Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Seeking Nominators for Veteran of the Year

06/09/15     7:01 a.m.

A new event in Putnam County will honor a veteran in the area.

The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County will be hosting the county’s first Veteran of the Year Recognition Dinner Oct. 24, 2015 at the VFW in Ottawa.

They are now accepting nominators for the Veteran of the Year. The nominee must be an honorably discharged veteran of any era, age, race or gender. The person nominated also has to reside in Putnam County and be involved in veterans’ outreach efforts or other volunteer service.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Veterans Office.

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Lima Planning Housing Improvements with CDBG Grant Money

06/09/15     6:45 a.m.

Lima officials are hoping to improve housing in the city with grant money in the next year.

The Lima News says city administrators met Monday to discuss their five-year plan for Community Development Block Grant money. Department Director Amy Sackman Odum said this year the city worked on expanding its outreach to the city with surveys.

Next year, the goals include improving and expanding affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, combating poverty and increasing economic opportunities in the city.

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Pink Elevator at Marathon Petroleum to Raise Money for Race for the Cure

06/09/15     6:43 a.m.

Findlay’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is getting a lift from Metro Elevator Company to help launch the Ride the Pink Elevator Campaign.

The launch will take place this Thursday with Charles Construction and Gilbane Construction at Marathon Petroleum on Main Street. A pink elevator in the construction zone at Marathon, specifically on the soon-to-be MPLX office building.

Metro Elevator installed the very first national pink elevator in January of this year. The campaign is to help raise awareness as well as funds to fight breast cancer.

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McComb Planning Future With Heart and Soul Grant Program Money

06/09/15     6:34 a.m.

McComb is nearing the end of its first phase of its Heart and Soul Program. The village received a $130,000 grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and Orton Family Foundation to unite and plan for their future.

The Courier reports the project was discussed at the village’s Monday council meeting. Program Coordinator Joe Wasson said organizing the community was the first task. Next will be to gather stories and ideas from residents in the district starting July 4.

Wasson told the newspaper he hopes to get the youth involved but needs participation from the whole community. Following collection of idea, the Heart and Soul group will create a plan for the village.

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Findlay Man Hit While Riding Motorized Wheelchair In Roadway

06/09/15     6:32 a.m.

A Findlay man riding his motorized wheelchair in the road was hit by a pickup truck Monday night.

The Findlay Police Department says 50-year-old James Withers was riding his wheelchair north in the 1600 block of South Blanchard Street around 9 p.m. He was hit but 70-year-old Simon Salinas of Findlay who was driving south at about 25 mph.

Withers had minor injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. He was also cited for not using the available sidewalk, as he is considered a pedestrian because he uses the motorized wheelchair for transportation.

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Freedom of Information Act Being Used to Get Info From City of Findlay

06/09/15     6:27 a.m.

The Courier is once again asking the City of Findlay for a list of businesses it allows to defer income tax payments, this time using the Freedom of Information Act.

The newspaper submitted the written request to the city law director and tax administrator who previously declined the request citing state law and a city ordinance.

A city ordinance passed in 2009 allows certain businesses to defer income tax payments until as late as October. The Courier is asking for the city to release the names of the businesses it allows to defer as well as those required to pay in installments.

City Council members will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 1 to discuss the deferment process.

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Rettig Brothers to Reopen As Art Van Furniture in July

06/09/15     6:26 a.m.

A franchise agreement with a Michigan company will give a Findlay company new life in July.

Rettig Brothers Furniture announced a partnership with Art Van Furniture Monday. The new Art Van location will be the retailer’s first franchise store in Ohio at Rettig’s current location on U.S. 224 in Findlay.

Tony Rettig will own and operate the franchise. He said the partnership is a dream come true and will allow the company to expand its product line.

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Road Work Continues in Several Places in Hancock County

06/08/15     6:35 a.m.

There are a few road construction zones around Hancock County you’ll want to be aware of this week.

Northbound State Route 15 east of U.S. 68 will be reduced to one lane for a roadside slide repair project. That project is expected to continue through July. State Route 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line and State Route 18 from Fostoria to the Seneca County line will both be restricted for resurfacing work.

Pavement repair and resurfacing will also affect traffic flow on State Route 613 from McComb to I-75. And lastly, U.S. 30 from State Route 235 to the Wyandot County line will be restricted to one lane in each direction for roadway tarring and chipping.


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