Review Category : Local News

Solar Array Is Coming To The Corner Of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 215

08/19/16 – 4:49 P.M.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative broke ground today for a solar panel array. The array will be in a field at the corner of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 215. Manager of Power Delivery Engineering Ben Wilson says that it is cost effective.

Audio: Ben Wilson

Wilson says that the tax credits could take off as much as 40% of the price.

Wilson added that since construction is now underway members can expect to receive power from the panels in about a month. They will be charged for the upkeep and monitoring of the panels.

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Miracle League Vice President Says Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park Is For Everyone

08/19/16 – 12:40 P.M.

Tomorrow the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park will hold it’s grand opening. Vice President of the Miracle League of Findlay Brad Koller says the park is meant for everyone.

Audio: Brad Koller

The dugouts are open, the surfaces are rubberized to cut tripping hazards, and the field is shorter. Koller says this is to ensure kids feel welcomed.

Audio: Brad Koller

Events kick off with a lunch from 12-1 pm at the cube. At 1:15 the opening ceremony will be held on the Miracle Field with the first game starting at 2 p.m. A total of six teams from the Findlay area are participating

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Red Cross’ Todd James Helping With Flood Relief After Heavy Rainfall Devastates Louisiana

08/19/16 – 10:40 A.M.

A local Red Cross representative is helping flood victims in Louisiana. Executive Director Todd James is down in Louisiana serving as the Public Affairs manager for the operation. He says the flooding in Louisiana has been devastating.

Audio: Todd James

James says that the Red Cross has people from all over the country coming to help in the relief effort.

Audio: Todd James

He adds that it has been an ongoing struggle because the rain has not stopped causing more people to be evacuated.

The Red Cross is sheltering about 4,700 people and more is expected.

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Six Injured In Three Car Crash In Allen County

8/19/16 – 6:56 A.M.

Six people were injured in a three-car crash near Lima Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 81 and Thayer Road around 11:15 a.m. 28-year-old Rachel Perez of Columbus was driving south on Thayer when she failed to yield at the intersection with Route 81. She was hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Heather Rowe of Ada. A third car driven by 24-year-old Courtney Sites of Lima was stopped on the south side of the intersection was also hit.

Perez and her three children were taken to a Lima area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Rowe and her passenger were also hospitalized. Sites and her passenger were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Seneca County Park District Places Levy On The November Ballot

8/19/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The Seneca County Park District will have a levy on the November ballot. The Review-Times reports an additional .5 mill, 10-year levy will be put in front of voters. The measure would raise more than $582,000 a year for the district. It is the first levy request for the organization.

The levy will be the only countywide issue in Seneca County this fall.

MORE: Review-Times

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Questions About Proposed Putnam County Water and Sewer District Answered

8/19/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Confusion over a proposed water and sewer district in Putnam County was addressed at a recent meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports community members wanted to know why the county commissioners voted to establish a governing board for the district but then voted 2-1 against participating. While Commissioner Vince Schroeder said if the commissioners had voted “yes” all the townships in the county would have been included in the district, attorney Rex Huffman said that wasn’t the case.

Other rumors and misconceptions were also addressed. Those in attendance were told the district would not have the power to impose taxes on the general public. They could request levies for funding. The district would have the power to use eminent domain to run infrastructure to customers.

If established, the water and sewer district would not have the ability to force people living along water lines to tap-in to the service.

It was also said costs for projects wouldn’t be communal. That means individual towns would be responsible for paying for their own water and sewer upgrades.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Former Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Sentenced For DUI

8/19/16 – 5:03 A.M.

A former Hancock County assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a driving under the influence. The Courier reports 36-year-old Elizabeth Smith of Kalida was sentenced earlier this week. Putnam County Municipal Judge Chad Niese sentenced Smith to 33 days in jail with a $375 fine. Thirty days in jail will be suspended if Smith attends a driving intervention program. She’ll be given credit for another three days at the completion of the program.

Smith was arrested for drunken driving on April 17 in Putnam County. She was fired from her position in the prosecutor’s office following the incident.

MORE: The Courier

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Bicyclist Injured After He Hits Car While Making A Lane Change On Bright Road

08/18/16 – 6:19 P.M.

A bicyclist was injured after he struck a car this morning in the 500 block of Bright Road in Findlay. The Courier reports that 84-year-old James Wall of Findlay was riding his bike northbound on Bright Road when he switched lanes and struck a car driven by Patsy Blair of Carey.

Police report that Wall suffered a head injury and abrasions to his hands and arms. He was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hancock EMS.

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50 North And The Arts Partnership Join Forces To Host A Senior Arts Camp

08/18/16 – 5:59 P.M.

The Arts Partnership got a National Endowment of the Arts grant to fund a senior arts camp. 50 North’s Harry Stockton says that is how they got to partner with The Arts Partnership.

Audio:Harry Stockton

The grant money allowed 50 North to hire professional teachers to come in and teach classes in art music. The camp lasted four days and had 27 members of 50 North take part. Bobbi Balser is one of the members and she said the camp was a lot of fun and offered new classes.

Audio: Bobbi Balser

The participants took classes taught by professional instructors in the arts and music during the four-day camp. The cost of the camp was $15 dollars for the week and included a lunch every day.

With the success and enjoyment the camp brought Stockton says that they will look into having it again next year.

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Hancock County Commissioners Table Ohio Means Jobs Contract To Get More Information

8/18/16 – 11:43 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will get some more information about a jobs program before they decide on a contract. During their Thursday meeting, the commissioners tabled a resolution that would have allowed the Department of Job and Family services to hire someone to work on employment outreach. At a future meeting, Hancock County JFS Director Diana Hoover will answer questions about the deal.

According to the proposed one-year contract, the position would be paid $49,500. The contract could be renewed twice.

The job duties outlined in the proposal include collaborating with Ohio Means Jobs and initiating targeted business outreach. The person hired would also work with area businesses to let them know about OMJ tools that are available to them. Other job duties include working with area staffing firms, recruiting skilled employees, and coming up with a process to help rehabilitate job candidates who fail initial screenings due to social issues.

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