Review Category : Local News

Voter Registration Deadline Is Next Week

3/31/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Time is running out if you want to vote in the May primary but aren’t registered. The voter registration deadline for the May 5 primary is April 6. The Hancock County Board of Elections will be open until 9 p.m. on April 6 to allow people to get signed up.

In-person absentee voting starts on April 7. For more information call (419)422-3245.

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Putnam County Sheriff Warns Of Phone Scams

3/31/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a couple of phone scams making the rounds again. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls claiming they’ve won a large sum of money. However, to claim that money they have to send cash first.

Other calls have claimed residents owe the IRS money and can pay over the phone to avoid arrest. The sheriff’s office says tax issues are a civil issue and deputies don’t get involved in most cases.

You’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s office if you get a call you believe is suspicious.

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Van Buren Students Create Prosthetic Hand For Findlay Toddler

Picture by Abby Nickel
3/31/15 – 5:13 A.M.

Van Buren High School students are using new technology to help a little girl. The Courier reports the students in a design class have used a 3D printer to make 20-month-old Addy Johnson a prosthetic hand. Johnson was born with a rare congenital condition that affected the development of her right hand.

Addy’s mother, Tiffany, is a 2005 graduate of Van Buren. She tells the newspaper while she was nervous at first, the students have been great with her daughter.

The hand clenches when Addy flexes her elbow. The current hand is a little oversized and has been used to see if Addy would like the prosthetic. The design students are now working on a smaller version in Addy’s favorite color, pink.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Findlay Residents Arrested During Burglary

3/31/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Two Findlay residents were arrested during a Monday afternoon burglary attempt. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened at 316 George Street just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Heather Beltz and 25-year-old Eric Betzold allegedly forced their way into the home. The pair is accused of demanding money and threatening a resident. They also disabled the victim’s cell phone.

The pair has been charged with burglary and a count of disrupting a public service.

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Tiffin Metal Products to Expand Using State Job Creation Tax Credit

03/30/15     4:50 p.m.

A state tax credit will allow a Tiffin company to add several new full-time positions.

Tiffin Metal Products Company was awarded a five-year, 35 percent Job Creation Tax Credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority Monday. The tax credit will help TMP with an expansion project that will create 18 new full-time jobs.

The new jobs will add $684,000 to the existing $4.8 million in annual payroll for the company.

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Valfilm Awarded Job Creation Tax Credit for Findlay Plant Expansion

03/30/15     4:12 p.m.

State assistance was approved for a Findlay company looking to expand on Monday.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 55 percent eight-year Job Creation Tax credit for Valfilm, LLC.

When Valfilm took ownership of the former Dow Chemical Plant in Findlay February 2 they said they would like to expand the packaging films production to include stretch films.

The plant expansion will nearly double the workforce, adding 80 full-time positions and adding $2.5 million in annual payroll to the already existing $3.5 million.

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Proposed Project to Rehabilitate Historic Putnam County Bridge

03/30/15     3:55 p.m.

The Putnam County Engineer is partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation to reconstruct a historic bridge over Riley Creek.

In a release, ODOT said they are proposing disassembling, cleaning, galvanizing and reassembling the Mallaham Bridge, originally built in 1871. Because of its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, the project will be closely coordinated with other government organizations to make sure the historic integrity of the bridge is maintained.

The project is currently scheduled for fall of 2016. ODOT is asking for public input on the project by April 10. If you have questions, comments or concerns you can submit them to Rhonda Pees, the ODOT District 1 Representative by calling 419-999-6803 or emailing

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ODOT Looking for Comments on Proposed Bike Path Project in Bluffton

03/30/15     2:55 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking for input on a proposed bike path in Bluffton.

In a release, ODOT said it has partnered with Bluffton to construct a 10-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path connecting the village with the Bluffton University Nature Preserve. Some tree clearing would be needed for the construction within the Nature Preserve. Installation would take place in 2017 if the project is approved.

To comment on the project contact ODOT District 1 Representative Rhonda Pees by calling 419-999-6803 or emailing Comments need to be submitted by April 10.

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Curb Replacement to Close Western Avenue in Findlay this Week

03/30/15     2:12 p.m.

Road work on Western Avenue in Findlay will continue this week.

A release from the city says crews will continue the curb replacement project started last week in the southbound lane of Western Ave. between W. Main Cross and Lima St.

The southbound lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. The northbound lane will remain open.

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Annual Easter Sand Sculpture Begins in Findlay Today

03/30/15     1:35 p.m.

The week before Easter is grounded in tradition and that’s no different for Roger Powell, the creator of the On Common Ground sand sculpture. With help from about 100 volunteers, Powell carves a biblical scene in about 500 tons of sand every year at the Hancock County Fair Grounds.

Audio: Roger Powell

Throughout the week, there are a number of events such as plays, concerts and kids time all culminating with a sunrise service Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. However, visitors are welcome anytime during the week to watch the construction process.

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Monday, March 30

ALL DAY – Creation of Easter Sand Sculpture
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kids’ 5-Day Club

Tuesday, March 31

ALL DAY – Creation of Easter Sand Sculpture
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kids’ 5-Day Club

Wednesday, April 1

ALL DAY – Creation of Easter Sand Sculpture
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kids’ 5-Day Club

Thursday, April 2

ALL DAY – Creation of Easter Sand Sculpture
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kids’ 5-Day Club

Friday, April 3

Completion of Easter Sand Sculpture
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – KIDS EVENT Let the kids get sandy learning with Roger Powell & volunteers
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Live Music – Melody Road
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kids’ 5-Day Club
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Live Music – Bill Phillips

Saturday, April 4

12:00 PM – Drama Production By Trinity Baptist Church
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Meet the Artist
1:45 PM – Drama Production By Trinity Baptist Church
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Live Music – Broken Ground
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Live Music – Hannah Beck Music

Easter Sunday, April 5

Sunrise Service from 6:30 AM – 7:15 AM
– Service By Pastor Craig Cramer, Gateway Church
– Signing for those who are hard of hearing, Tina Adams
– Live Music By Broken Ground, Mt. Blanchard United Methodist Church
– Bagpipes by Walter Metcalf & Dylan Waaland

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