Review Category : Local News

Findlay To Partner With Hancock County For CHIP Grants

4/5/2016 – 9:42 pm

Findlay will soon be able to compete for funding to be used to provide housing service to low and moderate income residents. The Findlay City Council passed an ordinance to partner with Hancock County to apply for Community Housing Improvement Program grants or CHIP grants which would help the county address housing needs.

According to a letter from Hancock Regional Planning Commission Director Matt Cordonnier, the CHIP funds can be used to help rehab properties, provide rental assistance, emergency home repair, down payment assistance and help in Habitat for Humanity building. Prior CHIP funding has proven successful. In 2014, the county received a $400,000 CHIP grant.

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City Council Considers Electric Utility Legislation

4/5/2016 – 9:33pm

The Findlay City Council heard the first reading on an ordinance which would grant Hancock-Wood Electric the right to operate in their own service territory within the city limits. The question on the franchise agreement came forward long after Findlay had annexed a portion of Hancock-Wood territory into the city limits, creating a conflict with AEP service territory agreements.

The city moved the legislation to a second reading at their next meeting later this month. The council also moved to hold a meeting of the whole to hear from AEP representatives as well as discuss the matter further. The dispute between both utilities will be sent to the Ohio Public Utilities Commission for a future ruling.

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Sentence Upheld For Hardin County Municipal Court Probation Officer

4/5/2016 – 12:40 pm

The Third District Court of Appeals of Ohio has upheld the sentence of a former Hardin County Municipal Court Probation Officer and Bailiff. WKTN Radio reports that Don Castle was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of rape last fall. Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Castle to three years on one count and five years on the other to be served consecutively.

One of the incidents occurred when Castle was married to the victim. Judge Barrett said at the time that warrants the consecutive sentence because there is no relationship that is more based on trust in each other than the intimate relationship of marriage, and he found that Castle violated the sanctity of marriage. In his appeal, Castle argued that the court’s argument lacked legal support.

The Appeals Court however, found Castle failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that his sentenced is contrary to law and overruled Castle’s sole assignment of error. The Appeals Court affirmed the judgement of the trial court and Castle will not be eligible for early release and is classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

More: Kenton Today

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Flood Mitigation Rolls Along Near Ottawa

4/5/16 – 12:06 P.M.

The flood mitigation project for the Blanchard River in Ottawa is moving along.  Project managers say the Road I9 bridge reconstruction project should be finished  this Spring.

There was some concern about the removal of guardrails along the road.  While the roadway no longer requires them, the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District board voted to install them anyway for safety precautions.  However, it could mean more maintenance for the berm along the newly reconstructed road because the guardrail could force water against the berm.

Plans for a diversion channel are around 60 percent complete.  No timeline on the project will be available until all the land for the channel is bought.

An update on the project was given at Tuesday’s conservancy district meeting.

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UPDATE: Conservancy District Votes To Finish Preliminary Diversion Channel Study

4/5/15 – 10:18 A.M.
Update – 11:57 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has voted to help Hancock County refine the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of a diversion channel for the Blanchard River. Conservancy general manager Clark Lynn Army says a study needs to be finalized in order to make key decisions…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

Army says the scope of a general investigative study differs from the study the Corps was doing. He adds that doesn’t mean the work done up to this point has been a wasted effort…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

Army says this does not mean the diversion channel is being built, only that a preliminary plan for a channel will be finished

The conservancy district board says it will need a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hancock County Commissioners to move forward.

There is no timeline for the completion of the study. The topic will likely be on the conservancy’s agenda for their May meeting.

While Tuesday’s meeting was open to the public, there was no public comment. Army says his door is always open to hear concerns from the Hancock County community.

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Shannon Cemetery Group Frustrated With Current Council Efforts

4/5/16 – 7:42 A.M.

A group of Bluffton residents trying to preserve a cemetery in the village think their efforts have hit a roadblock. The Lima News reports Ray Mumma of the Friends of Shannon Cemetery group believes village council is moving forward with original plans to turn the cemetery into a memorial park. Mumma says the current resolution doesn’t call for returning gravestones to their original locations. In February council pledged to examine a proposal that would have banned building over any known gravesites.

Mumma says the resolution, as it stands now, only makes sure funding for the cemetery is all from a donated source. The resolution had a second reading Monday night.

MORE: Lima News

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Carey Council Holds First Reading Of Sidewalk Plan

4/5/16 – 7:28 A.M.

The village of Carey is moving forward with a sidewalk construction project. The Courier reports council gave first reading to an ordinance that would allow Administrator Roy Johnson to contract for sidewalk installation on the east side of Glenn Avenue. If approved the sidewalk would be built near the new school building.

The first reading passed 4-2. Council President Armand Getz and Councilman Chad Kin voted against it. Getz says he would rather build the sidewalk on the west side of the street, which would place the sidewalk all on village property. However students would have to cross South Vance Street to get to it. The road doubles as U.S. 23 through Carey.

The 400 feet of sidewalk is estimate to cost $12,000 to install.

MORE: The Courier

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Armed Robbery Reported At Bluffton Gas Station This Morning

4/5/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A gas station in Bluffton was robbed early this morning. The Bluffton Police Department reports a man with a holstered gun walked into the Circle K on Commerce Lane around 4:45 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk on duty. The man was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then sped away in a waiting car. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black Detroit Redwings hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. He is believed to be driving a silver or gold car, possibly a Buick or GM style vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Bluffton Police Department at (419)358-2961.

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Two Hardin County Residents Killed In Allen County Crash

4/5/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A head-on collision in Allen County that happened late last week claimed two lives. The State Highway Patrol reports two Hardin County residents were killed in the Friday afternoon crash that happened on State Route 309 southwest of Ada.

18-year-old Sylas Daniels of Kenton was attempting to pass eastbound traffic when he hit an oncoming SUV. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A passenger in his car, 36-year-old Chris Wireman of Alger, passed away from his injuries Saturday. The driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Crystal Webb of Harrod, was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of her injuries.

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Fostoria Golden Apple Award Winners Announced

4/5/16 – 5:19 A.M.

The Fostoria Rotary Club honored teachers Monday. Steve Kauffman, the Fostoria band director, and Teresa Stosio, a St. Wendelin Catholic School second-grade teacher, were named Golden Apple Award winners.

Red Apple Awards were given to Lori Miller, a teacher at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School; Barbie Curlis, a Longfellow School preschool teacher; Ryan Whipple, a Longfellow School kindergarten teacher; and Marlene Gillig, a Fostoria math teacher.

The Rotary Club received 70 nominations for 28 teachers.

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