Review Category : Local News

Health Insurance Savings Grow for City of Findlay, Now over $1 Million

09/02/14   10:55 p.m.

Finances have been a big sticking point for the city of Findlay recently. One of the focuses of the finances has been the city employee health insurance program.

In a letter to City Council, auditor Jim Staschiak said the savings continue to grow. Staschiak said the city is projected to spend $3,500 less per employee in 2014 than in 2011, adding up to over $1 mil total between those two years, not including savings achieved in 2012 and 2013.

Staschiak said the time and effort put into achieving these savings is something the entire city should be proud of.

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HPJ Donates to Findlay Fire Department as Thank You for Assistance with Fire

09/02/14   10:30 p.m.

A fire at a North Baltimore business in July required the assistance of almost a dozen fire departments, including Findlay.

The blaze at HPJ Industries destroyed the company’s pallet yard, but spared their main building. As a thank you, HPJ donated $500 the Findlay Fire Department.

Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo said the department will use the money to buy smoke detectors, which it will then donate to the community at no cost.

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Cooper Tire Issues Recall

9/2/14 – 11:23 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber is recalling nearly 1,500 tires. Modern Tire Dealer reports certain Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires, size 265/65R18 are affected by the recall notice. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the tires could experience cracking and broken ply cords in the lower sidewall on the intended outboard side above the rim.

The tires were made between June 1 and June 28 of this year.

Cooper Tire is notifying owners about the problem. Dealers will inspect the tires and replace them if needed. Owners can also contact customer service at (800)854-6288. The number for the recall is 159.

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One Person Injured In Crash South Of Findlay This Morning

9/2/14 – 11:07 A.M.

A Kenton man was injured in a one-car crash just south of Findlay this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on the exit ramp from State Route 15 to U.S. 68 around 9:15 a.m.

70-year-old Joseph Peddicord was driving a van on the exit ramp when he lost control. The van went into a ditch and came to a rest on its side. Peddicord was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for operating without reasonable control.

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Gas Prices Higher As Summer Travel Season Ends

9/2/14 – 8:39 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as the summer travel season comes to an end. reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.50. That’s up 10 cents from last week at this time, but right around the same price we were paying a month ago.

Kenton has some of the lowest prices in the state right now. The average price in Kenton is $3.17 a gallon.

In Findlay drivers were paying an average of $3.55 this morning. In Ottawa prices were around $3.32; and in Fostoria prices were closer to $3.60.

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Hardin County Fair Starts Today

9/2/14 – 5:18 A.M.

As summer fades into fall, fair season is still going strong in our region. The Hardin County festivities kick off today and run through Sunday in Kenton. Daily admission is $8. A season pass is $20.

The marquee events this year includes a Nashville Crush concert Friday night at 8 p.m. There will also be tractor pulls and a demolition derby. Tonight’s events in the grandstand include a high school band show at 7 p.m.

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Findlay Firefighter Hurt Battling Blaze Over The Weekend

9/2/14 – 5:09 A.M.

A weekend house fire resulted in a Findlay firefighters suffering minor injuries. The fire department was called to 131 Olive Street around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighter Andy Kunst was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The flames damaged the kitchen of the home. There was also heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. A damage report has not been finished.

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Two Injured In Putnam County Mototcycle Crash

9/2/14 – 5:01 A.M.

Two people were injured when a motorcycle collided with a car in Putnam County over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of State Route 634 and U.S. 224 near Ottoville.

75-year-old Anna Landwehr of Ottoville pulled out of a private parking lot and into the path of a Harley-Davidson ridden by John Fickel of Nebraska. Fickel was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Landwehr’s family members took her to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Hancock County Fair Attendance Up In 2014

9/2/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Hancock County residents turned out in droves for the fair this year. Ticket Chairman Aaron Smith says 116,500 came through the gates this year, compared to 110,000 last year. Only one day was down from 2013. The threat of rain Sunday dropped attendance by 7,000 compared to the Sunday numbers from 2013.

There was only one weather related issue at the fair this year. Windy conditions forced the cancellation of the motocross exhibition Saturday night.

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Plenty of Entertainment Options at the Fair this Weekend

8/30/14  10:00 a.m.

The Hancock County Fair is well underway and there will be plenty events to keep you busy this long weekend. Tonight’s events include the University of Findlay western equestrian exhibition at 5 p.m. followed by the horse pulls at 7:30.

Tonight’s events also include the Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow during the day there will be a number of animal showings and judgings. The main event tomorrow night will be the ever popular truck at tractor pulls at 6 p.m.

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