Review Category : Local News

Findlay Teen Injured In Tuesday Crash

4/15/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was injured in a two-car crash in Vanlue Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3 p.m. in the afternoon on North East Street.

18-year-old Rebekah Feasel was driving north when she hit the back of a car driven by 17-year-old Samantha Creager of Alvada. Creager was stopped to make a left turn and was not hurt. Feasel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Feasel was also cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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Council-At-Large Forum To Be Held Tonight

4/15/15 – 5:17 P.M.

You’ll have a chance to hear from the five candidates running for three Findlay city council at-large seats tonight. A forum will be held at the University of Findlay just after 6 p.m. this evening.

On the Republican side, Grant Russel and Tom Shindledecker are seeking reelection. They’re being challenged by Jeff Wobser and John Kovach. The top three vote-getters move on to the general election where they will be joined by Democrat Mary Harshfield, who will also participate in tonight’s event.

You can listen to the forum on 1330 WFIN and 88.3 WLFC, as well as watch on UFTV channel 20 on Time Warner Cable.

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Some Blanchard River Flood Control Ideas Didn’t Make The Cut

4/15/15 – 4:59 A.M.

We now know how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to fight flooding along the Blanchard River. A levee and a diversion channel have been proposed to handle the issue. But many of the ideas we’ve heard about since 2007 didn’t make the cut. The Courier reports cost and engineering issues led to some proposals getting scrapped.

For instance, 24 miles of floodwalls and levees, much like what was seen in the 1962 flood study, would have cost $250 million to build. The Corps report also says the floodwalls would have caused induced flooding of 3-to-4 feet upstream and downstream of Findlay.

Many in the agriculture community have suggested clearing the river would help reduce flooding. However the Corps’ report says that would only solve minor flooding issues.

Detention basins were also considered. Corps engineers say the flat terrain of the area wouldn’t be deep enough to impact flood levels significantly.

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Findlay Sitting in a Strong, Aggressive Position in Regard to Debt

04/14/15     6:50 p.m.

Findlay is in a good position financially in regard to savings and its budget. But what about city debt? At a presentation to council members Tuesday, City Auditor Jim Staschiak said the debt totals about $36 million.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

While it seems like a large sum, the annual payments total about 25 percent of the city’s income tax revenue. City Council has a policy that their total payments should not exceed 33 percent of that revenue.

The majority of the debt can be attributed to the sewer system with $19.8 million, followed by capital improvements at $8.3 million and water system at $7.8 million.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Outstanding debt for the water system is the closest to being paid off. Right now the city pays $1.4 million per year annually. That will drop down to about $300,000 per year in the next five years with loans being paid off.

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Riegle: Flood Mitigation Draft Report a Step in the Right Direction

04/14/15     1:23 p.m.

A draft report for Blanchard River flood mitigation was released by the Army Corps of Engineers last week. The plan includes a levee east of Findlay and a diversion channel on the west side of the county. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle said this is at least a step in the right direction.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle said compared to previous attempts at flood mitigation this time things are being done more thoroughly and with more community involvement which is a positive. It should also be noted that the draft is not the be all, end all and should be seen as a jumping off point.

Audio: Phil Riegle

As far as cost, Riegle said he was surprised the estimate dropped so significantly from the original $150 million to $66 million. While it’s still a large sum Riegle said it’s much more manageable.

Another major sticking point of the draft was the timetable, which cites 2027 as the year the project should be finished. Riegle said he sees that as an absolute latest point and he expects it will be done sooner.

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Hancock County Budget On Good Footing

4/14/15 – 10:56 A.M.

We’re more than a quarter into 2015, and officials say the Hancock County budget is looking healthy…

Audio: Charity Rauschenberg

County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says sales tax collections are up 13 percent over 2014 numbers.

Commissioner Phil Riegle added that casino revenue disbursement is also up around $6,600 compared to this time last year.

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Teenager Reported Missing In Allen County

4/14/15 – 7:29 A.M.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in finding a missing teenager. A post on the department’s Facebook page says 15-year-old Jonathan Wappelhorst was last seen on April 2.

Wappelhorst is white, around 5’10” tall, and weighs around 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Wappelhorst was last seen wearing a grey and white striped V-neck t-shirt, blue jeans, and a grey hoodie. He also had red and white Nike shoes.

It’s believed the teenager is still in the Lima area. You’re asked to call Detective Nate Music at (419)993-1433 if you have any information on where Wappelhorst might be.

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Curb Replacement Continues On Western Avenue

4/14/15 – 5:35 A.M.

Curb replacement will continue to change traffic patterns on Western Avenue this week. A release from the city says the road is only open to northbound traffic between West Main Cross and Lima Street. Work will take place between 7 a.m. in the morning and 6 p.m. in the evening.

Short delays are also expected between West Main Cross and River Street.

All lanes will continue to reopen after 6 p.m.

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Findlay Company Sells Tiffin Manufacturing Plant

A Findlay company has sold one of its manufacturing facilities to a Missouri-based competitor. The St. Louis Business Journal reports the Centrex Plastics facility in Tiffin is now owned by Katy Industries. Katy is paying $23.9 million in cash, plus earnout payments of no less than $2.3 million over three years. The deal includes Centrex’s affiliate, T.R. Plastics Inc.

Centrex will continue to operate its Findlay plant.

The business journal reports Katy and Centrex will collaborate to take advantage of a growing market for home storage projects.

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Work Continues On McComb Water Tower

4/14/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Work continues to be done on a new water tower in McComb. The Courier reports sandblasting on the tower was finished this week. Coats of primer will now be added to the structure. The new water tower is expected to be in operation this June.

The project is costing the village $835,000.

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