Review Category : Local News

Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott Dies

1/30/2016 – 11:40 pm

Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott has died. Sources confirm that Elliott passed away this morning at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

He served a term as Hardin County Commissioner from 1997 to 2001. He was elected again in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and was on the ballot for a third term this year.

He was also a member of the Elliott family that has owned and operated the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory since 1959. The Elliott family has farmed in the Mt. Victory area for many generations.

Funeral arrangements for Ed Elliott are incomplete at this time.

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Fire Destroys Putnam County Barn

1/29/2016 – 5:18 pm

Fire destroyed a barn just south of New Cleveland on Friday. The Putnam County Sentinal reports that crews were dispatched to the blaze on State Route 109 around 3:15 pm. When they arrived they found the structure fully engulfed in flames. First responders worked to keep nearby propane tanks from exploding during the fire.

The cause remains unknown at this time and is presumed a total loss. The barn is owned by Paul and Sharon Morman.

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Marathon Center Open House Will Feature Explore The Arts Series

1/29/2016 – 2:40 pm

If you haven’t had the chance yet to explore the new Marathon Center For Performing Arts you can do so this weekend. The center will be holding an open house on Saturday for people to explore the facility. While there, you can also participate in demonstrations from the Arts Partnership. The Marathon Center and the Arts Partnership have teamed up to provide educational opportunities through several Explore The Arts Courses. Craig Van Renterghem from the Arts Partnership said that participants this weekend will see some of the classes that will be offered this spring.

Audio: Craig VanRenterghem

Craig said that the courses will be offered over a series of weeks later this spring and will be open to people from all age groups.

Audio: Craig VanRenterghem

Craig said that the Explore The Arts Series is the first step in what is hoped to be an ongoing partnership between the Marathon Center and the Arts Partnership.

Audio: Craig VanRenterghem

The Open House at the Marathon Center this weekend will be on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-4pm and will also be held on Thursday, February 4th from 6pm-8pm. Admission will be free. For more information on the Explore the Arts Series this spring you can visit the Arts Partnership online as well as the Marathon Center For Performing Arts.

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Tiffin University Names Interim VP

1/29/16 – 6:53 A.M.

A Findlay man will hold a leadership position at Tiffin University for the time being. The school has announced David Ferguson will serve as the interim vice president of institutional advancement. Ferguson has experience in the role, having retired as the VP of advancement at the University of Findlay.

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Columbus Grove Officials Talk About Flood Maps

1/29/16 – 6:47 A.M.

A proposed new flood map for Columbus Grove will not be changed. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village officials met with an Ohio Department of Natural Resources specialist to talk about the issue at a recent meeting. The new map will become official in the spring of 2017.

Mayor Ken Wright told council that people who live in the new flood zone will be able to buy flood insurance from FEMA at a lower rate than from private insurance companies. Homeowners can dispute if their home actually falls in the floodplain, but they would have to get a surveyor to prove it.

Some council members felt that they were forced to take part in the program. Councilman Mark Kohls said the sanctions for not joining really took away any element of choice for the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Cigarette Blamed For Starting Duplex Fire

1/29/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A cigarette is being blamed for sparking a small fire at a Findlay duplex. Firefighters were called to 112 1/2 South Cory Street around 12:44 p.m. Thursday. Two adults and a child were home at the time. They were able to escape safely.

Firefighters say one of the residents was smoking at a bathroom window. The cigarette wasn’t put all the way out and started the fire. The flames did around $500 worth of damage.

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Findlay Mobile Home Damaged By Thursday Fire

1/29/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An electrical issue is being blamed for starting a Thursday morning fire in a Findlay mobile home. Firefighters were called to 425 Monroe Avenue around 7:40 a.m. after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home.

No one was inside at the time. The fire started in a light in a hallway and stayed contained to the area. A damage estimate wasn’t finished Thursday.

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Ottawa To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Facility

1/29/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Ottawa will have to spend big money to make an upgrade at the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council voted 5-1 to approve taking out a $2.8 million loan. The money will pay for improvements to the headworks screening facility. At the previous council meeting, members approved a seven percent increase for sewage rates for both this year and next.

Wastewater Director Doug Schroeder (SHRAY-der) told council the screening is a critical part of the village’s bio-solids program. It converts solid wastes at the facility into field fertilizer. If it isn’t screened properly other debris can get into it.

The $2.8 million dollar price tag was $600,000 higher than originally estimated. Schroeder told council that there were other issues discovered that needed fixed, otherwise the original investment would be waisted.

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Findlay Business Owner Wants To Thank Emergency Responders

1/29/16 – 4:47 A.M.

A Findlay business owner wants to thank the firefighters who fought a downtown blaze last weekend. The Courier reports Tim Runion owns the three-story building at 227 North Main Street next to the Gibbs building. Runion tells the newspaper firefighters escorted employees into the American Loan Mortgage Corporation offices to get computers out before the flames reached his building.

To show his thanks, Runion is treating firefighters, police officers, and ambulance crew members to lunch or dinner next week. Anyone who helped battle the fire can claim their meal at Asian Grill at 1813 Tiffin Avenue between Monday and Friday of next week. Emergency responders will have to show their badge to get the meal.

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