Review Category : Local News

Year In Review: Marathon Announces Major Expansion

12/15/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We begin our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County today, with a look at an announcement that promised to be a big economic driver for the community. On February 3, Marathon Petroleum announced a major expansion in downtown Findlay.

Audio: Gary Heminger

Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said many locations were scouted for a permanent home for MPLX, but ultimately the decision was made to keep it in Findlay. Heminger added he believed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was committed to solving the flooding problems in Findlay, making it desirable to stay here…

Audio: Gary Heminger

The new buildings announced by Marathon in February included a new office complex for MPLX, two new parking garages, and the potential for a new hotel in downtown.

Construction on the parking garage at the corner of Sandusky and East Street began in the spring. Completion of the entire project is expected to take up to three years.

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Car Seat Inspections Offered Before Holiday Travel Kicks Off

12/15/14 – 5:25 A.M.

Chances are you’re going to be traveling over the next couple of weeks for the holidays. If you’re traveling with children, the Findlay Health Department wants to make sure you’re keeping them safe. With that in mind, the Findlay Area Safe Kids Chapter will have a car seat inspection on December 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fire Station 4 on County Road 236.

The event will allow you to make sure your car seats are installed properly. Certified child passenger technicians will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you have questions in advance you can call (419)424-7441.

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McComb Man Arrested On Drug Charges In BG

12/15/14 – 5:15 A.M.

A McComb man is facing drug charges after he was found overdosed on heroin in Bowling Green last week. The Bowling Green Police Department reports 29-year-old Matthew Chapman was found in a car on East Wooster Street on Thursday. Paramedics used Narcan to reverse the effects of the heroin and took Chapman to the hospital. He was later taken to jail.

Chapman is charged with two counts of possessing drug abuse instruments and a count of possession of a controlled substance.

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One Injured In Two-Car Crash Over The Weekend In Findlay

12/15/14 – 5:07 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened on Hancock County Road 99 at the I-75 off-ramp around 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

85-year-old Diane McDonald of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan was driving on Road 99 when she ran the stop light and hit a car driven by 36-year-old Thomas Nye of North Baltimore.

McDonald was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. She was also cited for failure to stop at a red light.

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Area Gas Prices Continue To Fall

12/15/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Gas Prices are continuing to tumble. reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.40 around the state. That’s down 10 cents from Friday. A month ago the state average was nearly 50 cents a gallon higher.

Local prices are following the same trend. The average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay was $2.39 early this morning. A month ago we were paying $2.86 a gallon. Gas prices in Ottawa were also averaging $2.39 this morning.

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BGSU Football Player Suspended

12/15/14 – 4:39 A.M.

Bowling Green State University will be missing a player this weekend at the Camellia Bowl. Officials say Jhalil Croley was suspended from the team following last week’s arrest at his off-campus apartment. Officers were there on a loud music complaint and when Croley opened the door, they smelled marijuana.

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Shop with a Firefighter Helping 10 Local Children Buy Christmas Gifts

12/12/14     3:13 p.m.

Findlay firefighters will be at the Tiffin Ave. Wal-Mart at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, but not for an emergency. The firefighters will be taking 10 children shopping for Christmas presents as part of the “Shop with a Firefighter” event.

The kids are ages 5-12 and are all from Hope House families. They will split $2,000 to buy gifts for their families and themselves.

Each child will be paired with a local firefighter for the event. Wal-Mart will be giving each child a 10 percent discount on their bill, as well as wrapping all the gifts free of charge.

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Aéropostale Closing its Store in the Findlay Village Mall

12/12/14     3:00 p.m.

Aéropostale will be closing its store in the Findlay Village Mall.

A store manager confirmed the closing today. The manager, who asked that their name not be used, said there is no set date for the closing, but it will be before their lease expires on Dec. 31. The manager said the closing sales have already started.

A mall manager was not available to comment on the closing. There is no word yet on the reason for the closing either.

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Deer Ticks Moving North, Present Unique Challenges in Ohio

12/12/14     2:54 p.m.

In the winter months, ticks are not something we tend to worry about. However the deer tick, which is slowly making its way north from southern Ohio, present their own challenges.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said deer ticks are about the size of a pinhead and look like a small, black speck. The typical dog and lonestar ticks, on the other hand, are much more visible. In addition to being almost impossible to see, these ticks are not just active in the summer months.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Deer ticks have not yet been found in Hancock County, but there has been one confirmed case of Lyme Disease caused by a deer tick in Allen County.

Lentz said the best thing to do is be mindful when you’re in a wooded area. He also suggests wearing tick repellent and immediately washing the clothes you wore in the woods.

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Commissioners Clear Way For Blanchard To Become “River Trail”

12/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The Blanchard River could see increased recreational in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Thursday to support the Hancock Park District’s plans to make the Blanchard a state water trail. The move paves the way for the state to promote the river for canoeing and kayaking.

To do that the park district will improve river access locations, provide restrooms at parks along the river, and install signs identifying parks from the river. Signs identifying hazards in the river will also be installed.

The water trail would run from the Blanchard River Nature Preserve near Mount Blanchard to the Blanchard Landing boat launch west of Findlay.

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