Review Category : Local News

Paving Work To Close Part Of Lima Avenue In Findlay

8/25/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Road work will close a large part of Lima Avenue in Findlay for the next few days. The city engineer’s office says the road will be closed between Main Street and Western Avenue through Thursday. Paving will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Short delays are expected, you’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Combined Health Board Extends Contract With Consulting Firm

8/25/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The Hancock County Combined Board of Health has contracted with a Columbus firm to provide guidance through next summer. The Courier reports Strategic Health Care will continue to work with the combined Findlay and Hancock County health departments for at least another 12 months. The company was contracted by the county for consulting services in May.

An employee of the company will act as the health commissioner during the course of the contract extension. Will McHugh of Dublin was assigned to the position earlier this month. McHugh has been involved in the formation of the combined health department since it was announced.

Strategic Health Care is being paid $6,000 a month to help develop policies and procedures for the Combined Board of Health. The fee drops to $2,500 a month in January.

MORE: The Courier

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McComb Officials Address Water Quality

8/25/15 – 4:54 A.M.

McComb officials updated residents about water quality issues Monday. The Courier reports water plant operator Tom Shoemaker said the brown water is starting to clear up. Shoemaker added steps are being taken to fix the problem. Starting Friday the village’s fire hydrants will be flushed in an attempt to clear brown water from the line. The sides and bottom of the clear well tanks at the water treatment plant will also be scrubbed.

Many McComb residents have had brown water coming from their taps this summer. The culprit is the mineral manganese, which turns water brown when it reacts with chlorine. The village is looking to see where manganese gets into the water system.

Residents at last night’s council meeting wanted to know why they haven’t been made aware of any water quality issues handed down by the EPA. Others said the poor water quality was damaging water heaters, filters, and other appliances. A few brought up concerns that manganese in the water increases cancer risks in the village.

MORE: The Courier

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Village of Forest Under Boil Water Advisory

8/24/2015   6:40pm

The Village of Forest is under a boil water advisory until further notice. The Village posted the advisory on its Facebook page Monday afternoon following the disruption of a water main near Gormley and Gage streets early Monday afternoon. Crews were able to restore service to the majority of the village early Monday evening, but because of the disruption, a boil water advisory for the entire village will remain in effect until further notice.

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US Congressman Bob Latta Tours Area Agriculture Operations

8/24/2015   6:30pm

US Congressman Bob Latta toured area farms Monday to meet with farmers and agricultural leaders. Stopping at the Sunnyville Dairy Farm near Deshler in Henry County, Congressman Latta said that many farmers he’s been hearing from are concerned about the crop insurance payouts rather than direct payments in light of the unusual growing season this year.

Audio: Robert Latta

Farmers collect federal subsidies from crop insurance agencies and given the weather that Northwest Ohio has been seeing this year, farmers have been concerned about a loss of crops. Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels echoed concerns of area livestock and crop producers.

Audio: David Daniels

Congressman Latta and Director Daniels toured the Sunnyville Dairy which is a longtime family owned and operated farm with robotic milking operations. Those in attendance were able to view the robotic milking operations in action. Sunnyville raises 106 dairy cows and handles their own replacements. They raise holsteins and a few brown swiss breeds.


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Arcadia Man Pleads Guilty To Endangering Children Charge

8/24/2015   5:20pm

An Arcadia man has pled guilty to an amended charge of endangering children in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The Courier reports that Joe Vera III, age 21 of Arcadia was originally scheduled for a jury trial in court of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, which was amended to the charge of endangering children.

Vera’s lawyer and the prosecutor’s office agreed that Vera will serve a 17-month sentence for the charge, but they did not decide whether he will serve the time concurrently with other sentences or after previous sentences are completed.

Vera remains in custody at the Hancock County Jail.

More: The Courier

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Findlay Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking

8/24/2015   5:10pm

A Findlay man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. The Courier reports that Scottie E. Emmons, age 33 of Findlay pled guilty Monday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. The charge is a fifth-degree felony. Emmons will be sentenced after a pre-sentencing hearing has been completed.

Emmons could be sentenced to up to ten months in prison, however the Hancock County Prosecutor recommended a form of probation or community control instead. If Emmons abides by probation, which he could be on for up to five years, he will not likely serve jail time.

Emmons was charged after he, Cheri Brooks and Kevin Brooks allegedly sold prescription drugs.

More: The Courier

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Candidates For Findlay School Board Removed From Fall Ballot

8/24/2015    5pm

Two candidates for Findlay school board have been removed from the ballot for the general election after not having the required amount of valid signatures.

The Courier reports that Larry Schaller and Richard McKinney, who were challenging board incumbents Jane Robertson and Kathy Siebenaler Wilson, are no longer in the running for the three open seats on the board, Board of Elections Deputy Director Jody O’Brien said.

Schaller had 59 valid signatures of the 75 required to run, and McKinney had 70.

“We always try to tell people to get more signatures than they need so they don’t run into this,” O’Brien said.

Signatures need to be from citizens who live in the Findlay school district, O’Brien said. Even if they have a Findlay address, the may not live in the district, she said.

For local elections, once a candidate files, they can not go back to get more signatures, O’Brien said.

O’Brien said that one person has filed a write-in petition. Chris Aldrich, of 725 Meadow View Drive, will be a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates do not need signatures for their petitions.

Because the race is now uncontested, the three open seats will automatically go to Robertson, Wilson, and Aldrich as long as the school board certifies Aldrich’s petition Tuesday, O’Brien said.

More: The Courier

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Handbags That Help Looking For New Members

8/24/2015   11:55am

A local women’s organization is looking for new members. Handbags That Help Women’s Giving Circle is accepting both new and renewal memberships now through September 9th. HTH is a women’s giving circle that is committed to dramatically improving lives throughout Hancock County by awarding grants to charitable projects and programs. Every membership dollar donated by HTH members supports the grants programs.

The giving circle is open to all area women. The only requirement for membership is a $500 annual contribution. That donation gives each member a single vote as to how the pooled funds will be awarded that year. As an alternative to the $500 Individual Voting Membership, women can share a Joint Membership. With a Joint Membership, 2-5 women split a membership and share a single vote. Each member is also required to pay a $15 administrative fee to support the expenses of organization.

The first meeting of the organization will be on Wednesday, September 9th from 9:30-11:30am at the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Health Center. For more information contact Andrea Reinhart at the Community Foundation at or 419-425-1100.

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New Wyandot County Wildlife Officer Named

8/24/2015   11:45am

A new Ohio Wildlife Officer has been named to Wyandot County. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Nathan S. West has been assigned to Wyandot County beginning this week. West is a 2014 graduate of the Wildlife Academy and has been service with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as an At-Large officer in southeast Ohio.

West graduated from Logan High School in Logan Ohio and he has an associates degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking College. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Rio Grande. Prior to graduating, West held positions with the Hocking Hills State Park and the Division of Wildlife. He also interned with Columbus Metro Parks and worked full-time for the City of Columbus’ Parks and Recreation Department as a Park Maintenance Supervisor.

In Wyandot County, West will be responsible for enforcing wildlife laws and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed.

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