Review Category : Local News

Mayor Says Findlay is in Strong Overall State

04/28/15     10:20 p.m.

At a joint address with the Hancock County commissioners tonight, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that things in Findlay are going well.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said creating a plan to fix the city’s finances and play catch up with infrastructure was key to getting the city where it is today.

Additionally, Mihalik said the city is on track with its 2015 initiatives. Some of the projects that they’re working on include working on downtown parking alternatives, neighborhood improvements and a housing study along with continuing capital improvements, the chief’s report for flood mitigation and more.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said it’s that collaboration and teamwork that allows progress to be made.

Below is a video the mayor shared at the state of the city address about the happenings in Findlay in 2014.

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Hancock Commissioners Address Flood Mitigation in State of the County

04/28/15     10:15 p.m.

At tonight’s State of the County Address, the Hancock County commissioners addressed one of the area’s most pressing issues, flood mitigation.

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Mark Gazarek said they appreciate the active role that Lt. Col. Karl Jansen has taken since being named commander of the Buffalo district of the Army Corps. He said that Jansen has made this project a clear priority.

Commissioner Brian Robertson also addressed flood mitigation, but on a different level.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said that on a local level, the commissioners are working on another river cleaning project for this spring. They will also work to implement a preventative maintenance schedule for the future to help keep the river as clear and free-flowing as possible.

Click to view the commissioners’ presentation.

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Bright Road Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction This Week

04/28/15     5:08 p.m.

Work will continue on Bright Road in Findlay for the rest of this week.

Crews will continue working on curb restoration between Production Drive and Hancock County Road 212 through Friday. As a result, Bright Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

The city asks that you avoid this block if possible as delays are expected.

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What Are Thought to be Orphaned Animals Are Usually Just Hidden

04/28/15     4:45 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reminding anyone who comes across a young animal they believe is orphaned this spring to leave it in the wild.

The Division of Wildlife says that often times these animals are not orphaned, but the parents have left them to gather food or to draw predators away from their young. This is especially true for white-tailed deer, whose fawns have virtually no scent and are often hidden in a flower bed or meadow.

The ODNR asks that you call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com before taking any action.

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University of Findlay Collection Monetary Donations For Nepal Relief

04/28/15     4:23 p.m.

The number of dead and injured as well as the amount of damage continues to climb in Nepal following Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

As a result, the University of Findlay is accepting monetary donations for the relief effort. Those who wish to donate can bring the donation to the university’s student affairs office, the Cave or Henderson Dining Hall until Friday, May 1.

The money donated will be submitted to the American Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund on May 4 on behalf of the entire UF community. There are currently 25 students from Nepal enrolled at the university.

For more information call 419-422-8313.

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Fire Hydrant Flushing to Continue in Findlay on Wednesday

04/28/15     3:20 p.m.

Findlay crews will continue to flush fire hydrants on Wednesday.

A release from the city says crews will be working from N. Blanchard Street east to Bright Road, from Bright Road east to County Road 237, and from the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue.

If you have any question about fire hydrant flushing, contact the Water Distribution Department at 419-424-7192.

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Amanda Township Bridge To Be Replaced This Summer

4/28/15 – 11:19 A.M.

A bridge southwest of Vanlue will be replaced this summer. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a contract with a Kentucky company to provide the beams for the bridge on Amanda Township Road 167 over the Stahl Ditch during their Tuesday meeting. The beams will cost $40,500.

County Engineer Chris Long says a start date for construction hasn’t been determined yet. Once work begins it should take two-to-three months to complete.

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West Ohio Food Bank Gets Donation For Summer Program

4/28/15 – 10:56 A.M.

The West Ohio Food Bank recently received a large donation. The agency announced today that the NFC Foundation is giving $5,000 to the food bank for the Summer Back Pack Program. The money will be used to provide children in need with meals over the summer.

The food bank aims to provide 500 qualified children in its service area with the backpacks for 10 weeks. They include two items for each meal, plus snacks and a drink. The money from NFC will help buy 50,000 products for the effort.

The West Ohio Food Bank serves 11 counties in our region including Hancock and Putnam.

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Candidate Profile: Anne Spence Running For Findlay Auditor

4/28/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look at the upcoming May primary election focuses on the Findlay city auditor race today. The challenger in the race, Councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence, says she has the experience to do the job…

Audio: Anne Spence

Spence says that as the Director of Special Kids Therapy she also handles budget responsibilities. She adds that while the budget amounts are very different the fundamentals are the same.

Spence says when it comes to city budgeting, there’s one thing she would like to do differently if elected…

Audio: Anne Spence

Spence also says she is in favor of allowing some businesses to defer tax payments because it allows for more accurate projections of revenue.

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Findlay Man Granted Early Prison Release

4/28/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A Findlay man convicted on aggravated burglary charges is getting an early release from prison. 22-year-old Nicholas Rarey has been held at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion for the last six months. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer has granted him a transfer to the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center in Lima.

Rarey will stay in prison until a bed opens up a the WORTH facility.

Rarey and three other men forced their way into a Findlay home on March 24 of 2014.

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