Review Category : Local News

McComb Residents Concerned Over Teachers Leaving

9/11/14 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb residents voiced their concern about teachers leaving the district during last night’s school board meeting. The Courier reports a number of people spoke about the issue. According to the newspaper, eight new teachers were hired for this school year. In all, 15 total people left the district after last year.

Board President Audra Oglesbee told those on hand that many of the people who left the district found better jobs, or new coaching positions. She added she didn’t know of anyone who left on bad terms. Superintendent Meri Skilliter said she was proud the district has had so many staff members who have been able to take a “step up.”

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay IT Compnay Bought By Indiana Firm

9/11/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay information technology consulting company has been bought out. Rarey-Roth is now owned by the AME Group, which is based in Indiana. All 14 members of the Findlay staff will keep their jobs, and the new ownership hopes to expand the office in the future.

AME runs 25 locations in five states.

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Rape Reported On BGSU Campus

9/11/14 – 4:22 A.M.

Police at Bowling Green State University are investigating an alleged rape on campus. The victim says she was attacked early Sunday morning by another student at Kreischer Quadrangle’s Batchelder Hall. In light of the alleged rape, students are being reminded to report sexual assaults right away by calling 419-372-2346.

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Gallery: Compressed Natural Gas Station Opens In Findlay

9/10/14 – 7:15 A.M.
Update: 12:01 P.M.

A publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station opened in Findlay today. The grand opening of the CNG Fuel facility on Distribution Drive brought a crowd, including company president Kris Kyler. He talked about why Findlay was a prime spot to locate a new station…

Audio: Kris Kyler

The fueling station is located next to the Ohio Logistics Distribution Center.

Kyler said they expect the location to be busy…

Audio: Kris Kyler

He added that city and county officials made it easy to do business here.

Clean Fuels Ohio will help operate the station. The Findlay facility is the company’s second location in the state.

Gallery:

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Areas Lawyers to be Honored by Ohio State Bar Association Next Week

09/10/14  12:22 p.m.

The president of the Ohio State Bar Association Martin Mohler will be in Bryan next Tuesday to honor a few area lawyers at the OSBA District 3 luncheon.

David Kuenzli of Findlay will be honored for 50 years of being in the profession and George Schroeder of Ottawa will be recognized for his 65 years.

OSBA District 3 has 508 members who practice in nine northwest Ohio counties including Hancock, Putnam and Wood.

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Findlay Pastor Hosting Block Watch Discussion Tonight

09/10/14  11:18 a.m.

Alfred De La Cruz Jr. has been a lifetime resident of Findlay and is a pastor of Harvest Time Ministries. De La Cruz’ church was established three years ago, and has been vandalized four times since its founding.

Because of the this, De La Cruz was inspired to reach out to the community and increase social awareness.

Audio: Alfred De La Cruz Jr.

De La Cruz will be hosting a city-wide block watch discussion at his church at 237 George St. tomorrow at 7 p.m. A number of city officials will also be in attendance to talk with community members about their ideas and considers in regards to crime prevention.

De La Cruz has already hosted two successful events in the past. The first was focused on troubled neighborhood Bernard Park in July and the second was a back to school celebration event for area families in August.

The events are to raise social awareness and spend time together, said De La Cruz. He said there is food, face painting, crafts, music and more. The August back to school celebration focused on the kids, so they brought in people to give haircuts, hand out toothbrushes, bike helmets and more to help the kids get ready for the year.

As a result of the Bernard Park event, the “You’re Not Alone” support group was created. The group is a meeting time for family members of addicts every Saturday at 4 p.m. at Harvest Time Ministries. De La Cruz said just by spending time with the residents, the need for the support group was immediately identified.

De La Cruz is hoping something just as positive comes out of this block watch event. The ultimate goal for De La Cruz is a block watch group in every neighborhood, but to start one in every city ward would suffice.

Audio: Alfred De La Cruz Jr.

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Mount Blanchard Boil Advisory Cancelled

09/10/14  11:05 a.m.

The village of Mount Blanchard has cancelled its boil advisory.

Administrators issued the advisory Sept. 5 while crews were working to replace water line valves.

Questions may be referred to the Mount Blanchard Water Department at 419-694-2345.

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Findlay Appropriations Committee Recommends Rejecting Non-Profit Bed Tax Requests

09/09/14 8:58 p.m.

At tonight’s appropriations committee meeting, Findlay city council members unanimously recommended that council reject the recent request from other organizations for anymore bed tax money.

The portion of the hotel/motel bed tax the city of Findlay receives has always gone into the city’s general fund, which this year is estimated to be $500,000, with the exception of 15 percent which is allocated for the Arts Partnership.

At the August 19 council meeting the Hancock Historical Museum approached council and asked for a portion of the tax revenue, which according some council members opened a can of worms.

Since the museum’s request, there have been requests or inquiries from many other organizations, such as the Women’s Resource Center, the Children’s Museum, the Salvation Army, YMCA, Chopin Hall and a church.

Councilman Randy Van Dyne said the amount of work needed to create criteria, policies and procedures for the distribution of the money would be extensive.

Audio: <a href=”http://wfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/zz-van-dyne.mp3″>Randy Van Dyne</a>

Councilmembers suggested a number of other sources, such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Community Foundation, that give money to non-profits for programs that bring people to Findlay.

Audio: <a href=”http://wfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/zz-rasmussen.mp3″>Don Rasmussen</a>

Law director Don Rasmussen was one of many who brought up that while some of the organizations that inquired about the tax revenue distribution are non-profits, not all of them bring visitors to Findlay who utilize the hotels and do not generate bed tax revenue.

Though the committee agreed no other requests should be accepted, they did say they would fulfill their three-year, 15 percent commitment to the Arts Partnership, which is effective until 2017.

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