Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Schools Looking For New Transportation Director

2/18/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The Fostoria City School District is looking for a new transportation director. The Courier reports Brian Whitta is stepping down from the post at the end of the month. Whitta, who had held the position since 2013, is taking a job in real estate.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the school board a replacement has not been lined up yet. He added the district is working on options.

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Fostoria’s General Fund Reviewed By City Council

2/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Fostoria’s general fund balance ended in the red last year, but officials say it’s not a big cause for concern. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner gave a 2014 year-in-review presentation to the city council Tuesday night. Garner said timing was the big issue. Reimbursement funds from a few grants arrived late, which led to the fund ending the year in the red. He added that if the funds had arrived sooner, everything would have balanced at the end of the year.

The general fund was a little more than $285,000 in the red when all was said and done.

General fund revenue was $6.2 million last year, down from $6.5 million in 2013. Expenses were up 6 percent from 2013’s $6.4 million.

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Pandora Preschool Gets Grant For iPads

2/18/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Pandora preschool now has eight iPads to help teach children. The Lima News reports Hilty Preschool and Child Care recently was given a $1,500 grant to pay for the equipment.

The Midwest Electric Community Connections Fund awarded the grant. The school was able to stretch the money after Begonia Computer Services gave a big discount on the iPads.

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Findlay City Council Approves Money for Parts of 4 Streets to be Repaved

02/17/15     11:20 p.m.

ODOT will be funding the majority of another resurfacing project in Findlay when the weather gets warmer.

At Tuesday’s meeting, city council appropriated $1.2 million for four streets to be resurfaced. About $924,000 (80 percent) will come from ODOT for the project.

Bright Rd. will be paved from Production Dr. to County Road 212, Lima Ave. will be paved from Main St. to Lake Cascades Pkwy, Western Ave. will be paved from Lima St. to River St. and Broad Ave. from River St. to Howard St.

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New Seneca County Courthouse to Remain at Same Location

02/17/15     4:25 p.m.

Seneca County Commissioners unanimously approved building a new courthouse at the site of the old courthouse which was torn down in 2012.

According to the Advertiser-Tribune, the city of Tiffin will be asked to be a part of the justice center. Mayor Aaron Montz told the newspaper he was disappointed in the commissioners’ choice of location, which he had recently given his suggestions for. Montz said he believes the commissioners decision was based on the fact that he was not in favor of another building on Courthouse Square.

With the current information and the county’s decision, Montz said he is not in favor of participating in a joint center.

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New Endowment Fund to Benefit Gliding Stars of Findlay Organization

02/17/15     3:58 p.m.

A new endowment fund from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will support Findlay’s Gliding Stars Program.

Last year Brad and Linda Holler established the Gliding Stars of Findlay Fund. Brad retired from Marathon Petroleum in 2013 and is active with the Gliding Stars chapter of Findlay. He currently serves as board president and is on the board for the national chapter as well.

Gliding Stars is an organization that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their potential through ice skating. Gliding Stars participants practice regularly and end their season with an on-ice, choreographed performance.

For more information on the fund, visit the Community Foundation, Gliding Stars of Findlay or call 419-425-1100.

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No Relief From Cold Weather in Sight

02/17/15     3:45 p.m.

If you thought the beginning of this week was cold just wait until the end. High temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the single digits, with chances of lows around -15 before the windchill. And unfortunately, there is no relief in sight.

Audio: Ryan Wichman

Media partner WTOL 11 meteorologist Ryan Wichman said there may also be snow or a wintry mix this weekend. Wichman said another high-pressure system next week will continue the cold spell.

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Part Of Greendale Ave Closed For Sewer Repair In Findlay

2/17/15 – 11:30 A.M.

Part of a Findlay road will be closed today and tomorrow. The city engineering department reports Greendale Avenue will be shut down between Sutton Place and Bristol Drive until 5:30 p.m. today and between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for sewer line repair work.

If you use Greendale east of Bristol to access Wilson-Vance, you’ll need to use other neighboring streets to get through.

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ADAMHS Purchase Order Spurs Debate At County Commissioners Meeting

2/17/15 – 11:07 A.M.

The ongoing debate over the location of a recovery home in Findlay took center stage at the Hancock County Commissioners meeting today. Commissioner Brian Robertson moved for a line item in a purchase order for ADAMHS be tabled until the ADAMHS board makes a decision on where to locate the home…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioners Mark Gazarek and Phil Riegle did not second the motion, so it was not approved. However, the commissioners did pull the purchase order from today’s vote, meaning it could come up for a vote again on Thursday.

According to Robertson, the line item for a little more than $49,000 would pay for managers to run a recovery home at the Glendale Avenue location.

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Man Arrested Following Domestic Violence Incident In Kenton

2/17/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A Marion man was arrested in Kenton recently for an alleged incident of domestic violence. Kentontoday.com reports police officers were called to an apartment complex to look into a complaint. They found the victim had marks around her throat, bite marks on her wrist and finger, and her thigh was swollen from being hit with a shower rod.

26-year-old Nicholas Griffith was arrested. Charges are pending in the case.

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