Review Category : Local News

Cooper Tire And Rubber Shows Slight Decline In Operating Profit In Q3

10/31/16 – 7:23 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is reporting a slight decline in operating profit and net sales for the third quarter of 2016. Numbers released this morning show Cooper had net sales of $751 million in 2016, compared to $782 million in 2015. Operating profit was $78 million, down $4 million from 2015 Q3 figures.

A release from the company says an $11.5 million non-cash pension settlement affected operating profit. Higher manufacturing costs and negative foreign currency also affected operating profit.

A statement from CEO Brad Hughes says, “Excluding the $11.5 million pension settlement charge, our third quarter operating profit would have been 11.9 percent of net sales, a result that continues to be above our medium-term goals.”

Net sales dropped four percent compared to the third quarter of 2015. The release says unfavorable price and mix had a $17 million impact. Hughes talked about net sales in Monday’s release, saying, “Despite a decline in net sales, our Americas segment generated operating profit margin of more than 15 percent, including the impact of the preliminary tariffs on truck and bus radial tires imported from China into the United States.”

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Gas Prices Flat For The Most Part

10/31/16 – 5:39 A.M.

Local gas prices are flat for the most part compared to a week ago. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.03 today. That’s down a penny compared to last Monday. A month ago we were paying around $2.16 per gallon.

Ottawa drivers report paying $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down four cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $2.04 per gallon, up a penny from last week.

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Fire Destroys Wyandot County Barn

10/31/16 – 5:30 A.M.

A fire near Upper Sandusky destroyed a barn late Saturday afternoon. The Wharton-Richland Township Fire Department reports they received a call about a blaze at 14664 Wyandot County Road 330 just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

A nearby trash fire likely sparked the blaze. Fire Chief Shane Weatherholtz says there were no injuries fighting the fire. The barn was a complete loss.

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Many Highway Projects Continue In The Area This Week

10/31/16 – 5:23 A.M.

You can expect more of the same when it comes to work on area highways this week. ODOT says many of the same projects are continuing. Both directions of I-75 from State Route 235 to the County Road 60 overpass remain reduced to one lane for a repaving project. ODOT says that project will continue through mid-November now.

State Route 12 between Findlay and Fostoria will see occasional lane reductions. Crews are installing pavement reflectors following a resurfacing project.

U.S. 224 between State Route 235 and the Putnam County line remains reduced to one lane in certain areas as crews complete pavement repairs.

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Columbus Grove Man Killed In Crash North Of Lima

10/31/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A crash north of Lima killed a Columbus Grove man late last week. The State Highway Patrol reports 63-year-old Michael Litten was driving north on North West Street around 11:10 p.m. Friday night when he hit a semi that was turning left onto North West Street from Ottawa Road.

56-year-old Terry Bartley of Bellefontaine was driving the semi. EMS crews treated Bartley for injuries at the scene of the collision. The crash remains under investigation.

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Public Meeting Will Discuss Next Superintendent At L-B School District

10/31/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Residents in the Liberty-Benton School District will talk about the district’s next superintendent this week. A public meeting is set for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the high school. The meeting will gather public input on the values, skills and experience the next superintendent should have.

Current Superintendent Jim Knable told the school board in 2015 that he planned to retire in July of 2017. However, at a recent school board meeting Knable said he would like to retire at the end of December.

A questionnaire on the Liberty-Benton school website is also collecting public input for the next superintendent.

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Findlay Schools Have Plan In Place To Deal With Asbestos Left In Schools

10/31/16 – 4:57 A.M.

While asbestos remains in some Findlay City School buildings, the district has a plan to manage the material. That’s according to a report in today’s Courier. Dennis McPheron is the director of operations for the district and says, “it doesn’t pose a major health issue or problem in the school system.” McPheron says the district removed most of the asbestos in the buildings in the 1980s. They encapsulated what remained.

A federal law requires school districts to check their asbestos mitigation measures every three years. The next inspection in the Findlay school district starts in November. The remaining asbestos is only a danger during renovation or demolition projects.

It would take around $663,000 to remove all the asbestos left in the district’s building. The school system spent around $30,800 to remove some asbestos from Findlay High School and Jacobs Elementary in 2013.

Asbestos isn’t banned and is legal as long as it is properly contained.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Post Office And U.S. 30 Renamed In Ceremony

10/28/16 – 4:19 P.M.

Findlay’s post office building and U.S.30 were both renamed in a ceremony this morning. The Courier reports the two were renamed to honor Michael Oxley, a former state and federal congressman from Findlay. The ceremony was held in the Marathon Performing Arts Center across from the post office. Oxley’s family was there alongside several state and federal officials.

Oxley died at the age of 71 on January 1st.

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Safe Ride Home Makes Rides Available This Weekend

10/28/16 – 3:29 P.M.

This weekend there will be a way to get home safely if you drink too much. Safe Ride Home will be operating from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. tonight and tomorrow in Hancock County. Vice President Erik Stearns says that they want to keep people safe.

Safe Ride Home

They will send a van or tow truck to those that call for no charge. If you’re in need of a ride home you can call their dispatch 419-424-1733 during their operating hours.

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University Of Findlay Students Wins National Award

10/28/16 – 2:49 P.M.

A pharmacy student from the University of Findlay received a national award for his commitment to his community and profession. Dallas Smith was awarded the 2016 Walmart and Pharmacy Times RESPy Award. He was given the award during a ceremony in the Ritz Auditorium on October 19th. He will be featured in a full-page article in the Pharmacy Times. This will highlight his service and commitment to the profession. He will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from Walmart, a hand-crafted mortar and pestle, and an invitation to the Walmart pharmacy internship program.

Smith said he was humbled by the recognition and gives credit to influential faculty and staff. He said, “With mentors who have a passion for service and growth, students are better apt to make a difference in communities at a local, national, and international level.”

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