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Local Businesses Recognized At Small Business Awards Luncheon

10/15/2015 – 1:30 pm

(FINDLAY, Ohio)—Small Business is the heart of the American economy. Business owners give individuals – real people with names and faces – a chance to provide for their families, and an environment where people can learn and grow and express their creativity and talents.

The Findlay-Hancock County area is proud of its Small Businesses and those that lead them. In recognition of these courageous and inspiring individuals and their companies, the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce was honored to present the 2015 Small Business Awards at the 52nd Annual Small Business Awards luncheon this afternoon at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

The following is a list of both small business and community awards:


Presented to: Katherine Kreuchauf, Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

Sponsored by: Huntington Bank

SBRC Client Award

Presented to: DiVine Wine Bar

Sponsored by: Small Business Resource Center

Women in Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Josette Brinkman, Signed by Josette

Sponsored by: WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Radio

Emerging Business of the Year

Presented to: Partitions Plus, LLC

Sponsored by: AT&T

Small Business Manufacturing Excellence

Presented to: Freudenberg NOK Sealing Technologies

Sponsored by: The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park

Downtown Champion of the Year

Presented to: Mike Mallet, Mallet Enterprises

Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank

Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Findlay Country Club

Sponsored by: First National Bank

Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year

Presented to: Hancock County Farm Bureau

Sponsored by: Citizens National Bank

Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Dr. Andre Gilbert, Blanchard Valley Urology Associates

Sponsored by: Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Professional of the Year

Presented to: Jamie Stall & Jason Stall, Stall & Company CPA’s

Sponsored by: Commercial Savings Bank

Family Owned Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Whitson Properties

Sponsored by: CompManagement Inc. (CMI) &

CompManagement Health Systems (CHS)

Small Business Person of the Year

Presented to: Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Garner Transportation Group

Sponsored by: The University of Findlay

Small Business of the Year

Presented to: Sink’s Flower Shop

Sponsored by: First Federal Bank

Non-Profit Leader of the Year

Presented to: Todd James, American Red Cross

Sponsored by: United Way of Hancock County

Special Presentations

Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Award

Presented to: Phil Clinger

Sponsored by: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Distinguished Leadership Award

Presented to: Chuck Stumpp

Sponsored by: Hancock Leadership Alumni Association

Community Partner Award

Presented to: Great Scot Community Markets

Sponsored by: United Way of Hancock County

S.T.A.R. Awards

Presented to: City Laundry & Cracker Barrel

Sponsored by: Blanchard Valley Industries – Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities

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Wyandot County Farmer Found Dead In Field

10/15/15 – 7:18 A.M.

An Upper Sandusky farmer was found dead in his field Tuesday evening. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to the 15000 block of Township Highway 127 to investigate after receiving a phone call from the man’s son.

Ryan Swinehart found 53-year-old Timothy Swinehart lying next to his combine. The Wyandot County Coroner determined Swinehart had fallen from the deck of the combine, but the exact cause of death has not been determined.

An autopsy has been ordered.

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North Baltimore Woman Injured In I-75 Crash

10/15/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A North Baltimore woman was injured in a crash that closed I-75 in Wood County late Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol reports the crash happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near North Baltimore.

47-year-old Janet Rayle’s car wen off the road and into the grass before it rolled over. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Rayle was also cited for failure to control.

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Findlay Boy Suffers Injuries After Being Hit By Bus

10/15/15 – 6:44 A.M.

A Findlay boy was injured when he was hit by a bus Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police department reports the incident happened near the intersection of Brenda Court and Parkside Place around 4 p.m.

9-year-old Aiden Iliff was stepping off a sidewalk on Parkside place when he was hit by a transportation bus driven by 26-year-old Douglas Donna of Tiffin. Iliff was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury.

No citations were issued.

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Road I-9 Bridge Work Starts Friday In Putnam County

10/15/15 – 5:26 A.M.

The Road I-9 bridge project will start in Putnam County Friday. The Lima News reports the bridge will be closed tomorrow morning. The plan includes lowering the road embankment. The goal is to have the road open again this winter. Project engineer Greg Bockrath says they want to have new asphalt in place before Thanksgiving. Most asphalt plants shut down for the year at that time.

Many have said the bridge acts like a dam for the Blanchard River when water is running high, which then causes flooding in Ottawa.

Emergency service providers and area school districts have been informed about the bridge closure.

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Toledo Man Accused Of Firing Gun In Findlay

10/15/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A Toledo man was arrested for allegedly shooting a gun inside the Findlay city limits Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports 29-year-old Terrell Evans is accused of firing a weapon in the 100 block of Monroe Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. A witness identified Evans, who was found in a car at the Motel 6 on Fox Street.

Officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun inside Evans’ car.

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Ottawa-Glandorf Teachers Working Without A Contract

10/15/15 – 5:04 A.M.

Teachers in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district have been working without a contract since July 1. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the O-G Classroom Teachers Association declared an impasse in negotiations this week. A federal mediator is now scheduled to serve as an arbitrator at a meeting on October 19.

Union president Kim Birnesser tells the newspaper the issue isn’t about money. She said the district is “trying to take rights away from teachers that were given to us by the laws of the state of Ohio.” The article does not say what those rights are.

The arbitration session will take place at the Putnam County Educational Service Center as it is seen as a neutral site.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Woman Arrested After Drug Search On Trenton Avenue

10/14/2015 – 1:30 pm

A search of a West Trenton Avenue residence Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Findlay woman after drugs were found inside. According to a release detectives from the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant just before 8 pm. Tuesday at 508 W. Trenton Ave. in Findlay. Inside, they found drug paraphernalia, a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, a stolen handgun, and items indicative of drug trafficking.

20-year-old Brianna Bartram of Findlay was arrested on possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and receiving stolen goods. She is currently being held in the Hancock County jail.

Additional arrests and charges are expected at the conclusion of this investigation.

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University Of Findlay Receives Grant For Paid Student Internships

10/14/2015 – 12:55 pm

The University of Findlay will be getting extra help in providing internship opportunities for students. The University announced that it has received a three-year grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guranty Corporation for just over $350,000. This grant will be used now through 2018. UF plans to place 176 eligible students in internships between the Spring of 2016 and Spring of 2018.

UF will also seek to match the grant with an additional $41,317 to support student internship wages.

More: UF Newsroom

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Bluffton May Help Pandora With Tax Collections

10/14/15 – 6:43 A.M.

Pandora officials may seek help from Bluffton in collecting income taxes. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Pandora Village Council talked about the issue during a recent special meeting. The proposal would see staff from Bluffton help Pandora collect delinquent taxes. The newspaper reports there are 11 residents who owe more than $8,400.

Bluffton officials said they’re are currently hiring a tax administrator. The position was advertised as part-time, but they would like to make it a full-time job. If Bluffton helps out Pandora, then Pandora would be responsible for paying for part of the administrator’s salary.

No decisions were made following the meeting.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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