Review Category : Local News

Some Putnam County Offices Moving To New Location

11/13/15 – 5:14 A.M.

The Putnam County Department of Job and Family Services has moved. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the new offices are located in the former Meadows of Glandorf building on OG Road. Next week will see the board of elections move into the facility. In December, Putnam County Homecare and Hospices will move their offices to this location.

There will be a separate entrance for each office.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Internet Safety Expert Visits Hancock County Middle Schools

11/13/15 – 5:07 A.M.

An internet safety expert recently spent time in every junior high school in Hancock County. The Courier reports Jesse Weinberger talked to students at Glenwood Middle School about dangers on the internet Thursday. She said her goal was to make parents aware of risks they, “have absolutely no idea about.”

Weinberger said one things parents should avoid is giving a kid a device that is all their own. She added if your kid needs a phone, avoid giving them a smartphone before the age of 14.

Weinberger says that some middle school students in Hancock County have more than five social media accounts. She added that many times kids will start one account for their parent to see, and then another on the same social media service that they use inappropriately.

In her studies, Weinberger says she’s seen kids sexting in the fourth grade, and looking in pornography at the age of 8.

MORE: The Courier

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Stabbing Reported In Findlay Thursday Morning

11/13/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A stabbing was reported in Findlay Thursday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to the 300 block of Taylor Street just before 9 a.m. They found a man who had a small cut on his upper right arm. The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, but refused further treatment.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, told officers he was attacked by two men. He was unable to describe the attackers, other than to say one of them was wearing baggy black cargo pants.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects. The case remains under investigation.

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Capital Christmas Tree Stopping In Findlay On Trip To DC

11/12/2015 – 6:20 pm

The People’s Christmas Tree, the Capital Christmas Tree will be making a stop in Findlay next Monday as it makes its way to Washington DC. Sherry Garner Brumbaugh of Garner Trucking of Findlay said that the tree was grown in Alaska and has been making a cross country trip from the west coast.

Audio: Sherry Garner Brumbaugh

Brumbaugh said that the tree is well over 100 feet long. When it arrives in Findlay next Monday morning, Brumbaugh said that a ceremony is scheduled to take place in front of the Hancock County Courthouse early that morning.

Audio: Sherry Garner Brumbaugh

People can track the progress of the tree as it makes its way to Washington DC at Track The Tree.com. The tree is slated to arrive in Washington DC by November 20th.

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Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation Celebrates Foundation Week

11/12/2015 – 6:00 pm

This week is Community Foundation Week and the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation is joining more than 750 fellow foundations nationwide to celebrate. Founded in 1992, the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation has granted more than $36 million to Hancock County nonprofit organizations and is home to more than 330 endowment funds to support community organizations.

Generally, community foundations are independent public entities and help to support organizations to make communities better and they are one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in the United States. For more information on the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation, you can call 419-425-1100 or visit them online at Community Foundation.com.

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Ann Buis And Findlay Publishing Company Recognized For Philanthropy

11/12/2015 – 4:20 pm

Ann Buis from Findlay and the Findlay Publishing Company were recognized today for philanthropy in northwestern Ohio. Awards were presented by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising professionals for National Philanthropy Day.

Buis was recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year for her work in moving the concept for the Marathon Performing Arts Center from a concept to completion and serves on the board of directors for the arts center. She also has done extensive work in fundraising for the Hancock Historical Museum and the Findlay YMCA.

The Findlay Publishing Company was recognized as Outstanding Media Outlet of the Year. The work of WKXA to promote the Hancock County Humane Society, as well as WFIN and 106.3 The Fox and The Courier to promote local organizations and to publish features and human interest news in Findlay were cited as prominent examples of the work of the Findlay Publishing Company.

Both were nominated by the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation.

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State Schools Leader Visits Findlay

11/12/2015 – 3:30 pm

Ohio Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross visited Findlay City Schools Thursday. Dr. Ross came to Glenwood Middle School to hear about the programs funded through the Community Connectors Mentoring Grant. The grant provides for opportunities for members of the community to mentor students in Findlay City Schools. Glenwood Principal David Alvarado said that the program has been making progress at all Findlay City Schools.

Audio: David Alvarado

The programs at the schools are operated by the Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County. Jennifer Swartzlander with the Connection says they pair students with mentors from local companies and businesses that help with school work and teach life skills.

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

Dr. Ross said that around 118 grants were awarded to schools across the state of Ohio and he hoped the success at the Findlay City Schools will translate to other programs.

Audio: Dr. Richard Ross

If you would like more information about the Children’s Mentoring Connection or would like to get involved, you can contact the connection at (419) 424-9752 or visit them at hancockmentors.org

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Public Library Bookmobile Cancelled Today

11/12/2015 – 2:00 pm

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Bookmobile will not be visiting Jenera and Rawson today. According to a release from the library, the cancellation was due to the high winds that the area is experiencing all day today. If anyone has any questions about this, they can contact the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library at 419-422-1712.

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Plans For Findlay Schools Bus Garage Approved

11/12/15 – 10:54 A.M.

Plans are moving forward for a new bus garage for the Findlay school district. The city planning commission approved plans for a facility at 1710 Romick Parkway during their Thursday meeting. The former Rhino Linings facility will be converted to provide parking spaces for 44 busses and spots for the drivers to park. An existing building on the property will be turned into a maintenance garage.

The location was the district’s second choice for a garage location. Originally the school looked to build near the corner of Bigelow and Broad avenues. Neighbors in the area were against this due to noise and traffic concerns.

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CNG Maintenance Facility Planned For Findlay

11/12/15 – 10:27 A.M.

Findlay has a couple of compressed natural gas fueling stations, but up until now if you had a CNG truck that needed fixed, you were out of luck locally. That will change soon. Ohio Logistics’ plans for a CNG and diesel maintenance facility were approved by the Findlay city planning commission Thursday…

Audio: Chuck Bills

Chuck Bills is the president of Ohio Logistics. He says the maintenance garage will be built to the north of the existing CNG fueling station on Distribution Drive.

Bills says it makes sense to be able to service CNG fleets, because demand for their services is increasing…

Audio: Chuck Bills

Bills says the $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot maintenance garage should open in March, and will employ six people.

Ohio Logistics is building the garage, and will lease it to Penske Trucking.  Penske plans to hire 25 truck drivers to operate out of Findlay.  Three have been hired so far.

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