Review Category : Local News

Officer Honored For Resolving Carey Shooting Situation

7/22/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A law enforcement officer was honored by the village of Carey Monday night. The Courier reports Patrolman Sutton Flick was given the village’s medal of honor for resolving an armed shooter situation just outside Carey last November.

Flick was the first on the scene at the Carey Conservation Club when Richard Clark shot and killed two people. Flick had his weapon drawn as Clark left the building. Flick was able to get Clark to throw his gun down. Clark is now serving two life sentences.

Flick has also received the officer of the year award from Owens Community College. He finished second for the Fraternal Order of Police state award.

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Fostoria School Board Approves New Contract With Superintendent

The superintendent of the Fostoria school district was given a new contract Monday. The Courier reports the school board approved a deal through 2019 with Andrew Sprang. The contract will pay Sprang $92,000 a year.

Sprang has been the superintendent since November of 2012, when he replaced the retiring Steve Pritts. Before that he was the principal at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.

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No Decision Made About Future Of Controversial Riverdale Kindergarten Teacher

7/22/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Riverdale school board took no action regarding a kindergarten teacher who has been a flashpoint for controversy last night. The Courier reports a 45 minute executive session on personnel matters was held during a special meeting. In the end the board made no decision on Barb Williams’ future.

Williams was suspended by the board in May after security video surfaced that showed her shoving a student, and picking him up by his face. She has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment.

No comment was given by the school’s administration following the meeting. A regular school board meeting will be held July 28 at 7 p.m.

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Findlay Budget Gets Mid-Year Review Today

7/22/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay city council will take a look at the budget today to see how things are going halfway through the year. The meeting will allow auditor Jim Staschiak to go over what the numbers look like right now compared to what was budgeted in January.

The Courier reports long-term budget planning will also be a topic of conversation. Staschiak tells the newspaper he’ll make another appeal for long-term budgeting. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says she’s in favor of planning for more than one year at a time, but that expense priorities have to be based on clear revenue trends.

Numbers projected for 2015 look strong so far. General fund revenue is expected to be $26.8 million next year. That’s slightly more than the $26.7 million being estimated for this year.

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Marathon Planning Tower Crane Rescue Drill Tuesday

7/21/14  5:04 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum and Findlay Fire Department will conduct a tower crane rescue drill Tuesday afternoon in the construction zone of Marathon’s East Sandusky Street parking garage

As part of the drill, emergency equipment may be parked in the area and lights and sirens may be used.

The drill will have not effect Marathon employees or neighbors. All events will be a drill and will serve as a training opportunity for firefighters and emergency personnel.


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Second Half of Growing Season May Not be as Nice as First

7/21/14   4:22 p.m.

As we get into late summer, farmers begin looking toward harvest season. Forecasters are predicting a cooler, wetter fall which sounds ideal to the public, but is worrisome for farmers.

Ed Lentz, from OSU extension, said on Ag Talk this morning that the first half of the growing season has been as close to perfect as possible, but the next half may not be as good.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said a wet fall means difficulty harvesting which can not only damage the crop but the fields as well and can last for years.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz said Ohio soils aren’t forgiving of compaction and other issues created by mudding crops, so dry harvests are key.

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Jerry Sandusky Son to Speak at Findlay Open Arms Meeting

7/21/14  4:20 p.m.

The sports world was shaken by the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. Matthew Sandusky, Jerry’s son and one of his many victims, has since become an advocate for abuse survivors and raises awareness for a silent epidemic.

Matthew will be in Findlay to speak at Open Arms Annual Meeting on October 20 at Parkview Church at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by October 16 by calling 419-420-9261 or at

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State Auditor Candidate To Speak In Kenton

7/21/14 – 7:18 A.M.

Statewide offices are up for grabs in November, and with that in mind the midterm campaign season is underway. The Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor, State Representative John Patrick Carney, will be in Kenton this weekend. Carney and State Representative Tracy Heard Maxwell will speak at the Hardin County Democrats Fall Campaign Kickoff Dinner and Rally on July 26.

The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church north of Kenton on state Route 68.

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Gas Prices Coming Back Down

7/21/14 – 6:51 A.M.

Gas prices spiked at the end of last week, but they are starting to come back down. reports the average price for regular in the state is around $3.49 a gallon. That’s three cents higher than a week ago but down from the $3.55 a gallon prices we saw over the weekend.

Locally, prices are below the state average in Findlay. Drivers report paying around $3.45 a gallon here. In Ottawa prices are around $3.49, and in Fostoria the average is about $3.44.

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70 MPH Speed Limit Doesn’t Impact Traffic In Hancock County

7/21/14 – 6:44 A.M.

We’ve been able to drive 70 mph on I-75 for a year now, and for the most part nothing much has changed. The Courier reports there were a few more accidents on the interstate in Hancock County since the limit was increased, but that’s mainly blamed on the brutal winter.

There were 38 more crashes during the 2013-2014 recording period. However, the 289 crashes reported in the county were only 8 more than during the 2011-2012 period.

Lt. Matthew Crow tells the newspaper the number of crashes has come back down since January and February.

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