Review Category : Local News

Candidate Profile: Mark Gazarek

10/18/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our series of profiles for candidates you’ll see on the November ballot begins today with the Hancock County Commissioners race. On the topic of flood mitigation, incumbent Mark Gazarek says he’s all-in on whatever Stantec Consulting recommends…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

On the topic of renovating the probate and juvenile court, incumbent Gazarek says the current set up doesn’t work…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

With that in mind, Gazarek says renovation would be a better option than building new because of the cost of a new building.

When it comes to economic development, Gazarek said having job ready sites helps lure more companies…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said an investment in infrastructure also helped bring McClane to the county.

Challenger William Bateson’s profile will air tomorrow.

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Fostoria City Council Could Speed Up Construction on New Tim Hortons With Tax Abatement

10/18/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Fostoria City Council could give the owners of Fostoria’s Tim Hortons a tax break to speed up construction. The Review-Times reports that council will hear a second reading tonight about the proposed 10-year, 50-percent Community Reinvestment Tax abatement. Rensko Holdings is requesting the abatement. They purchased lots on North Countyline Road and plan to demolish buildings to build a Tim Hortons.

The paper reports that even with the abatement the city would still receive more tax dollars than the property currently pays. If council approves this abatement then construction is expected to begin next month.

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Arlington Might Consider A New Contract With The Sheriff’s Office

10/18/16 – 4:57 A.M.

Members of Arlington council might want to negotiate a new contract with the Hancock County SHeriff’s Office. The Courier reports that at recent meetings members of council thought the village might be getting overbilled. They voted not to renew the contract in September.

Fiscal officer Greg Glick said that he met with representatives of the sheriff’s office. He indicated that a computer error may have been caused inaccurate reports of the sheriff’s office activity in the village. Glick said that they were not being overbilled.

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Kalida Traffic Stop Ends In Two Drug Arrests

10/18/16 – 4:40 A.M.

Two people face drug charges after a traffic stop on Saturday in Putnam County. The sheriff’s K-9 unit was called in to perform a free air sniff. The dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found thousands of dollars in various drugs, meth lab supplies, a large sum of cash, and a loaded firearm. 30-year-old Rene Valdez and 20-year-old Dakota Valdez have been charged with possession of cocaine. Bond for Rene is set at $150,000. Dakota’s bond is set at $100,000.

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This Week Is National Teen Driving Safety Week

10/17/16 – 4:14 P.M.

It is National Teen Driving Safety Week and the State Highway Patrol is taking part. Findlay Post Commander Matt Crow says that teen drivers are in accidents due to inexperience but there are ways to get better.

Gaining Experience

He went on to add that 15% of all crashes in Ohio involved young drivers aged 15-19. Crow said that the young drivers are often at fault.

Accident Fault

State troopers will keep an extra eye out for young drivers that drive recklessly through to October 22nd. Crow said they always want to help young drivers before there is an accident.

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Grief Presentation Tonight At Blanchard Valley Hospital

10/17/16 – 1:00 P.M.

You can learn a little bit more about grief tonight at the Myths and Misconceptions of Grief Presentation. Bridge Bereavement Services is offering the presentation in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital. They will help to dispel the many myths and misconceptions of grief such as “grief gets better the second year”. The presentation is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. It is part of a 9-month educational series that explains how to deal with the loss of a loved one.

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Spirit Rock At BGSU Vandalized With Racial Slur

10/17/16 – 5:41 A.M.

Bowling Green State University officials are investigating a racial vandalism incident on campus. The Sentinel-Tribune reports someone spray-painted a slur on the spirit rock near Kreischer Quad. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said the graffiti was quickly removed.

A statement from Mazey said, “This type of hate speech will NOT be tolerated at BGSU.”

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Local Gas Prices Down From Last Week

10/17/16 – 5:36 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down. reports the average price in Findlay is $2.14 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly the same as they were a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.09 per gallon today. That’s a 15 cent drop over the last seven days.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.15, a 13 cent decrease from last Monday.

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Fire Damages Two Fostoria Homes

10/17/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A fire damaged two Fostoria homes Sunday afternoon. The Review-Times reports the fire broke out at 238 East Crock Street around 4:45 p.m. The blaze also damaged a home at 239 East Crocker Street.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office will meet with firefighters to help with the investigation today.

No one was home when the fire started. Firefighters were able to save several pets from the house.

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Columbus Grove Officials Want Speed Limit Reduced On Route 65

10/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Officials in Columbus Grove want the speed limit on State Route 65 lowered. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Village Administrator Jeff Vance recently asked ODOT to lower the limit to 40 miles-per-hour through town. Vance said ODOT responded by saying they could lower the limit to 45, but not 40. Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach said that would work.

Both Vance and Gilgenbach said an increased number of businesses on the edges of town make it necessary to reduce the speed limit through the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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