Review Category : Local News

University of Findlay to Graduate 949 Saturday

05/01/15     9:33 a.m.

The University of Findlay will celebrate its graduating students with a commencement ceremony Saturday.

A total of 949 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees in two ceremonies Saturday, the graduates at 9 a.m. and undergraduates at 2 pm. They represent 54 bachelor’s degree options, 10 master’s and three doctoral programs.

Terry Terhark is 2006 UF College of Business graduate who founded The RightThing and will speak to graduate students at the morning ceremony. Veronika Scott founded the Empowerment Plan for Detroit’s homeless shelters, as well as developed a winter coat that converts into a sleeping bag and carrying sack for the homeless. Scott will speak to undergraduate students in the afternoon.

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Nepalese Students Contacting Family, Worried About Economy of Country

05/01/15     8:55 a.m.

With the death toll still climbing and devastation all around, the people in Nepal are still working to get back on their feet following last weekend’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Bishal Pandey is an MBA student at the University of Findlay from the Kathmandu area. He’s now worried about the country’s frail economy because of the impact on the tourism industry.

Audio: Bishal Pandey

Thankfully, Pandey said he was able to get ahold of all of his friends any family though it did take some time. He said most of that contact came through Facebook.

Audio: Bishal Pandey

Pandey said he and the other Nepalese students are grateful for the work the university has done setting up locations for students to donate around campus. Today is the last day for donations and then the university will send the money collected to the Red Cross.

A candlelight vigil is being held in recognition of the earthquake victims at the University of Findlay tonight at 8 p.m. between the Church of God and Croy Gymnasium on UF’s campus.

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Fire Hydrant Maintenance Work Continues in Findlay Today

05/01/15     8:40 a.m.

Findlay’s Water Distribution Department will continue maintenance work on fire hydrants in Findlay today.

A release from the department says fire hydrant flushing will take place from Bright Road east to County Road 237, from the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue, from Tiffin Avenue north to Fostoria Avenue, and McMannes Avenue east to County Road 236.

If you have questions contact the Water Distribution Department at 419-424-7192.

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Benton Ridge Man Hit By a Van While Crossing the Street

05/01/15     8:37 a.m.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early Thursday accident in Benton Ridge

The sheriff’s office says that 53-year-old Earnest Mcloud of Benton Ridge was crossing Walnut Street around 4:30 a.m. when he was hit by a van driven by 56-year-old Stephen Brim of Findlay.

Brim told investigators he did not see Mcloud when he hit him. Mcloud was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

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MPLX Buying Some Marine Assets From Marathon Petroleum

05/01/15     8:35 a.m.

Following Thursday’s announcement of healthy earnings, Marathon Petroleum Company says it will be selling some assets to MPLX, their pipeline and logistics subsidiary.

The Courier reports that though the selling price was not announced, the transaction will include 18 tugboats, 203 tank barges and a repair center in Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

MPLX President Pamela Beall told the paper that only 60 percent of MPC’s needs are met with its own marine assets, leaving a significant growth opportunity for MPLX to provide services a third party would be used for otherwise.

More: The Courier

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Lima Residents Convicted of Elder Abuse

05/01/15     8:28 a.m.

Two Lima residents have been sentenced to prison for abusing an elderly woman.

The Lima News says 46-year-old Dawn Reser was sentenced to six years in prison for felonious assault and 57-year-old William Sheets was sentenced to four years. The two were convicted of keeping 66-year-old Carol Wilcox in their home, feeding her trash, beating her with a baseball bat and using her social security checks for at least five months.

Wilcox was able to escape the home at 1118 Atlantic Avenue on October 15 to get help.

More: The Lima News

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“Early, Open, Often” Helps Parents Talk to Kids About Sexual Abuse

05/01/15     8:23 a.m.

Before the age of 18, one in four girls and one in 20 boys will be sexually abused, adding up to 670,000 children every year. Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of the national Committee for Children said the new “Early, Open, Often” campaign aims to help parents talk to their children.

Audio: Joan Cole Duffell

Duffell said parents should look at this as another skill for safety, just like looking both ways before crossing the street and wearing a seatbelt in the car.

Audio: Joan Cole Duffell

 

Duffell says that often times children are scared or don’t understand the magnitude of their situation so they don’t tell anyone. She said that opening those lines of communication and telling your children they can come to you to talk safely is imperative.

 

For more information, see cfchildren.org.

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Cooper Tire Sees Decrease in 2015 First Quarter Earnings

05/01/15     7:35 a.m.

Cooper Tire and Rubber Company saw a drop in their first quarter earnings for 2015.

Last year the company’s net income was $45 million, but it dropped to $41 million this year or $0.69 per share. Sales dropped from $796 million in 2014 to $663 million this year.

The company said that decrease is attributed to the absence of the Cooper-Chengsan joint venture in China. Excluding Cooper Chengsan Tire Company, sales rose 4 percent.

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Election Preview: Findlay-Hancock County Library Asks For Levy Renewal

5/1/15 – 5:30 A.M.

You’ll see a renewal levy for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library when you cast your ballot in Hancock County County next week. A half-mill, five-year levy helps pay for the day-to-day operations of the facility. While the money raised from the levy pays for operations, failure to renew it would hurt programming…

Audio: Jeff Winkle

Library Director Jeff Winkle says about 82 percent of the funding the library gets goes to salary and benefits as well as the materials the library loans out.

Winkle says while other libraries are starting to ask for continuing levies, he doesn’t mind going to the ballot every five years…

Audio: Jeff Winkle

The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home around $18 per year.

 

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VIDEO: Army Corps Responds Answers Questions from April 22 Meeting

05/01/15     4:10 a.m.

After more than two hours, the Army Corps of Engineers still did not have time to answer all the questions asked at the April 22 flood mitigation meeting in Findlay. The Corps then committed to doing a video of responses to the rest of the questions, which was released Thursday.

With more than 300 people in attendance, those who wished to comment could submit questions in writing that were then read by a moderator and responded to by a panel of representatives from the Corps.

In a statement Lt. Col. Karl Jansen said, “I would like to thank the community for attending the public meeting and for their continued input and commitment to the Blanchard River Watershed Study. It is my goal to continue the open line of communication and make sure each step of the process is conveyed throughout the remainder of the study.”

Below is a video of the panel responding to the questions they did not have time for at the April 22 meeting.

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