Review Category : Local News

GMO Corn Developed For The Ethanol Industry

12/18/13 10:30 a.m.
Genetically modified corn has traditionally been developed for food products or livestock but now a brand of GMO corn has been developed specifically for the ethanol industry. OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz spoke with Vaun Wickerham on AgTalk on WFIN this morning..

Audio:  Ed Lentz

Before the product came on the market, the enzyme was added to the corn to enhance the breakdown of the starch to alcohol. The industrial GMO corn will make the fermentation process more efficient for the ethanol industry..

Audio:  Ed Lentz

Ethanol producers will likely contract with a farmer to produce this type of corn but concerns about cross pollination and grain contamination with other food-grade types of corn remain a concern.

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Fostoria School Board Aiding In Moving Sprang Into The District

12/18/13 – 6:48 A.M.

The Fostoria school board is trying to help Superintendent Andrew Sprang with his move into the district.  The Courier reports the board approved spending $2,500 from the general fund this week to help Sprang and his family move from Findlay to Fostoria.  Sprang has sold his house and is looking for a new place in Fostoria.  The district requires the superintendent to live within the school district within 18 months of being hired.

MORE: The Courier

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North Baltimore To Examine Ambulance Services

12/18/13 – 6:40 A.M.

North Baltimore officials plan to examine the village’s ambulance services. The Courier reports the issue was called into the question this week, when council members read a letter from a resident who said there was no local response to someone who was having a heart attack recently. Help eventually arrived in the form of Hanco Ambulance.

Council members say they’ve been looking for ways to boost the ranks of emergency medical technicians to cover all shifts. Council is expected to hold public meetings on the topic in 2014.

MORE: The Courier

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School Bus Involved In Crash In Allen County

12/18/13 – 5:30 A.M.

A school bus was involved in a three-car-crash in Allen County Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 3:40 p.m. on Lima’s east side. 28-year-old Janelle Penager was was trying to turn left from Bryn Mawr Road onto Reservoir Road when she turned into the path of a car driven by 19-year-old Jeanna Hamp, causing a collision that sent Penager’s PT Cruiser into the front bumper of a Bath school bus carrying 29 students.

No one on the bus was injured. Hamp and her 11-month-old daughter were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of minor injuries. Penager was treated at the scene. She was also cited for failure to yield the right-of-way.


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Resource Fair Held For Hancock County Jail Inmates

12/18/13 – 5:17 A.M.

An effort to keep Hancock County jail inmates from reoffending once they serve their sentences took place Tuesday.  The Courier reports the University of Findlay’s occupational therapy program held its first inmate resource fair, which gave 20 people a chance to see the social service agencies that are available to them to help in the reentry into society.  About six agencies were on hand, including Hope House and Christian Clearinghouse.

MORE: The Courier

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Farm Community Says Clean River First

12/17/13 8:40 p.m.
Fifth District Congressman Bob Latta heard from 125 to 150 Hancock County farmers in what was termed as the first meeting held exclusively for those in the agricultural community to air concerns and ask questions about flood control measures with a public official. The predominant theme throughout the meeting was that not enough is being done to clean the Blanchard River and its tributaries.

Audio:  Matt Hartman

Hancock County farmer Matt Hartman was one of the individuals who spoke at the meeting organized by former Hancock County Commissioner Steve Oman and held at his family farm Tuesday night. Hartman spoke of two problems that could be solved if the EPA would allow the river to be cleaned beyond just removing fallen trees and log jams..

Audio:  Matt Hartman

Representative Latta was challenged by one farmer in the audience to take a stand against the EPA and not support funding for any measure that does not include dredging the river. Latta responded by saying that he is bound by federal regulations and the rule of law but urged those in attendance to make themselves heard by the Corps at every public meeting.

Nearly all who spoke mentioned the fact that the Blanchard is only flowing at about 56 percent capacity and that the flood control measures being proposed by the Corps would not really solve anything and instead induce flooding in places where none exists now and also destroy valuable farm land that would be used instead for flood retention and diversion channels.

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Hamlet Protein To Double Capacity At Findlay Plant In 2014

12/17/13 12:30 p.m.
Hamlet Protein has announced that it is doubling the capacity of its production plant in Findlay to meet global demand for high-quality soy proteins for speciality feed. By fall 2014, the plant’s second processing line is scheduled to go into operation, serving Hamlet Protein customers in North America and worldwide. The investment is a response to rapidly developing sales of Hamlet Protein’s nutritional soy protein ingredients, which are currently produced in Horsens, Denmark and Findlay.

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Bluffton Schools Asking For Levy Renewal

12/17/13 11:55 a.m.
Voters in Bluffton will be asked to renew an existing school levy for an additional five years. The Courier reports the Bluffton school approved the resolution to place the issue on the May ballot, but the district is asking for more millage to keep up with rising costs. The district is asking for 4.9 mills and is expected to raise just over $714,000 annually for the next five years. The levy was originally passed in 1999 at 4.9 mills, renewed in 2004 at 3.94 mills and again in 2009 at 3.2 mills.

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Carey Schools Seek Land Swap With Village

Land Swap 12/17/13 11:40 AM grs
Carey school officials are asking the village to consider a land swap for property that is more accessible to utilities. Superintendent Mike Wank wants to trade the land of their existing school building for land the village owns near Memorial Park according to the Courier. The swap would help alleviate problems with bringing utilities to the site of a new school building that is planned for the district. A similar request was turned down by the village years ago but village council is willing to talk about it.

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Fostoria’s New Ambulance Arrives

12/17/13 10:50 a.m.
Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler announced the arrival of a new ambulance to the finance committee Monday. Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno said the highlight of the $198,000 emergency vehicle was the auto loading system, which can lift up to 700 pounds at the push of a button according to the Review Times. Loreno said it will be safer on the EMT’s by reducing the risk of injuries from lifting. The ambulance is expected to last more than 15 years and is expected to go into service after the first of the year.

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