Review Category : Local News

Your Voice, Your Vote: Arcadia School Levy

2/26/16 – 5:30 A.M.

There will be a few renewal levies on the ballot this March, including one from the Arcadia School District. The 4.1 mills, 4-year operating levy accounts for a large part of the district’s funding…

Audio: Bruce Kidder

Superintendent Bruce Kidder says it’s very important that the levy is renewed…

Audio: Bruce Kidder

Kidder adds the overall millage of the levy has decreased since it was first approved. When it was first passed, it was at 6.1 mills.

 

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Search Continues For Missing Hardin County Woman

2/26/16 – 5:21 A.M.

The search continues today for a woman missing from the southern Hardin County village of Belle Center. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old Toni Schorr hasn’t been seen since Wednesday afternoon. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert says Schorr suffers from mental health issues and may have a gun with her.

Schorr is described as a white, about 5’4″, and weighing around 140 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a night gown with a black trench coat.

If you see Schorr you’re urged to call 911.

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Seneca County Looks To Buy Four Ambulances

2/26/15 – 5:12 A.M.

Seneca County is hoping to land grant money to buy four new ambulances. The Review-Times reports Ken Majors, the director of county emergency medical services, is submitting for $500,000 in grants. If approved, four 1990s model ambulances in the county will be taken out of service.

The application deadline for the grant is March 21. The Ohio Development Services Agency will announce who is getting grant money on May 19.

Majors says there are zero or low-interest loans available if they don’t get the grant.

MORE: Review-Times

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Columbus Grove Officials Say FEMA Offering Few Flood Map Answers

2/26/16 – 5:02 A.M.

Frustration with FEMA is growing in Columbus Grove. The Putnam-County Sentinel reports questions about a proposed flood map remain unanswered. During a Monday council meeting, Village Administrator Jeff Vance said FEMA representatives have told him they now use a different contractor to determine water levels. That’s a problem because the new contractor doesn’t know how flood levels were determined by the old contractor.

Vance said he has also called FEMA to find out the process property owners would need to go through to dispute being in the flood zone. So far he hasn’t gotten a response.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Wood County Teen Sentenced For Fatal Crash

2/26/15 – 4:25 A.M.

A Wood County teenager will spend a week in juvenile detention for causing a deadly crash. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Korducki was found delinquent of vehicular manslaughter yesterday in juvenile court. Korducki was driving along State Route 25 near Bowling Green last year when he crossed the center line and slammed into a minivan. All four people inside the van were killed. Korducki also lost his driving privileges for two years.

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Fire Destroys Home On East Side Of Findlay

2/25/2015 – 5:46 pm

The residence at 258 Sierra Court on the east side of Findlay was destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon. The Courier reports crews were dispatched to the blaze around 4:45 pm. No injuries were reported. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the residence. The home adjacent to the property also suffered exterior damage.

The Findlay Fire Department, Findlay Police and Hanco EMS all responded. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More: The Courier

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State Releases Ohio School District Report Cards.

2/25/2016 – 3:44 pm

Findlay City Schools has received a B on a the second part of the Ohio School District Report Cards for the 2014-15 school year. The Courier reports that Findlay City Schools met 27 of 32 standards, receiving a letter grade of B for the school year. Arlington and Riverdale Schools also got a B. Cory-Rawson schools got a D, McComb was given a C, and Liberty-Benton, Van Buren and Vanlue got As.

These seven measures look at student achievement on state tests, reduction of achievement and graduation gaps affecting minorities and student progress, according to a release from ODE.

Despite the grades many local school administrators are frustrated. The Courier further reports that frustration comes from the lateness of the grades being received, and testing set to happen again next month. Schools got ratings on three of 10 measures in January, almost four months late, and got the remaining seven on Thursday.

The state used letter grades but didn’t give schools overall ratings. Instead, it rated them on measures including how many students passed the state test, how well students did on the test, graduation rates, literacy and more.

More: The Courier

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Hancock County Supports Stepping Up Initiative

2/25/2016 – 3:16 pm

Earlier this week the Hancock County Commissioners passed a resolution of a call to action for the nationwide Stepping Up program. Precia Stuby with the Hancock County ADAMHS board said that the program helps communities reduce the number of local incarnations of individuals with mental health issues.

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby said that by passing the resolution, the community is taking a stand to help people with mental health issues as well as to help train law enforcement as to how to properly deal with mental health situations. Stuby says that ADAMHS has been working hand in hand with local law enforcement to do just that.

Audio: Precia Stuby

ADAMHS works with law enforcement with crisis intervention training, peer support, and therapy if needed as well as outpatient programming with the adult probation department in Hancock County.

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Ag Talk: The Impact Of Agriculture On The Superbowl

2/25/2016 – 2:52 pm

The Superbowl always is a great shared event in the United States, but are you aware as to how much of a role agriculture plays in the annual game each year? Ed Lentz from Hancock Extension says that it begins with the most obvious place, the footballs themselves. Manufactured in Ada, several footballs can be produced from one cow hide.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says that during a typical Superbowl, Americans will consume around 1.25 billion chicken wings, 278 million avocados for dip, 10 million pounds of ribs, 12.5 million pounds of bacon 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and around 14 billion hamburgers. But that’s not all. The barley industry also contributes significantly to the Superbowl.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz cited the work of Drovers for researching the statistics on agriculture consumption during the Superbowl each year.

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The Immigrant Experience To Be Featured During Community Read Month

2/25/2016 – 11:34 pm

March is Community Read Month in Findlay where members of the community can participate in reading a selected book and have discussions. Jeff Winkle from the Findlay-Hancock Library said that the book this year will be The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. Winkle said that the book is about experiences of immigrant families in the United States.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

The book itself is a fictional novel, but Winkle says that it pulls from Henriquez personal story and can be considered a bit biographical in nature.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

In addition to the book itself, several discussions will be held throughout the community on the book and its subject matter. Winkle says that the discussions will also include panels that will feature the personal stories of Findlay residents who immigrated to the United States.

Audio: Jeff Winkle

Henriquez herself will be visiting Findlay on March 11th and will be giving a presentation of her work at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. For details about the book, the discussions and the presentations, you can find more information at the Findlay-Hancock Public Library.

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