Review Category : Local News

Road Work Continues In Findlay This Week

9/26/16 – 5:26 A.M.

There are several road projects taking place in Findlay this week. Some of the places you’ll want to avoid if possible include Harmon Street from Crystal Avenue to Parkside Place. Crews will be paving the road there.

Sanitary sewer installation will close Madison Avenue between Cory Street and Morey Avenue and Morey Avenue between Trenton and Monroe avenues.

Crews are continuing to install a storm sewer line on Davis Street, closing the road between Cory Street and Morey Avenue.

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Highway Projects Continue In Hancock County This Week

9/26/16 – 5:19 A.M.

There aren’t any new highway projects going on in Hancock County this week, but there are still places you’ll want to avoid. ODOT reports I-75 from State Route 235 to the Hancock County Road 60 overpass remains reduced to one lane in both directions. A repaving project in that area has caused delays over the last several weeks.

You’ll also want to avoid State Route 12 east of Findlay if possible. There will be restrictions in place through Arcadia as ODOT crews install curbs, sidewalks, and handicap ramps. Pavement joint repair is also taking place in the area. In Findlay eastbound Route 12 remains closed during daytime hours between Tiffin Avenue and Bright Road. Crews are installing a storm sewer line there.

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Mayor Allowed To Carry Gun In Municipal Building

9/26/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Ohio law allows Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik to carry her gun in the municipal building. The Courier reports the Ohio Supreme Court said the legality of the matter was up to the local prosecutor. The Findlay Police Department had asked about the practice. Police Chief Greg Horne tells the Courier he knew Mihalik had a concealed-carry permit, but wanted to make sure everything was above the board when he learned she was carrying in the municipal building. City law director Don Rasmussen had given Mihalik permission to carry her gun.

The Ohio Supreme Court is in charge of security regulations for buildings with courts. The Findlay Municipal Court is in the municipal building, along with the mayor’s office. State law prevents people with concealed-carry licenses from bringing weapons into buildings with courtrooms. Officers of the law can carry their weapons. Ohio law considers mayors the “chief conservator of the peace.” That makes Mihalik a law enforcement officer.

Mihalik tells the newspaper she got her concealed-carry permit after her first few months in office. She said there were enough incidents that seemed a little “weird,” and decided to have protection.

MORE: The Courier

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Man Sent To Emergency Room After Two-Car Crash

09/23/16 – 10:49 A.M.

A two-car crash lead to the injury of a Hancock Street Man Wednesday morning. The courier reports that the accident happened in the 900 block of South Main Street around 9:35 am. Police report that 25-year-old Christopher Matejka was driving in an alley beside 904 S. Main Street. He failed to yield to a station wagon driven by 42-year-old William Franklin who was southbound on Main Street.

Hanco Ambulance took Matejka to the emergency room at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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Bowling Green State University Firelands College And University Of Findlay Form Partnership

09/23/16 – 10:35 A.M.

The Bowling Green State University Firelands College and the University of Findlay have forged a new partnership. The Early Assurance Program will allow at least 5 qualifying students at BGSU Firelands college to complete the first two years of UF’s Doctor of Pharmacy program at the BG campus.

After the 2 years at the BG campus, the students will earn an Associate of Science degree. They will also be accepted into the professional phase of the University of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy as juniors. Once there they will complete 3 years of coursework and clinical research. A final year of on-site clinical rotations will mark the finishing of the degree. The students will then graduate with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Findlay.

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Individuals Dressed As Clowns Threaten Fostoria School

09/23/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Individuals dressed as clowns referenced a Fostoria school in a threat. The Courier reports that Fostoria Intermediate Elementary Schools received a phone call from police around lunchtime. They informed administrators about a Facebook threat that referenced the school. Principal Tera Matz said all Fostoria students were kept inside. Extra police patrolled the grounds of all the district’s schools. In the voicemail to parents, Matz said, “Although we do not believe there is an immediate threat to FCS students, we wanted to ensure parents were aware of the situation.”

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Three Vehicle Crash Injures Findlay Woman

09/23/16 – 5:05 A.M.

A three-vehicle crash on Bright Road injured a Findlay woman Thursday morning. The Findlay Police department reports that 32-year-old Crystal Foster was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital after receiving a cut on her head. According to police, Brendan Trytko of Findlay rear-ended the vehicle of Bailey Walter of Forest around 7 am. Walter’s car was then pushed into Foster’s.

Trytko was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance. All three vehicles were towed.

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Riverdale FFA Receives Hefty Grant To Help Build Greenhouse

09/22/16 – 5:32 P.M.

Riverdale FFA received a 10,000 dollar grant. Agricultural Educator Nicole Steinmetz says that the money came from community support and a long process.

Grant Process

Steinmetz says that there aren’t many of these grants being handed out.

Grant Opportunity

She adds that the grant will help them look at alternative energy options.

Greenhouse Energy

According to Steinmetz, the school and the FFA are eager to see the project get started.

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Soul Shine Blues Festival Coming To Bascom This Saturday

09/22/16 – 4:38 P.M.

This Saturday marks the 21st annual Soul Shine Blues Festival to support First Step Family Resource Center. Executive Director Terry Mercer says blues is more than sad music.


Mercer adds that there will be more than just music.


The event will be held in the Meadowbrook Park Ballroom in Bascom. Various blues artists are coming and will perform starting at 4 pm on Saturday. You can get your tickets to the event online or at the door for only $20.

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