Review Category : Local News

Two More Drive Through Car Washes Coming To Findlay

5/14/15 – 11:14 A.M.

It appears the former Diamond River location on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay has housed its final restaurant. The Findlay City Planning Commission gave conditional approval today for a Zippy’s Express Car Wash to be built on the property.

Approval didn’t come easy though, as the committee raised concerns about noise affecting the neighborhood on Spruce Drive…

Audio: Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera owns Zippy’s and says attendants will always be on duty and the latest it will be open is 8 p.m. Approval was granted as long as hours are limited and noise screening is put in place.

Zipp’s has 19 locations in the south. Rivera is opening two in Findlay, with the second location near Walmart on Trenton Avenue…

Audio: Jose Rivera

The Tiffin Avenue car wash will use most of the existing structure from the vacant restaurant. Rivera says he needed to build two locations in Findlay to make it viable to have a district manager for the region.

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Hancock County Road 12 Closing Friday for Resurfacing

05/14/15     10:25 a.m.

Road resurfacing will close Hancock County Road 12 starting tomorrow.

A release from the Hancock County Engineer says County Road 12 between State Route 103 and County Road 37 will be closed for about a week. The road will be closed during working hours and re-opened at the end of the day.

Access to residents will be maintained, but motorists are asked to find another route.

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Tiffin Home The Focus Of A Drug Raid

5/14/15 – 7:32 A.M.

A Tiffin home was raided by law enforcement officials Wednesday. A release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit says a search warrant was served at 440 South Jefferson Street.

Officers allegedly discovered prescription pills, evidence of trafficking, cash, and more. 50-year-old Brenda Wertz was arrested for possession of Oxycodone. Additional charges are pending.

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United Way Of Fostoria Names Interim Director

5/14/15 – 6:52 A.M.

An interim director is now in charge of the United Way of Fostoria. The Review-Times reports Evelyn Marker was named to the post this week. Marker is a former executive director of the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation and will serve on a part-time basis.

Part of Marker’s job will be to help transition the agency to a full-time director.

Marker replaces Ashley Stahl, who stepped down to be a full-time mom late last month.

MORE: Review-Times

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Whirlpool Celebrates Five Years In Ottawa

5/14/15 – 5:31 A.M.

The Whirlpool plant in Ottawa recently celebrated a milestone. The company has now been in operation in the Putnam County village for five years. The Putnam County Sentinel reports employees held a plant-wide celebration on May 2.

The mood was far from celebratory a little more than five years ago. In November of 2009, the W.C. Wood Company announced they would end operations after failing to find a buyer. At the last moment Whirlpool moved to buy the freezer factory.

Today the plant employs around 400 people. They produce around 1,300 freezers a day.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Putnam County Administrator Denied Back Vacation Pay

5/14/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A judge has thrown out a claim from the Putnam County administrator. The Lima News reports visiting judge John Collier ruled against Jack Betscher’s claim he was owed more than $18,000 in vacation time. As part of his ruling, Collier said Betscher is a part-time employee of the Putnam County Educational Service Center and the Putnam County Board of Commissioners. As a part-time employee he’s not entitled to vacation pay.

Betscher was employed by the ESC from 1998 through 2013. During that time he signed three contracts that saw him split time with the commissioner’s office.

Betscher filed suit after receiving a letter that said his position would be suspended for financial reasons. As a result his wages were reduced and he no longer qualified for health insurance.

MORE: Lima News

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Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Recognized By Business Magazine

5/14/15 – 5:06 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development group has received national recognition. Site Selection magazine has named the organization as one of the top 20 micropolitan economic development groups. Findlay was named the top micropolitan community for economic development in March.

The magazine ranked economic development groups based on four factors. They included new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount, and new investment per 10,000 residents.

Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said, “With the ongoing efforts of our community’s businesses and public sector leaders as well as our economic development partners and regional workforce we will continue to see great results.”

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Findlay Men Arraigned On Robbery Charges

5/14/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Two Findlay men accused in an April attack made court appearances Wednesday. The Courier reports 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs and 21-year-old Christopher Lemons were arraigned by Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson. Both pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary charges.

Routson set bond at $30,000 with a 10 percent allowance.

Hobbs and Lemons are accused of attacking a man at his Chateau Court home on April 22. Investigators say the attack continue inside the residence until the victim was able to hit Hobbs with an ashtray.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Committee Outlines Water Shut Off Board

05/13/15     8:23 p.m.

An ordinance forming a water service shut off board is now heading to Findlay city council for approval. An ad hoc committee met to discuss the topic Wednesday.

Audio: Don Rasmussen

Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen said the board will include four mayor-appointment members and one city council person. The board will hear cases as needed and determine a course of action based on the situation.

The ordinance was left as-is, save for two changes. Some changes have been proposed to an ordinance concerning Findlay’s water shut off policy. Rasmussen said the changes just clarify the ordinance based on questions the city received.

Audio: Don Rasmussen

The changes identify water as the utility to be shut off as well as the need for three of the five board members to approve a shut off.

The ordinance will now go to city council for approval.

 

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