Review Category : Local News

Area Soybean Crops Susceptible To Disease

8/12/2015   5:35pm

Soybeans are a major crop in Hancock County and given the unusual weather this growing season, are highly susceptible to disease. Hancock Agriculture Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that there are three major types of soybean diseases that farmers need to be on the lookout for in this area.

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Lentz says that farmers need to remember to review their seed disease packages prior to planting. Doing so will help avoid many of the issues.

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According to Lentz a review of the disease package prior to the planting season and following a plan based on that package may save area farmers around $30 to $50 an acre depending on other conditions throughout the year and when encountering disease issues, Lentz reminds farmers to note where the disease appeared in the fields and to check the disease package on seed purchased prior to the beginning of the growing season.

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Findlay Schools Gearing Up For New Year

8/12/2015  5:30PM

School begins for students in the Findlay City School District next Monday, August 17th. While school start times will remain the same for the majority of the district, start times for elementary students will be changed this year. Ed Kurt, Findlay Schools Superintendent said that a change was made following several issues in getting students to the right buildings on time.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Additionally performance testing and the stress to prepare students for the testing has been a major issue for several years. However Kurt says that the state has reduced the number of student assessment tests. Starting this year, students will be assessed in one test at the end of the school year.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt says that third-grade students will still be required to take two rounds of reading tests during the year. Parents are encouraged to review the start times for each building on the Findlay schools website at

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Marijuana-legalization issue headed for Ohio ballot

8/12/2015   4:30PM

Ohio is headed for a historic vote on the question of legalizing and commercializing marijuana. The Toledo Blade reported this afternoon that Secretary of State Jon Husted certified a proposed constitutional amendment for the Nov. 3 ballot, finding that the group ResponsibleOhio succeeded in patching a roughly 30,000-signature deficit previously identified in its petitions.

The ballot issue will ask voters to legalize the use of pot for recreational and medical purposes and build a new merchandising structure around the newly legal business that would be regulated and taxed. The proposed amendment also would write the specific parcel numbers of 10 growing facilities, to be operated by those financing the ballot campaign, into the state constitution. One of those would be on a North Toledo farm.

The plan would also set up a system for testing the quality, safety, and potency of the marijuana. One of those testing centers would be in Wood County.


The Toledo Blade

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Grant Aims To Reduce Runoff Into Riley Creek

8/12/15 – 10:33 A.M.

Efforts to keep runoff out of the Blanchard River got a funding boost recently. The Great Lakes Commission awarded the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership nearly $30,000 to be used in the Middle Riley Creek Watershed.

The money will be used to help promote the planting of cover crops and for the use of conservation tillage along Riley Creek. A release from the BRWP says “each practice will involve a three-year contract with cost share for the farmers.” If you’re interested in taking part you should call (419)422-6487.

The goal of the program is to reduce phosphorus runoff into area waterways. Phosphorus has been blamed for causing a buildup of toxic algae in Lake Erie.

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Death Of Allen County Jail Inmate Under Investigation

8/12/15 – 6:42 A.M.

The death of an inmate in the Allen County jail Tuesday is under investigation. The Lima News reports Jordan Owsley was found hanging in his cell just after 2 p.m. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the newspaper deputies attempted CPR but they were unable to revive the man.

Owsley was being kept in a single cell because he had a broken arm when he was booked into the jail Saturday. Crish said inmates with injuries are kept away from the general population.

Owsley was set to serve a 30-day sentence for failing to appear in court and for failing to pay child support.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called in to look into the matter.

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Grant To Help Pay For Fostoria Park Improvement

8/12/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Grant money will help with the construction of a new shelter house in Fostoria’s Grant Park. The Courier reports $4,250 from a Community Park Improvement Grant from the Hancock Park District will be used to build the foundation for the shelter. The cost of the work is estimated to be around $4,390. The city of Fostoria will pay for the difference.

The shelter itself has been donated to the park.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County Departments Prepare For Extra Pay Day In 2015

8/12/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Several department heads in Seneca County are preparing for an extra pay period this year. The Review-Times reports supplemental appropriation requests were made for more than $218,000 during Tuesday’s meeting. The money is being requested because there is an extra pay day in 2015. County employees are paid every two weeks, which occasionally leads to one more paycheck in December.

The commissioners tabled the requests, asking the departments to wait until later in the year. The payment will come from the county carryover balance.

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Arcadia School Board Preps For Start Of New Year

8/12/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The Arcadia school board noted final preparations for the upcoming school year during their Tuesday meeting. The Courier reports windows have been replaced in the district’s buildings. A final check on the work is underway. Routine cleaning is also underway to get ready for classes to begin on August 19.

The board also approved bus routes during the meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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Dietsch Brothers Named One Of The Best Ice Cream Shops In The Nation

8/12/15 – 5:08 A.M.

For the second year in a row, Findlay’s Dietsch Brothers has been named one of the best ice cream shops in the nation. TripAdvisor’s top 10 rankings places Dietsch’s third in the country for 2015. The ice cream shop placed second last year.

In its review of Dietsch’s, the travel website said, “For more than 75 years, this family-run establishment has served an assortment of mouth-watering ice cream, including praline pecan, chocolate marshmallow and toffee caramel crunch. Travelers can cool off with a towering cone or indulge in a sundae smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream.”

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FPD Accreditation Meeting Set For Tonight

8/12/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A public forum about the Findlay Police Department will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can also be left on a voicemail system today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number to call will be (419)722-2342.

Comments must address Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA standards. According to the organization’s website, those standards include law enforcement’s role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services.

A team of assessors from the CALEA began reviewing Findlay Police Department policies and procedures Tuesday. They will also facilitate the community meeting the following day.

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