Review Category : Local News

McComb Accepted Into Northwestern Water And Sewer District

6/7/16 – 6:42 A.M.

It’s official, McComb is now a part of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. That means the district will now handle utility services for the village. Jerry Greiner is the president of the Bowling Green-based district and says they’ll gain one employee who will come from McComb.

McComb council members wanted to join the district to help manage upgrades to the wastewater plant and water system. Greiner says the water distribution system needs repair work.

According to Greiner, the village’s water and sewer rates are similar to the district’s. However, planned upgrades could influence rates in the future.

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Putnam County Fair Board Faces Cash Shortfall

6/7/16 – 5:25 A.M.

The Putnam County Fair is in need of financial help. The Lima News reports last year’s horrible weather during fair week left the fair with a net loss of more than $45,000. Fair Director Nathan Meyer tells the newspaper that the weather and changes in how American Electric Power bills fairgrounds have left the fair board with a “severe” cash shortfall.

The board is applying for a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Society Facilities Grant program. But in order to apply for that grant they need $50,000 in matching funds. There isn’t much time to raise the money either, as the deadline to apply is July 1.

Meyer says the money is needed to upgrade a water main at the fairgrounds. Anyone who wants to make a donation can call the fair office at (419)523-4268. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started by people who took part in the fair as kids.

This year’s Putnam County Fair runs June 20 through the 25.

MORE: Lima News

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Findlay School Officials Still Not Happy With Donnell Stadium Turf

6/7/16 – 5:13 A.M.

Drainage at Donnell Stadium in Findlay has been fixed and the field has been leveled, but school officials say there are still issues with the repair work done at the stadium. The Courier reports seams in the turf around drains are causing concern. Superintendent Ed Kurt the seams don’t match the rest of the field. The issue has left the school district considering its options.

The full cost of the more than $518,000 paid for the new turf last year will not be paid just yet. The district can withhold $50,000 for 90 days to make sure the issue with the seams is taken care of. FieldTurf, the maker of the field, says over time the fibers on the drains will begin to blend in. Kurt says the district will wait to see if that actually is the case.

While the school district is in charge of contracts related to Donnell Stadium, the Donnell Foundation funds stadium upgrades.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Schools Ask City To Demolish Former School Building

6/7/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The Findlay City School District wants the city to tear down an old school building on Blanchard Avenue. The Courier reports there is concern the Huber school at 1001 Blanchard Avenue is a danger to the nearby school transportation offices. Facilities Director Dennis McPheron says the roof “came loose and fell down” three months ago. He adds the east side of the building has been compromised. That’s caused enough concern that some employees have been moved out of the transportation office.

An item on city council’s agenda tonight calls for demolishing the former school building. The owner would be assessed for the work through property taxes.

The school district sold the building in 2000. The county auditor’s website lists Yusheng Ji of Walnut, California, as the current owner.

MORE: The Courier

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Fundraiser For Hancock County Literacy Program Planned For This Weekend

6/6/16 – 11:25 A.M.

You can help with literacy in Hancock County, and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time this weekend. Shirley’s Popcorn Company is celebrating one year in Findlay, and the company is paying it forward. Jennifer Swartzlander is with the company and says all proceeds from the day will benefit the Clubhouse reading program at the University of Findlay…

Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander

Dr. Allison Baer is with UF and explains the mission of the program…

Audio: Allison Baer

Saturday’s event will take place at Shirley’s Popcorn on Interstate Drive starting at 10 a.m.

MORE: The Clubhouse

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Fighter Jet Training To Take Place Over Northwest Ohio

6/6/16 – 10:56 A.M.

You might see fighter jets in the sky in our area for the next week-and-a-half. The Ohio Air National Guard in Swanton says training exercises will take place in the airspace west of Findlay starting Tuesday. The training will take place in a 440-square-mile area including Findlay, Ottawa, and Defiance. The jets are expected to be in the air from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The first round of training will last through June 17. Another round will take place from July 5 through August 6.

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Local Legislators Support Used Tire Safety Bill

6/6/16 – 10:49 A.M.

Two legislators from our area are supporting a tire safety bill. Both State Representative Robert Sprague and State Senator Cliff Hite are sponsoring legislation that would regulate the sale of used tires. The proposed legislation would ban the installation of tires that have visible damage, are worn out, or not repaired correctly.

The bill is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, a national trade association for tire makers. The group says used tires can be dangerous. A survey conducted by the association found that 10 percent of the cars on the road are riding on used tires.

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Hancock County ODOT Workers Win Competition

6/6/16 – 7:57 A.M.

Employees of the Hancock County ODOT office took home awards in an annual competition. The District 1 truck and loader “roadeo” took place in Lima recently. The Hancock County drivers brought home the team award for having the highest scores in the truck and loader competition.

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