Review Category : Local News

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Reacts To Last Weeks Election Results

11/13/14     4:33 p.m.

Last week’s election saw Ohio voting overwhelming republican following the trend in the rest of the country. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says he thinks the mistake the democratic party made was getting away from its roots.

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says he heard the message voters were sending, and is now working to rebuild the democratic party, starting with replacing ousted state democratic party chair Craig Redfern.

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown said there’s been a lot of talk back and forth, but both parties just need to figure out how to do things together.

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East Sandusky St. Closed Friday through Sunday Night for Crane Work

11/13/14     2:52 p.m.

East Sandusky St. will be closed all weekend for crane work at Marathon. It will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday so crews can dismantle the large crane being used for the Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s parking garage project.

The street will be closed from the first alley east of Main Street to the first alley west of East Street to allow crews the necessary space to take the crane down.

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More Budget and Staff Cuts, Possible Program Eliminations for Owens

11/13/14     1:10 p.m.

In 2013, Owens reduced its budget by $16 million, cut staff and prepared for a drop in enrollment. Unfortunately all the preparations weren’t enough and the school is facing fiscal watch in 2015.

President Mike Bower said the school has been working to adjust to their low enrollment. He said during the recession many people went back to school to change careers but now that we’re coming out of the recession, enrollment is down.

Audio: Mike Bower

In the last four years, enrollment at Owens has dropped 38 percent. Bowers said the school has a plan in place to get out of fiscal watch.

Audio: Mike Bower

Bower said the school will continue budget cuts and staff reductions, but also address what programs are needed by students and employers.

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Mattress Firm To Add Second Findlay Location

11/13/14 – 12:55 A.M.

Mattress Firm is adding a second Findlay location. The company announced plans today to build a store next to Carmike Cinema on Findlay’s west side. The location would be the second in Findlay for the company. There’s a Mattress Firm location on Tiffin Avenue across from the Findlay Village Mall.

The new store is expected to open in 2015.

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Freudenberg Eyes Findlay Expansion

11/13/14 – 12:45 P.M.

A manufacturer on Findlay’s west side is looking to expand operations. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved a site plan for Freudenberg-NOK this morning. The more than 43,000 square foot addition would pave the way for more jobs…

Audio: David Roth

Architect David Roth says the goal is to be in the new facility sometime in 2015.

The Findlay Freudenberg location makes industrial sealants for the automotive industry.

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Speedway Store Expansion Will Close Findlay Ralphie’s Location

11/13/14 – 11:38 A.M.

The intersection of Trenton and Broad avenues will look quite different in the future. Findlay’s Planning Commission approved site plans for a new Speedway store. The new store will have a much larger footprint, taking the place of the current Speedway store and Ralphie’s restaurant to the north.

Even though Ralphie’s will be torn down to make way for the development, management doesn’t expect to be gone from Findlay for long. Operations Director Mark Wallace said, “the future of Ralphie’s in Findlay is strong, and we will remain a presence.” He added there is no timeline on when the restaurant would close or move to another location.

As far as the new Speedway is concerned, developers plan to address a current traffic issue. The entrance to the store won’t allow drivers to turn left across Broad near the intersection with Trenton. Instead drivers coming from the north will turn left into a new driveway in front of where Ralphie’s now stands.


Site plans for new Speedway store. (Click for larger image)

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UPDATE: Flood Mitigation Info Released Ahead of Friday’s Press Conference

11/12/14     5:03 p.m.

Prior to Friday morning’s press conference, the Hancock County Commissioners have released the tentative flood plan information to be discussed.

The plan includes a large levy south of the city’s reservoirs to stop the Blanchard River from overflowing into Lye Creek during a flood. The plan no longer includes a retention area south of the city along Eagle Creek. Instead, it will extend a proposed diversion channel from County Road 37 to the Blanchard River just west of Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The diversion channel will follow a glacial groove that runs southwest of Findlay.

The plan also labels miles of property along the banks of the river and creeks as “reaches that may be eligible for non-structural measures” such as buyouts, demolition or flood proofing.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Flood Prevention Map

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Allen County Woman Sentenced For Raping 11-Year-Old

11/13/14 – 7:17 A.M.

An Allen County woman was sentenced yesterday for raping an 11-year-old girl. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Tina Hill will spend 41 years in prison. She had faced a maximum of 234 years.

Assistant Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said Hill essentially allowed a Henry County man to abuse the victim as well because she wanted the man to take care of her.

The man in question, Kevin Ritz, is facing child sex charges in federal court.

MORE: Lima News

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North Baltimore Council Fires Village Billing Clerk

11/13/14 – 6:51 A.M.

The North Baltimore village council fired an employee this week. The Sentinel Tribune reports a 4-0 vote led to the termination of Jaimye Benedict. Benedict handled billing for EMS and utilities for the village. She also handled accounts receivable.

Council did not comment on the decision, which was made following a 12-minute executive session.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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