alarm went off.

No other sirens in the city sounded Sunday. The city electrician had to power down the siren. Murray expected repairs would be completed today.

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Driver Injured After Short Chase In Fostoria

8/24/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A short police chase in Fostoria over the weekend led to a crash. The Review-Times reports the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A police officer noticed 34-year-old Cory Dieter of Fostoria commit a traffic violation and attempted to pull him over. Dieter sped away, hitting a tree at 730 State Route 587 a short time later.

Dieter was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He’s been charged with failure to comply, OVI and driving under suspension.

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Two Arrested For Putnam County American Legion Break-In

8/24/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Two people have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Putnam County American Legion hall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Lima residents 77-year-old Robert Tackett and 51-year-old Roger Henry were arrested in Seneca County Sunday morning. Both are accused of breaking into the Continental American Legion building earlier this year.

Investigators say Tackett and Henry have been involved in burglaries in a six-county area.

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UF Football Team Holds Sunday Practice In Prison

8/24/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The University of Findlay football team held practice Sunday in an unconventional location; prison. The Courier reports Head Coach Rob Keys took his team to the Marion Correctional Institute in Marion. Keys said he and his staff saw it as a “different way to educate players.” He added he wanted players to “see how fortunate and blessed they are. One bad mistake can put them here.”

Keys said he got the idea when he saw former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith would occasionally hold practices at prisons. He coordinated with warden Jason Bunting to make the trip happen. A few hundred inmates were allowed to watch the practice.

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Downtown Employees Deal With Parking Problems

8/24/15 – 4:56 A.M.

It can be difficult to get a parking spot close to your destination in downtown Findlay, but if you work there, the parking situation can be a much more serious issue. Courier reporter Lou Wilin talked to several people who wait tables at downtown restaurants, and they told him they run into some problems.

Cars have to be moved every 2 hours or get ticketed. That means waiters have to run out during a shift to move their car to another block. That might not be a problem on a slow night, but when things are busy they may not be able to get away from their tables. As a result, many get ticketed through the week.

Waiters also tell the newspaper that forgetting about the tickets can be costly. Jess Bundy, a bartender at Logan’s Irish Pub, said he paid a $225 fine for overdue fees. Anita Dosek, also an employee at Logan’s, said she once paid a $135 fine.

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