Review Category : Local News

LB School Board Approves New Before-And-After School Program

3/21/17 – 5:05 A.M.

The Liberty-Benton school district will have their own before-and-after school program next year. The Courier reports the LB school board approved “The Nest” program to watch K-5 students. The Findlay City school district currently runs the FABBS program at LB, but opted to end the program in Liberty-Benton after this year. During Monday’s meeting, interim Superintendent Larry Cook said he wasn’t sure why Findlay made the move.

So far there is no word on what the program is going to cost. Cook said the fee will self-fund the program. FABBS is also a self-funded program.

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Bicycle Ban Proposed For Downtown Findlay

03/20/17 – 5:50 P.M.

Findlay City Council will hear a proposed ban on riding bicycles on downtown sidewalks tomorrow. The Courier reports that city officials have received numerous complaints about bicyclists almost hitting pedestrians. The legislation will ban riding a bicycle from Center to Lincoln streets and on the first alleys east and west of Main Street.

The first offense will have a penalty of a fine up to $150. A second offense could cost you up to $250 and a third could cost you $500.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said there would be some leniency in the legislation. If you’re walking a bike or slowly pedaling you probably won’t face a violation.

Council will hear the proposal tomorrow at their 7:30 p.m. meeting.

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Celebrity Basketball Game Tomorrow

03/20/17 – 5:40 P.M.

Blanchard Valley Center will have their celebrity basketball game Tuesday. Quality Service Director Denise Roush told WKXA’s Dave Crosser that there are plenty of celebrities.

Denise Roush

The doors open at 7 p.m. and there’s no cost to get in. The games will be held at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gym.

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Hancock County EMA Offers Safety Tips For Any Future Severe Weather Warnings

03/20/17 – 4:52 P.M.

This week is severe weather awareness week and the Hancock County EMA has some helpful tips. Director Lee Swisher says that you should stay up to date.

Lee Swisher

Swisher says there are areas you should head to if there is a severe weather warning was issued.

Lee Swisher

Swisher said it is important to keep up to date with severe weather information. He also says that you should make a kit that has a battery-operated radio, water, canned food, and flashlights.

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Dietsch Brothers Coming Up On 80 Year Anniversary And Business Is Good

03/20/17 – 2:35 P.M.

Findlay Rotary club got a presentation from Dietsch Brothers about the chocolate company. Erika Dietsch-Brokamp said they plan on continuing what they’ve done the past 80 years but aren’t afraid to try something new.

Erika Dietsch-Brokamp

Dietsch-Brokamp said that the family business has been doing so well because of the new generation of employees. She said that these employees help drive production and lead the company into new directions. Thishas lead to several expansions.

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Hardin County Man To Run House District Seat

03/20/17 – 11:17 A.M.
A Hardin County native has announced his campaign to run for the 83rd Ohio House District Seat. Economic Development director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Jon Cross will be running for the seat. He said he will support a pro-business environment and strengthening community. He said he will also support education and business partnerships to champion new growth and job creation.
Cross is a republican. He said he believes in the principals of the party and as well aseffective public service.
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Bowling Green Man Sentenced For North Baltimore Woman’s Overdose Death

3/20/17 – 7:35 A.M.

A Bowling Green man has avoided prison time for the overdose death of a North Baltimore woman. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a judge sentenced 27-year-old Christopher Hoseler to five years of community control on a charge of reckless homicide. Police had charged Hoseler and others in the January 2015 death of 28-year-old Maria Morales.

Hoseler pleaded guilty to the reckless homicide charge in January. He originally faced an involuntary manslaughter charge as well.

28-year-old Joshua Grant of North Baltimore is serving an 11-month prison sentence in the case. 32-year-old Robert Sterling of North Baltimore is in an intervention program for his role in Morales’ death.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Sunday Evening Crash

3/20/17 – 7:00 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of North Blanchard and George streets just before 6 p.m.

54-year-old Dane Kirian was driving north on North Blanchard when he hit the back of a car driven by 22-year-old Jamie Aurand. Aurand had stopped to turn left. Hanco Ambulance took her to Blanchard Valley Health System for treatment of head and neck injuries.

Police cited Kirian for failure to stop in the assured clear distance ahead.

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Local Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

3/20/17 – 6:49 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we start a new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay today is $2.19 per gallon. That’s even with the average price per gallon across the rest of the state.

Prices are 22 cents higher than they were a month ago. A year ago we were paying $1.96 per gallon.

The average price in Ottawa is $2.19 per gallon today. That’s up 10 cents over last Monday.

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Several Renovation Projects At Municipal Building Finished

3/20/17 – 5:36 A.M.

The city has finished parts of a four-year, $550,000 renovation project in the Findlay Municipal Building. The Courier reports changes appear subtle to the general public, but make operations in the building smoother. The police records department is now on the third floor. The police chief and detectives are now on the ground floor. The Findlay Municipal Court and most of its reconfigured office space take up most of the building’s second floor.

Dave Beach is the city’s director of court services. He says drug testing is now done in a private restroom. Employees must buzz visitors in to see probation officers, as they and other areas are key-card protected. The attorney-client meeting rooms are in separate, private compartments behind locked doors.

The next phase of the remodeling project includes turning an empty room in a new courtroom. The city hopes to hire a magistrate to work in that courtroom. The magistrate would handle arraignments and fines.

The city only used $50,000 of general fund money for the project. Court fees earmarked for improvements paid for the rest.

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