Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore Considers EMS Funding Options

1/7/15 – 5:08 A.M.

North Baltimore residents could be asked to help pay for staffing the emergency medical service squad. The Courier reports the village council is considering putting a levy on the May ballot to fund the operation. North Baltimore began transitioning from a volunteer squad to a paid staff in 2014. The goal was to provide quicker help to area residents.

Village Administrator Donna Dettling presented council members with a worksheet explaining various funding methods at Tuesday’s meeting. A special meeting on the subject will be held on January 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Voters Will See Two Renewal Levies In May

1/7/15 – 5:00 A.M.

Hancock County voters will see two renewal levies on the May ballot. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and Blanchard Valley Center are both approaching residents with five-year operating levies.

The library operating levy is for one-half of one-mill. It brings in around $725,000 a year. It was first approved in 2010.

The BVC’s 1.9-mill operating levy generates around $2.3 million a year. Voters first approved the levy in 2005.

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Findlay City Council Approves City Budget for 2015

01/06/15     10:59 p.m.

Findlay City will start 2015 with a large cash carry forward and a healthy budget.

City council members unanimously approved the ordinance at tonight’s meeting, the first meeting of the year. The city brought $11 million in cash into 2015. Most department expenses stayed the same from 2014 to 2015 with the exception of the street department.

The street construction, maintenance and repair fund will increase about 33 percent this year, from $580,000 to $770,000.

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Findlay to Use Grant Money to Upgrade Two Sandusky St. Intersections

01/06/15     10:28 p.m.

The city of Findlay has received a grant to upgrade two intersections in continued support of the Marathon campus expansion.
The $250,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency will go toward upgrading an East St. intersection at Sandusky St. as well as the Sandusky St. and Blanchard St. intersection.
No action was taken by city council at tonight’s meeting.
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Findlay Man Shot in Shoulder While Hunting in Carey Friday Afternoon

01/06/15     6:40 p.m.

A Findlay man was shot while hunting in Wyandot County Friday afternoon.

According to the Daily Chief Union, Wayne Proctor Jr. was shot in the shoulder while hunting on public hunting grounds in Carey. The newspaper reports a Blanchard Valley Hospital employee said a man came to the Emergency Room for treatment of a gunshot wound just before 1 p.m. Friday.

Friday was the first day of Ohio’s muzzleloader deer season, which ended Monday. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating the shooting.

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United Way Campaign Already Beat Record Total with Two Weeks Left

01/06/15     5:50 p.m.

Last year was the first time a United Way campaign broke $3 million dollars in fundraising finishing at $3,020,000. With two weeks left, the current United Way campaign stands at $3,047,000.

Audio: John Urbanski

United Way CEO John Urbanski said next week local businesses will team up with local restaurants for celebrity servers nights. The week will end with the United Way campaign cabinet members serving at the Upper Deck at Alexandria’s on Friday where they will also announce the total amount raised for the campaign.

Anyone who wants to donate to the campaign can attend a celebrity servers night where tips will go to the campaign, or you can donate online at

Celebrity Servers:
Monday- at Rossilli’s, 217 S. Main St.: Fifth Third Bank servers Mary Beth Hammond, Jeff Shrader and Crystal Ellerbrock. At Hilton Garden Inn, 921 Interstate Dr.: Huntington Bank servers Amy Hackenberg, Don Bledsoe and Blake Tucker.

Tuesday- at Nino’s, 331 N. Main St.: Hancock Home Builders servers Luke Gibson, Clint Gibson, Chad Vorst and Doug Hiegel. At Beer Barrel, 900 Interstate Dr.: The Chamber Ambassadors Josh Kurtz, Joan Wagner, Jerry Greer, Anne Cole, Jessica Simkins, Beth Wilkins.

Wednesday- at Waldo Pepper’s, 411 S. Main St.: Nurses Christine Hoover, Alicia Saltzman, Kimberly Hoffman, and Natalie Phoenix. At Logan’s Irish Pub, 414 S. Main St.: Dr. Bill Kose, Dr. Carmella Osborne and other doctors.

Thursday- at Tavern at the Inn, 200 E. Main Cross St.: First Federal Bank servers Greg Allen, Mike Pepple, JJ Preston, Deb Harless, Denise Thomas and Rod Walton. At Greek Garden, 321 S. Main St.: Friends Business Souce servers Ken Schroeder, Betsy Hughes, Stacey Wolke and Tami Corbin

Friday- at Upper Deck (above Alexandria’s), 132 E. Crawford St.: Campaign Cabinet Member servers Michael Needler Jr., Stephanie Weissling, Chris Webb, Blair Lane and David Cassidy.

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Economic Development for Findlay/Hancock County in 2015 Promising

01/06/15     4:45 p.m.

2014 was a big year for economic development in Findlay with both Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tire announcing expansions at headquarters, as well as the creation of Tall Timbers West Industrial Park.

Tim Mayle is the assistance director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. He said they were able to leverage the industrial park project to make the area even more marketable.

Audio: Tim Mayle

Success breeds success and Mayle said the city’s attraction efforts has made the pipeline of projects for the area is fuller than it has been in years. Mayle said you never know which projects will amount to something and which won’t, but there is plenty of excitement about the potential for 2015.

Looking ahead to the next few years, the workforce will begin to see a significant increase in retirement rates. Mayle said this is why his department will be focusing so much on workforce development this year.

Audio: Tim Mayle

Mayle said they work with local education partners as well as businesses to figure out what is needed to attract workers to our area. Things like parks, housing and networking opportunities are a few examples. He said the creation of Findlay Young Professionals has been helpful in that initiative to help younger workers learn about the community, as well as larger projects like the Marathon expansion. Mayle said no matter what industry, workforce development affects everyone.

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Widening of I-75 in Findlay On Schedule to Begin in Late 2017/Early 2018

01/06/15     3:15 p.m.

Things are moving as scheduled to begin the widening of I-75 through Findlay in late 2017 or early 2018.

The Courier reports transportation officials were hoping they may be able to start the $153 million project this year, but were unable to convince the state Transportation Review Advisory Council to release the bond sale funds from Ohio Turnpike tolls.

The reconstruction through Findlay will take about three years. The project will add a third lane to the interstate from County Road 99 to just south of the U.S. 68/Ohio 15 interchange. Construction will also include redoing the looped exit at U.S. 68 and the Lima Ave. interchange to make them both safer.

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Flu-Related Deaths Reported In Putnam And Allen Counties

1/6/15 – 6:52 A.M.

The flu has taken three lives in Allen County. The Lima News reports the Allen County Health Department reported three flu-related deaths between December 26 and December 31. One of the people who died was reportedly a juvenile, while the other two were adults.

The Putnam County Health Department also tells the newspaper there were two flu-related deaths there during the last couple of weeks of the year. Both patients had underlying health conditions.

MORE: Lima News

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Upper Sandusky Home Damaged By Monday Fire

1/6/15 – 5:27 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky home was damaged in a Monday morning fire. The fire department was called to 514 South Sandusky Street around 10:15 a.m.

Two people were at home at the time. A mother and her son were able to get out of the house, but the boy did need some treatment at the scene.

The fire was contained to a heating duct in the back bedroom of the home. No other details on the fire were available.

The Red Cross was assisting the family of seven with food, shelter, and infant supplies.

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