Review Category : Local News

ODOT Plows Winterized and Salt Stockpile Ready for Winter

11/06/14     11:34 a.m.

Snow plows in ODOT's Hancock County garage stand inspected and at the ready for this year's winter weather.

Snow plows in ODOT’s Hancock County garage stand inspected and at the ready for this year’s winter weather.

Last year’s winter broke a number of records in Ohio, such as most road salt used, over 1 million tons, and most snow plow miles driven at 14 million.

Today ODOT held their annual final day of plow inspection. ODOT highway management administrator Rod Nuveman said if it snowed tonight, they’d be ready for it.

Audio: Rod Nuveman

As far as inspection, mechanics look the truck over from top to bottom checking for things like cracks in the plow and the hydraulics of the truck bed. All the safety equipment for the drivers such as road flares and lighting is checked as well to be sure every truck has the standard set of gear.

After last year’s rough winter, salt supplies went down and demand went up. Nuveman said ODOT’s District 1, which includes Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Wyandot Counties will have plenty of salt, despite higher prices.

Audio: Rod Nuveman

This year the price to fill up on salt during the summer was $56.50. Last year that price carried through the winter, but this year that has soared to $105.25. Nuveman explained that because of the lack of salt in the United States, ODOT will be buying from a salt mine in Morocco that will be shipping salt to a port in Toledo. Nuveman said should supplies get low here, District 1 counties will be able to use the stockpile in Toledo to replenish.

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Cooper Tire Declares Quarterly Dividend

11/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced a quarterly dividend this week. The dividend of 10.5 cents per share of common stock will be payable to shareholders of record at the close of business December 4. Payments will be made December 30.

It will be the 171st consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Cooper.

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Fostoria Firefighters Battle Two Blazes Wednesday

11/6/14 – 6:49 A.M.

Wednesday was a busy day for the Fostoria Fire Department. Firefighters battled two blazes within 15 hours of each other.

The first fire was reported at 531 McDougal Street around 4:30 a.m. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the rest of the house. One adult and four children were living in the home. They all escaped safely.

Around 7 p.m. firefighters were called to Lot 20 of the Williams Mobile Home Park to extinguish another fire. The flames were put out in about seven minutes, but the home was left uninhabitable. No one was home when the fire broke out.

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All Lanes Open On U.S. 224 Bridge In Findlay

11/6/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A traffic nightmare in Findlay is over for the most part. The U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 is open again after a reconstruction project. ODOT reports all lanes are now open and in their final configuration.

However, there could still be some individual lane closures over the next few weeks between Broad Avenue and County Road 300 to finish the project. You’re also advised to be on the lookout for construction vehicles in the area around the bridge.

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Fostoria Applies For EPA Grant

11/6/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A grant from the EPA could help Fostoria better monitor for harmful algae in the city’s reservoir. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed a resolution this week to apply for money from the Ohio EPA. The grants can be up to $10,000 to help pay for algae monitoring systems and laboratory equipment.

If Fostoria gets the grant, officials could test algae on site instead of sending it to an outside lab. Mayor Eric Keckler says that would allow for a quicker response to any problems.

The deadline to apply for the grant is June 1 of next year.

MORE: Review Times

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Legal Drama Continues For Fired L-B Teacher

11/6/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The saga over a fired teacher in the Liberty-Benton school district continues. The Courier reports a brief filed for Mark Badertscher in the 3rd District Court of Appeals requests his reinstatement. An attorney for Badertscher says that firing a teacher requires, “conduct hostile to the school community.”

Badertscher was fired in 2012 after he left his classroom to allow students to take a final test. During that time, one student choked out another student. The school board cited this and 10 other incidents in the firing. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled in July that the school board did not show “good and just cause” to fire Badertscher.

The Liberty-Benton School Board has appealed the decision. No date for a hearing has been set.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Rumored To Have Interest In Citgo

11/6/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum made a bid earlier this year to buy Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Reuters news reports three U.S. oil companies are still bidding on the Citgo, but did not name the three companies publicly. Marathon officials haven’t commented on the subject.

Cito Petroleum is the U.S. refining arm of the Venezuelan state-owned company. The country put the company on the auction block last summer, but bids came in below the asking price of $10 billion.

In September, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said Citgo’s refineries were in interesting locations to capitalize on the U.S. oil boom. The company later said they don’t comment on interest in specific assets.

MORE: The Courier

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Humans of Findlay Facebook Inspires Historical Book Project

11/05/14     5:35 p.m.

Dave Morrow, the man behind the Humans of Findlay Facebook page, sorts through a handful of the pictures he's taken recently remembering each person's name and story.

Dave Morrow, the man behind the Humans of Findlay Facebook page, sorts through a handful of the pictures he’s taken recently remembering each person’s name and story.

The blog Humans of New York inspired many spin-offs, including a Humans of Findlay version. Dave Morrow is the face behind the Humans of Findlay Facebook page. Morrow began HOF as a hobby, but said it’s blossomed into essentially a part-time job.

Audio: Dave Morrow

The Facebook page now has close to 7,000 followers with thousands of likes and views on each post. With the success of the page, Morrow is expanding his project to create a Humans of Findlay book to get a snapshot of what the life and people are like in Findlay at this point in time.

Audio: Dave Morrow

Morrow will be taking a two-year documenting course at Duke University and will work with the Hancock Historical Society to create the book. Morrow says any profits from the book will go back to the historical society. You can expect the book to be out at the end of Morrow’s course at Duke in January 2017.

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Chamber Members May Lower Utility Costs By Joining Group Program

11/05/14     5:26 p.m.

In the winter months, utility costs tend to trend upward. Around this time of year, many business owners receive mailings about energy contracts that promise to save them money. But Chamber of Commerce members have the opportunity to bypass all the so-called special offers and enroll in a group program to save on energy costs.

Audio: Emilie Snider

Emilie Snider is with Chamber Energy Solutions. She presented to a group of Findlay Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday on what benefits this may have for their company.

Any Chamber member is eligible for the CES program. For more information call 419-539-9180.

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UF Seeking Community Help to Beat Canned Food Record

11/05/14     4:38 p.m.

The University of Findlay is seeking community assistance to help beat its own record of 55,000 pounds. of canned goods donated to Chopin Hall. The ninth annual Helping Hands Food Drive will continue until 7 p.m. tonight. and will benefit those in need in the Findlay area.

Audio: David Harr

David Harr is the director of dining services at UF and said that as of 4 p.m. they’re at about 28,000 or half of the 56,000-pound goal. Community members can drop off donations at UF’s Henderson Dining Hall or the Alumni Memorial Union. UF representatives will also be at Great Scot and the Tiffin Ave. Walmart in Findlay collecting until 7 p.m.

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