Review Category : Local News

Water Quality Discussed In Ottawa Thursday

2/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Algae blooms on Lake Erie were a topic of conversation in Ottawa Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey Reutter is the director of Ohio Sea Grant and spoke at a conference on water quality issues. Reutter says Lake Erie is different than the other Great Lakes because it’s fairly shallow in comparison. He also said that it takes 20-50 days for water to “flush out” of the lake, which increases chances for algae blooms.

Reutter said phosphorous was the main cause of the blooms. He estimated cutting the amount of phosphorous by 40 percent would reduce the amount of algae issues.

Joe Logan of the Ohio Farmers Union said farmers will do their part to prevent run-off from getting into streams that lead to the lake. Logan added that by using best management practices with fertilizer it will keep more nutrients in fields and lead to less nutrients in the water.

The forum was sponsored by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council.

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Drug Dealers Find New Ways To Hide Illegal Items

2/27/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Thursday conference in Findlay outlined the different ways drug dealers try and hide their drugs. The Courier reports deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spoke at “Operation: Street Smart,” an all-day drug education conference. The speakers on hand said that drug dealers are hiding things in food packaging.

Drugs have been found in resealed potato chip bags, false-bottom soup cans, and refrigerated false-bottom beer cans. Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Bain says having to check items like that slows down searches.

Presenters at the conference also talked about recent trends in drug and alcohol use.

MORE: The Courier

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Kan Du Art Studio Getting A New Home In Findlay

2/27/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Findlay’s Kan Du art studio is getting a new home. The Courier reports Blanchard Valley Industries is moving the facility into the former Rocking U location on West Main Cross Street. The BVC paid a little more than $194,000 for the property. It will be renovated with a $520,000 grant from Ohio’s Capital Arts & Culture Committee.

The studio is currently located at 329 South Main Street. BVC Superintendent Connie Ament says the new location will be nice because there will be more parking and better wheelchair access.

Kan Du studios is a part of the Blanchard Valley Center’s efforts to create work programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Art is created and sold in a boutique environment.

MORE: The Courier

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BGSU Opens New Student Rec Center

2/26/15 – 4:45 A.M.

Bowling Green State University is showing off its new state of the art Student Recreation Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held today at 4:30 p.m. The renovated building features a new cardio area, all new equipment and upgrades to the flooring. University officials say they’re hoping the Student Recreation Center will help increase enrollment and retention.

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Bluffton University Baseball Team Goes Bald to Fight Childhood Cancer

02/26/15     4:38 p.m.

The Bluffton Beavers Baseball team is bald. Members of the Bluffton University Baseball team shaved their heads Wednesday, not for a big game or team building, but to raise money for to fight cancer.

For the fourth year, coaches and players raised money leading up to the event. The funds go to Vs. Cancer, an organization fighting childhood cancer. The team raised more than $6,000 this year. Some

Bluffton faculty and staff members also shaved their heads. The shearing of the Beavers was done by The Curling Iron salon in Bluffton.

Click on each image to see a larger version. All images from the Bluffton University Facebook page.

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Flag City Honor Flight 2015 Trip Date Announced

02/26/15     12:08 p.m.

Flag City Honor Flight will be taking its fifth group of veterans to Washington D.C. this summer. Deb Wickerham is the president of Flag City Honor Flight. She said if it weren’t for these veterans, we wouldn’t have the country we have today.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

This year’s flight will be held Thursday, June 4. Veterans will be accompanied by guardians to visit their respective memorials, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The trip is free for veterans. Guardians are asked to make a $400 donation to the organization.

The organization is looking to get as many WWII Veterans to the memorial as possible this flight.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

Wickerham said WWII vets are a priority, followed by Korean War and Vietnam. Where the veteran lives is not a factor, but those terminally ill may be moved up the list. The trip is free for veterans.

To sign up as a veteran or a guardian or to find eligibility information, visit the Flag City Honor Flight website.

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Slippery Roadways Caused Two Accidents in Hancock County Today

02/26/15     11:45 a.m.

This morning’s dusting of snow caused slippery driving conditions today. As a result, there have been two injuries accidents in Hancock County.

Just after 10 a.m. a car slid off the road on State Route 37 in Mt. Blanchard and hit a tree, injuring one person. In Findlay, Hanco EMS responded to a single-vehicle injury accident in the 500 block of Sixth St. just before 11 a.m.

No additional details on either crash are available at this time.

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Flood Prone Properties Bought

2/26/15 – 11:08 A.M.

Two more flood prone properties have been bought by the Hancock County Commissioners. The commissioners approved a measure to buy property at 527 and 531 East Main Cross Street at their Thursday meeting. The total cost of both locations is $150,000. A state grant for flood mitigation is helping pay for the purchase.

Hancock County has been buying flood prone properties and demolishing structures since the 2007 flood. The idea is that if there are fewer structures in the flood plane there is less damage done when the Blanchard River floods.


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Commissioners Approve ADAMHS Board Purchase Order

2/26/15 – 10:50 A.M.

Now that the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health board has decided not to place an addiction recovery home on Greendale Avenue, the county commissioners have approved a purchase order for the organization.

But, Commissioner Mark Gazarek says one didn’t really have anything to do with the other…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says he believes some of the money from the purchase order could have funded recovery house programming, but the order wasn’t completely specific to the proposed home…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The order was tabled last week as debate continued about the recovery home.

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Pahl Reinstated As Fostoria Council Candidate

2/26/15 – 7:08 A.M.

There indeed will be a race for an at-large Fostoria Council seat this year. The Seneca County Board of Elections reinstalled current council president Doug Pahl as a candidate during a Wednesday meeting. The Review-Times reports Pahl’s election petitions were thrown out last week for failing to have enough valid signatures.

Three Pahl supporters wrote letters to the board of elections verifying they had signed his petitions to run. That was enough to put Pahl back on the ballot. That means the council-at-large race now has four candidates. The top-three vote-getters in November will get seats on council.

Brian Shaver, David Bettenhausen, and Mathew Davoli are all running for at-large seats as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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