Review Category : Local News

GOBA Riders In Ottawa Today

6/26/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Roughly 2,000 bicyclists will descend on Ottawa today. The GOBA bike tour has ridden through several northwest Ohio communities this week, and will take part in several activities while in Putnam County today. Music and art displays will be held at locations on Main and Walnut Streets. The group will also tour the courthouse.

Ottawa-Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Sealts tells the Putnam County Sentinel the events are for the entire community, not just the GOBA bike riders.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

Read More →

Mount Blanchard Woman Injured In Thursday Crash

6/26/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Mount Blanchard woman Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Marion Township Road 234 west of the Findlay reservoirs.

22-year-old Bridgett Bushong was driving south on Road 234, north of Township Road 207, when she drove off the road and hit a tree. Bushong was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Read More →

Farm Family Launches Online Fight Against Mitigation Plan

6/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

An area farm family has taken their fight against the flood-mitigation plan for the Blanchard River to the internet. Members of the Wise family recently talked to the Courier about how they are trying to drum up more support for farmers who they believe will be affected by a proposed levee on Findlay’s east side. Carol Wise has produced a video that outlines how her family’s farms could be harmed. She also started a petition on Change.org for people to sign. At last check it has nearly 250 supporters.

Carol’s husband Tom tells the newspaper he doesn’t trust the numbers from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps’ plan calls for water to rise by an extra tenth-of-a-foot in the area of a County Road 190. Tom also believes land owned by the family on County Road 172 would be affected by induced flooding. The Corps’ numbers show that it wouldn’t.

Andrew Komacki is with the Army Corps of Engineers and watched the video. He told the newspaper many of the claims were very broad. He did challenge three of the claims made though. Komacki said only 200 to 300 acres of farmland would be impacted by the mitigation plan, not 1,000 as claimed in the video. He also added that impact on Bald Eagle nests in the county or area churches has already been examined.

MORE: The Courier

Read More →

Second Annual Findlay YMCA Glow Run to be Held Friday Night

06/25/15     3:30 p.m.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Findlay YMCA’s Glow Run. The 5K fun run and walk will be Friday night at 9 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

The entry fee for the event is $30 and will include a t-shirt and glow gear. Proceeds will support the Y’s annual campaign for youth development programs.

There will be a kid’s fest at 7:30 p.m. and an after glow after party at Alexandria’s following the race. You can register online or pick up a registration form at the Y.

Read More →

Only One Dangerous Wild Animal Still Registered In Hancock County

6/25/15 – 11:45 A.M.

Hancock County is down to one person with a registered wild animal. The Hancock County EMA’s annual update to the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan says a former Arlington resident who owned eight monkeys has moved out of state. That leaves a bobcat registered to a Findlay woman who lives on Township Road 96 as the only dangerous wild animal still registered in the county.

All Ohio counties are required to keep a registry of wild animals kept as pets. The law was created after a 2011 incident in southeastern Ohio that saw several animals escape a wild animal preserve.

Read More →

Local Probate Courts Prepare for Gay Marriages

06/25/15     11:43 a.m.

The Hancock County Probate Court is making preparations for gay marriages.

The court made some preliminary changes to its marriage licensure, name change and other forms. Instead of “bride and groom” the forms are now gender neutral. The new forms simply say, “applicant 1 and applicant 2″.

The U.S. Supreme Court may rule on the issue, which would allow gay marriages in Ohio, as early as this week.

Read More →

Hancock County Moves Closer to Buying North Main Street Property

6/25/15 – 11:28 A.M.

Hancock County moved a step closer to demolishing property near the Main Street bridge in Findlay Thursday. The county commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the county, FEMA, and the Ohio Historical Society. The agreement paves the way for the county to get grant money to buy and then demolish a building at 139 North Main Street.

Project Manager Steve Wilson says the building itself isn’t on the historical register, but its location means more work to get funding…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the next step will be to get authorization from FEMA to get an appraisal on the property. If the county and property owner can’t come to an agreement on a price then the memorandum will be voided.

Nicki’s Night Club is currently located at 139 North Main Street.

Read More →

ADAMHS Seminar Links Trauma To Drug Abuse

6/25/15 – 11:08 A.M.

Several community members learned about the link between trauma and substance abuse today. The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services presented a seminar on the subject at the University of Findlay. ADAMHS Director Precia Stuby says it’s important for people to know how trauma can lead to substance abuse…

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby says one way people get that feeling is through drug use.

Stuby added that there is a better chance to help people abusing drugs by asking what happened to them to make them turn to drugs in the first place…

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby says ADAMHS has been working with more than 20 agencies in the community to learn the importance of dealing with the trauma suffered by drug abusers.

Read More →

Findlay Man Arrested for Domestic Violence, Firing a Gun in the City

06/25/15     10:53 a.m.

A Findlay man was arrested just before 6 a.m. this morning for domestic violence and shooting a gun within city limits.

A report from the Findlay Police Department says 23-year-old Eric Ward was arrested for felonious assault, having a weapon under disability, having a stolen handgun, domestic violence and discharging a weapon within city limits. There were no injuries as a result of the gun being fired.

Ward had apparently injured the hand of a woman in his Lexington Avenue apartment. The victim refused medical treatment for the injury. Two children were also in the residence at the time but were uninjured.

Ward is now incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail.

Read More →