Review Category : Local News

More Details Released From Fire Near Mount Blanchard

6/6/16 – 6:53 A.M.

More details about a fire in Hancock County from late last week have been released. The Delaware Township Fire Department reports an overloaded electrical outlet caused a fire to break out at a home at 15656 Delaware Township Road 149 early Friday morning.

Fire Chief David Rodabaugh a power strip melted and caused “very minor” damage. No one was injured by the flames.

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Grants Available For Downtown Fostoria Businesses

6/6/16 – 6:45 A.M.

The Community Improvement Corporation in Fostoria wants to see more downtown businesses improve their exteriors, and is bringing back a popular grant program to help out. The Review-Times reports $15,000 is being made available for the Downtown Facade Enhancement Program. Business owners are eligible for up to a 50 percent reimbursement of their projects, up to $3,000 per property.

Applications need to have a project description, pictures of the proposed work area, and a cost estimate, among other items. You can call 419-435-7789 for more information.

Chairperson Renee Smith says the CIC awarded more than $14,200 for the same program last year.

MORE: Review-Times

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Gas Prices Continue To Climb

The summer climb in gas prices is continuing locally. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around Findlay is $2.57 today. That’s up around 17 cents from a week ago. However, that’s still about eight cents less than we were paying last year at this time.

Drivers in Ottawa report paying $2.59 a gallon for regular today. That’s right in line with the state average in Ohio.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Trenton Avenue Crash

6/6/16 – 5:27 A.M.

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-car crash on the Trenton Avenue I-75 overpass Sunday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says that around 2:07 p.m., 85-year-old Dorothy Kelly drove through a red light while changing lanes when she hit a car driven by 48-year-old Dean Carpenter of Wapakoneta. Carpenter was exiting I-75 at the time.

Kelly was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

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Road Work Scheduled For Several Findlay Streets This Week

6/6/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Several Findlay streets will be closed starting today for construction projects. The Findlay Engineering Department reports curb replacement will take place on Elm Street from Main Street to Lima Avenue, Liberty Street from Elm to Sandusky streets, and Washington Street from Western to Hurd avenues.

Asphalt repair is taking place on Coventry Drive from Lilac Lane to Western Avenue and Walnut Street from Blanchard to G streets.

There will also be a gas line installation project taking place on Wedgewood Drive between East Main Cross and Osborn Avenue.

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Putnam County Courthouse Makes Security Change

6/6/16 – 5:14 A.M.

A change in security procedures begins at the Putnam County Courthouse today. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the door on the south side of the building facing Main Street will be closed. Entrances to the building will now be on the north and east sides. Putnam County Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper the former set up allowed people to bypass the mandatory screening area and go into the commissioners and probate offices.

A notification will be put on the south side doors to let people know about the change.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Local Schools Haven’t Had Issues With Transgender Bathroom Mandates

6/6/16 – 5:04 A.M.

On May 13, President Barack Obama released an order that children who identify as transgender can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with at school. So far, area schools haven’t reported any problems with the directive. The Courier reports Liberty-Benton, McComb, Van Buren and Vanlue haven’t had any students identify as transgender. Findlay High School has had one student identify with another gender.

FHS Principal Craig Kupferberg tells the newspaper, “We just worked things out with the student to make the student comfortable.” The student uses a private bathroom while at school.

Other schools haven’t had to make arrangements since they don’t have any students identifying as transgender. L-B Superintendent Jim Kanable says, “Our number one goal will always be to protect all students no matter what.” He did add that he felt the issue was another example of the federal government taking away local control from school districts.

Superintendents at McComb, Van Buren, and Vanlue don’t have policies in place at the moment. All say they would come up with policies that are in the best interests of their students should they have a student identify as transgender.

MORE: The Courier

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Monday Interview – Fire Safety During Summer Months

6/6/2016 – 4:00 am

During the summer months, with festivals and celebrations to attend, it can be easy to be careless with health protection and fire protection. Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle says that when you spend long periods of time outdoors on hot summer days, it’s important to take precautions to ensure you don’t have health problems due to the heat.

Audio: Fire Chief Josh Eberle

Chief Eberle says that many times people may feel as though they don’t have any problems but spending long hours outdoors in the summer without protection can lead to serious health issues.

In the city limits people will need permits for certain kinds of burning. Chief Eberle says that for most recreational fires there isn’t a need for a permit unless you want to have a burn like a bonfire for something large. However even with unpermitted fires, there are rules to remember.

Audio: Fire Chief Josh Eberle

Also, people need to have a way to extinguish the fire in case of an emergency. Permits can be obtained at the city municipal building or by contacting the Findlay Fire Department.

Given the weather in summer months, with less rain means a greater chance for fire. This is especially a concern around the Independence Day celebrations with more activities such as fireworks and small sparklers. Chief Eberle says that if the area is experiencing drought conditions around that time, it is imperative that people consider all potential hazards before using any incendiary devices.

Audio: ZZ-Summer Fire Safety 3

The Findlay Fire department also works with profession crews each year that host fireworks shows around the county to ensure proper safety for the event. To hear the complete interview with Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle, visit our Soundcloud Page below.

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Health Department Reports Zika Case In Hancock County

6/3/2016 – 3:45 pm

Hancock Public Health has received a report of a lab-confirmed case of Zika virus in county. The virus came in with a 50-year-old male who had recent travel history in the Caribbean. According to a release, the virus was acquired from travel outside of the US and the likelihood of the virus being transmitted locally is minimal. However, the health department is reaching out to the individual to prevent further transmission.

There have been no reported cases of Zika through mosquito bites in Ohio or anywhere else in the continental US at this time. The primary mosquito type that transmits the virus is found in tropical climates and southern US but it is not known to be established in Ohio.

The CDC and the health department have guidelines to help you when you travel to Zika infected countries.

  • Upon return, people are encouraged to use insect repellent for three weeks following travel to prevent possible spread among mosquito populations
  • Couples should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of eight weeks following travel
  • Symptoms of Zika, (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache) found in males who have been diagnosed with Zika should abstain from sex or use condoms for a period of six months following travel.
  • Eliminate standing water sources around your home
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear insect repellent containing DEET.

If you have any questions regarding the virus and ways to keep it from spreading, contact Hancock Public Health or visit them online at Hancock Public Health.com for more information.

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