Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Women’s Resource Center Is Looking For Donations

12/21/16 – 11:31 A.M.

The Hancock County Women’s Resource Center is looking for donations this holiday season. The Courier reports that the organization is seeking diapers for infants and toddlers as well as money donations. Throughout the year the center provides a variety of services including a diaper points program. They also offer their Character and Relationships Education Program to area schools. If you want to donate to the center you stop by the center at 1011 North main Street. Their hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Birchaven Village Was Named To The List Of Best Nursing Homes 2016-17

12/21/16 – 10:51 A.M.

A Findlay retirement home was named to the list of Best Nursing Homes for the second time. U.S News & World Report put Birchaven Village on the list, rating it 5 out of 5 stars. Of the 945 nursing homes in Ohio, only 105 received a rating of 4.5 stars or higher. Birchaven Village was the only retirement home in Findlay named to the prestigious list. To qualify for the list a nursing home must earn an average of 4.5 stars or higher.

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North Baltimore’s Village Solicitor Retires After More Than Four Decades On The Job

12/21/16 – 7:18 A.M.

After 42 years on the job, North Baltimore’s village solicitor called it quits Tuesday. The Courier reports 72-year-old Chet Marcin served under eight mayors during his time on the job. In honor of Marcin’s four decades of service, Mayor Janet Goldner declared December 20, 2016 as “Chet Marcin Day” in the village.

Village council hire Joel Kuhlman to take Marcin’s place staring in January.

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Fostoria Man Injured In Tuesday Crash On Route 12

12/21/16 – 5:38 A.M.

A two-car crash east of Findlay injured a Fostoria man Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 12 and County Road 236 around 3:30 p.m.

44-year-old Katina Ratliff of Findlay was driving south on Road 236 when she hit a car driven by 19-year-old Torrence Thompson. Thompson was driving east on Route 12.

Hanco Ambulance took Thompson to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Ratliff wasn’t hurt.

Investigators say the drivers gave conflicting stories about the crash. As a result, police issued no citations.

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Year in Review: Longtime Downtown Findlay Restaurant Gets Makeover

12/21/16 – 5:30 A.M.

2016 is rapidly winding down and we’re taking a look back at the biggest local stories of the year, as decided by the number of views a story received on our website and by our editorial staff.

One of the most-viewed stories of the year was the announcement that a well-known downtown restaurant would close its doors in the summer of 2016. “Waldo Pepper’s” ceased operations June 5. After a renovation project, “Legend’s Steakhouse & Sports Bar” reopened later in the summer. Jameson Botimer owns the location and decided to make the switch.

The new restaurant features windows at the front of the building that open for outdoor dining on Main Street when the weather is nice. Memorabilia from the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame is also displayed in the restaurant.

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Former Honeywell Employees To Lose Insurance Benefits

12/21/16 – 5:29 A.M.

More than 800 Honeywell International retirees in Seneca County are losing their health insurance at the end of the year. The Review-Times reports a ruling by a federal judge allows Honeywell to drop the insurance plans. The ruling comes a year after the company notified retirees it was cutting the benefit.

A class action suit filed by former workers said a 2009 collective bargaining agreement promised lifetime healthcare benefits for all retirees. Senior U.S. District Judge James Carr ruled the deal only applied to the length of the contract, which expired in 2011.

Honeywell continued to make contributions until December of last year.

The company sold the Fostoria plant in 2011. It closed shortly after.

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Fostoria Council Rejects Measure To Eliminate Pay For Council Members

12/21/16 – 5:15 A.M.

Fostoria city council rejected a suggestion that they work for free during their Tuesday meeting. The Review-Times reports Councilman Matthew Davoli said the move would save the city more than $45,000 per year. Davoli also suggested reducing salaries for the city auditor and mayor.

Councilman Brian Shaver disagreed with the proposal. He said, “I think it protects the democratic process to have a compensation package.”

Davoli’s plan was in response to a budget shortfall the city is facing.

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Findlay City Schools Approve New Contract For Bus Drivers

12/21/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Findlay bus drivers are getting a raise. The Courier reports the Findlay school board approved a new two-year contract for drivers during a special Tuesday meeting. Drivers get an extra dollar an hour when the contract starts January 1. Another dollar-per-hour raise starts in 2018. The district will pay new bus drivers $16.71 per hour under the new deal.

The contract also allows bus drivers with experience in other districts to get credit for those years.

Treasurer Mike Barnhart says, “The truth of the matter is bus drivers are in demand.” The board hopes the new contract helps attract drivers to the district.

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Findlay City Council Approves Transferring Funds

12/20/16 – 10:24 P.M.

The Findlay City Council approved many year end items in regards to the budget on Tuesday. Council voted to put $709,000 from income tax collections into the capital improvement and general funds. City Auditor Jim Staschiak said that the it shows positive growth for Findlay.

Jim Staschiak

They also moved $200,000 into the self insurance fund. Staschiak said that this move is normal at the end of the year

Jim Staschiak

Staschiak explained that they try to pay the expenses on the insurance with the interest of the 1 million dollar account. He added that with interest rates as low as they are the city usually moves funds into the account at the end of the year.

Staschiak said that these year end items aren’t unusual for Findlay.

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Unemployment Was Down In November for Hancock And Putnam County

12/20/16 – 6:35 P.M.

Unemployment decreased in Hancock County for November. According to the Civilian Labor Force Estimates, the unemployment rate was at 3.2%  in Hancock County. That is compared to 3.4% in October and 3.4% seen at the same time last year. Of the approximate 41,300 people in the workforce, only 1,300 are unemployed.

Putnam County also saw a decrease in unemployment. Their unemployment rate is at 3.1%. that is compared to 3.3% seen in October and the 3.5% they had in November of 2015.

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