Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Commissioners May Amend Farm Land Lease Agreement

9/17/14 – 10:45 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners may make it easier for farmers to lease a piece of county land in the future. There was discussion at today’s meeting about how to better work with those who farm county land on Road 140…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle said in the past the county has asked for the full rent in advance. He added the half-and-half style lease is customary in the agriculture industry…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says another three-year lease cycle is about to start for the land near the old county home. The county expects to go out to bid for the land late next month.

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Grob Systems Offers Open House In Blutton This Weekend

9/18/14 – 7:15 A.M.

One of Bluffton’s largest employers will hold an open house this weekend. Grob Systems will allow people to go through the plant Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to see Grob products in operation, tour its apprentice training area and view the mechanical engineering facility.

Grob engineers and manufactures production equipment. The products are mostly used in the automotive industry.

The Bluffton facility is undergoing a 90,000 square foot expansion.

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UF Gets Grant To Maintain Floodplain

9/18/14 – 6:52 A.M.

The Ohio EPA has given the University of Findlay a grant to help restore wetlands. More than $93,000 will go toward restoring wetlands at the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. The goal is to help the area retain more water during minor flooding in the center’s six acre floodplain.

The project will divert water from a ditch into an area where agricultural storm water runoff can be naturally filtered. The money will also be used to remove invasive plant species from the center.

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Arcadia Schools Move To Replace Aging Windows

The Arcadia school board is moving toward replacing the aging windows in the district’s buildings. The Courier reports RCM Architects will create design plans and develop bid specifications for the project.

The district has been considering replacing the windows for some time now. The current windows allow heat to escape in the winter. Some of the frames are also warped.

MORE: The Courier

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Nontoxic Algae Causing Odor In Fostoria Water

9/18/14 – 5:34 A.M.

Fostoria is dealing with algae blooms in two of its reservoirs. The Review-Times reports the algae is nontoxic, but could be giving tap water a musty odor and a slightly bitter taste.

Filtration plant supervisor Ron Fauls tells the newspaper that blooms are common this time of year. Algae has been growing in Reservoirs 5 and 6 for the last two weeks. It’s being treated with activated carbon, but Fauls says that can take some time to do the trick.

Safety Service Director Allyson Murray says the city is monitoring the water 24 hours a day to ensure it is safe to use.

MORE: Review Times

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Putnam County School Fair Will On New Report Cards

9/18/14 – 5:26 A.M.

Putnam County schools did well on the latest round of school report cards.

The Ottawa-Glandorf District got a “B” grade for performance indicators. While the district did well for overall achievement, value-added scores remained at a C average.

Around the county, Kalida and Miller City scored “A’s” on the performance index. Pandora-Gilboa, Leipsic, Columbus Grove, Continental, Ottoville, and Ft. Jennings all scored “B’s” on the same measure.

Schools are graded in nine performance areas. They won’t get overall grades until 2016. We have a link to the full report cards on our website.

MORE: School Report Cards

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One Prisoner Escapes from Bowling Green Correction Center

09/17/14   11:40 p.m.

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado

Jhon Rosado

Less than a week after three inmates escaped from a Lima prison, one man has escaped from a prison in Bowling Green.

Media partner WTOL reports that 24-year-old Jhon Rosado escaped from the Northwest Community Correction Center at 1740 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. around 8:15 p.m. Officials say Rosado jumped a fence and ran into a corn field north of the facility.

Bowling Green Police Department says they were not notified of the escape by prison officials until 10:06 p.m. Police say they immediately contacted the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and began a search, but Rosado was not found.

Rosado is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs between 120 and 140 pounds, according to officials. He also has distinct tattoos on the side of his torso and on his upper back, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.

Rosado was last seen wearing a blue jumpsuit and an orange sweatshirt.

Law enforcement is asking anyone in the area to notify then of suspicious persons or activity by calling 911 or 419-354-9001.

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About 1,000 More Participants Expected for Findlay’s Second Race for the Cure

09/17/14   4:58 p.m.

Next weekend, downtown Findlay will be a sea of pink when the second annual Findlay Race for the Cure kicks off. Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio executive director Mary Westphal said preparations are going very smoothly.

Audio: Mary Westphal

Westphal said things are a little different this year with changes in the course due to Marathon construction. There will also be a team tailgate this year.

Last year there was 3,100 participants. Westphal said this year’s goal is 3,800 but it’s a good possibility that number will be over 4,000.

And while race day is an exciting event, Westphal said the impact it has is even greater.

Audio: Mary Westphal

Race for the Cure is the primary way for Komen Northwest Ohio to save local lives in the fight against breast cancer according to Westphal. Seventy-five percent of what’s raised supports breast health programs like mamograms. The other 25 percent goes to research and all the money raised is used locally. For example Komen Northwest Ohio funds the Hancock County Mamography Screening Initiative at Blanchard Valley Health Systems.

If you’re interested in being a part of the race, you may register before the race online or at Dave’s Running Shop at 1765 Tiffin Ave. in Findlay on Thursday, September 25 (11:00 a.m.-7 p.m.) or Friday, September 26 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). You may also register the morning of the race on-location.


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Zonta and Garner Trucking Team Up to Combat Human Trafficking

09/17/14   11:30 a.m.

The Zonta Club of Findlay is stepping up to bring awareness to a cause that is close to home.

Audio: Maile Doyle

Maile Doyle is the president of the local Zonta chapter. Doyle says bringing the “Zonta Says No” initiative to Findlay was a no-brainer because of our proximity to I-75, the turnpike and Toledo, which is a port city for trafficking.

Zonta partnered with Garner Trucking to help bring awareness to the cause. President of Garner Sherri Brumbaugh said though truck driving can be a monotonous job with driving the same stretches everyday, it can be the key to putting an end to human trafficking.

Audio: Sherri Brumbaugh

Brumbaugh said a hot line has been created for truckers to report any suspicious activity.

In addition, Garner brought the Freedom Drivers trailer to Findlay for the weekend. It will be open to the public at Ohio Logistics from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today and will be at Garner on Saturday. The interactive trailer travels across the country to help train truckers and anyone traveling how to be aware of possible trafficking happening around them.

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More Details On Fiery Dunkirk Crash Released

9/17/14 – 5:12 A.M.

More details have been released following a fiery crash in Dunkirk Monday afternoon. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says the fire at the Marathon gas station at the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81 was touched off by a collision between an SUV and a motor home.

Michelle Obenour of Dunkirk was driving her SUV east on Route 81 when she pulled into the path of a northbound motor home driven by Loran Hofer of Sun City Florida. The motor home then slammed into a gas pump at the station, causing it to ignite. The fire destroyed the motor home and two other cars.

In all, five people were treated for minor injuries. The gas pumps and the canopy at the convenience store were destroyed.

The crash remains under investigation.

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