Review Category : Local News

Golden Apple Award Nominations Sought

1/19/17 – 5:06 A.M.

If you want to honor a teacher in Hancock County, now is your chance. The Courier reports the Findlay Rotary Club is taking nominations for its annual Golden Apple Awards. There are three divisions for elementary, middle, and high school educators. Teachers in public and parochial school are both eligible as long as they have taught at least three years in their current school system.

We have a link to the nomination form on our website. You can also make a nomination by calling (419)422-7557, or by texting (419)721-4447. The deadline is March 31.

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BGSU Rejects “Sanctuary Campus” Proposal

1/19/17 – 4:30 A.M.

A proposal to make Bowling Green State University a so-called “sanctuary campus” for illegal immigrants is dead. University officials rejected the plan this week, choosing instead to work with the federal government on laws protecting the children of illegal immigrants from deportation. The Bowling Green proposal would have allowed school officials to withhold information from U.S. immigration officials.

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A Mount Cory Man Pleaded Not Guilty To Attempted Rape Charge

01/18/17 – 6:11 P.M.
A Mount Cory man pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl with a specification. The Courier reports 34-year-old Benjamin Lauwer Sr. pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Hancock County Jail is holding Lauwers and he was arraigned by a video camera on Wednesday.
According to the indictment, the incident happened on January 5 in Union Township. The specification said that Lauwers was 16-years-old or older at the tie of the incident. Magistrate Behrendt set bond at $50,000 with no 10% allowed and ordered Lauwers not to have contact with the alleged victim.
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Findlay Man Pleads Not Guilty To Making Terroristic Threats Through Social Media

01/18/17 – 5:38 P.M.

A Findlay man pleaded not guilty to a charge of making terroristic threats on Facebook from a coworkers account. The Courier reports that 25-year-old Andre White received the charge last week which is a third-degree felony. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday via video connection from the Hancock County Jail, where he is being held. Magistrate Behrendt set bond at $15,000 with 10% allowed.

On January 4, White allegedly used a co-workers facebook page to post a comment about suicide bombing. He will appear on February 17 for another hearing.

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Two Time Olympian Sherri Winn Is Coming To Findlay Next Week

01/18/17 – 5:15 P.M.

An Olympian will be coming to Findlay to give a presentation on unleashing the winner within you. The University of Findlay’s Sharinda Welton said they partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in bringing in Sherry Winn.

Sharinda Welton

Welton said that she will also discuss the hardships she faced in becoming a successful handball player and Olympic athlete.


Sharinda Welton

The presentation will be in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary next Wednesday. If you want to take part you must preregister with the Chamber by calling 419-422-3313 by 4 p.m. tomorrow. The presentation includes a lunch and costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Winn is a two-time Olympian in the sport of handball. She also won two NCAA championships back to back as a coach.

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ITC Rules That China Harmed Whirlpool With Unfairly Traded Washing Machine Imports

01/18/17 – 3:02 P.M.
US Senator Sherrod Brown said that he’s spent a great deal of time fighting for a trade agenda that puts American workers first. He said that Ohio recently had a big win in the washing machine area.
Brown said that the ruling against China will help Whirlpool compete against the foreign imports.
Brown said that the ruling follows a long time discussion about the impact the imports had on Whirlpool.
He added that there will also be a World Trade Organization case against China to address aluminum overcapacity. He said that Ohio has several aluminum extruders that could benefit from the case.
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One Injured In Findlay Truck Collision

1/18/17 – 7:31 A.M.

A two-car crash injured A Findlay man Tuesday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened on Hancock County Road 99 around 11:15 a.m.

21-year-old Joshua Bame was driving west when he stopped for traffic. A commercial truck driven by 50-year-old Tom Watkins of Findlay hit Bame from behind. Hanco EMS took Bame to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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

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Substation Contract Issues Tabled In Carey

1/18/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Carey’s village council has tabled a decision on a contract for an electrical substation construction project. The Courier reports council members heard from two companies interested in the contract Monday.

Council voted to give Vaughn Industries of Carey a more than $2.2 million contract at their January 3 meeting. However, Quality Lines of Findlay submitted the lowest bid at $1.5 million. Village Administrator Roy Johnson told council federal funding for the project could depend on taking the lower bid. He added if Carey doesn’t get the grant, they won’t be able to pay for construction of the substation.

Council decided to table the issue until they get an answer from the Economic Development Administration. That could lead to the project being rebid.

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Fostoria Council Rejects Write-In Candidate Proposal

1/18/17 – 7:04 A.M.

Fostoria City Council stopped an effort to allow write-in candidates in Fostoria elections in its tracks Tuesday night. The Courier reports Councilman Matthew Davoli proposed the measure. He said it might help cut down unopposed elections in the city.

Councilman Brian Shaver countered that he didn’t believe that would be the case. He added, “I think it just allows for the Johnny Come Latelys to make a sneak at the end.” Others who were critical of the suggestion said it would leave the public open to candidates they know nothing about.

The measure didn’t get enough support to get a first reading in front of city council.

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Semis Collide Near Leipsic

1/18/17 – 6:47 A.M.

Two semis collided near Leipsic Tuesday morning. The crash happened at the intersection of State Route 65 and County Road 5 around 10:30 a.m. The drivers were not hurt.

A Hazmat crew responded to the area to deal with spilled diesel fuel. The collision ruptured the fuel tanks on both trucks.

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