Review Category : Local News

Findlay Association for University Women Kicking Off Membership Drive

09/15/14   2:55 p.m.

The American Association for University Women strives to enhance opportunities for women through higher education. The Findlay branch of the AAUW is seeking more members to help achieve that goal.

Audio: Gillian Holzhauser-Graber

Gillian Holzhauser-Graber (Gray-ber), president of the Findlay AAUW branch, said the goal for the branch is to increase its 30 members to 50.

For women, issues like college education, gender pay gaps and more are defining issues. The AAUW is an organization created to be an advocate for women across the country.

Audio: Gillian Holzhauser-Graber

Holzhauser-Graber said AAUW helps women through scholarship, continuing education and any other educational opportunities.

The association will kick-off its membership drive tonight at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Dining Room at the University of Findlay. Membership is open to both women and men, who hold a degree above high school level as well as university students.

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Gas Prices Down Again To Start The Week

9/15/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start another work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around the state for a gallon of regular is $3.30. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday, and 14 cents from August 15.

In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $3.34 a gallon early this morning. Ottawa prices were around 10 cents cheaper.

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ADAMHS Seeking Nominations For Awards

9/15/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is accepting nominations for its annual VIP Awards. The organization is looking for individuals and groups who best represent the mission, of ADAMHS. Nominations will be taken until October 31.

There are three categories for nominations; volunteer, involvement, and professional.

For more information go to yourpathtohealth.org.

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Food Violations Found At BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium

9/15/14 – 5:00 A.M.

Health code violations are threatening to shut down concessions at BGSU’s Doyt Perry Stadium. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a health inspector found 11 critical violations during a recent home football game. The newspaper says there have been sanitation concerns for several years now.

Sodexo met with Wood County health officials last year to outline a plan to address the problems.

A spokesman told the Associated Press the company is taking the complaints seriously and will work with the university to address the problems.

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Overnight Construction Will Change I-75 Traffic Pattern In Findlay

9/15/14 – 4:51 A.M.

Overnight construction work will change traffic patterns on I-75 for the next three days. Starting tonight, traffic near the U.S. 224 bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction, and diverted up and down the interchange ramps. The traffic change will allow steel beams to be set for the new bridge.

The work should last through Wednesday.

The bridge construction is expected to wrap up this fall.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Gets Traffic Safety Grant

9/15/14 – 4:42 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant worth more than $34,600. A release from the office says the money came from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and will be applied to fiscal year 2015.

The grant will help with traffic safety enforcement in the county. Area of focus will include impaired driving, motorcycle safety, and youthful drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the money to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for distribution.

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Human Trafficking Survivor to Present Her Story in Findlay

09/12/14   4:34 p.m.

With human trafficking on the rise, the Center for Safe and Healthy Children is hosting an event to educate the public on the dangers.

Barbara Freeman was a human trafficking victim herself and will present her speech “I am Now Free from Bondage” Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay.

The event is open to anyone 13 years and older and there is no admission fee. Ohio is the fifth in the nation for prevalence of trafficiking and due to the location of I-75, northwest Ohio is one of the most predominant areas in the entire country.

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New Minimum Hour Requirement for Ohio Schools May Cause Problems

09/12/14   1:05 p.m.

Snow days are going to be treated a little differently this year in Ohio school districts. In March the Ohio Department of Education announced they would be changing the state requirement starting with the 2014-15 school year from a certain number of school days, to a minimum number of hours.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the state minimum for high and middle schools is 1001 hours and for elementary schools it’s 920 hours. Right now Findlay schools are scheduled for 100-125 hours over that minimum. If there is a delay or cancellation, those hours lost would be substracted from the school’s total hours.

For example high schools are required 1001, but Findlay High School is scheduled for 1126. When school closes, the number of hours lost is subtracted from the school’s total. If Findlay were to cancel school for a day that six hours and 20 minutes of education time would drop the district to just under 1120 hours. The same scenario is true for delays as well.

Audio: Ed Kurt

For Kurt, the problem is the “what if.” Kurt said if another winter like last causes the district to go to the minimum hours, that isn’t enough time to cover all the curriculum and conduct the required testing.

Right now Kurt said he’s approaching cancellations and delays normally and he’s going to try to get in as many days as possible, as safely as possible.

At this point Kurt said it’s too early to tell if this new system will help or hinder school districts and that will be evaluated at the end of the year. He said there may need to be discussion between legislators and school districts after this year, which would hopefully lead to tweaks and changes that would create the best possible scenario.

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Animal Believed To Be A Wolf Killed Near Leipsic

Whatever it was, Leispic residents won’t have to worry about it anymore. The Leipsic Police Department sent out a Nixle Alert last night that said the animal, believed to possibly be a wolf, was killed. The alert said the animal was shot two miles east of the village.

Officers had tried to tranquilize the animal Wednesday, but could not get a good shot.

Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth told the Lima News earlier in the week he believed the animal could have been a hybrid mix of a wolf and a dog.

MORE: Nixle Alert

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