Review Category : Local News

Findlay City Council Approves Payout To Former Fire Chief

7/22/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Findlay city council approved sick time payout for the city’s former fire chief Tuesday night. Council voted 8-2 to pay Tom Lonyo a little more than $32,000. Council members Holly Friche and Bob Nichols both voted against the payout. The payment was half the amount of unused sick time Lonyo had built up during his time as fire chief.

The issues has been a controversial one. Initially there was debate on whether Lonyo resigned or retired. An employee who resigns is not eligible for a sick time payout. Lonyo was two years short of Findlay’s retirement age. However, Law Director Don Rasmussen said Lonyo met the state’s retirement age of 46, which overruled the local law.

Lonyo previously told Councilman Ron Monday he would accept half of the sick time he was owed.

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MPLX Declares Quarterly Dividend

7/21/15 – 10:16 A.M.

Findlay-based MPLX declared a second quarter dividend today. The 44 cents per common unit is a 28 percent increase from the dividend distributed in the second quarter of 2014.

The dividend will be paid August 14 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 4.

MPLX has issued 10 consecutive quarterly dividends.

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Discounted Cedar Point Tickets Offered To Hancock County Residents

7/21/15 – 9:34 A.M.

If you’re a Hancock County resident and a fan of rollercoasters, you can visit Cedar Point this summer and help a good cause at the same time. The United Way of Hancock County is offering discounted tickets to the Sandusky amusement park through an affiliate program. Part of the proceeds of the ticket sales goes to the United Way fundraising campaign.

The tickets are good between August 3 and August 9.

To get tickets for $38 each, go to cedarpoint.com/affilliates. The username is UNITEDWAYHC in all caps, and the password is uwhc2015 in lowercase letters.

The $38 a ticket price is a roughly $10 discount over the regular price.

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Area Jobless Claims Increase In June

7/21/15 – 8:53 A.M.

Unemployment ticked up in the region last month. The latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show every county saw increased joblessness in June. Unemployment typically increases in June as new college graduates come into the job market.

Hancock County was up to 3.9 percent unemployment in June from 3.6 in May. While the labor force decreased by 200 people, 300 less people reported having jobs compared to a 100 person increase for those receiving unemployment benefits.

The lowest unemployment rate locally is in Wyandot County at 3.6 percent. Putnam County was also under 4 percent unemployment last month, at 3.8. Elsewhere Wood County was at 4.5, Allen was at 4.8, Seneca checked in at 4.9, Hardin was at 5 percent, and Henry County saw 5.4 percent unemployment.

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Charges Pending Following Fostoria Drug Bust

7/21/15 – 5:18 A.M.

A drug raid in a Fostoria home could lead to charges filed against a woman who lives there. The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit reports a search warrant was served at 215 Bannister Street Monday. Officers say they found suspected drugs, cash, criminal tools, and evidence of drug trafficking.

As a result, 34-year-old Jinetta Thompson is facing charges of trafficking crack cocaine and possession of criminal tools. Charges will formally be filed once the investigation is finished.

According to Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno the search came as the result of residents complaining about drugs being sold from the home.

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Softball League Offers To Repair Damaged Ballfields

7/21/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The wet weather hasn’t made it a great summer to try and play baseball and softball. However an Arlington co-ed softball league recently tried to give it a go, and ended up damaging the villages ballfields as a result. The Courier reports organizers from the league accepted responsibility for the damage at Monday’s council meeting. They also offered to make repairs to the facilities.

The village will take a look at the damage later this week and decided what repair work needs to be made.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Robbery Suspect Takes Plea Deal

7/21/15 – 5:01 A.M.

A Toledo man admitted to his role in a Findlay robbery Monday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Jayden Edwards pleaded guilty to an amended robbery charge. He was initially charged with a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery for an October incident, but pleaded to a second-degree felony count.

Edwards was one of seven people charged in the robbery of Michael Alexander of Toledo in Findlay on October 22 of last year. The group allegedly assaulted Alexander in the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street. The attack left Alexander with cranial fractures and a broken eye socket.

Edwards was the first of the group to take a plea deal. He’ll be sentenced September 2.

MORE: The Courier

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Grants Will Pay For More Pre-K Opportunities In Hancock County

7/20/15 – 12:36 A.M.

Two Hancock County organizations are partnering to bring more access to pre-kindergarten education for low-income families. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and the United Way of Hancock County are providing grants to the Hancock Educational Service Center to launch the program…

Audio: John Urbanski

United Way President John Urbanski says the pilot program started earlier this year in Findlay…

Audio: John Urbanski

The program is now expanding. Grants will allow Findlay to open another pre-k classroom with two additional classes this fall. Riverdale will create a new program to serve up to 16 students. The grants will cover tuition, transportation, and lunch for the children. In all, 44 more kids will gain access to pre-k classes as a result.

The idea is to make sure kids aren’t behind in their education when they start kindergarten. Organizers say they’ll start seeing results in about a year, when they get a look at kindergarten readiness scores. The next benchmark will be when these students take their third-grade reading assessments.

The Community Foundation grants totaled $179,000. More than $143,000 went to Findlay City Schools with the rest going to the Hancock Educational Service Center. The United Way grants came to a little over $159,000. More than $123,000 went to the Findlay program with the rest going to the county ESC.

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Founder Of UF’s Mazza Museum Passes Away

7/20/15 – 10:25 A.M.

The University of Findlay is in mourning following the death of the founder of the Mazza Museum. A release from the university says Jerry Mallett passed away over the weekend. UF President Dr. Katherine Fell released a statement Monday saying, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Mallett. His talent and passion for literacy education was renowned, and his teaching positively influenced thousands of people of all ages. He has been an integral part of the UF community for decades.”

The details of Mallett’s death have not been released, and a private funeral service is planned. UF also plans to have a memorial service sometime during the fall semester.

The Mazza museum was started in 1982. It is one of the world’s largest collections of original artwork from children’s books.

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Downtown Findlay Businesses Worried About Parking

7/20/15 – 10:12 A.M.

Downtown business owners still have some major concerns about parking in the wake of the Marathon Petroleum expansion. The Courier reports businesses are circulating a petition that asks the city to add or preserve parking in the area.

A petition at Guitar Ranch on South Main Street has 97 signatures. It, along with signatures gathered at other businesses, will be submitted to Mayor Lydia Mihalik, city council, and Marathon Petroleum. The petitions say the ongoing expansion will, “likely have a detrimental effect upon nearby downtown merchants, their patrons and elderly patrons in particular.”

The petitions also ask Marathon to revise expansion plans to preserve existing parking spaces. If that can’t be done, they ask that new public parking be created to make up for the spaces lost.

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