Review Category : Local News

MLB Pitcher Buys Findlay Real Estate Firm

2/9/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Major League Baseball player has bought a Findlay real estate firm. New York Mets pitcher and Arcadia native Jerry Blevins bought Preferred Brokers from Doris and Jim Staschiak Sr. on Monday. The plans are for the Staschiaks to lead a transition period that would lead to Blevins’ brother, Rob Ellis, taking over as managing broker.

Ellis is currently working to get his real estate brokerage license from Hondros College of Business in Toledo. He’ll then have to work in the real estate field for two years and pass the state broker?s exam before he becomes a managing broker.

Blevins plans to have an active role in the business when his baseball playing days are over.

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McComb Council Member’s Residency Questioned

2/9/16 – 5:05 A.M.

There’s a dispute in McComb over the residency of a village council member. The Courier reports council talked about the issue at their Monday meeting. Councilman Jim Clark says Dawn Swain may no longer live in the village. The dispute will be brought up at a public hearing on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Council voted to suspend Swain from voting duties until after the hearing. Her previous votes could also be challenged.

Clark says Swain may be a resident of Bowling Green now. He added he didn’t think she’d lived in the village since October. Swain’s address is listed as 212 West Main Street in McComb according to the Hancock County Board of Elections.

Swain did not comment on the issue Monday.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Sheriff’s Forum Set For Tonight

2/9/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Three candidates are running for sheriff in Putnam County, and tonight they’ll sit down for a forum. The Putnam County Sentinel and 106.3 The Fox radio will host the candidates at the Putnam County Educational Service Center at 124 Putnam Parkway in Ottawa. You can submit questions for the candidates between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The answer session will start around 7:15 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office Captain Brian Siefker and Columbus Grove Police Chief Nick Gilenbach are running for the Republican nomination in March. The winner will face Leipsic Police Chief Dennis Cupp in November. Cupp is running as an Independent.

All three candidates are scheduled to be on hand for tonight’s forum.

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Glenwood Middle School Teacher Passes Away

2/9/16 – 4:46 A.M.

The Findlay school community is in mourning following the death of a teacher from over the weekend. The Courier reports 48-year-old Teresa Yeater passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital Sunday. She had gone into cardiac arrest at Glenwood Middle School Wednesday afternoon.

Glenwood principal David Alvarado tells the newspaper counseling services will be available for students and staff.

Yeater was an intervention specialist for the school. She had worked in the Findlay City School system for 25 years.

Glenwood was placed on a lockdown Wednesday afternoon for around 40 minutes while emergency crews worked on Yeater.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Republicans Running For State Representative In March Primary

2/8/2016 – 10:41 pm

The 2016 Election is heating up, and in the race for State Representative, two Republicans are vying for the nomination. Current State Representative Robert Cole Sprague and challenger Kevin Rettig were featured in a forum at the University of Findlay Monday evening. Both candidates expressed their views on several issues affecting Ohioans.

On the drug and heroin epidemic, challenger Kevin Rettig said that the state needs to toughen its penalties for drug dealers and traffickers, while also not hindering health providers from providing care to individuals in pain.

Audio: Kevin Rettig

Representative Sprague said that health providers need to have restrictions simply because they have not historically done their due diligence to prevent people from becoming addicted to opiates and narcotics. He told a story about a minor who was able to get refills for pain medication after becoming addicted and able to do so without parental consent.

Audio: Robert Sprague

Recently, there has been a push across the nation, and in the State of Ohio to prevent state funds from supporting the organization Planned Parenthood due to their stance on providing abortion services. Rettig said that he supports that effort but feels that the state could do more to provide for women’s health in general minus abortion services.

Audio: Kevin Rettig

Sprague said that he would support Planned Parenthood if they didn’t provide abortions. He supported legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and that in doing so, changes in the healthcare laws have opened access to women’s health services at every hospital in Ohio.

Audio: Robert Sprague

One of the big issues facing Ohio, according to Sprague is workforce developing and finding qualified workers to fill open positions all across the state. He said that managers all across the district are looking for qualified workers.

Audio: Robert Sprague

Rettig said that a major issue that he sees is the state operating under a budget that continues to grow unchecked due to entitlement programs.

Audio: Kevin Rettig

When it comes to tax policy, Sprague noted that the state has raised the sales tax but has cut five billion dollars in personal income taxes and taxes on small businesses in an effort to return more funds to Ohioans.

Audio: Robert Sprague

Rettig said that he agreed with the reductions but noted that the state raised other taxes, specifically sales tax to offset the cuts which, and was of the opinion that those taxes hurt the middle class more than others.

Audio: Kevin Rettig


Republican voters will nominate one of the candidates during the March 15th Primary.

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Special Kids Therapy To Hold Signature Fundraiser Tuesday Night

2/8/2016 – 5:30pm

A local organization that helps special needs children will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday to help raise money for scholarships and grants. Special Kids Therapy will host their fourth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser Tuesday night at Alexandria’s. Organizer Katy Seng says that Special Kids Therapy helps special needs kids who are not covered by traditional insurances.

Audio: Katy Seng

Seng says that Special Kids Therapy focuses on non-traditional therapy programs that have a proven track record in helping children manage their conditions. The annual fundraiser will begin Tuesday night starting at 5:30pm.

Audio: Katy Seng

A cajun buffet and music from Time Warps’ Joe Lowery will be available as well as a live auction of several high-end items. Tickets are $25.00 each. For more information, contact Special Kids Therapy at 419-422-5607.

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Oxley Center Inspiring Next Generation Of Civic Leaders

2/8/2016 – 4:33 pm

The Hancock County Museum is working to inspire the next generation of civic leaders and one of the ways they do this is through the Oxley Government Center at the Museum. The center, which opened in 2014 features an interactive exhibit. Museum Director Sarah Sisser says that they host 4th-grade students in a half-day program to teach the students about civic issues.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

Sisser says that the program is very hands on and gives the students an overview of civics using the latest interactive technology. Sisser said that the late congressman Mike Oxley was very instrumental in making sure that the work of the center became a reality.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

The Oxley Government Center is open at the Hancock Historical Museum Wednesday through Friday’s from 10am-4pm and on Sunday’s from 1pm-4pm.

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Hopewell Loudon School District Expected To Announce Next Superintendent

2/8/16 – 7:01 A.M.

The Hopewell-Loudon school district is expected to name its next superintendent this week. The Review-Times reports a contract will be offered to David Alvarado Wednesday. Alvarado informed students during a Friday assembly he had accepted the position. He’s expected to start in the new role at the end of the current school year.

The board held a special meeting to interview the for final candidates on January 20. Seven days later the board met in executive session to talk about the salary and benefits for the new superintendent, but said no decision was made on who would be offered the job. No other meetings have been held since then.

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Report: Costs Continue To Increase For Seneca County Courthouse

2/8/16 – 6:48 A.M.

The rising cost of building a new courthouse in Tiffin is angering many who argued to preserve the former county courthouse. The Toledo Blade reports the projected cost for a new facility is now around $11 million. A March 2014 estimate had set the price at $8.5 million.

Those who were in favor of preserving the former courthouse aren’t happy about the climbing costs. In 2011 it was estimated that renovating the 128-year-old building would have been around $8.5 million. Officials at the time said they couldn’t afford the renovation costs.

MORE: The Blade

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“Coffee With A Cop” Scheduled For Friday In Findlay

2/8/16 – 5:23 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will take part in a community outreach program this week. The first “Coffee with a Cop” meeting will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at Coffee Amici on South Main Street in Findlay. Findlay and Hancock County residents are invited to attend.

The meetings are designed to be held in an informal way. There is no set agenda or specific topic. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationwide program that aims to help law enforcement and the community learn more about each other.

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