Review Category : Local News

Leipsic Will Replace Water Meters

9/15/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Leipsic will change the way it monitors water usage. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village council accepted a bid for more than $247,000 to install a new electronic water metering system. Village Administrator Kevin Lammon told council members last week the system will provide more accuracy and can be done in a timely matter.

Lammon added the village could handle a ten-year loan for the project without raising water rates.

The village had hoped to get a $40,000 grant from the Ohio Worker’s Compensation grant for the project, but the application was rejected.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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McComb Looks At Safety Grant Options

9/15/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The path to school could be safer for McComb children in the future. The Courier reports village council talked about applying for a Safe Routes to School grant during their Monday meeting. If approved, the money could be applied to improving sidewalks near the school, flashing traffic lights and other features.

The village is gathering information for the application. Officials are working to find out the number of kids who walk or bike to school.

Another safety proposal is also under consideration. Police Chief Greg Smith told council he would like to start a Seeking Aid From Every Resident, or SAFER program. It would help organize neighborhood watches, a Safety Town traffic awareness program, and street light monitoring.

MORE: The Courier

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Man Sentenced For Threatening Putnam County Judge

9/15/15 – 5:06 A.M.

A man accused of threatening a Putnam County Judge will spend six years in prison. The Lima News reports 34-year-old Matthew Stateler was sentenced on charges of aggravated menacing, harassment with a bodily substance, and retaliation during a Monday hearing. That’s on top of a three-year sentence he’ll serve on an attempted felonious assault conviction.

According the newspaper, Stateler didn’t take the news well. He apparently cursed at his lawyer and tried to walk out of the courtroom before he was stopped by four deputies.

That type of reaction is what landed Stateler in prison for an extra three years. In May he threatened Judge Randal Basinger and allegedly spit on a deputy when he was restrained during a courtroom hearing.

MORE: Lima News

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Hancock County’s Hotel Bed Tax Could Increase

9/15/15 – 4:55 A.M.

There’s a push to raise Hancock County’s hotel/motel bed tax. The Courier reports business and educational leaders want the tax raised by 3 percent to benefit the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Hancock County Fairgrounds. The Hancock County Commissioners have the final say on the issue. If approved, 2 percent of the tax increase would go to the performing arts center. The rest would go to the fairgrounds.

Hancock County already has a 3 percent bed tax. If the tax increase is approved, a stay at a hotel in Findlay would see a total tax bill of 15.75 percent of the cost of the room. 6 percent would come from the county, plus a 3 percent Findlay bed tax, a 1 percent county sales tax, and a 5.75 percent state sales tax.

Marathon CEO Gary Heminger, Cooper Tire CEO Roy Armes, Blanchard Valley Health System CEO Scott Malaney, and University of Findlay President Katherine Fell have all come out in favor of the tax increase. All four signed a letter in support, saying, “The undersigned fully understand that an increase in lodging tax will result in a modest increase in lodging cost to their respective companies and institutions. However, this cost is far outweighed by the unique, historic opportunity presented to the Findlay-Hancock County to benefit those projects.”

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Schools To Spend 1.8 Million Over Projected Revenues

9/14/2015    8:05pm

The Findlay Schools Budget was approved by school board members Monday night. The budget is around 86.5 million dollars and expenses are projected to come in around 1.8 million dollars over projected revenues.

Audio: Mike Barnhart

School Treasurer Mike Barnhart says that the once the one-time expenses are paid for, the budget projections will fall under expected revenues. He also noted that state funding is projected to be adjusted in the next fiscal year as well.

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Findlay Schools Working On Workforce Development Training

9/14/2015       8pm

The Findlay City Schools and the Millstream Career Center will soon be partnering with a manufacturing facility to better educate students to enter the workforce after graduation. Findlay School Superintendent Ed Kurt says that school and city officials will travel to Ozark Missouri next month to meet with members of McLane Industries.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said that McLane will be building a new facility in Findlay soon, and the school officials want to design programs at Millstream Career Center that will offer workforce training for students interested in applying for jobs at the new facility.

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Millstream Career Center Earns “A” Grade On State Report Card

9/14/2015     7:55pm

The Millstream Career Center recently scored an “A” on the State Report Card for high schools and career centers. Chris Renn, Director of Millstream said that the scores are evaluated differently than they are for traditional high schools.

Audio: Chris Renn

Renn said that additionally, 91% of Millstream students either go to post-secondary education, enter the workforce or enlist in the military after graduating.

Audio: Chris Renn

Renn says that 85% of the students enrolled passed all the technical skills attainment tests that the state mandates and that scores for career technical centers are evaluated differently than they are for traditional high schools. Students are evaluated on their ability to apply knowledge gained in a classroom setting directly into the workforce.

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Findlay Leaders Visit Japan On Economic Trip

9/14/2015      7:10pm

Several Findlay public officials and community leaders are in Japan this week as part of an economic mission trip. The Courier reports that Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Hancock County Economic Development Director Tony Iriti, Assistant Director for Economic Development Tim Mayle and University of Findlay President Katherine Fell are in Japan to meet with business and government leaders.

The trip is part of an ongoing relationship Findlay officials have had with Japanese leaders. Mihalik, Fell and others traveled to Japan in 2012 for similar meetings and members of the Japanese government have also made trips to Findlay.

More: The Courier

PHOTO CAPTION: Findlay officials — including Mayor Lydia Mihalik, University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Director of Findlay and Hancock County Economic Development Tony Iriti, assistant director for economic development Tim Mayle and University of Findlay Associate Professor of Japanese and Chair of the Language and Culture Department Hiroaki Kawamura — are seen on their “economic mission trip” to Japan. (Photo via Katherine Fell’s Twitter profile)


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International Paper Opens $70 Million Expansion Project In Kenton

9/14/2015      3:40pm

International Paper has completed the 250,000 square foot expansion at its Kenton, Ohio manufacturing facility. WKTN Radio reports that the company produces fiber-based hot and cold cups, food buckets, containers, plates and lids for many popular quick-service restaurant brands. During the past year, International Paper invested approximately $70 million into constructing the extended building structure, installing new equipment and hiring people to support the increased capacity of the plant.

The completion of the expansion was a collaborative effort between International Paper and key local, county and state community partners. Kenton, Ohio was selected based on its access to a skilled workforce, multi-mode transportation capabilities and easy distribution access to the Midwest, East Coast and Southern markets.

More: WKTN Radio

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Farmers May Need To Adjust Combine Settings For Soybean Harvest

9/14/2015     11:20am

As farmers get out into the soybean fields this fall they will want to take precautions in how they set their combines for the harvest. OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that with the short soybean crops this year, farmers will need to adjust their settings and take it a bit slower when out harvesting in the fields.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz notes that there are three areas that farmers can look at to pinpoint the cause of significant crop loss.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz recommends that farmers take added time to review their fields and double check their combine settings as much as possible to avoid significant crop losses this fall.

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