Review Category : Local News

School Bus Involved In Crash In Allen County

12/18/13 – 5:30 A.M.

A school bus was involved in a three-car-crash in Allen County Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 3:40 p.m. on Lima’s east side. 28-year-old Janelle Penager was was trying to turn left from Bryn Mawr Road onto Reservoir Road when she turned into the path of a car driven by 19-year-old Jeanna Hamp, causing a collision that sent Penager’s PT Cruiser into the front bumper of a Bath school bus carrying 29 students.

No one on the bus was injured. Hamp and her 11-month-old daughter were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of minor injuries. Penager was treated at the scene. She was also cited for failure to yield the right-of-way.


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Resource Fair Held For Hancock County Jail Inmates

12/18/13 – 5:17 A.M.

An effort to keep Hancock County jail inmates from reoffending once they serve their sentences took place Tuesday.  The Courier reports the University of Findlay’s occupational therapy program held its first inmate resource fair, which gave 20 people a chance to see the social service agencies that are available to them to help in the reentry into society.  About six agencies were on hand, including Hope House and Christian Clearinghouse.

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Farm Community Says Clean River First

12/17/13 8:40 p.m.
Fifth District Congressman Bob Latta heard from 125 to 150 Hancock County farmers in what was termed as the first meeting held exclusively for those in the agricultural community to air concerns and ask questions about flood control measures with a public official. The predominant theme throughout the meeting was that not enough is being done to clean the Blanchard River and its tributaries.

Audio:  Matt Hartman

Hancock County farmer Matt Hartman was one of the individuals who spoke at the meeting organized by former Hancock County Commissioner Steve Oman and held at his family farm Tuesday night. Hartman spoke of two problems that could be solved if the EPA would allow the river to be cleaned beyond just removing fallen trees and log jams..

Audio:  Matt Hartman

Representative Latta was challenged by one farmer in the audience to take a stand against the EPA and not support funding for any measure that does not include dredging the river. Latta responded by saying that he is bound by federal regulations and the rule of law but urged those in attendance to make themselves heard by the Corps at every public meeting.

Nearly all who spoke mentioned the fact that the Blanchard is only flowing at about 56 percent capacity and that the flood control measures being proposed by the Corps would not really solve anything and instead induce flooding in places where none exists now and also destroy valuable farm land that would be used instead for flood retention and diversion channels.

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Hamlet Protein To Double Capacity At Findlay Plant In 2014

12/17/13 12:30 p.m.
Hamlet Protein has announced that it is doubling the capacity of its production plant in Findlay to meet global demand for high-quality soy proteins for speciality feed. By fall 2014, the plant’s second processing line is scheduled to go into operation, serving Hamlet Protein customers in North America and worldwide. The investment is a response to rapidly developing sales of Hamlet Protein’s nutritional soy protein ingredients, which are currently produced in Horsens, Denmark and Findlay.

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Bluffton Schools Asking For Levy Renewal

12/17/13 11:55 a.m.
Voters in Bluffton will be asked to renew an existing school levy for an additional five years. The Courier reports the Bluffton school approved the resolution to place the issue on the May ballot, but the district is asking for more millage to keep up with rising costs. The district is asking for 4.9 mills and is expected to raise just over $714,000 annually for the next five years. The levy was originally passed in 1999 at 4.9 mills, renewed in 2004 at 3.94 mills and again in 2009 at 3.2 mills.

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Carey Schools Seek Land Swap With Village

Land Swap 12/17/13 11:40 AM grs
Carey school officials are asking the village to consider a land swap for property that is more accessible to utilities. Superintendent Mike Wank wants to trade the land of their existing school building for land the village owns near Memorial Park according to the Courier. The swap would help alleviate problems with bringing utilities to the site of a new school building that is planned for the district. A similar request was turned down by the village years ago but village council is willing to talk about it.

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Fostoria’s New Ambulance Arrives

12/17/13 10:50 a.m.
Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler announced the arrival of a new ambulance to the finance committee Monday. Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno said the highlight of the $198,000 emergency vehicle was the auto loading system, which can lift up to 700 pounds at the push of a button according to the Review Times. Loreno said it will be safer on the EMT’s by reducing the risk of injuries from lifting. The ambulance is expected to last more than 15 years and is expected to go into service after the first of the year.

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NB Schools To Begin Search For New Superintendent

12/17/13 – 6:49 A.M.

The North Baltimore School District will start the search for a new superintendent soon. According to the Courier the school board is expected to vote tonight on an agreement with the Ohio School Boards Association for help in searching for a new candidate to the lead the district. If the contract is approved it will cost the board around $6,900 plus expenses.

Marlene North, the current superintendent, is slated to retire June 30.

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Hancock County Sheriff Replaces School Resource Officer

12/17/13 – 5:30 A.M.

Hancock County has a new school resource officer.  Deputy Tim Saltzman has been named to the position, after Deputy Mike McGuire was removed from the role for breaking internal policy.  Sheriff Mike Heldman says McGuire was behind on reports and has returned to duty as a patrol deputy.  Heldman adds McGuire did nothing wrong as far as his relationship with area schools.

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Emergency Funds Approved For Two Area Villages

12/17/13 – 5:24 A.M.

Two villages in the region have received funds to help pay for costs associated with the clean up from last month’s tornadoes. The Blade reports a state budget panel approved $25,000 in aid for Cloverdale in Putnam County and Jerry City in Wood County. The money will be used to help pay for overtime costs, debris removal, and landfill fees. Cloverdale and Jerry City were the only towns in Ohio to request the funds from the state.

Both villages were badly damaged by an outbreak of severe weather on November 17.

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