Review Category : Local News

Findlay Council Hears Arguments About E-Cigarettes

4/30/14 – 5:11 A.M.

An informal Findlay city council meeting Tuesday heard discussion about e-cigarette use. Representatives of the Findlay Health Department lobbied for council to ban the use of the devices indoors. If the city moved forward with the suggestion, Findlay would be the first city in Ohio to ban the indoor use of e-cigarettes.

There’s no consensus on that subject with council. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische said Findlay should be the “trendsetter” on the subject. But Councilwoman-At-Large Anne Spence disagreed. Spence said there’s no proof the vapors from e-cigarettes are harmful to others. Third Ward Councilman Ron Monday added that a ban in the city could drive customers to businesses just outside the city limits.

Council will now decide if they will form a subcommittee to consider the Health Department’s suggestions.

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Township Trustees Petition For Blanchard River Cleaning

4/30/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Township trustees in Hancock County are getting in on the Blanchard River cleaning debate. The Courier reports trustees from nine of the county’s 17 townships signed a petition asking for the river to be cleaned out. The document calls for all logjams and islands to be removed from the river. It also asks for river banks to be cleared and planted with grass.

The current cleaning effort clears the islands in the river, but doesn’t remove them. The EPA will not allow the commissioners to remove the islands.

David Bower of Eagle Township and Jerry Wolford of Cass Township delivered the petition. Both are officers in the Hancock County Trustee’s Association but say the petition was held separate from that.

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Free Vaccinations In Wood County

4/30/14 – 4:34 A.M.

Free vaccinations are available in Wood County for parents who can’t afford their child’s shots. Health officials say they’re seeing a decrease in people that are vaccinated and that can cause diseases, such as measles and mumps, to spread a lot quicker. The free vaccinations are being offered as part of National Infant Immunization Week.

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Activity At Former Findlay Home Depot

4/29/14 – 10:54 A.M.

We know it won’t be a Target, but let the speculation begin about what will go in at the former Findlay Home Depot store. Construction crews have blocked off the parking lot around the building on Tiffin Avenue. Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti says the owner of the building is splitting it into a multi-tenant facility.

Who those potential tenants might be has not been made public.

The Findlay Home Depot closed in 2008.

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Two Arrested For Breaking Into Cars In Fostoria

Fostoria police arrested two people this morning for breaking into cars in the city. Authorities say anyone living south of Lytle Street who has property missing out of unlocked cars should contact the police department. A post on the department’s Facebook page says the suspects were found with several stolen items on them.

No other details have been released.

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Findlay PD Using Facebook To Help Catch People Wanted For Outstanding Warrants

4/29/14 – 7:46 A.M.

You asked, and the Findlay Police Department has responded. The department announced Monday they would post people they are searching for on their Facebook page. Those posted are wanted on outstanding warrants.

The first person to be featured is 28-year-old Anna Hile of Findlay. She’s wanted for domestic violence. She also has several bench warrants for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

If you have information on where Hile is, you can call (419)424-7150.

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NORAD Training Flights To Be Held Over The Region This Morning

4/29/14 – 7:15 A.M.

NORAD will be conducting training flights over our area this morning. A release from the agency says that means fighter jets will be practicing intercept techniques. You might see low flying jets flying near each other during the exercise.

The drills will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. The flights will be north of Marion, between Mansfield and Lima. The time of the exercise could be moved if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

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UF Working To Secure Funding For New Stadium

4/29/14 – 6:42 A.M.

The University of Findlay is still working to put together financing for its new on-campus stadium. Athletic Director Steven Rackley tells the Courier the school hopes to make an announcement on the subject soon. The goal is to have work on the lacrosse/football complex start in July.

The university is about a month behind where they wanted to be in fundraising efforts. Rackley says he thinks they’ll meet the goal in May or June.

The stadium is estimated to cost between $7 to $8 million. It will be located behind the Koehler Center.

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Don’t Count On A Target In Findlay

4/29/14 – 5:31 A.M.

If you’re hoping for a Target store to locate in Findlay anytime soon, you might not want to hold your breath. Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Director Tony Iriti says it probably won’t happen for a long time.

Speaking at the Rotary Club meeting Monday, Iriti said household income is an issue. As a smaller city, Findlay has fewer homes bringing in more than $50,000 a year. Being within 40 miles of the Target in Rossford isn’t helping anything either.

Iriti says Marathon’s expansion promises to help numbers in the future. But Target officials are more concerned with the amount of retail business historically done in Findlay.

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City Administrators And Auditor Clash Over Emails

4/29/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Public records and email are the latest point of contention between Findlay administrators and city Auditor Jim Staschiak. The Courier reports city administrators downloaded emails from the auditor’s office without contacting Staschiak.

Law Director Don Rasmussen asked Mayor Lydia Mihalik to get the Computer Services Department to help get the emails. They pertained to communication between Staschiak and Paul Rutter of Columbus-based Bricker and Eckler. The law firm serves as the city’s bond counsel. Rasmussen says that Staschiak has been communicating with a different attorney than the city has been. He adds information from the two lawyers has conflicted.

Staschiak says administrators could have asked for the emails. He’s calling for a review of public records policy. An informal meeting on the subject will be held at 4:40 p.m. in council chambers.

Some emails from deputy auditor Ginger Sampson were also collected.

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