Review Category : Local News

UPDATE: Power Outage Reported In Forest

1/10/17 – 7:18 A.M.
UPDATE – 9:02 A.M.
UPDATE – 11:42 A.M.

The power remains out for many Forest residents. AEP Ohio’s website says more than 500 customers are still without electricity in Forest and to an area west of the village. An issue with equipment caused the outage around 6:40 a.m.

AEP’s website now says they expect power restoration by 12:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: Several Crashes Reported In The Region

1/10/17 – 8:45 A.M.
UPDATE – 9:08 A.M.

ODOT says a disabled car is blocking the southbound exit ramp from I-75 to State Route 235.  The ramp is closed and you’re asked to find an alternate route for the time being.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports a crash has closed State Route 199 between Eagleville and Baird roads north of Fostoria.  You’re advised to avoid the area until further notice.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office also is reporting a fatal crash on U.S. 6 at Wapakoneta Road south of Grand Rapids.  That crash has U.S. 6 closed between Custar Road and the Henry/Wood County line.

Local law enforcement is also investigating reported crashes on County Road 140 at the intersection with Road 99 west of Findlay and on State Route 18 near State Route 235 north of McComb.

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Carey School Board Approves Budget

1/10/17 – 5:29 A.M.

The Carey school board approved the district budget for 2018 during their Monday meeting. The Courier reports the district expects to finish the year with a general fund cash balance of more than $5.2 million.

The fiscal year begins July 1 with an estimated general fund balance of more than $5.6 million. The district anticipates more than $10.1 million in revenue, with estimated expenses of more than $10.4 million.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Commissioners Organize For 2017

1/10/17 – 5:16 A.M.

Not much is changing this year when it comes to the organization of the Hancock County board of commissioners. During a brief Monday meeting, the commissioners decided Mark Gazarek will continue as board president. Brian Robertson will serve as vice president.

Gazarek and Robertson are staying on the same boards they served on in 2016. New Commissioner Tim Bechtol takes over former Commissioner Phil Riegle’s assignments.

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Hancock County Property Tax Values Updated

1/10/17 – 5:08 A.M.

If you own property in Hancock County chances are its tax value changed last year. A statement from Auditor Charity Rauschenberg’s office says the state required a revaluation of real estate in 2016. Tax bills sent out last week reflect the new numbers.

Most residential property values went up in 2016. The average increase was nearly 8 percent in value. The statement says, “this is in line with the steady growth that Hancock County is continuing to experience.”

New tax rate information is also on the county auditor’s website.

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Findlay City School Board Looks To Make Renewal Levy Continuous

01/10/17 – 1:49 A.M.

The Findlay City School Board started the process of renewing their 4.9 mill operating levy. Treasurer Mike Barnhardt said that they are making the levy continuous. The document will first get approved by the county auditor then be brought before the board again.

Mike Barnhardt

Barnhardt said that once the board passes the levy the second time it will be sent to vote on again. He added that this levy hasn’t changed the last three time it was put before voters. No new taxes will come from this levy.

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Findlay City Schools Take A Look At Their Fiscal Five Year Forecast

01/10/17 – 1:46 A.M.

Findlay City School Board members heard their financial five year forecast Monday night. Treasurer Michael Barnhardt said that the schools won’t break even.

Mike Barnhardt

The school is looking to have $61.7 million in expenditures but only $60.3 million in revenue. Barnhardt added that he can’t take into consideration any grants that could come the schools way. It is up to the state as to how much money the school will get.

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Grants Are Available Through The Hancock County Convention And Visitors Bureau

01/09/17 – 5:25 P.M.

The Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering some grants for 2017. Event Coordinator Danielle Wilkin said that there are various programs that organizations can apply for.

Danielle Wilkin

She said that there are some stipulations for applying to the grant programs.

Danielle Wilkin

The events must also be held in Hancock County. You can learn more about the grant programs at informational meetings hosted at the Findlay-Hancock Alliance Board Room. The first meeting is Wednesday at 9 am and the second meeting is on Thursday at 3 pm.

You can apply online at

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University Of Findlay Graduate Student And Local Author Will Give Two Presentations In Findlay

01/09/17 – 2:49 P.M.

A University of Findlay graduate student will give two free local presentations on cyberbullying this month. Bailey Poland will be giving a presentation at the University’s Ritz Auditorium on January 25. The talk will start at 8 p.m. and she will read from her book, “Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online. She will also give a talk at Owen’s Community College Findlay Campus on January 30. This will start at 11 a.m. and focus on cyberbullying in grades K-12.

Poland will also be the keynote speaker for GitHub’s first Bridge Keeper’s Conference. That conference is January 18 in San Francisco, California.

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Local Gas Prices A Little Lower To Start The Week

1/9/17 – 7:39 A.M.

Local gas prices are down from last week’s highest prices. reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.36 today. That’s down eight cents from its highest point last week. A month ago we were paying $2.06 per gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers report paying $2.33 for a gallon of regular.

The average price across the state is $2.37 today.

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