Review Category : Local News

Economic Recovery Predicted To Remain Steady In 2016

11/5/2015 – 3:55 pm

Is the economy recovering, and how will the recovery continue in 2016? Jeff Korzenik from Fifth Third Bank says that there were several significant factors which help to contribute to the slow economic recovery since the recession in 2008.

Audio: Jeff Korzenik

Additionally, the regulations which were put in place in the wake of the recession helped to slow down the pace of the recovery over the last seven years. But what about 2016? Korzenik says that the year will see the rise of the consumer again, with more money being spent. Expected changes in the FED interest rates will help contribute as well as improvement in employment.

Audio: Jeff Korzenik

Korzenik says the recovery will still climb at a slow rate, but it will remain steady and continue climbing upward.

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Agency On Aging Changes Name To “50 North”

11/5/2015 – 2:45 pm

The Hancock County Agency on Aging has a new name. The organization was officially rebranded as “50 North” at a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Executive Director Carolyn Copus said that the change came about because the center wanted to find ways to better provide services to its members.

Audio: Carolyn Copus

Through a grant from the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation, the center hired a consultant who researched potential issues and talked with many community members from all across Findlay and Hancock County to determine what services people would like to see.

Audio: Carolyn Copus

In addition to the name change and the rebranding, the center will continue to provide many of the same services but will also work on additional services, such as learning seminars, service projects and also trips to various locations across the US. Copus said that the staff hopes that many people will continue to utilize the facility and it will continue to grow and serve Findlay and Hancock County.

Audio: Carolyn Copus

50 North is located at 339 East Melrose Avenue in Findlay and for more information you can reach them at 419-423-8496

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Hancock County Commissioners Deal With Quirk In Insurance Plan

11/5/15 – 11:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are helping county employees deal with a quirk in the county’s insurance program. If someone needs a prescription refilled, they have a 180-day window to do that and get a cheaper refill cost. Commissioner Mark Gazarek explains that can be an issue for “as-needed” refills…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The commissioners decided that they would override the 180-day policy in this instance. Gazarek says it doesn’t make sense to have people fill prescriptions they don’t need simply so they can get a better price.

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Annual Findlay Veterans Day Parade Set For Sunday Afternoon

11/5/2015 – 10:52 am

Findlay will honor its veterans in the annual Veterans Day Parade scheduled for this Sunday. Organizer Bill Johns said that the line up will begin on Lincoln Street at 1pm Sunday afternoon.

Audio: Bill Johns

The parade will kickoff at 2:00 pm and Johns said that any veterans who want to come out to be in the parade are welcome to do so. They will not turn away anyone who wishes to participate. The parade will move north on Main Street approaching the Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Main and Center Street.

Audio: Bill Johns

All area veterans of any branch of the military, national guard, coast guard any branch of the services are welcome to attend.

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Election Results: Archer Wins Second North Baltimore Council Seat

11/5/15 – 7:18 A.M.

Wood County elections officials determined who won the second open council seat in North Baltimore Wednesday. The Courier reports write-in candidate Matthew Archer received 131 votes. The race featured only one name on the ballot for two open seats, but there were three write-in candidates seeking the position.

The top vote-getter was Ronald Carles with 494. The other write-in candidates; Beth Vanlerberg and Susan Seiler, finished with 85 votes and 83 votes respectively.

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Items Stolen From Several Cars In Fostoria

11/5/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Thieves took items from several unlocked cars in Fostoria this week. The Review-Times reports the crimes happened between 7:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday. Items were taken from cars on Glenview Drive, Van Buren Street, Woodrow Wilson Drive, and Jefferson Road. In most cases the thieves got away with cash.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper the cars were unlocked and there was no sign of forced entry. He believes if the cars had been locked the thieves would have moved on to the next potential target.

Loreno believes due to the close proximity of the incidents, the same person or group of people committed the crimes. Anyone with information is urged to call the Fostoria Police Department at (419)435-8573.

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Fostoria Company Gets Loan To Upgrade Empty Industrial Building

11/5/15 – 6:42 A.M.

A Fostoria company is closer to upgrading an empty industrial building. The Courier reports city council approved a $150,000 loan to Mennel Milling will pay for equipment at a facility at 602 Findlay Street. A new conveyor system will be installed at the former fertilizer plant.

The loan was granted to BMP Maintenance Group on behalf of Mennel Milling. The upgrades are expected to create four full-time jobs.

The loan now goes to the Ohio Development Services Agency for final approval.

MORE: The Courier

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Columbus Grove Woman Pleads Guilty In Theft Case

11/5/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A Columbus Grove woman plead guilty to a grand theft charge this week. The Courier reports 28-year-old Lauren Sautter admitted to stealing more than $53,000 from Blanchard Valley Continuing Care Services in Findlay. Sautter was placed in a diversion program following the Wednesday court hearing.

Prosecutors say Sautter was an office employee responsible for receiving cash and checks. She reportedly made up receipts and then pocketed part of the money, while depositing the rest. The crimes took place between September of 2010 and October of last year.

Sautter will avoid jail time if she follows the probation terms for a year-long period. At that time the case will be dismissed. Around $12,500 in restitution has been paid back to Blanchard Valley Continuing Care Services.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Residents Charged With Burglary

11/5/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Two Findlay residents are accused of stealing from a rural Rawson home this week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 34-year-old Amy Dingus and 36-year-old Dustin Skeene are charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools following the Tuesday incident.

Deputies were called to 14038 Union Township Road 57 just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses say a man knocked on the door of a home and then kicked it. The man then left in a white car. The car was pulled over on State Route 12 near Benton Ridge. Inside, deputies found a pillowcase holding jewelry and a computer.

There was also a jewelry sales slip that had the name of the victim on it. The items had been taken from a home at 13358 Union Township Road 57.

Deputies also allegedly found two crack pipes and rolling papers in Dingus’ purse. No drug charges have been filed yet.

 

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Proposal Would Require More Findlay Teens To File Tax Returns

11/5/15 – 4:59 A.M.

A proposal in Findlay could see more teenagers filing tax returns. The Courier reports a proposed ordinance would require all city residents, including those 16 and older, to file a return. The return would have to be filed regardless of taxable income. The ordinance would see notifications sent to families of 16-year-olds telling them a return must be filed.

The city’s income tax board talked about the issue Wednesday. Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas says current city regulations require older teenagers file a return only if they have taxable income. He says the change would likely cut down on the 600 people a year his office has to contact to see if they had a taxable income.

City Auditor Jim Staschiak didn’t agree with the proposal. Staschiak say sit would, “unnecessarily burden a child.” He also questioned what the penalty would be for a teen who didn’t file a return.

MORE: The Courier

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