Review Category : Local News

Road Work To Close Streets In Findlay Next Week

09/16/16 – 11:15 A.M.

You’ll be seeing plenty of road work in Findlay starting Monday of next week. The city’s engineering department said you’ll see closures on the following roads for asphalt paving. Avalon Terrace will be closed from Woodworth to the dead end. Greendale Avenue will be closed from Woodworth to the dead end, and Windsor Plaza will be closed from Bright Road to Old Mill Road.

The east and westbound lanes of Fostoria Avenue will also be closed from Tiffin Avenue to Plaza Street. This will be opened to traffic nightly.

You’re asked to avoid the areas.

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Recent Confession May Solve 15-Year-Old Lima Murder Case

9/16/16 -7:51 A.M.

After 15 years, a Lima cold case murder may have a resolution. The Lima News reports 35-year-old David Evans recently walked into the Lima Police Department and confessed to killing 69-year-old Cardell Beachum in 2001. Beachum was locking up his business on July 2 of that year when someone shot him.

It’s the second time this year area authorities have had someone confess to a crime that happened years ago. In July, 30-year-old Travis Soto confessed to Putnam County authorities he had murdered his 2-year-old son in 2006. Soto had served time for child endangerment in that case.

MORE: Lima News

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Hancock County Commissioners Approve Gas Line Project For Mount Blanchard Generator

9/16/16 – 7:30 A.M.

Ongoing upgrades to the Mount Blanchard water treatment plant will see a generator installed at the facility. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners voted in favor of the installation of a gas line to run to the generator during their Thursday meeting. The cost will be around $1,700.

The overall cost of the project is nearly $20,000. The money is coming from Community Development Block Grant funds.

MORE: The Courier

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Columbus Grove Votes To Buy Vacant Church Property

9/16/16 – 6:51 A.M.

Columbus Grove has bought a vacant church, now village officials have to decide how they’ll use the property. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council recently voted 4-2 to buy the former Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church for $1. The church also offered an up-to $30,000 donation to the village if council voted to buy the building.

Council members had talked about using the site for a branch of the Putnam County Library. However, the library board voted against that idea. Director Kelly Ward cited safety concerns for handicapped library-goers.

There is still talk of using the former church as an off-site testing location for the Columbus Grove School District.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Cooper Tire Works Toward Alternative Source Of Rubber

9/16/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A shrub that grows in the southwest could replace Asian rubber used in tires in the future. Cooper Tire and Rubber released a statement Thursday that said the company has reached a milestone in efforts to use rubber made from guayule. The company plans to develop a prototype by mid-2017.

Chuck Yurkovich is Cooper Tire’s senior vice president of global research and development. He says, “We have nearly finished our work on developing guayule-based tire components and have tested these tires to assure a full performance evaluation.” He added the results were promising.

Cooper is hoping the guayule plant can help ?offset an anticipated shortage of Asian rubber in the next two or three decades. Before that can happen, researchers will have to learn how to grow a massive crop of the shrub. The Agricultural Research Service and Cornell University are working on improving the genetics of the guayule plant so it will provide the highest possible rubber yield.

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Hancock Elections Board Splits On Filing Complaint Against Bateson Campaign

9/16/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Anonymous campaign donations are causing problems for a candidate for local office. The Courier reports the William Bateson for Commissioner campaign reported more than $1,100 in anonymous donations in a campaign finance report filed over the summer. Ohio law requires candidates to report how they receive anonymous donations.

The Hancock County Board of Elections split a vote on whether to file a formal complaint. Two Republican members voted against filing the complaint while the two Democrat members voted in favor. Secretary of State Jon Husted will have to break the tie. If Husted votes in favor of the complaint, the Ohio Elections Commissioner will review it. That could lead to fines against Bateson.

Bateson tells the Courier the issue was a “rookie mistake.” He said supporters left the donations in unmarked envelopes at “meet-and-greet” events. Bateson is trying to contact anyone who made a donation. He’s asking them to reach out to the campaign via email at

MORE: The Courier

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University Of Findlay Guest Speaker Talked About Processed Food

09/15/16 – 10:07 P.M.

The University of Findlay had a guest speaker talk about processed foods. Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald is an Agricultural Tech History Expert at MIT and she says that World War II is a big reason why we have processed foods.


Soldiers explained that after the war soldiers still wanted some of the food they were given. This led to specialized farms which she says have been good and bad for farmers.

Processed Foods

She agreed with an audience member who said that there could be a resurgence of diversified farming seen at farmers markets.

Diversified Farms


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Walmart On Trenton Avenue Used To Train Department Leaders Across Northwest Ohio

09/15/16 – 6:16 P.M.

The Walmart on Trenton Avenue is hosting the company’s 10th regional employee training academy. The Courier reports that the store is being used to continually train department managers and supervisors from 25 Walmart stores in Northwestern Ohio. On Thursday the training academy graduated 30 people in the store’s yard and garden section.

Walmart will be setting up 200 training academies across the country. It is part of a 2.7 billion dollar investment and a response to the rise of Amazon.

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3-Story Projection Of The Buckeye Game Is Happening Saturday To Support Fire Relief Foundation

09/15/16 – 6:07 P.M.

The Fire Relief Foundation wants to help you celebrate Buckeye football with a fundraiser this Saturday. Jerry Greer from Findlay Fire said there’s a day of fun followed by a showing of the game.

Event details

Greer spoke with Big Dave about the event. He said there will be a 3 story projection of the game as well as fun events throughout the day. Greer said that one of the events is a wing-eating contest.

Wing Contest

The contest is just $10 to enter but is limited to 25 seats.

There is a $5 dollar entry fee that goes to support The Fire Relief Foundation that helps families that lose everything from a fire.

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