Review Category : Local News

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Will Help With Tax Forms Again

1/13/17 – 6:43 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will offer some tax forms and help this tax season. Library Director Jeff Winkle says that’s despite the Ohio Department of Taxation no longer distributing tax forms through libraries. Winkle says the library will print off forms on its own. Staff will be on hand to help taxpayers print forms from the internet as well.

The library is hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program again. It starts February 1. You can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment through the United Way.

The state’s department of taxation isn’t sending forms to the library anymore to stop waste. The agency says people only returned around 10 percent of the forms distributed last year.

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Menards To Build Second Findlay Warehouse

1/13/17 – 5:33 A.M.
UPDATE – 7:33 A.M.

Menards will build a second warehouse at its Findlay location. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved the plans during their Thursday meeting. The new warehouse will be a little more than 19,000 square feet. The facility will be built at the current Menards location.

Company officials haven’t said when construction will start.

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Woman Accused Of Attacking Putnam County Priest Back In Court

1/13/17 – 5:26 A.M.

A competency evaluation for a woman accused of attacking a priest in Putnam County is inconclusive.  The Putnam County Sentinel reports 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm of Napoleon appeared in court for a hearing this week.  According to Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder, a court-ordered evaluation of Frances didn’t find conclusive results.  That means there could be more evaluations coming for Wilhelm.  Despite the inconclusive results, the investigation did find Wilhelm competent to stand trial.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says Wilhelm hit Father Herman Scherger in the head with a hammer last September.  Scherger had just arrived at his home when the attack happened.  He was able to escape and drive to a neighbor’s home for help.

Authorities have charged Wilhelm with attempted murder and felonious assault.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Dorney Plaza Renovation Plans Criticized

1/13/17 – 5:08 A.M.

Despite questions about funding, plans to modernize Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay are still in the works. However, the plan isn’t sitting well with at least one area resident. The Courier reports Don VanRenterghem told the Hancock County Commissioners that the plans would destroy the intent of Dorney Plaza. VanRenterghem is the organizer of the annual “Spirit of 1776” event in downtown.

During Thursday’s commissioner’s meeting VanRenterghem said, “We are teaching the history, the meaning of freedom. By removing tables and benches from Dorney Plaza, you are destroying the original intent.”

VanRenterghem was at the meeting to ask for permission to use the plaza for this year’s “Spirit of 1776” event. Requests are on hold for it and “Boogie on Main” until the commissioners learn more about downtown revitalization plans that could take place this year.

MORE: The Courier

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Effort Underway To Make BGSU A “Sanctuary Campus”

1/13/17 – 4:31 A.M.

A campaign is underway to make Bowling Green State University a “sanctuary campus.” Supporters say the designation would protect illegal immigrant students or employees from U.S. immigration officers. The campus would also be a safe place for other minorities and groups vulnerable to discrimination. Bowling Green’s faculty senate will discuss the issue next week.

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Texas Man Arrested After Troopers Find 6 Pounds Of Ecstasy In His Car

01/12/17 – 6:52 P.M.

A Texas man faces drug charges after a traffic stop in Wood County Monday. The State Highway Patrol reports that officers pulled over 33-year-old Ken Lam around 2:15 p.m. for a lane violation on Interstate 80. He gave troopers consent to search his car where they found about 6 pounds of ecstasy valued at $800,000.

Officers charged Lam with possession and trafficking in MDMA. He could face 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine. He is being held at the Wood County Justice Center.

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Downtown Findlay Could Have A Design Review Process Put In Place In The Future

01/12/17 – 6:36 P.M.

Discussion took place about a new process for Downtown Findlay projects during a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. Committee Chair Grant Russell that they want to have a uniform review for building projects.

Grant Russell

This discussion started because there is currently an unenforced process in place. This process doesn’t apply to many of the buildings in downtown.

Russell also said that creating the process could bring in bigger developers.

Grant Russell

The process will be run by a board of seven members. There is still a lot of discussions to be had. The committee will meet again after getting information from other cities doing similar projects.

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Bridge Bereavement Services Offers Presentation About Depression In Grief

01/12/17 – 3:20 P.M.

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a presentation that focuses on understanding depression in grief. The presentation will include topics on how to help identify depression and the difference between feeling and being depressed. It will also identify coping mechanisms for healthy grief.

The presentation will be held next Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be in the Marathon Auditorium in the Blanchard Valley Hospital. It is part of the Living Through Loss presentation series.

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Area Farmers Could Get Grants To Help Improve Water Quality

01/12/17 – 3:07 P.M.

Grants are available to area farmers to help improve water quality according to the Ohio Department of Agricultures Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The program will help farmers install conservative practices that benefit water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. Applications are due by January 20th and those interested should contact their local USDA Service Center.

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