Review Category : Local News

Putnam County Priest Attacked Over Labor Day Weekend

9/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.

Putnam County authorities have accused a Napoleon woman of attacking a Cloverdale priest earlier this month. WLIO-TV reports Putnam County Prosecutors say 65-year-old Frances Wilhelm hit Father Herman Scherger in the head with a hammer over the Labor Day weekend.

Scherger told police that on the day of the attack, he returned to his home and saw an unfamiliar car in his driveway. He said when he got out of his car Wilhelm assaulted him. Scherger was able to get back to his car and drive to a neighbor’s house to get help.

Investigators have charged Wilhelm with felonious assault. She has also undergone a psychological evaluation.

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Findlay Police Department Wants Your Feedback

9/15/16 – 5:18 A.M.

How well do you think the Findlay Police Department is doing its job? You can let them know through a new online survey. A release from the department says the anonymous survey is part of ongoing efforts to improve communication with city residents.

The deadline to complete the survey is October 7.

We have a link to it on our website. If you don’t have internet access you can pick up a copy at the police station or the mayor’s office.

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National Teacher Shortage Felt Locally

9/15/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The nation is short 60,000 teachers, and experts expect the gap to grow. That’s according to a new study published by the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, California. The superintendents of several local schools tell the Courier changing education standards and increased testing are likely to blame for the problem.

Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt says fewer teachers in the pipeline has made it harder to find quality applicants for open positions. He added it’s hard to find teachers for higher-level math and science programs. For classes like geometry and algebra II, he’s seen as few as four applicants for jobs. Kurt says the district tries to keep salaries competitive.

Cory Rawson Superintendent Bob Hlasko tells the newspaper, “Education has become less of an art and, instead, has become an assembly line.” He added the district gets about half the applications for open positions as it did in the past.

The Vanlue school district felt the shortage this year. Superintendent Traci Conley says they were still trying to fill two openings just days before the school year began. She believes school reforms have, “placed teachers in the crossfire.” She added that’s not appealing to potential educators.

Changing standards and standardized tests aren’t the only reasons for the shortage. Conley and McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter say mass retirements by baby-boomers have led to a large amount of openings.

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Guest Speakers At UF Class Talk About Stress, Trauma, And Recovery

09/14/16 – 11:54 P.M.

The University of Findlay class offered by Dr. Mike Milks brought in speakers from Focus on Friends. The organization helps people recover from chemical dependency. Recovery Accountability Manager Ellyn Schmiesing says that stress can become toxic.

Toxic Stress

She adds that this can create even bigger issues.

Trauma

She adds that some people don’t know how to cope with this trauma and can turn to drugs as a release.

Coping

Schmiesing added that there are many ways to cope with trauma. Coping is a tough thing to do for some people but having resilience helps. Executive Director Wayne Ford from Focus On Friends said that people have to find the method that works for them.

Resilience

You can join the class next Wednesday for a panel discussion with Focus on Friends. The class is in Room 2225 of the Davis Street Building every Wednesday from 6-8 pm.

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Summer Comes To A Close But Events In The County Keep Going

 

09/14/16 – 4:48 P.M.

Summer is gone but fun events are sticking around for the fall. That’s according to Director of Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau Alissa Preston.

Alissa Preston

Octoberfest is coming up next Saturday in Findlay. Preston explained some of the things you will see.

Octoberfest

 

Halloween is just a month and a half away and Findlay already has plans in place. Preston says there will be some events to celebrate the holiday as well.

Halloween Events

 

 

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Findlay High School Students Suspended Following Threatening Social Media Post

Findlay High School suspended two freshmen following what school officials are calling a threatening post on social media. The Courier reports an Instagram post showed two girls with plastic guns holding a sign that said, “I hate everyone, you hate everyone. Let’s shoot up the school at homecoming.” The caption to the picture read, “If school shooting was a sport. America would get the gold.”

Findlay City Schools Superintendent secretary Meagan Brown says police officers removed the girls from school Tuesday. Superintendent Ed Kurt will meet with the students next week, and could expel them.

Findlay High School’s homecoming football game is set for September 30. The homecoming dance will be October 1.

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Contract Worker For Marathon Petroleum Dies In Texas Scaffolding Collapse

9/14/16 – 11:26 A.M.

A scaffolding collapse killed a contract worker for Marathon Petroleum in Texas Monday. The Galveston County Daily News reports 22-year-old Louis Gonzales-Brock fell into the Port of Texas City and never resurfaced. The reports says the man was wearing a lifejacket but may have gotten stuck on the scaffolding under water.

Gonzales-Brock was one of five people working for Excel Modular Scaffold of Louisiana at the site. The other workers were not hurt. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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FBI Says It Could Be A While Before More Information Is Released On Allen County Sheriff’s Office Investigation

9/14/16 – 7:32 A.M.

We won’t know why the FBI is investigating the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for a while. According to the Lima News, the FBI says it could be a month or two before they make more information public. FBI agents collected information at the sheriff’s office on September 7. So far there’s no word on what the agents were looking for when they served a search warrant.

In the meantime, Sheriff Sam Crish has not been back to work since the investigation began. Sheriff Lt. Matt Treglia tells the newspaper day-to-day operations have not changed.

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Study Will Look At Possible Improvements For State Route 103 In Bluffton

9/14/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Continued business development on State Route 103 in Bluffton is good news for the economy, but a problem for traffic on the east side of the village. The Lima News reports village officials held a public meeting Tuesday to get information for possible upgrades to the highway.

Possible upgrades could mean adding turn lanes, increasing lighting, or adding sidewalks. The study will also look at adding access roads.

ODOT is paying $50,000 of the $58,000 price tag for the study. ODOT has also given the road a “high rural road risk” designation to the corridor. An engineer from Choice One Engineering of Sidney said there have been 30 crashes along the corridor over the last three years.

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