Review Category : Local News

ODOT Has Plenty Of Work Scheduled In Hancock County This Week

8/1/16 – 6:46 A.M.

There will be plenty of road work on area highways this week. ODOT says I-75 will be reduced to one lane in both directions between State Route 235 and County Road 60 near Rawson for resurfacing. That project will start by the end of the week.

Elsewhere the entrance ramp from westbound U.S. 30 to U.S. 68 and the exit ramp from eastbound U.S. 30 to U.S. 68 will be closed for a week starting on August 4. The closure will allow crews to complete a resurfacing project. Detours will be posted.

Another project will see State Route 613 west of Van Buren closed for three days starting today. Work between Township Road 136 and County Road 139 will see a culvert replaced.

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Road Work Projects Continue In Findlay This Week

8/1/16 – 5:35 A.M.

Another week of roadwork is underway in Findlay. The city’s engineering office says you’ll see closures or delays in the following locations:

Broad Avenue is still reduced to one lane in each direction between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. Gas line installation will take place on Center Street between Carnahan and McManness avenues. Davis Street also remains closed between Morey Avenue and Cory Street for a waterline installation project.

Curb replacement is taking place on Harmon Street between Crystal Avenue and Parskide Place; Windsor Place between Bright and Old Mill Roads; Hollybrook Drive from Beecher Street to Edinborough Drive, Avalone Terrace between Woodworth and the dead end; and Greendale Avenue from Woodworth to the dead end.

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Two Injured In Tiffin Avenue Crash Sunday

8/1/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay Sunday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened around 4:40 p.m. at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and North Blanchard Street. 23-year-old Justin Jaros of North Baltimore was driving west on Tiffin when he tried to turn left onto North Blanchard and hit an SUV.

A baby in Jaros’ car was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution. A juvenile passenger in the SUV was also hospitalized.

Jaros was cited for failing to yield and having a suspended license.

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Findlay Learning Center Ready For Year Two

8/1/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An educational program in Findlay is expanding in its second year in operation. The Courier reports the Findlay Learning Center will operate two classrooms in the Washington Administration building this year. One classroom will be for students in grades K-5, while the other will be for grades 6-12. Victoria Swatrz is the director of the program. She tells the newspaper they had as many as 60 kids get extra help from the learning center last year.

The Findlay Learning Center provides individualized instruction for students who may not be able to take part in classes due to a medical or social reason. The program also helps kids who may need more one-on-one instruction to catch up if they’ve fallen behind in their course work. The staff is in contact with the student’s parents every week.

The learning center will also use a new online curriculum this school year.

MORE: The Courier

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Teenage Group Takes Bike From 10-Year Old

8/1/16 – 4:59 A.M.

A 10-year-old boy had his bike stolen from him at knife-point in Findlay Sunday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 8:40 p.m. near 1016 Tiffin Avenue. The boy was approached by three teenage boys and one teenage girl. One of the teens demanded the bike and showed the boy a knife when the boy refused to give it up.

The suspect is described as Hispanic and in his mid-teens. He was around 5’6″ and had dark hair. There was no description of the others in the group.

The boy was not hurt. The case remains under investigation.

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Rally in the Alley Cancelled

7/29/16 – 4:57 P.M.Unsavory Weather conditions have shut down an event in Findlay. Rally in the Alley is cancelled tonight due to the threat of rain.

Unsavory Weather conditions have shut down an event in Findlay. Rally in the Alley is cancelled tonight due to the threat of rain.

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Seneca County Fair Closes This Weekend

7/29/16 – 3:30 P.M.

This weekend marks the final events of the Seneca County Fair. Saturday there is the demolition derby at 8 p.m. in the grandstand. Tickets are only 10 dollars for grandstand and infield admission.

Also for $10, you can go see the O.S.T.P.A Tractor Pull at 5 p.m. in the grandstand. That event is happening on Sunday.

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Wood County Fair Opens Next Week In Bowling green

7/29/16 – 3:10 P.M

The Wood County Fair opens next Monday in Bowling Green with several entertainment highlights. The Courier reports that a concert by country star Martina McBride, demolition derbies, and a Monster Truck Throwdown are just a few of many entertainment opportunities.

General admission is just $6 a person, free for children under 9. Weekly passes are also available for only $24 which will grant access to the fair every day.

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Mayor Says There Is A Chance Two Independent Projects Get Married

7/29/16 – 2:56 P.M.

ODOT’s I-75 widening project can be married to the flood mitigation project if the diversion channel is suggested. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik says that the marriage would be a smart move.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

The proposed marriage would allow dirt to be taken from the diversion channel to be used in the ODOT project.

The ODOT project needs around 600,000 cubic yards of excavated material. It’s estimated that the diversion channel will net 1.2 million cubic yards of excavated material.

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Findlay-Hancock Area Needs Housing According To Courier Reporter’s Research

7/29/16 – 1:34 P.M.

The Findlay-Hancock area is suffering from a lack of rental properties. The Findlay Courier’s Max Filby is writing a series of stories about the lack of rental properties. Filby said that apartments in Findlay are 98% full and the area is short housing units.

Audio: Max Filby

He says there are barriers to creating the housing that is needed. Part of the problem is that it costs too much to construct the buildings.

Audio: Max Filby

Filby’s three-part series will appear in different editions of the Findlay Courier. The Saturday edition will mark the first installment.

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