Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Bed Tax Collections Increase During Final Quarter of 2013

3/20/14 – 12:08 P.M.

A rebounding economy helped drive up Hancock County’s “bed tax” collections in the last quarter of 2013. That’s according to Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Rachael Rahrig. She says collections for that time were up almost 11% over 2012 numbers. That’s normally a slow period for hotel stays…

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig expects big things in 2014 for tourism. Sports will once again be a big driver for that…

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig says a new swim tournament is also scheduled for this summer.

She adds the events not only mean hotel stays, but dollars spent at local gas stations and restaurants.

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Efforts Of Local Opiate Abuse Task Force Saluted

3/20/14 – 11:16 A.M.

When it comes to fighting prescription drug abuse, Hancock County is doing a good job. Unfortunately there’s a lot more work to do. That was the message an expert on the topic gave to members of the opiate abuse task force this week. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle was in attendance, and says local collaboration is the key…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Dr. Michael Flaherty is an expert on opiate abuse, and has been working with the local task force on their plans.

Riegle says Dr. Michael Flaherty wants the group to look at ways to keep expanding their efforts…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The local task force board of directors met with Flaherty Wednesday.

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Putnam County Honors Long Time Sheriff’s Dispatcher

3/20/14 – 8:35 A.M.

Putnam County law enforcement and emergency crews paid tribute to a colleague earlier this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports funeral services were held Monday for Sue Williams. She was a well-liked dispatch supervisor for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years.

The services included a procession of fire trucks, ambulances, and sheriff’s cruisers. Two ladder trucks from the Ottawa and Perry Fire Departments set up in Columbus Grove as part of the salute.

Williams also served as a paramedic in the county for 33 years. Sheriff Mike Chandler told the newspaper, “Even when I was a deputy, Sue was more than a coworker, she was everybody’s friend.”

Williams was 52-years-old.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arcadia Approves Open Enrollment

3/20/14 – 7:14 A.M.

The Arcadia school district is set for open enrollment next year. The school board voted to approve the option Wednesday.

Open enrollment allows students to enroll in other schools, but only if the other district agrees to take part.

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Carey Officials Consider Security Cameras

3/20/14 – 6:44 A.M.

Carey officials are thinking about installing security cameras on the edges of the town. The Courier reports village council talked about the issue during their meeting earlier this week. Police would place the cameras on State Route 568 to the west and State Route 199 to the east. The north and south cameras would be on U.S. 23.

Councilman Chad Kin suggested the idea following a bank robbery in the village earlier this year. The cameras would feed back to the police station.

Council has not taken any action on the plan.

MORE: The Courier

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Two Injured in Wyandot County Crash

3/20/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A two car crash injured two people in Wyandot County Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office reports the crash happened at the intersection of County Roads 91 and 47 around 1 p.m.

55-year-old Cheryl Pfeiffer of Wharton stopped at the intersection, but pulled into the path of a car driven by 63-year-old Mark Reigle of Sycamore. Reigle suffered “incapacitating injuries.” A 3-year-old in his car walked away with minor injuries.

Deputies cited Pfeiffer for failing to yield at an intersection.

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Possible Tax Increase puts Eastern Ohio Marathon Project on Hold

3/20/14 – 5:05 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum officials could delay a project in eastern Ohio. The East Liverpool Review reports the company has concerns about the state raising taxes on oil and gas production.

Columbiana County Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake tells the newspaper Marathon agreed to buy 3.6 acres of land in Wellsville last year. The land is next to a storage tank/transfer station. The company plans to build a truck staging area for handling up to 24,000 barrels of oil and natural gas.

While Marathon is still planning on buying the land, it could hold off on building the new facility. There are concerns that if the taxes increase drillers will leave the area, lowering demand for the truck staging area.

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Stolen Car Pulled from Hancock County Pond

3/20/14 – 4:41 A.M.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure out how a stolen car ended up in a pond. On Wednesday dive team pulled a Dodge Neon from the water near the intersection of Hancock County Road 220 and Allen Township Road 108. Residents told deputies they heard a crash in that areas between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Deputies have not located the driver. The car was reported stolen Wednesday morning.

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University of Findlay Group to Discuss Life in North Korea

3/19/14 – 10:53 A.M.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind enemy lines in North Korea, you can find out first hand next week. The University of Findlay’s Rescue Team for North Korean Refugees will talk about the crimes committed by the North Korean government during a Q&A session. Representatives from the group Liberty in North Korea will lead the meeting.

The session takes place March 29 in the Brewer Center for the Health Science. It will begin at 8 p.m.

For more information call (419)434-5470.

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