Review Category : Local News

Oil Strike Hit Marathon Facilities, Toledo BP Plant

2/9/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The first nationwide oil strike in 35 years is affecting Marathon refineries and has spread to other refineries in our region. The Courier reports workers in 11 refineries are participating in the strike, which began last week. Workers at Marathon facilities in Texas City, Texas and Catlettsburg, Kentucky walked off the job when the strike began.

Over the weekend workers left their posts at the BP refinery in Toledo, as well as a BP refinery in Indiana. A BP spokesperson said the company will continue to operate with replacement workers.

The United Steelworkers represents around 30,000 refinery workers in the nation. The strike started on February 1 after negotiations with the Shell Oil Company broke down. Shell is serving as the lead company for the negotiations. Any agreement made by Shell would then be used as a template for other companies.

The USW says workers are looking for safety improvements, better health care benefits, and limits on the use of contractors to replace union members in maintenance jobs. Wages have not been mentioned as an issue.

MORE: The Courier

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Cancer Patient Services Planning 17th Chili Cookoff Feb. 14

02/06/15     2:58 p.m.

The 17th annual Cancer Patient Services Chili Cookoff is coming up on Valentine’s Day. There are 25 different chilis to try and vote on this year. While the event is fun for the whole family, the proceeds all go to a good cause.

Audio: Carol Metzger

There are no income requirements to benefit from CPS, other than to have a diagnosis and live in Hancock County.

Audio: Carol Metzger

Twenty-five teams will serve chili in hopes of winning people’s choice, judge’s choice or best booth awards. In addition to 625 gallons of chili available, there is also a kids zone, live and silent auctions and Coldstone Creamery for when you’re warmed up.

Pre-sale tickets are available at a number of local business:

Cancer Patient Services office, Coffee Amici, Readmore, Hancock Federal Credit Union (East Melrose and Trenton locations), Millstream Credit Union, Impact Credit Union (Allen Twp. 100 and State Route 12 locations), First Federal Bank (South Main, North Main and Patriot Dr. locations), Commercial Savings Bank, Main Street Deli, Advanced Drainage System (Olive Street location)

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Recovery Home Public Forum Set for Monday Night

02/06/15     2:08 p.m.

The highly anticipated addiction recovery home public forum will be held Monday at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Larry Kreps from the Findlay Ministerial Association is helping host the meeting. With the help of a professional facilitator, Kreps said this meeting will be very different from the last.

Audio: Larry Kreps

ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said they don’t have any set expectation for the meeting. She said the board is just looking for specific concerns they can address in regard to the home.

Audio: Precia Stuby

The meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus. With the help of Steve Cady, Organizational Development Professor at BGSU, attendees will be divided into small groups to discuss their concerns. Host group Findlay Ministerial Association will then collect the feedback and give it to the ADAMHS Board for further consideration.

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No One Injured In Upper Sandusky Fire

2/6/15 – 7:27 A.M.

Fire damaged a house and two condos in Upper Sandusky Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to 723 Chesnut Drive around 5:20 a.m. The flames spread from the kitchen and living room of the home to condominiums next door at 725 and 727 Chesnut Drive.

Nobody was injured in the blaze. The cause remains unknown, but it’s believed an electrical problem may have sparked the flames. No damage estimate was available.


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Drug Raids Conducted In Fostoria

2/6/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Three Fostoria homes were raided as part of a drug sweep this week. WNWO Toledo reports that Seneca County Drug Task Force- METRICH Enforcement Unit officers executed search warrants on Tuesday and Wednesday. Drugs and other items were taken from 711 Berkshire Drive, 145 East Tiffin Street, and 203 Independence Avenue.

The searches turned up marijuana, suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin residue, cash, and criminal tools.

Charges are pending in the case.


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Thursday Crash Kills Fostoria Man

2/6/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A Fostoria man was killed in a crash near Fremont Thursday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened on State Route 53 just before 9 a.m.

27-year-old Paul Taylor was driving north on the highway when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and went left of center, into the path of a semi driven by a Toledo man. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his SUV, 51-year-old David Hughes of Fostoria, was taken to Toledo Hospital by medical helicopter.

The driver of the semi, 64-year-old Robert King, was taken to Fremont Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Keckler To Run Unopposed In Fostoria Mayoral Race

2/6/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler will run unopposed in the May primary. The Review-Times reports the incumbent was the only person to file paperwork to run for the office by this week’s deadline.

Keckler has been the mayor in Fostoria since 2012 after he unseated incumbent John Davoli. It was Keckler’s first attempt to run for office. Before that he had worked for the city for 30 years before retiring in 2008.

Keckler tells the newspaper he believes it’s the first time in more than 30 years a Fostoria mayoral candidate has run unopposed.

MORE: Review-Times

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Next Step Taken In Wood County Exotic Animal Farm Case

2/6/15 – 4:33 A.M.

A case involving the seizure of nearly a dozen animals from Tiger Ridge Exotics in Wood County is heading back to trial court. Yesterday, the Sixth District Court of Appeals said it doesn’t have jurisdiction over a temporary injunction that ordered the animals to be returned. The Ohio Department of Agriculture confiscated them on January 28th after owner Kenny Hetrick was denied an exotic animal permit. They also claim the animals were living in inhumane conditions.

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Officials Discuss Possible Changes to Dorney Plaza Area in Findlay

02/05/15     4:45 p.m.

Local officials are looking at potential changes for Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay. The Hancock County Commissioners along with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Dorney Plaza committee chair Don Malarky met Thursday to discuss the project.

Malarky said the idea came up during a discussion on how to continue to progress being made downtown. He said during a brainstorming meeting community members discussed making the area more attractive as a gathering space, maybe for small events, or a park-type area.

The project could be as small or large as the community wants, ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than a million.

County Commissioner Brian Robertson said it should be a community endeavor. He said having an attractive gathering space downtown would be a draw for young professionals.

Mihalik said a joint security point between the municipal building and probate court could also be an option. She said the city spends about $100,000 per year for municipal building security and it could be a cost saver to share that job.

The next step will be to work with a consultant to create concepts in various price ranges. Funding will be determined following the concept phase.

Examples provided by Malarky. Click on each image to see a larger version.


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Cooper Tire Partnering with U.S. Army to Hire Veterans through PaYS

02/05/15     12:50 p.m.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is partnering with the U.S. Army to offer employment to veterans. This morning Cooper CEO Roy Armes signed an agreement with Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bartley, Commander of the Cleveland Army Recruiting Center, to join the Partnership for Youth Success program.

Audio: Roy Armes

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the PaYS program is a great opportunity for Cooper, as well as the community.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

The PaYS program gives enlistees the soldiers to serve their country while preparing for the future. Enlistees choose a PaYS partner company when joining the Army. That company then communicates the skills they’d like that soldier to have, which the soldier is then trained for while serving. The company guarantees an interview to that veteran after discharge, possibly leading to future employment.Armes said Cooper currently employs 370 veterans in the U.S. Cooper is the 504th company to sign on to the PaYS

Armes said Cooper currently employs 370 veterans in the U.S. Cooper is the 504th company to sign on to the PaYS program and the first in Findlay.

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