Review Category : Local News

Gas Prices Continue To Fall

12/8/13 – 5:17 A.M.

Gas continues to fall to prices we haven’t seen in quite some time. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is now at $2.59. That’s a 16 cent drop since last Monday. A year ago we were paying $3.20 a gallon.

Local prices are following suit. In Findlay, the average price was $2.61 this morning. That’s down from $2.72 a week ago. Ottawa drivers are paying $2.57 a gallon today.

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Search Narrows In Hunt For New Fostoria Chamber Director

12/8/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The search continues for a new director at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce. The Review-Times reports the search for a new leader was narrowed last week. Ryan Smith is the chairperson of the chamber’s board and tells the newspaper face-to-face interviews were held last week. He added the goal is to have someone in place by the end of the year.

Whoever is named to the position will take over for Pamela Smith. She resigned in October to take a similar job in Erie County. Administrative Assistant Celena Runion has been handling the day-to-day operations since then.

MORE: Review Times

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Findlay Woman Injured In Saturday Night Crash

12/8/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on County Road 300.

29-year-old Kevin Coats was driving his car north on Road 300 when 55-year-old John Burnette of Richmond, Indiana pulled in front of him from Interstate Drive. Burnette hit Coats on the passenger side of his car, injuring 30-year-old Janelle Cantu. Cantu is three-months pregnant and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution.

Burnette was cited for failure to yield. Coats was cited for driving under suspension.

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Findlay Man Killed In Saturday Bicycle Crash

12/8/14 – 4:39 A.M.

A car-bicycle crash took the life of a Findlay man Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened on the North Blanchard Street bridge just after 6 p.m.

52-year-old Duane Ball was riding his bike in the southbound curb lane of the bridge when he was hit by a car driven by 23-year-old Michael Barney of Findlay. Ball was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Interview: Roy Armes Talks About Future Of Cooper Tire & Rubber

12/5/14 – 2:14 P.M.

The CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber talked about the past and the future of the company today. Roy Armes was the featured speaker at the Hancock County Republican Party First Friday luncheon. Armes said while there is focus on growth overseas, one of their challenges moving forward is getting into underserved U.S. markets…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says the challenges are different in emerging markets, where the focus is on lighter, cheaper tires for automobiles.

As for the potential for tariffs on Chinese-made tires, Armes said they might not affect imports to the U.S. as much as you would think…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes suspects new tariffs on Chinese tires would do the same thing this time around as well.

Armes also talked about the leadership of the company over a century. He said he knows he’s been criticized, but the global marketplace means different realities…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says that in Cooper’s 100 years the company’s leadership has had a lot to offer in every segment.

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Valfilm To Buy Findlay’s Dow Chemical Plant

12/5/14 – 10:58 A.M.

The Findlay Dow Chemical plant is under new ownership. Valfilm North America announced today the purchase of the Findlay facility. Dow will continue to run the plant until late January, when Valfilm will take over.

Valfilm says to ensure a smooth transition the current Dow employees will have an opportunity to seek employment with the new company. The deal includes the plant’s physical assets and “the majority of intellectual property practiced at the facility.”

Valfilm specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing flexible packaging in polyethylene.

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Red Cross Seeking Volunteers for Holiday Gift Wrapping at the Mall

12/05/14     10:55 a.m.

Besides buying the gifts, wrapping them can be a stressful part of the holidays. To help ease the burden the Red Cross of Hancock County will be wrapping gifts at the Findlay Village Mall until Christmas.

Audio: Todd James

Todd James is the executive director for the Red Cross. James said gift wrapping is free but donations to the Red Cross are accepted. Those taking advantage of the wrapping services don’t need to bring anything but their presents and boxes to go with them if possible. Gift wrapping will take place daily Dec. 18 until Christmas Eve and on the weekends until then.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with the wrapping, visit redcross.org/hancock to sign up.

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Hilton Garden Inn Now Open for Business in Findlay

12/05/14     10:03 a.m.

Those traveling to Findlay from out-of-town now have another option for lodging. The Hilton Garden Inn at 1050 Interstate Court in Findlay is officially open for business.

Whitson Properties, which owns the owns, also owns and operates the Country Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn Express across the street from the Hilton. The company also owns the vacant land surrounding the hotel and is looking to develop further.

The 101-room Hilton features a fitness room, full restaurant, bar and pool. There is also a 4,500-sq. ft. meeting room that can be used for special events such as weddings and small conventions.

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Area Law Enforcement Not Planning for Body Cameras Anytime Soon

12/05/14     9:58 a.m.

Despite nation-wide outcry, local law enforcement officials say they have no plans to buy body cameras anytime soon.

Findlay Police Chief Greg Horne told the Courier PD has no plans at this point and the technology is very expensive, but if they were required they’d find a way to pay for him.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman said he’s weighing the pros and cons of the cameras. About half of the sheriff’s office’s vehicles have camera and they made add more.

Sgt. Vincent Shirey, a state highway patrol spokesman, said dashboard cameras are sufficient for the patrol since the cameras tend to capture the entirety of their exchange with the public.

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Kalida Police Seeking Levy Increase from Voters in May

12/05/14     4:38 a.m.

Kalida Council will be asking voters to approve a levy for village police in May.

The Putnam Sentinel reports council members agreed to pursue a replacement 1.4 mil levy with an increase to 2.25 mil. Police Chief Jim Gulker spoke at a November council meeting about a levy to support a second full-time police officer for the community, but council did not say what this levy increase would be for.

The current 1.4 mil levy generates $15,000.

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