Review Category : Local News

Weston Man Injured In Findlay Crash

2/19/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A Weston man was hurt in a Findlay crash Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Industrial and Production drives.

44-year-old Adam Wynar was driving south on Production Drive when he ran a stop sign and hit a car driven by 20-year-old Amanda Marable of Findlay. Wynar was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for a stop sign violation.

 

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Putnam County Officials Get Flood Mitigation Update

2/19/15 – 5:24 A.M.

More discussion about Blanchard River flood mitigation took place in Putnam County last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District did their best to ease frustrations over the slow speed of any progress. Lynn Army, the General Manager of the district, said they are waiting on a hydraulic model.

A project manager for the district says hydraulic analysis from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had gaps in the information. The watershed district is working with an engineering firm to fix the problem.

The data should be recovered by the end of the month. It will help engineers make recommendations about the I-9 bridge structure and a diversion channel. The bridge is blamed by many for slowing down water flow during flooding.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arcadia School District Considering Blizzard Bags

2/19/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The Arcadia School board has been asked to allow students to use “blizzard bags” in the future. The Courier reports the Arcadia Teachers’ Organization made the request during a Wednesday meeting. Teachers say students learn more from the bags than by extending the school year to make up calamity days.

So far Arcadia has cancelled six times this school year. Ohio allows schools to have five cancellations per year. Students in the district will have a make-up day on March 20.

“Blizzard bags” allow students to make up classroom work at home with worksheets and online lessons.

MORE: The Courier

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Location Set For ADAMHS Meeting

2/19/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The location of a highly anticipated meeting of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services has been set. The organization says they will meet from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. February 24 at the Fellowship Hall at St. Andrews Church on West Sandusky Street.

The ADAMHS board could make a decision on whether to locate an addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Avenue during the meeting.

Those attending should use the Crawford Street entrance.

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UF Offering Transfer Opportunity for Lake Erie Chemistry Students

02/18/15     3:50 p.m.

The University of Findlay is teaming up with Lake Erie College to accept students from Lake Erie into UF’s pharmacy program.

The two schools entered into an early assurance agreement that will start next school year. Students who start at LEC as freshmen and expect to earn a bachelor’s degree in LEC’s three-year chemistry program will be eligible to apply for transfer into the first year of UF’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

As many as seven LEC students will be accepted per year, with the possibility of more acceptances if there are available openings. Transfer students will then spend four additional years earning their Doctor of Pharmacy at UF.

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Former Congressman Oxley Donates $500,000 for New UF Building

02/18/15     2:55 p.m.

Former U.S. Congressman Michael Oxley and his wife Patricia donated $500,000 to the University of Findlay today.

The announcement was made at the University’s Winter College program held in Naples, Florida where Oxley was a guest speaker. The money will go toward construction on a $15 million center for student life and the college of business on UF’s campus.

Oxley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2007. He is currently on the University of Findlay’s Board of Trustees and has received three honorary doctoral degrees from UF.

Photo provided by the University of Findlay.

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State Testing Poses a Number of Obstacles for Findlay Students

02/18/15     12:05 p.m.

State testing for Ohio students began this week. The testing aligns with the controversial common core standards students must meet in order to graduate. Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt said he supports standards and accountability, but the ties with testing have gone too far.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt was one of more than a dozen superintendents who testified to the state Senate education committee last week about the testing. Based on testimonies and the committee reaction, Kurt said he is optimistic there will be more testing moderation in the future.

In addition to too much testing, technology is also an issue. Kurt said the digital aspect of the test was supposed to make things easier, but in reality it’s created bigger problems.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the biggest issue is varying levels of skills in students, some more proficient with computers than others. Secondly, issues with administering the test have forced Findlay to put more hours into giving it.

Since this is the first year of testing, Kurt said there is some leeway. Some of the Findlay schools will be giving the test online only while others will be doing a mixture of paper and digital testing. Kurt said he hopes this gives the district and the state good data to base future decisions on.

Despite all the obstacles, Kurt said Findlay’s students are adequately prepared for the tests.

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Changes Could Affect North Baltimore Dispatch

2/18/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A change in emergency dispatch procedures was a cause for alarm at Tuesday’s North Baltimore village council meeting. The Courier reports the Wood County Sheriff’s Office wants a uniform method of dispatching fire and ambulance runs by April 1. Police Chief Allan Baer says this means they want to handle all the emergency calls for the village or none at all.

North Baltimore dispatchers handle most calls for the village, but the sheriff’s office handles some as well. According to the sheriff’s office, this can create confusion.

Both sides are expected to discuss the issue at a council-of-the-whole meeting next Tuesday.

MORE: The Courier

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Carey Fire Department To Get New Training Facility

2/18/15 – 5:27 A.M.

The Carey Fire Department is getting a new training facility. The Courier reports the village council is ready to submit an order for a “burn house” The building will cost a little more than $98,000 and will be constructed off of Elm Hill Road.

The equipment will be two-stories tall and be able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees. It will also have moveable walls, plus a tower for rappelling training.

The building kit should arrive by the end of April.

MORE: The Courier

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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.

MORE: The Courier

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