Review Category : Local News

Seneca County Boy Honored For Life-Saving Actions

2/23/16 – 6:45 A.M.

A second-grader in the Lakota School district was honored by the school board for actions that may have saved his father. The Review-Times reports Conner Beck was saluted for his quick actions when his father lost consciousness behind the wheel on U.S. 6. Conner was able to turn on the car’s emergency flashers and call 9-1-1 after the vehicle rolled to a stop near a set of railroad tracks.

Emergency responders quickly arrived on scene to help the boy’s father, and rail traffic in the area was stopped as a result of the 9-1-1 call.

Conner’s mother, Terry, works at Lakota Middle School as a superintendent.

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Candidate Profile: Brian Robertson

2/23/16 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our look at some of the candidates and issues you’ll see on the local ballot today, with a continued focus on the Hancock County Commissioners race. Today we talk to the incumbent, Brian Robertson.

Robertson’s opponent, John Harrington, has been critical of Robertson’s business dealings. Robertson says Harrington is being disingenuous…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says he also expanded operations at a Wyandot County location. He adds that Harrington has yet to talk about his accomplishments in the public or private sector.

On the subject of flood control, Robertson says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has to be held accountable for delays in the process…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson adds that while the issues has been contentious in the agricultural community, he has been willing to have discussions about mitigation with local farmers.

A half-percent sales tax will expire during the next four-year term. Robertson says it’s important to keep banking money for any potential flood mitigation project…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says without the sales tax he believes there will be an impact on several programs in the community.

Tomorrow’s profile will focus on the Ohio 83rd House District Race.

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Fostoria Police Officer Charged With OVI Goes Back To Work

2/23/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A Fostoria police officer charged with OVI is back on the job. The Review-Times reports Officer Justin Kiser returned to work Monday. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper Kiser has been placed on administrative duty while he appeals his driver’s license suspension.

Kiser was taken into custody on February 6 on Union Street in Fostoria. He was initially pulled over for speeding, but was then arrested following a field sobriety test. A State Highway Patrol officer made the traffic stop. Kiser has pleaded not guilty in the case.

It’s one of two OVI cases this year involving Fostoria Police Officers. Officer Cory Brian was arrested on January 17 in Hancock County.

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Future Arlington Schools Building Plans Discussed

2/23/16 – 5:15 A.M.

There’s nothing concrete in the works, but Arlington voters will likely see a building project on the ballot sometime in the future. Superintendent Kevin Haught talked about the issue after his contract was renewed Monday night. Haught tells the Courier if a new building were ever approved, the 1992 addition would be kept, but everything else would be torn down. The district would likely use the existing football field as the location for a new building. Additional land would be bought for a new football field.

Arlington voters have rejected four building levies since 2007. As of now there’s no word on if another levy would be put in front of voters this year.

The school board talked about maintenance issues Monday night. Plans to recrown the football field for better drainage will move forward this year. The board approved spending up to $75,000 on the project at a previous meeting.

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McComb Council Member Steps Down

2/23/16 – 5:02 A.M.

A McComb councilwoman has stepped down. The Courier reports Dawn Swain submitted her resignation Monday night. Swain’s residency had been called into question earlier this month. In her resignation letter, Swain said “increased work responsibility” and “private matters” led her to come to the decision to step down.

She’ll be replaced by former council member Leslie Seele. Council voted 4-1 to appoint her to the vacant council seat. Councilman Jim Clark voted against the appointment, saying council should have taken applications from the community for three weeks.

Seele lost a reelection bid in November to Dawn Swain and Jim Clark.

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Future Recreation Plans In Findlay Discussed

2/23/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Ideas to upgrade recreational facilities in Findlay were talked about during a Monday meeting. Some of the long-term projects discussed at what was called a “recreation summit” included a second sheet of ice at The Cube, a field house, and eventually an indoor pool. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer tells the Courier the most consistent thing brought up is the need for another sheet of ice in the city.

No large recreation projects are likely to happen this year. That’s because they weren’t factored into the city’s long-term capital plan. Schmelzer says an ice rink project could possibly “cash-flow” itself because of the demand for ice time.

Some smaller projects could happen sooner, like adding electric outlets to ball diamond dugouts and putting fencing around soccer fields.

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Open Houses Planned For Gypsy Moth Treatment Program

2/22/2016 – 8:19 pm

The State of Ohio will be spraying this summer for Gypsy Moths. The Gypsy Moth is an invasive species of insect that feeds on trees and plants in Ohio. To prevent the spread of the insect, The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be spraying this summer trees and plants in area communities.

Audio: Brett Gates

Brett Gates from the Ohio Department of Agriculture says that the treatments come in a variety of methods, but since the are dispersed through airborne methods many people may have concerns about how the treatments will affect humans and other animals.

Audio: Brett Gates

Open house seminars will be held for the public to hear more about the gypsy moth treatments as well as ask any concerns they may have about the program. Information about open houses, as well ways to learn more about the program, can be found on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website.

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Longtime Easter Tradition In Findlay Ends

2/22/2016 – 7:03 pm

It is the end of an era. Area sand sculptor Roger Powell says that there comes a time in everything when it must end, and for him that time is now. The popular Easter sand sculpture display at the Hancock County fairgrounds each year is over.

Audio: Roger Powell

The Easter sand sculpture has been a staple in the Findlay community for the past 16 years, and Powell said that many people would come from all over each year to see the sculpture around the Easter season.

Audio: Roger Powell

The event was more than just the sculpture itself, and Powell mentioned that there were a significant number of volunteers who participated and helped out in the event each year to make it successful.

Audio: Roger Powell

Powell said that while he’d like to see the event continue, there are challenges involved in getting sand sculptors to come in for such a long event. He encourages residents to write to local publications to express how much they loved the event and appreciated it each year.

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Findlay Wind Farm Changing The Nature Of Alternative Energy

2/22/2016 – 4:07 pm

The wind turbines located north of Findlay will soon change the way a few area businesses will operate. The turbines were built by One Energy and Rebekah Hedahl from One Energy says that they are generating power for two area companies.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

Over the course of the last few years the current operations were being constructed, and once the turbines are put through their probationary process, Hedahl says that plans are in the works to build a campus for research and development in wind energy.

Audio: Rebekah Hedahl

Hedahl said that at the moment, with reductions in alternative energy tax credit and subsidies, large energy clients such as Whirlpool and Ball can afford to built wind turbine projects, however, the research is looking as to ways to scale down the large turbines so that they can be economically affordable for more customers.

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Findlay Fire Department Receives Firehouse Subs Grant For Carbon Monoxide Detectors

2/22/2016 – 3:51pm

The Findlay Fire Department has received a grant to purchase carbon monoxide detectors. The department announced today the grant for $3992.50 from Firehouse Subs through their public safety foundation. The food company regularly awards millions of dollars to help public safety organizations purchase life-saving equipment.

Findlay Fire Department will use the funds to purchase the detectors as a part of the CO Detector Give-A-Way program which give the detectors to homeowners who need them. They work by alerting a homeowner to a buildup of carbon monoxide gas in the home. Findlay Fire has been running the program with financial support since 2011.

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