Review Category : Local News

Cathy Zellner Memorial Scholarship Established for Late Hancock County Woman

06/15/15     5:09 a.m.

A new scholarship has been created at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to honor the memory of an active member of the community.

The Cathy Zellner Memorial Scholarship will benefit a graduate of a Hancock County school attending a two- or four-year college, university or technical school.

Zellner began working for Jim Rooney in 1983, the design firm which became RCM Architects, Inc. She retired early in 2013. Zellner designed and managed several projects in the Findlay area, including Donnell and Glenwood Middle Schools and the Millstream Career and Technical Center.

Zellner passed away following a battle with breast cancer in January of 2014 and the scholarship was created to honor her memory and pass along her love for the community. For more information, see

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Too Early to Measure Success, But Drug Court Shows Encouraging Signs

06/15/15     2:18 p.m.

In the four months since it has been established, the Hancock County drug court initiative has been an impactful one. Judge Reginald Routson spoke to the Findlay Rotary Club today. He said while it is too early to measure success, there have been encouraging signs.

Audio: Reginald Routson

Routson said he believes the one-on-one approach with the judge and the offender is a motivating effect to help people get back on track.


Audio: Reginald Routson

Routson said he and Judge Joseph Niemeyer are currently presiding over 12 cases, 10 of which are for heroin addicts, one for an alcoholic and one for a person addicted to cocaine.

Drug court hearings take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

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Ground Broken For Findlay Wind Farm

6/15/15 – 12:45 P.M.

Ground was broken for a wind farm north of Findlay today.  When completed, the five turbines will provide power to the Whirlpool and Ball Metal plants.  Whirlpool plant leader Dale Laws says the project stands to be a big benefit to the facility…

Audio: Dale Laws

Laws added that cooperation between Ball Metal, Ohio Logistics, and local government entities helped make the project possible.

It’s estimated the wind farm will offset 22 percent of Whirlpool’s energy consumption alone.

One Energy will operate the wind farm. General Manager Jereme Kent says the turbines represent one of the larger wind energy projects happening in the country right now…

Audio: Jereme Kent

The $18 million dollar facility is expected to be online and providing power by the end of this year.

Whirpool, Ohio Logistics, and Gold Wind also committed to scholarships today.  the companies will combine to provide $570,000 over 20 years in scholarships to local high school students who plan to enter fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ohio Logistics helped broker the land deal for the facility.  Gold Wind is the manufacturer of the turbines being built.

It was also announced today that the turbine site would include two basketball courts and a walking path for use by the public.


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Tiffin Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge

6/15/15 – 7:18 A.M.

A Tiffin man has admitted to stealing from the Seneca County Area Transportation. The Advertiser-Tribune reports 22-year-old Michael Woodman of Tiffin pleaded guilty to theft during a court appearance last week. Woodman said he transferred money from an agency account into another account before withdrawing it.

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Allen County Woman Drowns In Pool Over The Weekend

6/15/15 – 7:06 A.M.

An Allen County woman drowned in her pool over the weekend. NBC-Lima reports 60-year-old Joyce Pohlabel was found in the water at her home in Bath Township Saturday night. Her boyfriend found her in the pool around 8:15 p.m.

Foul play is not suspected in the death. The Lucas County Coroner is investigating to determine the exact cause of death.

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One Injured In Weekend Crash Near Alvada

5/15/15 – 6:58 A.M.

A Seneca County woman was injured weekend crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:45 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 23 south of Alvada.

26-year-old Lona Morrison was driving south when she lost control of her pickup truck. The truck left the roadway and then overturned. Morrison was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center by medical helicopter.

Morrison was also cited for failure to control and a seatbelt violation.

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Gas Prices Slide Following Last Week’s Spike

6/15/15 – 6:49 A.M.

Gas prices are falling after last week’s price spike. reports some stations in Findlay are checking in at $2.71 a gallon this morning. That’s down 18 cents from last Friday, but up 10 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is also falling. The average price around Ohio is $2.82 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down three cents from last Friday but is still 13 cents higher than last Monday.

The last time prices across the state were this high was late last November.

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Monday Interview: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

06/15/15     5:30 a.m.

June is post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month, better known as PTSD. While it is a common mental health disorder affecting more than 5.2 million adults per year, it is often misunderstood.

Audio: Michelle Huff

Michelle Huff is the executive director of the Hancock County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She said most often PTSD is associated with the military, which accounts for only a small percentage of the diagnoses. Huff said any sort of trauma like an assault or natural disaster can bring about PTSD.

Audio: Michelle Huff

Huff said having a strong support system is key to coping with PTSD. Often times Huff said those struggling with the after effects of a trauma keep the distress bottled up which can lead to other issues.

Click play below to hear our full interview.

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More Road Work Scheduled In Hancock County This Week

6/15/15 – 5:28 A.M.

There’s one new area of road work to look out for in Hancock County starting today. ODOT reports U.S. 30 west from State Route 235 all the way to the Wyandot County Line will be reduced to one lane in each direction for tarring and chipping work.

In Findlay curb restoration work will continue on Tiffin Avenue. The eastbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between Woodworth and Blanchard Avenue. Curb replacement also continues on Lima Avenue between Western Avenue and Main Street.Lanes will be shifted to the north while work is taking place.

You’re urged to avoid the areas if possible.

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Eagle Creek Back Below Flood Stage

6/15/15 – 5:26 A.M.

After overrunning its banks Sunday, water levels in Eagle Creek are rapidly falling. River gauges show the creek is now below flood level. The waterway crested in the moderate flood stage at a little more than 10.5 feet Sunday night. However levels have fallen quickly since then and the creek is back in action stage.

As for the Blanchard River, it’s rising but not expected to reach flood stage. At last check the river was expected to crest at 10.6 feet in Findlay. Flood stage begins at 11 feet. Downstream in Ottawa the Blanchard is not expected to reach flood stage either. NOAA calls for the river to crest at 22.3 feet tomorrow afternoon. Flood stage starts at 23 feet in Ottawa.

Elsewhere in Putnam County, the Auglaize River is in minor flood stage but has crested. It’s expected to fall below flood stage tomorrow morning.

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