Review Category : Local News

Aéropostale Closing its Store in the Findlay Village Mall

12/12/14     3:00 p.m.

Aéropostale will be closing its store in the Findlay Village Mall.

A store manager confirmed the closing today. The manager, who asked that their name not be used, said there is no set date for the closing, but it will be before their lease expires on Dec. 31. The manager said the closing sales have already started.

A mall manager was not available to comment on the closing. There is no word yet on the reason for the closing either.

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Deer Ticks Moving North, Present Unique Challenges in Ohio

12/12/14     2:54 p.m.

In the winter months, ticks are not something we tend to worry about. However the deer tick, which is slowly making its way north from southern Ohio, present their own challenges.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said deer ticks are about the size of a pinhead and look like a small, black speck. The typical dog and lonestar ticks, on the other hand, are much more visible. In addition to being almost impossible to see, these ticks are not just active in the summer months.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Deer ticks have not yet been found in Hancock County, but there has been one confirmed case of Lyme Disease caused by a deer tick in Allen County.

Lentz said the best thing to do is be mindful when you’re in a wooded area. He also suggests wearing tick repellent and immediately washing the clothes you wore in the woods.

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Commissioners Clear Way For Blanchard To Become “River Trail”

12/12/14 – 5:23 A.M.

The Blanchard River could see increased recreational in the future. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Thursday to support the Hancock Park District’s plans to make the Blanchard a state water trail. The move paves the way for the state to promote the river for canoeing and kayaking.

To do that the park district will improve river access locations, provide restrooms at parks along the river, and install signs identifying parks from the river. Signs identifying hazards in the river will also be installed.

The water trail would run from the Blanchard River Nature Preserve near Mount Blanchard to the Blanchard Landing boat launch west of Findlay.

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Engineers To Take Stock Of Van Buren School Facilities

12/12/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The Van Buren school district is looking at the best ways to make expensive repairs to its facilities. The Courier reports Superintendent Tim Myers is working to prioritize the immediate needs of the existing buildings. At last night’s school board meeting Myers said the school is working with engineers to find the best way to move forward.

Myers says experts will be looking at the electrical, water, and sewer systems. He adds that he believes there are issues in all three areas. The gym roof and HVAC systems will also be inspected.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Budget Hearings Reflect Stable Revenues

12/12/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Findlay’s budget hearings were held Thursday, and there wasn’t much for city council members and administrators to butt heads over. The Courier’s Max Filby says the meetings went smoothly…

Audio: Max Filby

The 2015 budget is likely to include a slight increase to the capital improvements budget. This year 17 percent of the city’s budget went towards capital improvement. Next year that could increase to 18 percent.

There was also good news from the airport. The facility will not need a subsidy from the city to sustain operations in 2015. They city paid $50,000 to the airport in 2014, and more than three times that the year before.

The news wasn’t as good for the Riverside Pool. The city is expected to increase its subsidy from $22,500 to $49,000 to help keep the pool operating.

MORE: The Courier

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Wood County Teen Arrested For Break-Ins

12/12/14 – 4:34 A.M.

A 17-year-old accused of breaking into several homes and vehicles in Wood County is behind bars. Officials say the arrest should serve as a reminder to keep your doors locked. According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the teenager got into the homes through the garage and even opened some garage doors himself by getting openers from unlocked cars.

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Findlay Woman Injured in Morning Two-Car Accident on Tiffin Avenue

12/11/14     4:33 p.m.

A Findlay woman was injured when she ran a stop sign at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Tiffin Avenue this morning.

According to the Findlay Police Department, 59-year-old Janeen Young was driving north on East Circle Drive when she ran a stop sign and collided with 79-year-old Francis Stilipec, also of Findlay. Young was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Stilipec was uninjured.

Police said Young is diabetic and is believed to have been unconscious when the crash happened. She has not yet been cited for that reason. According to the report Young suffered minor injuries, including some head lacerations.

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Boil Advisory Issued for a Number of Bigelow Ave. Residences

12/11/14     4:22 p.m.

The City of Findlay has issued a boil water advisory for W. Bigelow Ave. between County Road 300 and Innisbrook Dr. due to water main repair work.

The affected residences are located between 1000 and 1130 W. Bigelow Ave., along with 10726 County 95.

Until further notice, those affected should boil any water to be used for drinking, cooking, or oral hygiene for at least one minute or use bottled water.

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Social Workers Face Culture That Promotes Caring for Others, But Not Self

12/11/14     4:18 p.m.

In an industry all about caring for others it is often for the workers to care for themselves. Robin Walters-Powell is the chair of the department of social work at the University of Findlay and explained that right now, the social work industry is up against a culture that doesn’t promote self-care.

Audio: Robin Walters-Powell

Walters-Powell spoke at yesterday’s ADAMHS board training for counselors and social workers. She said it’s cultures like this that set the industry up for becoming the industry with the third highest depression and suicide rates, behind only banking and fast food.

Audio: Robin Walters-Powell

To remedy this Walters-Powell said it’s as simple as treating yourself like those you care for. She said it’s important to keep in mind your values, boundaries, morals and to advocate for yourself.

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Robinson Sentenced to 22 Years to Life in Prison for Gutierrez Murder

12/11/14     11:45 a.m.

Montre Robinson was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison today for the murder of Joe Gutierrez III. 21-year-old Robison was convicted by a jury in October on charges of tampering with evidence, drug possession and murder, even though he didn’t pull the trigger.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn was in court this morning for the sentencing. He said though Robinson was driving the getaway vehicle, he was involved enough for the jury to find him guilty.

There was a moment of tension in the courtroom as well, when Judge Joseph Niemeyer asked Robinson to turn and speak to the family.

Audio: Ryan Dunn

Gutierrez’s shooter Ralph Harris III plead guilty and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in October.

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