Review Category : Local News

Former Findlay Truck Stop Could See New Life

9/11/14 – 11:13 A.M.

It looks like a new business could be going in at the site of the old Highway Travel Center & Truck Stop in Findlay. The City Planning Commission approved recommending Findlay Ciry Counil allow the rezoning of a plot of land off Emma Street today. The location is near the I-75 and State Route 12 interchange.

It’s possible the location will become an auto and truck repair facility. The site is currently being used by AEP for a staging area.

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Residents Concerned About New Findlay Drug Treatment Center

9/11/14 – 11:01 A.M.

The former location of the Winebrenner Seminary on Melrose Avenue in Findlay will see new use as a group home for teenagers coping with drug addiction. The facility’s new use has concerned some neighbors in that area…

Audio: Ben Kirkwood

Ben Kirkwood says he’s grateful a facility like this will be available to those who need treatment, so long as the proper precautions are taken. Representatives for Choices Behavioral Healthcare agreed to build a fence along their property line with Kirkwood…

Audio: Garrett Heidinger

Garrett Heidinger represents CBH, and says the clients treated at the center will be non-violent, low level drug offenders.

Zoning for the group home was discussed at today’s city planning commission meeting. Commission members say the zoning code in that neighborhood allows for residential treatment services. The code does not specify that fences have to be built for treatment centers. That means it’s up to the homeowners and Choices Behavioral Healthcare to come to agreements on any fencing around the property.

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No Flooding Expected Following Heavy Rain

9/11/14 – 5:06 A.M.

We managed to avoid severe weather Wednesday, but we did get plenty of rain. And of course when that happens, all eyes turn to the Blanchard River. Fortunately it looks like there isn’t much to talk about there. The Blanchard in Findlay started rising rapidly just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night; but it appears to have crested well below action stage.

Downstream in Ottawa the river is expected to run high the for the next day, but will stay below action stage there as well.

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New Ottawa Nursing Home Could Face Delays After Fire Inspection

9/11/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The completion of a new nursing home in Ottawa could face major delays after a state fire inspector expressed concern about a couple of issues. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ottawa Fire Chief Dan Rieman (REE-mehn) gave council an update on the situation this week. Rieman says the inspector wants a water line that circles the Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf dug up. The problem is that it now sits below concrete and blacktop.

The inspector also was unhappy he was unable to do a rough inspection of the sprinkler system before drywall was installed.

The issues seem to stem from how some fire codes are interpreted by the State Fire Marshall’s office. Rieman said the fire suppression systems are like what was installed at the new Ottawa Elementary School. He added his department inspected the nursing home the same as they did the school.

The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf is expected to open next month barring a setback. The State Fire Marshall will visit the site tomorrow.

More: Putnam County Sentinel

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Efforts To Save North Baltimore Theater Going Slow

9/11/14 – 7:15 A.M.

The efforts to save North Baltimore’s movie theater are going slowly, to say the least. The Courier reports that only $4,200 has been collected to buy a new digital projector for the Virginia Motion Pictures theater on Main Street. The goal is $42,000.

A second public forum to talk about ways to save the facility will be held September 16 at 7 p.m. The movie theater had been closed since July 31.

MORE: The Courier

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Sale Of North Baltimore School Property Held Up

9/11/14 – 6:55 A.M.

The North Baltimore School Board is putting the sale of property on hold. The Courier reports two board members have questioned the legality of the deal that would see part of land the old high school stood on to Reinecke Motors.

Jaimye Bushey and Cheryl Cotterman raised questions about the deal. The land in question was first offered at auction. Kelley Chevrolet bid $68,000 but was denied because the district wanted $159,000. The district then decided to sell half the property to Reinecke for $50,000.

Cotterman and Bushey don’t believe the board’s plan to sell the land in pieces was ever made public. Legal council will review the deal before a decision is made.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Officials Reviewing 15 Traffic Lights

9/11/14 – 6:41 A.M.

There could be fewer traffic lights in Fostoria in the future. The Review-Times reports 15 lights are under review, and could potentially be replaced by stop signs. The city is working with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments on the project.

You’ll be able to tell which lights could be removed fairly easily. Signs are posted near the intersections that read, ” Signal under study for removal.” Information will be collected for 60 days at each location.

MORE: Review-Times

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Mt. Blanchard Teen Hurt In Wednesday Crash

9/11/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A Mt. Blanchard teen was hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 273 and Township Road 191.

A release from the sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Rodney Spade of Arlington was driving south on Road 191 when he stopped at a stop sign. He then pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 16-year-old Brett Brown.

Brown was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Spade was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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McComb Residents Concerned Over Teachers Leaving

9/11/14 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb residents voiced their concern about teachers leaving the district during last night’s school board meeting. The Courier reports a number of people spoke about the issue. According to the newspaper, eight new teachers were hired for this school year. In all, 15 total people left the district after last year.

Board President Audra Oglesbee told those on hand that many of the people who left the district found better jobs, or new coaching positions. She added she didn’t know of anyone who left on bad terms. Superintendent Meri Skilliter said she was proud the district has had so many staff members who have been able to take a “step up.”

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay IT Compnay Bought By Indiana Firm

9/11/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay information technology consulting company has been bought out. Rarey-Roth is now owned by the AME Group, which is based in Indiana. All 14 members of the Findlay staff will keep their jobs, and the new ownership hopes to expand the office in the future.

AME runs 25 locations in five states.

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