Review Category : Local News

Fair Gallery: Junior Fair Participants Hard At Work

8/27/14 – 12:20 P.M.

To the naked eye, mornings at the Hancock County Fair can seem pretty slow. Rides aren’t running, games are closed, and the food vendors are just prepping for the day.

However, Junior Fair participants know that’s not the real story. Area kids are getting up early…

Audio: Junior Fair members talk about what time they get started…

…and taking care of their animals…

Audio: Junior Fair members talk about the work they do…

Junior Fair events run through out the day. Many of the county schools are off for the week so that their students can participate in the fair events.

Gallery:

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Property Line Scam Affecting Area Homeowners

8/27/14   11:00 a.m.

A scam is making its way around area counties and Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman wants Hancock residents to be prepared.

Deputies from adjoining counties have reported males subjects approach homeowners to inspect their property lines, some claimed they were from a government agency. In one instance the subject claimed the homeowner’s neighbors were putting up a fence and used a cellphone to call his boss, saying he and the homeowner were in the backyard.

During this process, the home was entered by another party and money stolen.

Sheriff Heldman said anyone working for a government agency or utility company will have identification with them. Anyone with information on these individuals should call the sheriff’s office at 419-422-2424.

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Nationwide Time Warner Outage Affects Local Internet Customers

8/27/14 – 8:12 A.M.

If you had problems, or are having problems with your internet service today, you’re not alone. The website Mashable.com reports Time Warner Cable is suffering a nationwide outage. The company’s customer service Twitter account said there is no estimated time of restoration.

An outage map shows a large portion of Ohio is affected. The biggest trouble spots appear to be in northeast and southwest Ohio. However, parts of our listening area are on the fringes of the outage region.

The east coast, North Carolina, and Los Angeles all appear to be affected as well.

MORE: Mashable

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Hancock County Fair Kicks Off Today

8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair opens today. Some of the featured events will include a parade in honor of the Old Millstream Fairgrounds 75th anniversary. That will take place on the south part of the fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by the opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen.

In other events a horseshoe pitching contest for Hancock County residents will take place at 10 a.m. There will also be a baked goods auction in the Grange Building at 5 p.m.

Admission will be $2 for senior citizens and veterans today.

Full Schedule:

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Gates open for livestock.
8 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show, north grandstand.
9 a.m. on — Open class judging in Grange Building: farm products, horticulture, woodworking, domestic arts and crafts, hobbies and collections, Granges, and baking department.
9 a.m. — Junior Fair booth judging, youth building.
9 a.m. — Judging of Junior Fair FFA and home economics, education building.
9:30 a.m. — Junior Fair swine show, south show arena.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair poultry judging, poultry barn.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair rabbit showmanship, north show arena.
10 a.m. — Horseshoe pitching for Hancock County residents only.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair dog show, show tent.
1 p.m. — Junior Fair duke and duchess coronation, mini park.
1 p.m. — Open special draft horse show, north grandstand.
2 p.m. — Weigh-in, Junior Fair market lambs.
2 p.m. — 4-H in Action, youth building.
5 p.m. — Baked goods auction, Grange Building.
5:30 p.m. — 75th anniversary parade, followed by opening ceremonies, Junior Fair king and queen coronation, and county band show.
6 p.m. — Photography judging.

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New Junior Fair Building Proposed For Hancock County Fairgrounds

8/27/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County Fair officials are proposing the construction of a new building at the Old Millstream Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, Fair Board President Tom Warren and Operations Manager Dave Thomas unveiled a sketch of what could be a new Junior Fair Pavillion. The building would cost $500,000 and would be funded through donations.

The new building would house things like the Junior Fair booths and would also be a meeting place for youth gatherings during other times of the year. The new building would replace two old, narrow wooden structures that date back to the 1930’s.

Drawings of the proposed building will be on display in the fair office this week.

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Melanoma on the Rise in the United States

8/26/14    10:10 p.m.

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According to a new report by the U.S. surgeon general, the number of deadly melanoma cases has increased by 200 percent since 1973. Dr. Michael Cairns, a dermatologist at Blanchard Valley in Findlay, said no matter how cautious you are, if your skin has gone unprotected before it may be problematic later on.
Cairns said in his 15 years of practice he has seen the number of melanoma cases increase, specifically in older people whose generations had ineffective sunscreen or didn’t use it at all.
When he began practicing, Cairns said about one in 100 patients would get melanoma, but that number has jumped dramatically to about one in 50.
Cairns said there are a variety of melanomas, but detecting them early is key. Melanomas typically develop within moles on the skin, but become dangerous as they get deeper in the skin closer to the blood stream.
If caught early Cairns said melanoma is almost 100 percent curable. However if it gets deeper the rate drops drastically to well below 50 percent. Because of this, Cairns said the type of melanoma is not the concern, but rather detecting it as early as possible.
For more information Cairns recommends the American Academy of Dermatology or the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Cooper Chengsan Tire Company Valuation Reached

8/26/14   5:45 p.m.

The independent firm hired to detemine a fair market value for Cooper Chengsan Tire Company officially has completed it’s study. The firm determined Cooper Chengsan Tire Company Ltd. is worth $440 million.

Now that a valuation has been reached, Chengsan will have the option to buy-out Cooper’s 65 percent of the company or sell their 35. If they opt out of both, Cooper will then have a chance to buy or sell. If neither party purchases the other’s portion, the joint venture will continue as-is.

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Blacklegged Tick Population Surges in Ohio

8/26/14   1:05 p.m.

For several years the American dog tick accounted for 90 percent of Ohio’s tick population. But recently the more dangerous blacklegged deer tick has surged to almost one-third of Ohio’s ticks.

Audio: Glen Needham

Glen Needham is an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. He said these ticks carry a number of diseases, the most well-known being Lyme disease.

Audio: Glen Needham

The ticks have not yet been found in our area, the closest being Lucas County, but are mainly in eastern Ohio.

Needham said these ticks are most active in fall and winter until dog ticks which are common in the spring and summer. These also prefer wooded instead of grassy areas, making them a threat to hunters fall deer hunters.

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Huntington Insurance Suing Seven Former Findlay Office Employees

8/26/14    4:19 p.m.

Huntington Insurance Inc. is suing a number of former employees from its Findlay office for conspiring against Huntington.

According to the Toledo Blade, Huntington filed a lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court claiming Teresa Kuntz of Arcadia and Lorie Montague of Van Buren used confidential information to lure customers from Huntington to Montague’s new business, Benefit Strategies Agency, LLC. Huntington said they’ve lost more than 60 customers to the business since Aug. 1.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against six other former employees, who all resigned from Huntigton on Aug. 1. Brett Montague of Van Buren, Vanessa Allen of Fremont, Sondra Hassenauer of Wapakoneta and Roderick Wood and Bonnie Elsea of Findlay all now work for or with Benefit Strategies according to the suit.

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