Review Category : Local News

Part of Eagle Township Road 130 in Hancock County May Be Vacated

04/21/15     3:38 p.m.

The Hancock County Commissioners are considering vacating part of a road in Eagle Township.

According to Cindy Land, from the county prosecutor’s office, the last 500 feet of Township Road 130 were never developed and it is currently little more than a path that is used for farming.

The commissioners will view the area at 11 a.m. May 19th and have a hearing on the proposed vacation at 1:30 p.m. the same day.

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The identified part of Township Road 130 has never been developed. It has been suggested that the 500 feet be vacated.

 

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Unemployment Down In Most Area Counties

4/21/15 – 9:12 A.M.

Unemployment rates are continuing a downward trend in the region. Numbers released from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services today show joblessness is down in most area counties. Hancock County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. That’s down from 4 percent in February.

Wyandot County was down from 4.3 percent to 4 percent in March. Putnam and Wood Counties also had an unemployment rates below 5 percent, checking in at 4.4 and 4.7 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Allen County was down to 5.1 and Seneca County dropped to a 5.5 percent jobless rate. Hardin County stayed at an even 5 percent, while Henry County’s unemployment rate increased from 7.2 to 7.7 percent.

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Bluffton Village Councilman Resigns

4/21/15 – 8:37 A.M.

A Bluffton village councilman has stepped down. The Courier reports Everett Collier resigned Monday evening. The resignation was effective immediately. No reason was given for the move.

Collier is in the middle of a term that doesn’t expire until the end of December of 2017. Council will appoint a replacement to complete the term.

MORE: The Courier

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Part Of East Lincoln Street Closed In Findlay

4/21/15 – 7:39 A.M.

A road closure will cause some traffic issues near downtown Findlay this week. East Lincoln Street is closed between Beech Avenue and East Street until Saturday morning. You’re advised to avoid the area.

A detour is posted. You can still access the bank from Lincoln Street.

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Carey Moves To Buy Bosserman Property

4/21/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Carey is moving forward with buying property to house two village departments. The Courier reports village council approved a measure Monday to issue $740,000 in bonds to buy the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment property. There are plans to house the electric and public works department on the seven-acre facility.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said an emergency ordinance was needed to lock in an interest rate of a little more than 2.6 percent. Council President Chad Kin voted against the measure. He said less money could have been spent to construct a new building in the village.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Superintendent Wants To See Change In Testing

4/21/15 – 7:19 A.M.

The superintendent of the Fostoria School District talked about student testing Monday. The Courier reports Andrew Sprang hopes the system for assessing students will be changed next year. He said students are currently preparing for the second round of PARCC testing. The tests will be completed by mid-May.

Sprang said he’s hoping to see some relief. He added that the state might move to one round of testing instead of two next year. Sprang says that would be less of a classroom disruption.

MORE: The Courier

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Arlington Council Members Discuss The State Of U.S. 68

4/21/15 – 6:47 A.M.

Arlington officials are concerned about the state of U.S. 68 through the village. The Courier reports council members talked about the issue at their Monday meeting. Those on hand said that while some repairs had been made over the years, a long-term fix is needed.

Council members have agreed to send letters to state representatives requesting funding. Councilman Brian Essinger said members of ODOT will also be contacted.

The village sees more than 8,000 vehicles per day use Main Street. A drainage problem has also caused issues on U.S. 68 through Arlington.

MORE: The Courier

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Ohio Secretary Of State In Putnam County This Weekend

4/21/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted will pay a visit to Putnam County this weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Husted will be the guest of the county’s Republican Central Committee. The group is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

The event will be held at the Continental Conservation Club from 9 a.m. in the morning until 11 a.m.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Candidate Profile: John Kovach

4/21/15 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our look at candidates running for Findlay council-at-large seats today.  John Kovach is seeking office for the first time since running for county commissioner in 2010.  He says it was the recent dust-up about the addiction recovery home that got him interested in running…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says while he believes there is room for a recovery house in Findlay, he doesn’t believe it should go in areas zoned for single family residences.

On the topic of flood control, Kovach says he thinks money spent on mitigation studies could have been used differently…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says from his experience as a developer, anytime you deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, you’re going to spend a lot of time and money for a result you don’t like.

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