Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau Has Record Year in 2014

01/27/15     1:30 p.m.

Thanks to increased business travel and local events, the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau had a record year in 2014. County Commissioner Brian Robertson said the CVB is one of the best investments the commissioners made.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Visitors to the community generated $225 million in business activity in the county last year and $523,500 in bed tax money. CVB Director Rachael Rahrig said the tourism industry also brought more than $16 million in state and local taxes in 2014, and supports one in every 15 jobs in the county.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig said in 2014, there were 270,000 total hotel stays in Hancock County. Those visitors generated about $523,500 in bed tax money for the county, up more than 4 percent from 2013. Rahrig said an increase in leisure travel, as well as an uptick in local events and business travel, made those numbers possible.

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Multi-Vehicle Accident Reported on Northbound I-75 near North Baltimore

01/27/15     12:15 p.m.

An accident has I-75 northbound moving slowly in Wood County.

Several Waze users report a multi-vehicle accident has traffic backed up near the State Route 18 exit ramp in North Baltimore. Scanner traffic indicates the accident involved three vehicles and caused at least one injury. Traffic in the area is moving slowly, even standing still in some places between Van Buren and Cygnet.

Those heading north on I-75 are advised to exit the highway at State Route 613 in Van Buren and find an alternate route.

No other details on the crash are available.

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Hancock County Commissioners Approve Emergency Management Resolutions

1/27/15 – 10:55 A.M.

Emergency service operations was a topic of conversation at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. The commissioners approved two resolutions to make sure emergency services are maintained.

The first resolution authorizes the Hancock County EMA to spend $4,000 on emergency siren maintenance. The cost breaks down to $400 per siren maintained by the county.

The second resolution reapproved an agreement with the county and its various political subdivisions. The agreement states the county will provide EMA services at a cost of 45 cents per capita of population . The rate is unchanged from the previous agreement, which was signed in 2013.

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Unemployment Ticks Up In December

1/27/15 – 9:01 A.M.

Unemployment was up slightly in the region last month. Numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County ticked up to 3.4 percent unemployment in December, from 3.3 in November. Putnam County also saw an increase in jobless numbers, going from 3.5 to 3.7 percent joblessness.

Every county in our region saw an increase in unemployment in December. Hardin and Wyandot Counties checked in at 3.9 percent, Wood County was at 4.2, while Allen and Seneca Counties saw unemployment at 4.5 percent. Henry County has the highest jobless rate in the area at 4.9 percent.

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Gas Prices Jump Over Last 24 Hours

1/27/15 – 6:53 A.M.

The good news is that we’re paying around $1.20 less a gallon less for gas than we were a year ago. The bad news is that prices are on the way back up. Ohiogasprices.com has issued a price hike alert for the state. The average across Ohio was $1.89 a gallon Monday. By the end of today it could be around $2.15.

Prices started jumping in our area yesterday. By Monday afternoon most Findlay stations were selling gas for $2.15 a gallon, after starting the day around $1.91. Prices in Ottawa jumped 20 cents over the course of the day.

 

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Carey Mayor Gives “State Of The Village” Update

1/27/15 – 5:27 A.M.

The mayor of Carey gave the annual “state of the village” address Monday. The Courier reports Steve Smalley highlighted progress on the new school and upgrades to the village’s electrical system as high points of the year.

Smalley also talked about the development of the Arrowhead Commerce Park and expansion of Continental Structural Plastics during his presentation.

The annual “state of the village” was held during the 21st annual Carey Area Chamber of Commerce dinner.

MORE: The Courier

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Dog License Deadlines Approaching

1/27/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Dog owners in Seneca and Wood Counties have an extra day to get their dogs registered this year. The Review-Times reports the deadline to buy tags is February 2 instead of January 31. The change was made because January 31 falls on a Saturday this year.

In Fostoria, licenses can be bought between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday on the second floor of the Municipal Building.

Seneca County charges $15 for a license. Wood County residents pay $14. Owners can also opt for three-year or permanent registrations as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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Joint Fire District Propsed In Hancock County

1/27/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Three Hancock County municipalities could form a joint fire district. The Courier reports McComb, Pleasant Township, and Portage Township are considering the idea. McComb’s village council will talk about the issue more at an informal committee of the whole meeting on February 23 at 5:30 p.m. Township officials will also be on hand.

Village officials say an advantage of being part of a fire district would be the ability to use joint levies to fund operations.

The two townships currently negotiate with McComb for fire protection.

MORE: The Courier

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Work Continues On McComb Water Tower

1/27/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Progress continues toward a new water tower in McComb. The Courier reports welding has been completed on the new tower. Plumbing, painting, and electrical work still need to take place. Village Council was informed the new tower should be in operation by mid-June. Once that happens the old water tower will be torn down.

MORE: The Courier

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UF Hosting 13th Annual Comedy Jam this Saturday

01/26/15     9:35 p.m.

Saturday night will be a night of laughs at the University of Findlay. The 13th annual Comedy Jam will bring comedians Kim Cole, Michael Palascak and Louis Ramey to campus. The show is open to the community, except for young children.

Audio: Sharinda Welton

Sharinda Welton is the Director of Student Activities at UF. She said pre-sale tickets are now available at the UF Box Office or by calling 419-434-4458.

If there are tickets left they will be for sale at the door, but Welton says you shouldn’t wait.

Audio: Sharinda Welton

The show will start at 8 p.m. Saturday, no matter the weather. It will be held on the University of Findlay campus in Ritz Auditorium in the Old Main building.

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