Review Category : Local News

Part of Main St., Center St., Tiffin Ave. and U.S. 224 East to be Paved this Summer

02/10/15     7:20 p.m.

As soon as the weather allows Findlay drivers can expect to see orange barrels for traffic construction on some major roadways. Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer detailed the plan at a Findlay City Council appropriations committee meeting Tuesday.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

In total the paving will cost over $2 million, with ODOT footing $1.25 million of the bill. The city will contribute $800,000 to paving as well as cover $850,000 for curb reconstruction along the route.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said the curb construction will start as soon as weather allows in order to be done in time for paving. Paving will likely start in July and last through the end of paving season.

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Drug Bust in Findlay Leads to Arrest of Two Michigan Men

02/10/15     2:45 p.m.

A drug bust early this morning led to the arrests of two Michigan men. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 616 W. Foulke Ave. in Findlay just before 6 a.m.

A search of the home yielded suspected narcotics, a large amount of cash, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic needles and criminal tools.

As a result, 21-year-old Laronte Davis of Warren, Michigan was arrested for trafficking heroin. 20-year-old Andre Stampley of Detroit was arrested for falsification.

Additional criminal charges are pending upon the conclusion of the investigation.

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Findlay, Tiffin and BG RadioShacks Closing; Among 1,700 Nationwide

02/10/15     1:00 p.m.

A few local RadioShack stores will be closing as part of the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

In Findlay the RadioShack in the Flag City Station strip mall at 2320 Tiffin Ave. will be closing. The RadioShacks in the Tiffin Mall and on Main St. in Bowling Green will also shut their doors for good.

All the stores on the list of 1,700 nationwide will be closed by the end of March.

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Univeristy of Findlay Teaming Up with Harvard for Odyssey Reading

02/10/15     12:28 p.m.

The University of Findlay is teaming up with Harvard University for a 12-week intensive study of the Odyssey. The public is invited to participate in the course online as well.

Findlay is one of eight universities whose Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing students will be participating. About 100 students will meet via a Google Hangout as well as participate in a chat room each week.

Students will read two books of the Odyssey as well as watch videos or read addition material and respond to writing prompts for credit.

Reading The Odyssey

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Traffic Delays Expected on I-75 in Allen County Wednesday

02/10/15     11:30 a.m.

If you’re heading south on I-75 Wednesday you can expect some delays near Lima.

ODOT reports crews will be installing overhead fiber optic cables on I-75 near Reservoir Road in Lima. Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., traffic will be slowed and possibly stopped in the north and southbound lanes approaching the work area in 15-minute intervals.

The work should only take one traffic interruption according to ODOT but may continue until noon if needed.

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Handful Of Hancock County Employees Hit By Health Insurance Tax Penalty

2/10/15 – 10:57 A.M.

A handful of Hancock County employees have been caught off guard by a penalty on their tax returns this year. Seven employees recently told the auditor’s office they’ve been penalized for not having health insurance. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s too late for them to enroll in the county plan so they can avoid the fine this year…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

That could mean more county employees join the health plan next year to avoid tax penalties. Gazarek says he believes the impact of carrying more employees on the plan would have little effect on the budget…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

He added that several meetings were held over the last two years to warn employees they could be fined for not carrying health insurance.

Gazarek says the penalties stem from Obamacare mandates.

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State Highway Patrol Reminding Drivers to Move Over

02/10/15     10:25 a.m.

In January, a State Highway Patrol trooper was hit by a passing car while standing outside of his cruiser at the site of a crash. He sustained non-life threatening injuries, but the Patrol says hundreds of people are injured or killed this way every year.

The State Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to help fellow drivers and law enforcement officers stay safe by moving over when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights on parked on the roadside.

If moving over is not possible, the Patrol advises slowing down and proceeding with caution.

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Wood County Home Destroyed In Morning Fire

2/10/14 – 8:55 A.M.

A Wood County family was driven from their home by a fire early this morning. Media partner WTOL-11 reports firefighters were called to a home on Caskie Road near Portage to battle the blaze. Eight fire engines were used, but cold temperatures made things difficult. The water trucked in to fight the flames kept freezing, and there weren’t fire hydrants in the area.

Nobody was injured in the fire. The home was a total loss.

MORE: WTOL

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Carey School Officials Consider Greenhouse For New Building

2/10/15 – 6:49 A.M.

Carey school officials are considering building a new greenhouse as part of the new school building. The Courier reports the school board talked about the potential project at their Tuesday meeting. There is a greenhouse at the current school building, but it would be difficult to move because the support poles are anchored into the ground.

Cost is also an issue. To build a new greenhouse, it would cost at least $150,000. Superintendent Mike Wank said the current greenhouse was built from a kit by school employees for $10,000. The school board said they were opposed to spending $150,000, but want more information before making a decision.

MORE: The Courier

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Tiger Ridge Case Takes Another Turn

2/10/15 – 5:36 A.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture wants the case involving Tiger Ridge Exotics to be dismissed. A motion filed yesterday claims they have exclusive jurisdiction to investigate and transfer wild animals that aren’t registered or that are being kept in violation. Nearly a dozen animals were removed from Tiger Ridge Exotics last month, but a Wood County court ordered them to be returned. The state says the court doesn’t have the authority to issue that order.

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