Review Category : Local News

Findlay Young Professionals Kicking Off Fourth Year February 5th

01/12/15     11:15 a.m.

United Way partner Findlay Young Professionals is getting ready to start the new year with their annual kick-off. FYP caters to young professionals in the Findlay area age 21 to 45 who are looking to get involved one way or another.

Audio: Tim Mayle

Tim Mayle is an FYP board member. He said Findlay Young Professionals was established in 2012 when the demographics of Findlay started leaning toward younger generations.

Audio: Tim Mayle

FYP memberships are $50 per year. The kick-off event will take place at Alexandria’s Feb. 5 and anyone looking to join is encouraged to attend. For more information, see findlayyp.com.

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Fostoria Man Injured In Weekend Crash

1/12/15 – 7:16 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Fostoria man in eastern Hancock County over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened at the intersection of Washington Township Road 262 and Hancock County Road 226 Saturday around 1:25 p.m.

Bruce Frohen was driving south on Road 262 when he failed to stop at the intersection. His SUV hit a car driven by Aaron Grine, who was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Frohen was cited for failure to stop.

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Fostoria Church Vandalized

1/12/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A Fostoria man has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a church in the city. The Review-Times reports 39-year-old Larry Mullins is accused of breaking into Coffee House Ministries at 124 West Tiffin Street early Sunday morning. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper police officers found that items had been broken and strewn across the floor. Investigators are working with the church to see if anything was taken.

Mullins is facing felony breaking and entering charges.

Sunday services at the church were cancelled.

MORE: Review-Times

 

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Explosion Rocks Lima Refinery

1/12/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An explosion rocked a refinery in Lima over the weekend. The Associated Press reports the incident happened around 6 a.m. Saturday, breaking windows in nearby homes. The shockwave could be felt ten miles away. The ensuing fire has been put out, and no one was hurt.

Husky Energy operates the refinery. Officials from the company say that it will take some time to completely assess the damage to the facility. The Ohio EPA says air quality tests around the facility haven’t found anything hazardous.

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Elected Officials Talk Flood Mitigation In Ottawa

1/12/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Several elected officials discussed Blanchard River flood control in Putnam County over the weekend. The Lima News reports Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta spoke to Ottawa residents Saturday.

Portman told those on hand the project was able to get a special exemption from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use state money. He added that he hoped the flood study will be finished in time to qualify for the next round of legislation that would provide funding and authorize the project.

The Maumee Valley Conservancy District’s Lynn Army was also on hand. Army said that engineering firms are studying the I-9 bridge’s impact on flooding. They’re also looking at how a diversion channel could be effective.

MORE: Lima News

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Gas Prices Falling Again

1/12/15 – 5:14 A.M.

After a couple of days above $2 a gallon, gas prices are back below that mark as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular is $1.96 around the state. A week ago the average was $1.89, but that number had jumped to $2.02 a gallon by Thursday.

Findlay drivers are paying around $1.98 today. Last Monday prices stood at $1.79 a gallon. The highest prices we saw last week were $2.09.

Ottawa drivers are reporting prices around $1.94 today.

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Exit Ramp Injury Crash Reported In Findlay

1/12/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A two-car crash on an I-75 exit ramp in Findlay injured a Northwood woman Saturday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at the southbound I-75 exit ramp to County Road 99 around 4 p.m.

29-year-old Andrew Dean of Bowling Green was stopped at a red light at the top of the ramp when he was hit from behind by 45-year-old Trisha Getz of Bowling Green. Dean’s passenger, 31-year-old Amanda Dean, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Getz was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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Findlay Extends Contract to Continue AEP Savings Offer for Residents

01/09/15     3:50 p.m.

Findlay officials have negotiated another 3-year agreement to provide residents with savings on their AEP bills.

A press release from the city says they have extended their contract with current supplier, FirstEnergy Solutions, for a guaranteed 10 percent savings offer.

The release says residents can expect to receive a mailer within the next few days explaining the program and how to opt-out.

Because the program is run through FirstEnergy the city asks that you do not call city offices with questions. Instead, call FirstEnergy Solutions at 866-636-3749 after the opt-out notice arrives

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Challenges for Findlay Schools are Great But Opportunities are Greater

01/09/15     2:35 p.m.

Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt has now spent just over half a school year in the district. Despite being new Kurt is facing some serious challenges as leader of the district, such as enough space for growing enrollment.

Audio: Ed Kurt

AT today’s First Friday Luncheon, Kurt said having too many kids is not a problem in his eyes just something that needs addressed. He said the goal is to have a handle on the capacity issue by next year whether that be with modular units or a different option. After that it will be up to the strategic planning committee to tell the board what direction they want to go.

Kurt said so far in his tenure he has been blown away by his new district. He said between the staff, students and community partnerships, the opportunities at Findlay are great.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt cited things like extracurricular programs, new facilities and programs as things that make Findlay so attractive.

But despite a positive financial forecast and good report card there’s still work to do. Kurt said one thing he’s working on is climate control for the classrooms as most do not have air conditioning. He said the students are his product and in order to get the best product performing at the highest level both the students and teachers need to be comfortable.

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Van Buren Schools To Prioritize Building Improvement Projects

1/9/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A company has been picked to help the Van Buren School District rank building improvement projects. The Courier reports the school board awarded the project to Palmer Conservation Consulting out of Twinsburg. The company will complete building assessments and schematic reviews over the next two months. Recommendations will then be presented in April.

The work will cost the school district a little more than $19,000.

MORE: The Courier

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