Review Category : Local News

Hydrant Flushing Continues in Findlay Today

04/27/15     10:23 a.m.

With warmer weather expected this week Findlay crews will continue to flush fire hydrants.

A release from the city says crews will be working in the area of N. Blanchard Street east to Bright Road and from the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue today.

You can contact the water distribution office at 419-424-7192 with questions.

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Monday Interview: Fitness Face-Off Challenge in Findlay on Saturday

04/27/15     7:18 a.m.

When an injury forced him into physical therapy, Findlay Fire Captain Matt Cooper started a 90-day competition with the staff at Ohio Orthopaedics. The Findlay Fire Department challenged the staff and after 90-days, whichever team lost the most weight would get to put the other team through a workout of their choice in the final Fitness Face-off Challenge coming up on Saturday.

Audio: Matt Cooper

Though the fire department won, Ohio Orthopaedic’s Director of Sports Therapy Josh Baker said the statistics that came out of the challenge were staggering and the benefit to everyone who participated was greater than win or lose.

Audio: Josh Baker

For the final challenge, the department chose to put the Ohio Ortho staff through the firefighter’s agility entrance exam as their Fitness Face-Off Challenge. The face-off will take place at Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay at 10:30 a.m. and the public is invited to watch and enjoy some of the other events taking place at the challenge such as family workouts, yoga classes and booths with information on getting started with a healthier lifestyle.

For more information see the event poster below or visit Ohio Orthopaedics on Facebook.

Click on the image to see a larger version.


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Arrests Made In Wood County Tire Thefts

4/27/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Two arrests have been made in connection to a rash of tire and rim thefts from Bowling Green car dealerships. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a man and a woman were taken into custody over the weekend in Toledo.

The male suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Walter Hayward of Toledo. He faces a receiving stolen property charge, and could face other charges as well. The female suspect has not been publicly identified yet. There’s no word on what charges she’ll face.

A press release from the Bowling Green Police Department says the thefts have resulted in the loss of several thousands of dollars for the car dealers.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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Gas Prices Continue Steady Climb

4/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are once again higher as we start another work week. reports the average price around Findlay is $2.54 for a gallon of regular today. That’s up from $2.39 last Monday, and $2.36 a gallon a month ago.

The same trend is true around the rest of the state. The average price in Ohio is $2.50 a gallon today. That’s up 10 cents from last week.

Ottawa drivers are reporting prices around $2.49 a gallon today.

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Road Work In Several Parts Of Hancock County This Week

4/27/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Plenty of roadwork will be going on in Hancock County this week. ODOT reports that starting today, Allen Township Road 101 between Hancock County Road 220 and Allen Township Road 142 will be closed for bridge work on I-75. The work will last through December.

Elsewhere, U.S. 68 will be one lane through a portion of Arlington this week to allow for pavement repair.

Another spot to look out for is I-75 southbound south of State Route 18. There will be nightly lane closures for shoulder pavement repair.

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Two Injured In Saturday Crash Near McComb

4/27/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A weekend crash near McComb injured two people. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at the intersection of State Route 186 and Hancock County Road 97 around 5:15 a.m. in the morning Saturday.

72-year-old Janice Vantrease of McComb was driving west on County Road 97 when she ran a stop sign and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Jimmy Doolittle of Findlay. Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Vantrease was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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Putnam County Engineer To Resign

The Putnam County Engineer will step down next month. The Courier reports Terry Recker has agreed to resign his position as part of a settlement with the Ohio Ethics Commission. The issue stemmed from Recker approving pay raises and promotions for his sons within the office.

Recker hired his sons Troy and Kelly in the early 1980’s before regulations prohibited family members in government positions from doing so. However, it was not legal for Recker to approve pay raises and promotions. The settlement says, “multiple Putnam County public officials believed that both Troy Recker and Kelly Recker were in fact grandfathered in and that their employment did not violate the ethics law.”

Recker will resign next month.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Mobile Home Damaged In Weekend Fire

4/27/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 2508 Skye View Drive around 8:45 a.m.

Two residents and several pets were in the mobile home at the time and escaped safely. The fire department reported the flames started in the laundry area of the trailer. Smoke and heat damage was reported through the entire home.

So far there’s no word on what sparked the blaze.


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Fatal Crashes Up The Region For 2015

4/27/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A rash of fatal crashes in our region is a cause of concern for the State Highway Patrol. The Findlay district of the patrol covers 12 counties and reports 43 traffic deaths this year. That’s 19 more than the first four months of 2014. Fifty percent of the people killed were not wearing a seatbelt. A third of the crashes were alcohol-related.

District commander Captain Gary Allen says, “We need motorists to remember the potential consequences when they drive recklessly or neglect to wear a safety belt.” Allen added that troopers will continue to work to remove unsafe drivers from the road.

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Valfilm Officially Opens Findlay Plant

04/24/15     12:38 p.m.

When Dow Chemical announced that it would be leaving Findlay in December, Findlay officials were nervous about the economic loss. But Valfim, who was looking for a plant in the U.S. at the time, heard about the opening and said that upon visiting Findlay they were convinced.

Valfilm officially took ownership of the plant at 3441 N. Main Street on February 2 and celebrated the opening with local and state leaders, company owners and employees.

The company recently received a 55 percent eight-year Job Creation Tax credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for that expansion. Valfilm will add 80 full-time positions and $2.5 million in annual payroll to the already existing $3.5 million.

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