Review Category : Local News

Findlay City Council Voices Support for Findlay Fire/Allen Township Aid Agreement

7/15/14  9:48 p.m.

City councilmembers voiced their support for a new mutual aid agreement between the Findlay Fire Department and Allen Township Fire at last night’s council meeting.

Findlay Fire Chief Thomas Lonyo said county fire departments have been utilizing mutual aid for a while, but it required three steps: the initial 911-call, then the department chief asking dispatch to call for more help from another department and finally dispatch requesting the additional aid.

The new plan eliminates the middle step and programs dispatchers to automatically call Findlay for help when Allen Township is fighting a fire.

Allen Township Fire Chief Gary Hickman said in the last five years this plan would have affected two fires, both of which he requested help from Findlay.

But the benefit isn’t one-sided.

Audio: Thomas Lonyo

Lonyo said Findlay would mainly assist Allen Township in fighting commercial fire at places like Whirlpool and Ball Metal and large residential fires like those in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Lonyo said the goal isn’t necessarily to be quicker, but to be more efficient.

Audio: Thomas Lonyo

At this point there are no other agreements pending with other townships according to Lonyo.

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Female Entrepreneurship Higher Than National Average in Findlay

7/15/14   9:43 p.m.

Recent data from the U.S. Census is showing women are making more of a name for themselves in the business world.

Dan Sheaffer, coordinator of the small business resource center in Findlay, said by his numbers, Findlay is quite a bit further ahead of the national average.

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

According to the Census data, Over the last 17 years, business ownership by women has increased by 68 percent, bringing the total to 28.7 percent of businesses nation-wide being female-owned.

Sheaffer said of his current 22 clients, 10 are female.

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Nominations for Outstanding Local Small Businesses Being Accepted

7/15/14   5:54 p.m.

The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for their annual small business awards.

Carla Benjamin, from the Chamber, spoke with Chris Oaks about the criteria for nominations.

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Benjamin said there are so many small businesses in the area that there are always new faces for the judging to committee to consider.

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Some of the categories for the awards include family-owned and downtown business, but businesses can also be nominated in general.

To nominate a business, there is a form available on our website that must be filled out and turned into the Chamber by August 22.

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Findlay Liquor License Quotas and Concerns

7/15/14   2:51 p.m.

Between gas stations, grocery stores, liquor stores and restaurants, it seems there is alcohol readily available on nearly every corner in Findlay.

At June 24th’s city council meeting, council members raised concerns about the number of liquor licenses the city was allowed.

City Law Director Don Rasmussen said the city currently has permits in eight different liquor license categories. The number of permits per category is based on a 42,000 to 1,000 ratio or 21,000 to 2,000, meaning 42 or 21 of each are available.

The two most popular licenses are categories C2, a restaurant or night club selling wine and mixed beverage for on premises consumption, and D5, spirituous liquor, beer and wine for on premises consumption. The C2 category currently has 40 of its 42 permits filled and the D5 category has 20 of 21.

Rasmussen said other than filling a quota, there are a number of factors that go into the consideration of a liquor license. Some of these things include an owner’s criminal history; other inventory for sale at the store; the establishment’s location or proximity to places like schools, churches or parks; and more.

Rasmussen said something the city suggests for those looking to put in a bar or restaurant for example is to look into using an existing bar that’s vacant because permit will already exist for that place.


Findlay Liquor Licenses:


C1            1,000           42                 39                  3               1

C2            1,000           42                40                  2               1

D1            2,000           21                 17                  4               2

D2           2,000           21                 18                   3               2

D3           2,000           21                  15                  6               1

D3A           0                  0                   5                  15               0

D4           2,000           21                   5                  16               0

D5           2,000            21                 20                  1               2



C1 – Retail Store Carryout: beer in original sealed container for carryout

C2 – Retail Store Carryout: wine and mixed beverages in sealed containers for carryout

D1 – Restaurant/Night Club: beer only for on premises consumption or in original sealed containers for carry out only until 1 a.m.

D2 – Restaurant/Night Club: wine and mixed beverages for on premises consumption or in original sealed containers for carry out only until 1 a.m.

D3 – Restaurant/Night Club: spirituous liquor for on premises consumption only until 1 a.m.

D3A – Restaurant/Night Club: extended issued permit privileges until 2:30 a.m.

D4 – Club: beer and any intoxicating liquor to members only, for on premises consumption only until 1 a.m.

D5 – Restaurant/Night Club: spirituous liquor for on premises consumption only, beer, wine and mixed beverages for on premises, or off premises in original sealed containers, until 2:30 a.m.

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Carey Police Offering Reward For Vending Machine Vandals

7/15/14 – 10:58 A.M.

The Carey Police Department is offering $350 to the person who can help bring two vending machine vandals to justice. Posts on the department’s Facebook page show two men trying to break into three pop machines in the village early Saturday morning. A dispatcher from the department says the suspects may have gotten away with some money.

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Meteorologist Chris Vickers Explains The Cooler Than Average Weather

7/15/14 – 10:42 A.M.

If you walk outside the next couple of days, you might be tempted to check the calendar to make sure it’s July. It’s going to be far below average temperatures, but Storm Track meteorologist Chris Vickers told our Chris Oaks not to go calling it another polar vortex…

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says weather patterns like this are fairly rare in July. In fact there have only been five days topping out below 70 in July for our area since 1997.

Vickers admits the pattern is similar to what brought us extreme cold just a few months ago…

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers says to enjoy the weather because it might not last long. The pacific northwest is in the middle of a heatwave, and once the jet stream lifts the hotter temperatures could be headed our way.

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Arrest Made In Ada Burglaries

7/15/14 – 8:29 A.M.

Ada police have made an arrest following a series of burglaries over the weekend. reports 24-year-old Josue Martinez was taken into custody and charged with two counts of Burglary, felonies of the 2nd degree and one count of Illegal Drug Possession.

Investigators started getting calls early in the morning on July 13. Three people in the village reported break-ins. After authorities interviewed Martinez they were able to find items taken from the homes.

More thefts are under investigation, and more arrests are expected.


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Abduction Attempt Reported In Bowling Green

7/15/14 – 7:29 A.M.

Bowling Green Police are investigating an attempted child abduction. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a heavy-set woman with a butch haircut tried to lure a girl into her car. The woman was driving a 4-door gray sedan. The car was apparently similar to one owned by the girl’s family, which is described as an early 90’s Oldsmobile.

The woman asked the girl to get in the car. The girl took off running and got in touch with the police. The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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Two Injured In Monday Crash In Findlay

7/15/14 – 7:17 A.M.

A one-car crash injured two people in Findlay early Monday morning. The Findlay Police Department reports 18-year-old Hayley Workman of Bloomdale last control of her car in the 1500 block of North Main Street around 2:20 a.m. Her car jumped the curb and hit a tree.

Workman and her passenger, 24-year-old Tyler Adams of Bloomdale, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Investigators say they suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Workman was cited for failure to control and driving under the influence.

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Carey Teachers Get New Contract

7/15/14 – 6:58 A.M.

Carey teachers will get a nice bump in pay over the next three years. The Courier reports the Carey school district agreed to a new contract with the Carey Education Association Monday. The new deal will give teachers a 2 percent raise in the first year, and a three percent raise in the second and third year of the contract.

The pay increases are also being given to employees on the non-teaching salary schedule. Superintendent Mike Wank says the raises were possible because concessions were made with the health insurance plan

MORE: The Courier

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