Review Category : Local News

Seneca County Economic Development Group Names New Leader

12/5/13 – 5:25 A.M.

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation has a new leader. David Zak, who is currently the chief of the Business Services Division at the Ohio Development Services agency, had been named the new CEO of Seneca County’s economic development agency. Zak will replace Rich Focht, who is retiring after 24-years in the position.

In a related story, Tiffin Tomorrow – a long-range strategic planning group for the area, will merge with the economic development organization.

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Marathon Petroleum To Invest Heavily In Speedway Brand

12/5/13 – 5:17 A.M.

Findlay’s Marathon Petroleum, the parent company of Speedway, is getting set to make a major investment in its retail chain. Convenience Store News reports Marathon will invest $925 million over the next three years in Speedway in an effort to grow the chain. MPC President and CEO Gary Heminger said Speedway will grow in existing and nearby markets through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. He made his comments during MPC’s 2013 Analyst & Investor Day events.

The article goes on to say Speedway will look to fill in gaps in major markets like Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville. The brand will also look to expand into markets like Pittsburgh and several cities in Tennessee.

MORE: Convenience Store News

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Corrections Officer Has Heart Attack On The Job, Saved By Inmate Medical Officer

12/4/13 – 5:03 A.M.

The Hancock County jail staff helped save the life of a corrections officer this week. Officer Mark Price suffered a heart attack while on duty Tuesday morning. Price’s wife Amy tells the Courier the medical officer for the inmates, Tim Myers, noticed Price was having shortness of breath, checked his blood pressure, and took him to the hospital.

Price had two stents inserted, helping clear an artery.

MORE: The Courier

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Second Round Of Findlay Superintendent Interviews Start Soon

12/5/13 – 4:49 A.M.

The Findlay city school board may bring in additional candidates for their search for a new superintendent. The Courier reports the second round of interviews will begin later this month, and the number of candidates who have applied for the job have been narrowed to three. However board president Shane Pochard tells the newspaper other individuals who did not apply for the job have been approached to “explore the position.” Pochard did not say who those individuals are.

The candidates who will be interviewed a second time are Edward Kurt, superintendent of Margaretta Local School District in Castalia; Richard Smith, superintendent of North Union Local School District in Richwood; and Louis Kramer, superintendent of Northeastern Local School District in Springfield.

The interviews will be held in executive session the next two Saturdays.

MORE: The Courier

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Wood County Man Accused Of Making Meth In His Home

From Jack VanCamp’s Google+ page

12/4/13 – 4:11 P.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of making meth in his home in Luckey.  Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says 39-year-old Jack VanCamp of 206 Adams Street has been named as a suspect in a drug investigation.  He is wanted on a felony warrant from the Wood County Common Pleas Court for drug abuse.  Anyone with information on where he may be located is asked to contact the authorities.

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North Baltimore To Get New Fire Truck Soon

12/4/13 – 1:45 P.M.

The village of North Baltimore could have its new fire truck in service by the end of the year. The Courier reports Fire Chief Ted Francisco told council that some more equipment needs to be installed on the vehicle before it’s operational. Some equipment and lights have already been installed on the truck, which will cost the village around $400,000.

The truck was initially supposed to arrive in North Baltimore last week.

MORE: The Courier

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Numbers Down Locally On First Day Of Deer-Gun Season

Image courtesy of Adam Hickmott /

12/4/13 – 1:34 P.M.

Area deer hunters will have some work to do if they want to match the number of animals tagged during last year’s deer-gun hunting season. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports numbers were down for the opening day of hunting season in Hancock and all of the surrounding counties.

Hancock County hunters bagged 89 deer compared to 174 last year. In Putnam County the number was 72 compared to 108. Elsewhere Allen County saw 77 deer tagged, the number was 142 in Hardin County, Henry County saw 112, Seneca County was at 82, Wood checked in at 59, and Wyandot County saw 178 deer tagged.

Statewide numbers are down 3% to 2012.

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Box Truck Hits I-75 Overpass In Findlay

12/4/13 – 1:17 P.M.

South River Road was closed for about an hour this morning after westbound box truck hit the I-75 overpass in the area.  The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just before 10 a.m. today.  The truck was empty and the driver, 39-year-old Christopher Rathburn of Bluffton, was not injured.  75 was not closed for the cleanup.  Rathburn was cited for disobeying a traffic control device.  Signs near the overpass indicate the overpass was too low for trucks to pass under.

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Red Cross Will Wrap Gifts For Donations

12/4/13 – 11:38 A.M.

If you’re like us, gift wrapping isn’t your thing. The Hancock County Chapter of the American Red Cross may have just what you need, and you can help out a good cause in the process…

Audio: Todd James

Director Todd James says if you are skilled at wrapping presents, you can sign up for a shift at the Hancock County Red Cross website.

Even if gift wrapping isn’t your strong suit, James says the need for volunteers is great…

Audio: Todd James

James says you can do anything from disaster scene relief to simply helping out at a local blood drive.

Listen to the full interview from today’s WFINat10:

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