Review Category : Local News

Findlay Location Or Not, Big R Is Coming To The Region

8/17/16 – 7:04 A.M.

While it remains to be seen if a Big R store comes to the empty Sears location in Findlay, the company is coming to the region. reports Big R will open in Lima, in a former Walmart location on the city’s west side. The store is expected to employ around 70 people.

Joda Crabtree is a Co-Owner at Big R. He tells the website the company will look to hire Lima-area residents for management positions if possible.

Big R is a general retailer that targets both rural and city residents with its selection of products.


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Fostoria Business District Proposal Tabled

8/17/16 – 5:29 A.M.

A proposal to expand what is considered downtown Fostoria has been tabled. The Review-Times reports legislation to expand the central business district will be part of a public hearing on September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The expansion was proposed by the city planning commission last month.

If approved, several properties on Perry Street could be rezoned. Four more businesses would then become part of the central business district.

MORE: Review-Times

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Attendance Rate Of A Putnam County Commissioner Questioned

8/17/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A newspaper report is calling into question the meeting attendance of a Putnam County Commissioner. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Travis Jerwers has missed 18 of 62 meetings through August 12 of this year. That’s roughly 30 percent of the meetings held in 2016. The report says during the same period Commissioner John Love has missed three meetings. One absence was to attend to other county business. Commissioner Vincent Schroeder has only missed two meetings this year.

Commissioner meeting minutes show that Jerwers has missed 14 of 38 meetings since the March primary. Jerwers lost his race against Michael Lammers to be the Republican commissioner candidate in November.

As far as time spent at work, the newspaper says records show Jerwers has spent around 187 hours working on county business this year. Love and Schroeder have both spent closer to 450 hours in the office.

Jerwers is paid more than $40,000 a year as a commissioner. He told the newspaper he is doing the fundamentals of the job. He added he is working to secure a new job by the end of the year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Cory-Rawson Students Help Make Handbook Changes

8/17/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Many area schools are back in session starting today. In Cory-Rawson school will start with some revisions to the student handbook that the students themselves helped put in place. The Courier reports that members of “Students Who Advocate for Greatness,” or SWAG, worked with teachers and administrators to make some changes.

One of the differences students will see involves cell phone use. Individual teachers will be able to decide if their classes are phone free, always allowed, or can be used at the teacher’s discretion. New policies also govern dyed hair and ripped jeans.

Principal Heath Huffman tells the newspaper the process not only helped change a few policies, but also taught students to “look at the other side of the coin.”

MORE: The Courier

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Main Street Repair Plans Moving Forward In Arlington

8/17/16 – 4:53 A.M.

Plans are moving forward to repair Main Street in Arlington. The Courier reports village council approved a contract for $11,000 with Blanchard Design Associates to design the plans for pavement improvement. The contract will be covered by state grants and loans designated for the project.

U.S. 68 serves as Main Street through the village. Heavy wear and tear from truck traffic has made it difficult to keep up with maintenance needs. However, a package of grants and loans from the state along with $43,000 of local money is enough to get the first phase of the project off the ground. It will see repair work on Main Street from State Route 103 to the Vail Street bridge.

Phase one is expected to cost $1.9 million. The total project has a $2.3 million price tag. Funding has not been secured for the second phase.

MORE: The Courier

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Passed Resolution Will Apply For Grant To Compare Cost Of Alternative Energy To Current Vehicles

08/16/16 – 9:17 P.M.

City Council passed a resolution at their meeting today to look into fuel efficient vehicles. The resolution allows the city to apply for a grant through Clean Fuels Ohio and the local government innovation fund worth up to $50,000. Service safety director Paul Schmelzer says the grant will help the city see the benefits of switching to an alternative energy.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer says that the grant money will hire consultants to examine the cost saving opportunities of alternative energy in the cities fleet. Schmelzer says the money will be used to look at alternative energy sources.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

He adds that electricity is another form of energy but that it isn’t used in the vehicles the city uses very often.

The vehicles that will be looked at range from police cars to maintenance trucks and school vehicles.


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Miracle Field Of Findlay Holds Grand Opening This Weekend

08/16/16 – 6:15 P.M.

The Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park will hold its grand opening this Saturday. The park houses the Miracle Field of Findlay which is designed to allow players with disabilities to experience the game of baseball. The event kicks off with a lunch from 12-1 pm at the cube. At 1:15 the opening ceremony will be held on the Miracle Field with the first game starting at 2 p.m.

The field took two years of planning, fundraising, and construction.

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Night Time Heat Could Lower Corn Yields For Farmers

08/16/16 – 3:28 P.M.

The above normal temperature average in the forecast is coming from the night which could affect corn yields for farmers. That’s the message from the OSU extension educator Ed Lentz who says warm nights make the plants work harder.

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Lentz says that the heat will also cause the corn to mature faster as well as cause lower yields.

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Walk-In Clinic For Fall Athletes At Blanchard Valley Orthopedics

08/16/16 – 2:31 P.M.

There’s a walk-in clinic from for athletes that might suffer injuries during the fall. In a press release, Blanchard Valley Orthopedics announced that they will hold the clinic every Saturday starting August 27th through October 29th from 8-9 am. Athletes that come will receive an evaluation by a medical provider as well as computerized concussion testing if needed.

No appointment is necessary. Athletes under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, you can call 419-429-6473.

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Potential Tenant For Vacant Sears Property Found, But Signage Is An Issue

8/16/16 – 1:26 P.M.

The owner of the Findlay Village Mall may have a tenant lined up for the vacant Sears location, but signage could be an issue in bringing the business to Findlay. Minutes from last month’s board of zoning appeals meeting show attorneys for JJ Gumberg lobbied the board to approve four variances in the zoning code. The minutes show mall ownership has been in talks to bring a Big R store to the mall. Big R has stores in Indiana and Illinois. They specialize in products for both city and rural residents.

At issue is the size of the sign the company wants to use. Attorney Anya Ryjkova told the board the store typically has a “big, beautiful Big R sign notifying the community they are coming to make people excited.” However, the sign in question violates ordinances limiting the number of signs on the mall property and the size of signs allowed. It also would be in violation of two measures that govern electronic sign usage.

Ryjkova told the board the sign came up as an “integral part of the deal.”

After much discussion, the board voted 3-1 against permitting the variance. One of the reasons cited is that the mall’s current signage already exceed zoning requirements and required variances in the past.

You can read the meeting minutes on our website.

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