Review Category : Local News

Findlay Business Signs May Have To Change

7/24/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Rules that govern what types of signs Findlay business owners can use could change in the future. The Courier reports potential zoning changes were discussed during a Thursday meeting. City officials and the planning commission talked about requiring businesses to switch from signs on top of poles, also known as pylon signs, to lower profile signs. The goal of the potential change would be to make Tiffin Avenue more aesthetically pleasing to encourage more business development and shopping.

The committee talked about ways to put the plan in place if the rule changes are made. One idea would use a “sunset” method, which would see changes made over a number of years. The other option would be to grandfather in the signs of existing businesses, and require new signage to follow the new rules.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik says these types of changes have been made around Columbus over the past few years. Reynoldsburg has even buried power lines to further clear up the skyline.

More meetings will take place and public opinion will be taken before a decision is made. City Council would have the final say on if the regulations were put in place.

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Stuff-The-Bus Campaign Underway In Findlay

7/23/15 – 1:31  P.M.

It’s almost back-to-school season, and with that in mind an annual effort to make sure kids have all they need to hit the books is underway in Findlay. The Stuff-the-Bus campaign aims to collect a bus load of school supplies in three days…

Audio: Jane Stout

Jane Stout is with Hancock County Christian Clearing House and added many area families simply can’t afford that price tag…

Audio: Jane Stout

Still, Stout says every little bit helps make back-to-school a little easier for local families in need.

Supplies are being collected until 7 p.m. Thursday, from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tiffin Avenue McDonald’s in Findlay.

If you are interested in receiving the donations, applications can be picked up at the Hancock County Christian Clearing House.

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Lane Restrictions On Cory Street In Findlay

7/23/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A curb replacement project will restrict traffic on part of Cory Street in Findlay today and tomorrow. The city’s engineering department says the road will be reduced to one lane between West Main Cross and Front Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

The library and parking lot will still have access. You’re asked to avoid the area if possible as short delays are expected.

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Cory-Rawson Looking For New High School Principal

7/23/15 – 5:14 A.M.

The Cory-Rawson school district is need of a high school principal. The Courier reports Jason Longbrake, who was just hired in March, submitted his resignation at Wednesday night’s board meeting. Longbrake has accepted a position as the high school principal in the Swanton school district. That’s where he recently worked as a digital instructor.

The district is starting another search for a high school principal. Superintendent Rob Hlasko said he wasn’t sure if the district would promote from within or look outside to find a new candidate.

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UF Makes Changes To Financial Aid Program

7/23/15 – 5:06 A.M.

The University of Findlay has announced changes in the way financial aid is communicated. UF will partner with a Boston company to tailor plans to students. Starting next month, potential students will get “personal affordability plans” that show how much a student will pay for a degree, how much debt they’ll take on, and how the repayment of that debt will be structured.

Financial aid award letters from the university will be eliminated in favor of an award letter developed by the Boston company. The letter will show detailed costs and individualized financial aid options.

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Anti-Virus Issue With Putnam County BOE Computers

7/23/15 – 4:57 A.M.

The Putnam County Board of Elections has an issue with anti-virus software installed on office computers. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county’s IT office installed password protected anti-virus software on the computers recently. The problem is security software had already been installed by Triad Governmental Systems. The company specializes in election software and hardware systems. The second anti-virus program is not allowing a computer dedicated to communication to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to send or receive information from Columbus.

The password for the county installed program is not available to the board of elections.

Board member Tony Wobler tells the newspaper, “The biggest thing is that our systems were not compromised in any way.” He added that the IT office had been asked not to install the software.

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Area Mayors Oppose Sale Of WBGU-TV Signal

7/23/15 – 4:44 A.M.

The mayors of three cities in our area don’t want to see WBGU-TV go off the air. The Courier reports Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards, and Lima Mayor Dave Berger will all sign a letter urging BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey not to sell the TV station’s air signal.

The mayors say WBGU serves the public interest by providing valuable educational and cultural resources. The letter goes on to say, “the potential that we would lose this service permanently represents an enormous loss to the quality of life of more than 2 million persons.”

The federal government is buying back spectrum to sell to wireless providers. The signal that the BG-based PBS station airs on could land the university nearly $40 million at auction according to government estimates.

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