Review Category : Local News

State Representative Candidates To Meet For Forum Tonight

2/8/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination for the 83rd Ohio House District seat, and they’ll meet for a forum tonight. The incumbent, Robert Sprague, will face challenger Kevin Rettig to discuss several issues. The forum will be held in the Egner TV studio on the University of Findlay campus, and will air live on 1330 WFIN and on UFTV starting just after the 7 p.m. news.

A second forum for the Hancock County Commissioners race will be held Wednesday night.

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Monday Interview – Hancock County 4-H Gearing Up For 2016

2/8/2016 – 4:00 am

Winter continues but one of Hancock County’s largest youth organizations is gearing up for another year. Hancock County 4-H will begin soon and 4-H Extension Educator Cassie Anderson says that what’s great about what 4-H offers is that you can do pretty much anything you’d want to do.

Audio: Cassie Anderson

Anderson says that there are currently around 40 clubs in Hancock County which are located in just about every township and community in the county. She said that most of the clubs will allow students to take any 4-H project that they wish, but some of the clubs are geared towards specific projects and goals for the kids.

Audio: Cassie Anderson

If you are interested in joining 4-H but are not sure what club would be the best fit for you, Anderson said you can contact the Hancock County Extension Office and explain what you’re looking for in a 4-H Club so they can find the right fit for you.

Audio: Cassie Anderson

If you would like more information on Hancock County 4-H, contact the Hancock County Extension Office at 419-422-3851. You can also visit the Hancock County Extension Service online to learn more about Hancock County 4-H and important dates coming up to register for clubs and programs. The complete interview with Cassie Anderson can be found on our Soundcloud Page below.

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UPDATED: One Dead, Officer Wounded Following Officer Involved Shooting In Hardin County.

2/6/2016 – 10:12 pm (UPDATED)

A Kenton man is dead following a police chase and officer-involved shooting in Hardin County. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart reports that around 5:00 pm Saturday afternoon, Kenton Police officers responded to a report of a domestic violence call on Grove Street in Kenton. Upon arrival, officers found 47-year-old Steve Davis with a gun. Davis took off in a vehicle west on State Route 309 and pulled off onto County Road 106. Around 100 yards on 106 Davis stopped, got out of his car and opened fire on the Kenton Police officers. Officers returned fire and Kenton Police Officer Skyler Newfer was wounded twice in the shootout. Audio from the incident posted on Soundcloud.

Audio: Kenton Police Scanner

Davis got back in his vehicle and continued westbound on County Road 106. By this time, Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies continued the pursuit.

Audio: Sheriff Keith Everhart

Several times along the road Davis stopped and fired on the deputies who returned fire. Around six miles outside of Kenton, Davis’ car went off the road at a sharp curve and wrecked. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Audio: Sheriff Keith Everhart

Officer Newfer was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he is listed in stable but good condition. The two Sheriff’s deputies involved in the chase and shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as per protocol. The incident remains under investigation by Ohio BCI&I.

Sheriff Everhart said that Davis, a former Hardin County Dog Warden who was fired from his post in 2009 has had a history with law enforcement. He was charged with theft in office and tampering with evidence. He served jail time after pleading guilty to complicity to tampering with records, falsification and disorderly conduct.

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Arlington Man Injured In Jackson Township Crash

2/6/2016 – 1:46 pm

An Arlington man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 37 in Jackson Township Friday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that 51-year-old David L. Ellis Jr was driving southbound on State Route 37 when he went off the right side of the roadway, striking a school bus sign and crossed over the road. The vehicle rolled over on its top and came to rest in the northbound lane. The air bags did not deploy.

Ellis was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for unspecified injuries and the vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed. The crash remains under investigation.

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Rep. Jordan: Impossible To Remove Politics From Redistricting Process

2/5/2016 – 6:32 pm

Ohio 4th Congressional Representative Jim Jordan was in Findlay on Friday to honor former Congressman Mike Oxley. Jordan took over for Oxley when he retired and since that time the 4th district was redesigned and Hancock County was removed from the district. Jordan said that it’s impossible to eliminate politics from the business of designing congressional districts.

Audio: Jim Jordan

Jordan talked about a number of issues he is currently working on in Congress including a plan to repeal the Obamacare health care mandate.

Audio: Jim Jordan

Jordan said that the conservative alternative to Obamacare will provide more personal freedom to people to pick and choose their own providers and doctors.

Audio: Jim Jordan

As a member of Congress, Jordan sits on the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi which is investigating the US response to the attacks on the embassy in Liba which resulted in the deaths of several Americans including the US Ambassador. Jordan said that Former Secretary of State and current Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been less than forthcoming on her role during the attack and her response to it.

Audio: Jim Jordan

And in looking at the Republican presidential field, Jordan isn’t saying who he is favoring at this time. When asked about the rise of Donald Trump and his populist movement, Jordan says that it’s illustrates how frustrated the people are with their current congressional leaders.

Audio: Jim Jordan

Jordan said that if you look at the results in Iowa and add the number of votes that were given to the Republican candidates who were not from Washington, you’d see that over 60 percent of Iowa voters want change in their government.

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Former Congressman Mike Oxley Remembered

2/5/2016 – 4:22 pm

The life of former Congressman Mike Oxley was honored at the University of Findlay Friday afternoon. Friends and family members celebrated Oxley’s life and achievements throughout his career. Current US Congressman Bob Latta said that his own father taught him the difference between a politician and a public servant, which he applied to Oxley.

Audio: Bob Latta

Ohio Senator Rob Portman talked about his days working with Oxley in the US House of Representatives. Portman said that in his role as the chairman on several house committees, Oxley had the opportunity to be a mentor to many of the individuals who are leaders in congress today.

Audio: Rob Portman

Oxley’s son Elvis told those gathered at the memorial that his family has a strong connection to Ohio, and in hearing the stories about Oxley during the last month, he couldn’t help but realize how alike he and his father were.

Audio: Elvis Oxley

Oxley also served as a chairman of the Lung Cancer Alliance Board of Directors and one of the messages that the family said to all in attendance was to make sure everyone is regularly screened for cancer.

Oxley was a 12 term congressman who served the 4th Congressional District, which at the time included Hancock County, from 1981 through 2006. He passed away from cancer on January 1st at the age of 71.

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Report: University Of Findlay To Begin Construction On $15 Million Expansion This Spring

2/5/2016 – 12:20 pm

Photo Caption: Rendering for the new College of Business and Student Life Center at UF

The University of Findlay will soon begin construction on a new Center for Student Life and College of Business building. The University newspaper, The Pulse reported this week that the project will begin construction in April citing a report from the State of the University presentation. A statement from UF Media Relations Coordinator Joy Shaw said that an official announcement on the groundbreaking will be coming soon however no date has been set as of yet.

The student newspaper reports that the new addition will be focused on student life and will help to facilitate networking, leadership development and campus life. The student life center will offer food, a bookstore and other features on the first level, and the second floor will consist of classrooms for the College of Business. The addition was proposed as a part of a comprehensive campaign last year and the proposed cost of the project is estimated to be around $15 million. The campaign aims to cover at least half of the cost of construction with additional opportunities after the building is built.

More: The Pulse

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Bettsville Names New Fire Chief

2/5/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The village of Bettsville has a new fire chief. The Review-Times reports Michael Snell will now lead the volunteer fire department. He’ll take over for Jim Maglosky who is retiring after 27 years with the department.

Snell was already serving as the assistant fire chief for the village. He tells the newspaper he wants to recruit more volunteers for the department.

MORE: Review-Times

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Seneca Regional Planning Commission Names New President

2/5/16 – 5:07 A.M.

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission has a new leader. The board of directors for the organization elected Holly Stacy as the president this week. Stacy is a Seneca County Commissioner. She’ll take over for Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who is wrapping up a three-year term as president.

Stacy has served as the chairperson of regional planning’s strategic planning subcommittee.

In the meantime, the planning commission is looking for a new director. Former director Roxyanne Burrus resigned in December.

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Seneca County To Oversee Hancock County Help Me Grow For A Few Months

2/5/16 – 4:57 A.M.

The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities will oversee Hancock County’s Help Me Grow caseworkers for the next six months. The Hancock County Commissioners approved the deal during their Thursday meeting. Last month saw the Hancock County Family First Council hire Stacy Shaw as coordinator and project director at Help Me Grow. However Shaw is still working toward accreditation needed from the state.

Hancock County will pay up to $650 over the next months for the services from Seneca County

Help Me Grow is an early childhood intervention program. It’s designed to help infants and toddlers who have developmental delays.

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