Review Category : Local News

City Could Save Money On Bonds For Sports Facilities

3/1/2016 – 9:49 pm

The City of Findlay could see net savings on some of the bonds issued to help pay for improvements to city property at the Cube and the area sports facilities. At the Council meeting Monday, City Auditor Jim Staschiak presented the council with a proposal to do an advance refunding of the debt prior to the bonds being called. Staschiak said that due to current market conditions, this could save the city significant funding.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak said that savings to the city could run around $200,000 or more. In the legislation passed by the council, Staschiak was authorized to proceed with the plan provided the city would incur at least a 3% net savings on the bonds.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak said that if current market trends continue, the city could see such savings each year during the lifespan of the bonds.

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Findlay Teenager Struck By UF Van

3/1/2016 – 5:23 pm

A thirteen-year-old boy was struck by a University of Findlay van Tuesday afternoon while crossing an alleyway on Trenton Avenue. Findlay Police report that 13-year-old Salvatore S. Hoekstra of Findlay was crossing the alleyway in the 300 block of Trenton Avenue around 2:40pm when he was struck by the van driven by 52-year-old Shari L. Smith of North Baltimore.

Hoekstra was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for a possible broken leg and Smith was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

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United Way To Announce Award Winners This Month

3/1/2016 – 4:37 pm

The United Way is working on applications for their 2016 grants. John Urbanski with the United Way says that all applications are reviewed by the Community Solutions Committee which is comprised of around 40 members of the community.

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski says that in addition to the annual grants, the United Way has partnered with several local organizations to help fund programs addressing key issues identified in their community mapping.

Audio: John Urbanski

Over the month of February, the United Way committee has been reviewing the proposals and the organization will be meeting to decide their final award recipients early this month. The winners will be announced at the United Way’s monthly meeting later this month.

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Crop Insurance Programs To Help Farmers In All Farm Production

3/1/2016 – 1:27 pm

As the 2016 growing season begins area farmers are looking into their crop insurance options moving forward this year. Robert Cristy from Cristy Insurance in Findlay said that this year premiums are down over previous years.

Audio: Robert Cristy

One new program this year is called Whole Farm Revenue Coverage, which Cristy said was started on farms out west to help insure farms completely and not just crop products.

Audio: Robert Cristy

The program looks at a farms taxes over the course of five years to set the average rates, and Cristy said that coverage can cover anything of production value on a given farm and not just crops that are produced.

Audio: Robert Cristy

There are some exceptions to the qualifications to the program and if you have any questions about the programs you can contact your insurance provider.

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Findlay Named As Top Micropolitan Community Again

3/1/16 – 11:21 A.M.

A national business magazine has again picked Findlay as the top small city in the United States. Site Selection magazine says Findlay beat out 574 other micropolitan communities for the honor. It’s the second year in a row Findlay has placed first in the magazine’s annual rankings. Findlay is also one of four small cities to be in the top 10 list 10 times since the rankings began in 2000.

The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office submitted 26 projects for the magazine to review. They included the wind turbine project on the city’s north side and expansions at Hamlet Protein and Fruedenberg NOK among many others.

In a release, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said, “Being named the nation’s top micropolitan community for a second straigth year clearly demonstrates that collaborative efforts are paying off.” Findlay-Hancock County Alliance President John Haywood added, “our economic development team has worked hard to gain momentum in the community, and enhance its focus throughout the region.”

Micropolitan communities have between 10,000 and 50,000 people living in them.

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Hancock County Jail To Accept Inmates From Fostoria

3/1/16 – 11:00 A.M.

Hancock County will now house some inmates from the city of Fostoria in the county jail. The commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday morning that clears the way for the deal. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the deal won’t contribute to overcrowding…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman approached the commissioners with the proposal and saw no issues with it.

Phil Rielge says only misdemeanor inmates will be transferred into the county…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Under the agreement Fostoria would pay Hancock County $86.50 per prisoner for each day they are locked up in Hancock County. Fostoria would also be om the hook for inmate medical expenses.

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Candidate Profile: Tracy Coldren

3/1/16 – 7:32 A.M.
UPDATE – 3/2/16 – 12:44 P.M.

We continue with our candidate profile series today with another challenger for the Hancock County Recorder position, Tracy Coldren.

Coldren has worked in the Recorder’s office for 15 years and says they provide many services to county residents…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren adds the Recorder’s office works closely with Veterans Services.

Coldren says she has learned a lot in her time in the Recorder’s Office…

Audio: Tracy Coldren

Coldren has been endorsed by the past and current Hancock County Recorders.

You can listen to the full interview on our website. Tomorrow we will look at the Hancock Park District replacement levy.

UPDATE: In the following interview, Coldren mentions that you can contact her at the recorder’s office for more information.  However you can not call the office to talk about a political issue.  You can still contact her on her Facebook page for comment about the campaign.

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Two Injured In Crash On Findlay’s North Side

3/1/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A two-car crash injured two people on North Main Street in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 35-year-old David Baldridge of Findlay was driving south in the 4400 block of North Main around 3:15 p.m. when he stopped and was rear-ended by 45-year-old Jennifer Smith of Cygnet.

Both drivers were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Baldridge was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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High Speed Chase Suspect Crashes At Fostoria Area Golf Course

3/1/16 – 5:15 A.M.

One person was arrested following a high speed chase in Fostoria late Monday night. The Review-Times reports the suspect was arrested shortly after he crashed his car into a water hazard on the 18th hole of the Loudon Meadows Golf Course.

The chase started near State Route 587 and Columbus Avenue. The driver of the car tried to run away after the crash, but was stopped by a police officer who used his Taser on the suspect.

No other details were immediately available.

MORE: Review-Times

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Bluffton University Adds New Major

3/1/16 – 5:10 A.M.

A local college is adding to its list of majors. Bluffton University will offer speech language pathology and audiology starting in the fall. According to a release, the school decided to add the major because of the “expanding need for excellent speech pathologists and the good fit with resources already on our campus.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates there are good job prospects for people in the field. Between 2012 and 2022, there is expected to be a 19 percent growth rate in job openings for speech pathologists. A 34 percent growth rate in job openings for audiologists is also expected during the same 10-year period.

Bluffton University is going to offer a $3,000 renewable scholarship for new students who choose the major.

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