Review Category : Local News

Joint Justice Center Discussed In Seneca County

5/13/15 – 6:42 A.M.

More groundwork was laid for a joint justice center in Seneca County Tuesday. The Review-Times reports the county commissioners met with North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments representatives to discuss the project. The goal was to get an update on a contract for the construction project manager.

During the session members talked about Tiffin’s role in the process. Commissioner Fred Zoeller added no construction would take place until they have a final cost in place. He added that the city is working on a memorandum of understanding, but also said “we need a commitment to provide some funds.”

When built, the justice center would house the county and city courts, the clerk of courts and possibly other county offices.

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Part Of Cory Street Closed In Findlay Today

5/13/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Gas line repair work will close a part of Cory Street in Findlay today. The city’s engineering department says the road will be closed between West Sandusky and West Main Cross streets. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You’re urged to avoid the area if possible.

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Rural Bluffton Man Killed In Apparent Farming Accident

5/13/15 – 5:15 A.M.

A rural Bluffton man was killed in apparent farming accident this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 58-year-old Robert Cheney was found dead in a shed at his home at 1689 Orange Township Road 27 Monday evening. It appears an accident with a tiller may have caused the fatal injuries.

Cheney was found with lacerations on his leg and head. The tiller was found in gear and the brake had not been set.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

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Ditch Maintenance To Get Underway In Hancock County

5/13/15 – 5:09 A.M.

Hancock County officials talked about the future of ditch maintenance during a Tuesday afternoon meeting. The Courier reports bookkeeping was the topic of conversation when the commissioners met with representatives from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. Low balances in ditch maintenance funds have delayed work this year.

The conservation district has been asked to begin work on seven ditches where there are funds available to pay for the work. County Commissioner Phil Riegle said the county would be willing to pay for the work on the other ditches until special assessments could be collected from property owners.

Commissioner Brian Robertson suggested tracking the maintenance details on an easily shareable document. Robertson added that a similar system is in place with the Hancock Regional Planning Commission to track details on grant applications.

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Strategic Planning Committee Asks For More School Data

05/12/15     9:25 p.m.

At a committee meeting Tuesday, teachers, parents, and community members came together to talk about the future of the Findlay City School District.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt said the district is gathering the data requested at Tuesday’s meeting for the next meeting.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Tuesday’s meeting focused on communication and the next meeting will cover facilities.

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Hancock Park District Planning Trail Connection Project

05/12/15     5:25 p.m.

The Hancock Park District is moving forward with a plan to form a continuous, waterfront trail from the Eastpoint area near Bright Road west to the Riverside Park area. Hancock Parks Director Gary Pruitt ideally the trail would help unite the community.

Audio: Gary Pruitt

Right now, the trails through Findlay and Hancock are “fragmented” and made up of different materials. Connecting them would allow people to get on a trail and travel for miles. Pruitt said they’re still in the organizational phase of this small, six-mile section.

Audio: Gary Pruitt

In the park’s master plan, all of the parks and trails will be connected eventually to form one “Greenway Trail,” so this is a step in the right direction. Connecting the 100+ miles of trail in the master plan could take more than 50 years according to Pruitt.

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Findlay Military Show at Hancock County Fairgrounds This Weekend

05/12/15      2:20 p.m.

Thousands of visitors will come to Findlay this weekend for the Findlay Military Association Show.

The show will take place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

There will be war re-enactments, several memorial and award ceremonies, 150 military vehicles on display and about 90 exhibitors from across the country. For more information, see

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Alternatives Available for Feed-A-Child Program in the Summertime

05/12/15     1:54 p.m.

During the school year, the United Way’s Halt Hunger Initiative helps feed students in Hancock County who may not otherwise be able to afford lunches. But with the school year wrapping up in a few weeks, Program Coordinator Heather Heilman says the kids they help during the year may be going hungry.

Audio: Heather Heilman

Heilman said the Feed-A-Child program in the schools does get put on hold during the summer. But the United Way is looking at ways to implement a summer feed program throughout county schools as well.

Audio: Heather Heilman

For more information of the Feed-A-Child Program or other Halt Hunger programs, see

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County Looking At Legal Options To Get Subdvision Road Paved

5/12/15 – 11:49 A.M.

An unpaved road in a small subdivision in Allen Township could lead to a legal issue. Hancock Regional Planning Commission Director Matt Cordonnier says the developer of the Huffman Estates subdivision hasn’t paved Wanda Way…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

The county is currently examining legal options.

Cordonnier says if a developer is found in violation of the subdivision regulations, it can be costly…

Audio: Matt Cordonnier

Huffman Estates was established in 2004 and the final homes were recently completed. It’s located south of Van Buren off of County Road 108.

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Two Putnam County High Schools Ranked In Ohio Top 100

Two Putnam County high schools rank among the best in Ohio. That’s according to the newest rankings from U.S. News & World Reports. The 2015 rankings list Kalida High School as number 17 in the state, and Columbus Grove was ranked number 45. Kalida received a gold medal from the magazine while Columbus Grove received a silver.

The rankings take into account student-teacher ratios, measures of college readiness.  The rankings also look at math and reading proficiencies.

Here’s a look at other area high schools that received acknowledgement from the magazine this year:


Findlay – Bronze Medal
Arcadia – Bronze Medal
Arlington – Bronze Medal
Cory-Rawson – Bronze Medal
Vanlue – Bronze Medal

Ottawa-Glandorf – Bronze Medal
Ft. Jennings – Bronze Medal
Ottoville – Bronze Medal
Continental – Bronze Medal
Miller City – Bronze Medal
Leipsic – Bronze Medal

Only 260 Bronze Medals were awarded statewide.

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