Review Category : Local News

Columbus Grove Officials Talk About Flood Maps

1/29/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A proposed new flood map for Columbus Grove will not be changed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village officials met with an Ohio Department of Natural Resources specialist to talk about the issue at a recent meeting. The new map will become official in the spring of 2017.

Mayor Ken Wright told council that people who live in the new flood zone will be able to buy flood insurance from FEMA at a lower rate than from private insurance companies. Homeowners can dispute if their home actually falls in the floodplain, but they would have to get a surveyor to prove it.

Some council members felt that they were forced to take part in the program. Councilman Mark Kohls said the sanctions for not joining really took away any element of choice for the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Cigarette Blamed For Starting Duplex Fire

1/29/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A cigarette is being blamed for sparking a small fire at a Findlay duplex. Firefighters were called to 112 1/2 South Cory Street around 12:44 p.m. Thursday. Two adults and a child were home at the time. They were able to escape safely.

Firefighters say one of the residents was smoking at a bathroom window. The cigarette wasn’t put all the way out and started the fire. The flames did around $500 worth of damage.

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Findlay Mobile Home Damaged By Thursday Fire

1/29/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An electrical issue is being blamed for starting a Thursday morning fire in a Findlay mobile home. Firefighters were called to 425 Monroe Avenue around 7:40 a.m. after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home.

No one was inside at the time. The fire started in a light in a hallway and stayed contained to the area. A damage estimate wasn’t finished Thursday.

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Ottawa To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Facility

1/29/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Ottawa will have to spend big money to make an upgrade at the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council voted 5-1 to approve taking out a $2.8 million loan. The money will pay for improvements to the headworks screening facility. At the previous council meeting, members approved a seven percent increase for sewage rates for both this year and next.

Wastewater Director Doug Schroeder (SHRAY-der) told council the screening is a critical part of the village’s bio-solids program. It converts solid wastes at the facility into field fertilizer. If it isn’t screened properly other debris can get into it.

The $2.8 million dollar price tag was $600,000 higher than originally estimated. Schroeder told council that there were other issues discovered that needed fixed, otherwise the original investment would be waisted.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Business Owner Wants To Thank Emergency Responders

1/29/16 – 4:47 A.M.

A Findlay business owner wants to thank the firefighters who fought a downtown blaze last weekend. The Courier reports Tim Runion owns the three-story building at 227 North Main Street next to the Gibbs building. Runion tells the newspaper firefighters escorted employees into the American Loan Mortgage Corporation offices to get computers out before the flames reached his building.

To show his thanks, Runion is treating firefighters, police officers, and ambulance crew members to lunch or dinner next week. Anyone who helped battle the fire can claim their meal at Asian Grill at 1813 Tiffin Avenue between Monday and Friday of next week. Emergency responders will have to show their badge to get the meal.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Elks To Host Charity Concert This Saturday

1/28/2016 – 5:09 pm

The Findlay Elks Lodge at Northridge will be hosting a new charity concert this weekend. The Elks Beach Bash will be Saturday at the lodge and Jeff Jensen from the Findlay Elks says that the doors will open at 5:30 pm and the bands will begin at 6pm.

Audio: Jeff Jensen

Jenson said that the funds raised at the door will go to support charities that the Elks supports through its programs.

Audio: Jeff Jensen

The concert will feature multiple bands including Sean Williams, Luke Rausch, Ryan Hensley and the Midnight Riders and more. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the bands will begin at 6pm. There are no advanced tickets but a cover charge of five dollars will be taken at the door.

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Women’s Care Center To Be Built And Expanded At Bluffton Hospital

1/28/2016 – 3:03 pm

The Blanchard Valley Heath System has announced a $4.5 million expansion of service at the Bluffton Hospital. This expansion will be towards a Women’s Care Center in the hospital. According to a statement once complete new services offered will include robotic-assisted surgery, a pelvic pain center for both men and women and a medical spa which will offer skin rejuvenation, therapeutic massage, and other services.

The expansion will also continue to offer services already provided at the hospital and the imaging, laboratory and EKG services will be moved to a renovated area beside the medical clinic. Construction will continue throughout the rest of this year with all services opening to the community in 2017.

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Analytics Being Used To Evaluate Local Drug Treatment Options

1/28/15 – 12:19 P.M.

Athletic coaches use analytics to evaluate performance and outcomes, and now the same type of analysis is being used to fight drug addiction. Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services board president Precia Stuby says they are crunching numbers to find the best results…

Audio: Precia Stuby

A Department of Mental Health grant helped set up the system, and another grant will help put the evaluation together.

Stuby says the program looks at several factors…

Audio: Precia Stuby

The data will help agencies better use their limited resources to get people the help they need.

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Teenager Killed In Crash Near Upper Sandusky

1/28/16 – 7:31 A.M.

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a collision with a semi near Upper Sandusky Wednesday night. Media partner WTOL 11 reports the crash happened at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Township Highway 44 just after 6 p.m.

16-year-old Duane Davidson was driving east on Road 44 when he failed to yield for a northbound semi on Route 23. Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the semi, 24-year-old Sergii Bals, was not hurt.

MORE: WTOL 11

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Phone Scam Targets Business Owners In Kenton

1/28/16 – 7:15 A.M.

A phone scam took aim at businesses in Kenton this week. WKTN radio reports several businesses in the city received calls from someone claiming to be from American Electric Power. The callers told the business owners they owed a large amount on their power bill, and if they didn’t act quickly their electricity would be shut off.

The caller says that the owner has a short amount of time to get a payment to Waterford, Ohio. They’re also told they can wire money from a CVS Pharmacy.

The police department is urging people not to fall for the scam. AEP says they never demand immediate payment with prepaid debit cards or threaten to shut off your power if that payment isn’t made.

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