Review Category : Local News

Kalida Getting Flood Monitoring Equipment

6/9/16 – 4:57 A.M.

Kalida is getting closer to being able to watch flood levels in the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports officials have been working with the National Weather Service, United States Geological Survey, and River Forecast Center in Wilmington, Ohio to develop a warning system. Police Chief Jim Gulker says a rain gauge will be installed at a monitoring station on the Ottawa River. Once installed, the gauge will provide data that will be able to warn about impending flooding.

The village will buy the equipment and be responsible for maintaining it.

The work is being done after there was no warning given for a flood in Kalida in mid-June of 2015.

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North Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty In Drug Death Case

6/8/16 – 10:51 A.M.

A North Baltimore man has pleaded guilty in a case stemming from a drug overdose death in 2015. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 32-year-old Bradley Stemen appeared in court Tuesday to enter his plea. He and a co-defendant, 34-year-old William Patterson, were indicted last year in the death of 35-year-old Todd Williams.

Stemen pleaded guilty to amended charges of permitting drug abuse and obstructing justice. Prosecutors say he allowed Williams and Patterson to use drugs in his presence. While Stemen could face up to 2 years in prison, the prosecution is asking for community control and a $1,000 fine. That’s as long as Stemen testifies against Patterson at his July trial.

Todd Williams died of a drug overdose on May 27 of 2015. An investigation found he had heroin and fentanyl in his system.

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Leipsic Fire Chief Concerned About Aging Fire Truck Fleet

6/8/16 – 10:39 A.M.

The age of Leispic’s fire trucks is causing some concern. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council heard from Fire Chief Neil Goodwin about the issue at their meeting this week. Goodwin says they have four trucks that are more than 20 years old. He added the village’s tanker truck is 40 years old.

While no immediate action is expected, Goodwin told council it’s time to start thinking about replacements. He estimated it would cost between $500,000 and $600,000 to replace the entire fleet. Mayor Kevin Benton added that since Leipsic is part of a fire district, costs would be shared with other members.

No action was taken this week. Council members agreed to meet at the fire station before their next meeting to review the equipment.

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Veterans Resource Fair To Be Held In Findlay This Weekend

6/9/16 – 10:26 A.M.

If you’re a veteran, you’re entitled to certain benefits. However, Hancock County Veterans Services Administrator Nichole Coleman says figuring out what you qualify for can be complicated…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

To combat the confusion, a veterans resource fair will take place at the Findlay Elks Lodge Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Veterans will be able to get questions answered at the event. Representatives from area social service agencies and local colleges are also expected to be on hand.

Prior to the resource fair, a free lunch will be held at noon. A Flag Day presentation will follow the lunch.

Coleman says she had a chance to talk to officials about VA issues in Washington D.C. recently…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Coleman says that sometimes veterans in rural areas have issues because their medical provider isn’t in the same city as a VA hospital.

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North Baltimore Council Swears In New Member

6/8/16 – 6:45 A.M.

North Baltimore has a new village council member. The Courier reports Holly Emahiser was sworn in Tuesday night. She takes the place of Matt Archer, who stepped down last month. Emahiser and Malcom Cameron both applied for the position. A third candidate, Greg Waaland, apparently missed the May 31 deadline.

Archer stepped down in May, saying his job was going to take him out of the village. He was elected in November.

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Findlay School Host Summer Library Hours

6/8/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Two Findlay schools will have summer library hours to keep kids reading this summer. Northview and Jacobs Primary schools plan to open their libraries to students every Wednesday in June and July from 9 a.m. until noon. Kids will be able to check out two books, play games, and have a snack.

The goal is to keep students from suffering from summer “brain-drain.”

The libraries will be closed the week of Independence Day.

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Improvements Being Made To Arlington’s Football Field

6/8/16 – 5:26 A.M.

Improvements continue to be made at Arlington’s football field. An email from Superintendent Kevin Haught says drain tile has been installed and a rough grade has been done. New cement is being poured underneath the bleachers as well. Once that’s done, another rough grade will be completed, followed by installation of sprinklers and goal posts.

The work has a price tag of around $50,000. It’s being paid partially from the school’s general fund, with help from the athletic boosters. Donations of time, equipment, and labor are also offsetting the cost.

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Community Meeting About Fostoria Finances Scheduled For Later This Month

Fostoria residents will get a chance to offer suggestions on how to deal with the city’s budget crisis later this month. The Review-Times reports Mayor Eric Keckler will hold a special town hall meeting at 5:45 p.m. on June 21 to talk about the issue. The meeting comes in response to the city being placed in a state of fiscal emergency last month.

Keckler tells the newspaper, “We want to give anybody who wants to come the opportunity to voice any concerns or suggestions in an open Finance Committee meeting.”

Fostoria is facing an $800,000 budget shortfall at the end of the year. A seven-member oversight committee is being put together to address the problem. They should be in place by June 26. They’ll then have four months to put together a plan to fix Fostoria’s finances.

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Hancock County Commissioners Will Visit Tree Clearing Sites Along Blanchard

6/8/16 – 5:11 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will be visiting sites along the Blanchard River where dead ash trees have been removed. The Courier reports that the effort is being made in response to recent social media posts by diversion channel opponents that say some of the trees being cut down are being left too close to the river. The worry is that the trees will get pulled back into the river during a flood, causing logjams.

According to the newspaper, Commissioner Brian Robertson says that many of the diversion channel opponents are being incited for former county commissioners. He declined to say which former commissioners might be involved.

H&H Land Clearing is handing the tree clearing effort. Representatives tell the commissioners they are getting the trees as far away from the river as they can. Gary Tuttle is a district technician for Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. He says in some cases the wooded area is too big to remove the trees beyond it. In other cases, the trees are too big to be moved any further.

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No Decision Made Yet On Huber School Demolition

6/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

No decision has been made on whether to tear down a dilapidated former school building in Findlay. The Courier reports city council heard a first reading of an ordinance to demolish the former Huber School at 1001 Blanchard Avenue during their Tuesday meeting. Council twice voted against suspending rules and passing the measure as an emergency.

Councilman-at-large Jeff Wobser said more time should be taken before a decision is made. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische asked if there were any other options available. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the building is in bad condition, and boarding it up wouldn’t be enough to secure it.

Findlay City School officials are asking for the building to be torn down. They’ve moved some employees out of their transportation offices next to the old school because of safety concerns. Attempts to contact the building’s owner, a California man, have been unsuccessful.

If the city tears down the building, the owner would be assessed on his property tax bill.

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