Review Category : Local News

Construction Firm Opens Findlay Office

3/17/15 – 5:26 A.M.

A construction company has opened a new office in Findlay. A release from Humble Construction announced a new location at 1700 Fostoria Avenue for the firm. According to the release, the company wanted to expand into Findlay because of the city’s “rapid growth.”

Humble has two other offices in Ohio. One is located in Columbus, and the other is located in Bellefontaine.

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Fostoria School District Hires New Administrators

3/17/15 – 5:20 A.M.

The Fostoria School District hired new administrators Monday. The Courier reports Drew Bauman will be the next Junior/Senior High School principal. He currently serves as the assistant principal for the school.

Jennifer Abell will be the new director of student services. Abell had served as the school psychologist for 17 years.

Both Bauman and Abell are Fostoria High School graduates.

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Street Repairs Discussed In Arlington

3/17/15 – 5:14 A.M.

Arlington officials are turning their attention to street repairs now that the snow has melted away. The Courier reports village council members talked about the issue during their Monday meeting. Officials said potholes need fixed on U.S. 68. The village will contact the Ohio Department of Transportation to see if the agency will help with the repair work.

Council members also talked about standing water on Powell Drive. The village might reach out to state representatives to have them look at the drainage problem.

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Drug Bust Made On I-75 In Hancock County

A Tennessee man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on I-75 in Hancock County last week. The State Highway Patrol reports troopers stopped 19-year-old Kylor McDonald for speeding around 3 a.m. last Friday near milepost 159.

Troopers noticed a bag of marijuana on the floorboard of the car. More than a pound of marijuana was found inside after the car was searched. The drugs had a street value of $5,000 according to the patrol.

McDonald is being held in the Hancock County Jail.

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I-75 Widening In Hancock County Could Start In 2016

3/17/15 – 4:56 A.M.

A major road construction project could start next year in our area. The Courier reports ODOT officials say the widening of I-75 through Findlay could be moved up to 2016; if the money is there. During Monday’s construction season kick off meeting, ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher said they would like to start the project earlier than 2017. Slusher adds they are looking at funding opportunities.

The widening of the interstate would make I-75 three lanes from just south of Findlay to County Road 99. The State Route 15 / U.S. 68 interchange would be replaced as well.

As for this construction season, we’ll see plenty of road resurfacing. Expect to see orange barrels on State Route 12 from Arcadia to Fostoria, parts of State Route 18 in Fostoria, and State Route 613 from McComb to I-75. Repaving on U.S. 224 in Findlay has already been announced for this year.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Schools in Design Phase of New Dark Fiber Project

03/16/15     10:28 p.m.

Findlay is making progress with its dark fiber project. The district currently uses AT&T for its Internet service. The contract with AT&T expires next summer and the district is consider purchasing and running its own wire to save about $1.5 million over the next 20 years.

Audio: Ed Kurt

The district is working with Sigma Technologies to design the scope of the project.

Audio: Ed Kurt

The cables would be run on telephone and electric poles throughout the city to connect all the district’s buildings, which would give other organizations the opportunity to use the additional fibers if they pass by their buildings.

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Findlay Considering JROTC Program for the High School

03/16/15     9:48 p.m.

Findlay High School Board of Education is considering creating a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Board members discussed the possibility of a JROTC program at their Monday meeting.

Audio: Ed Kurt

District Superintendent Ed Kurt said at this time, the military is not accepting new programs, but the Navy is allowing applications for when the funding becomes available. Kurt said he would like to submit the application so the district is in line for the program.

Audio: Ed Kurt

The board didn’t dispute the qualities of the program but was concerned about the cost. The school will be responsible for $45,000 of the start-up costs, with the Navy paying $72,000.

After the start-up costs, the district would only be responsible for paying the two military instructors. Treasurer Mike Barnhart said it’s possible the district would not need as many gym teachers if JROTC were implemented because student can earn their physical education credits through JROTC.

If the district were to apply to have a future JROTC program, they would still be able to back out when funding becomes available.

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Christian Clearing House Seeking Donations for Weekend Garage Sale

03/16/15     3:40 p.m.

If you’ve started your spring cleaning and have things you’re no longer using that are in good condition, the Christian Clearing House is still accepting donations for this weekend’s annual garage sale at Brinkman’s Greenhouse.

Audio: Tammy Stahl

Tammy Stahl is the executive director of CCH, an association of 48 local churches that comes together to help those in need. She said events like this weekend’s annual CCH Garage Sale at Brinkman’s Greenhouse supplement the 40 percent of CCH’s budget that comes from the churches.

Donations are being accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Audio: Cathy Ricard

Cathy Ricard sits on the CCH Board. She said if you’re looking to shop, the garage sale will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with lunch being served by Brinkman’s, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

All the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Christian Clearing House.

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Wyandot County Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash

3/16/15 – 7:10 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on County Road 39 near Upper Sandusky around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

22-year-old Douglas McKee lost control of his motorcycle when he hit a patch of gravel and went off the side of the road. McKee was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of incapacitating injuries.

He was also cited for failing to control a vehicle.

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Sinkhole Damages Cars In Upper Sandusky

3/16/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A sinkhole damaged two cars in Upper Sandusky over the weekend. The Courier reports the sinkhole opened up on East Wyandot Avenue early Sunday morning. It measured around 8 feet by 8 feet, and is about 4 or 5 feet deep. So far there’s no word on what caused it to develop.

The sinkhole swallowed a Ford Focus. Heavy rain at the time obscured vision, causing a police cruiser to drive into it as well. No injuries were reported.

East Wyandot Avenue remained closed between Third and Fourth streets Sunday.

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