Review Category : Local News

Art Walk to Take Place in Downtown Findlay Friday Night

11/06/14     4:48 p.m.

Downtown Findlay will host First Federal Bank’s ArtWalk tomorrow Nov. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. The walk will encompass most of downtown Findlay and feature stops like the Jones Building Art Studios, The Gaslight Gallery, Kan Du Studios and Findlay Art League Gallery.

Along with the art, local stores and restaurants will have extended hours and sales. For information on participating locations and maps, visit the Arts Partnership’s website.

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Speaker Davidson Remembers Learning Leadership Skills in Findlay

11/06/14     4:17 p.m.

Before Jo Ann Davidson was the first female speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, she was an employee of the Findlay Chamber of Commerce.

Audio: Jo Ann Davidson

Davidson presented to students, faculty and community members at the University of Findlay this afternoon. She said her time in Findlay taught her how to be a leader and what it meant to be in public service. She said her boss at the chamber gave her many responsibilities, some she wasn’t sure she could handle. Davidson said his faith in her opened up doors for her she didn’t know were available.

Audio: Jo Ann Davidson

Davidson said in Findlay she learned the wellbeing of a community depends on the continuity of its leadership. She said the understanding how politics comes together with business is crucial, and that’s something Findlay leaders have always done well.

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Army Corps to Unveil Flood Mitigation Plan for Blanchard River Next Week

11/06/14     2:25 p.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to unveil their tentative flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River next week.

A press conference is scheduled for next Friday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Hancock County commissioners’ office. The plan will identify which projects the corps has decided will best benefit flood control efforts along the Blanchard River.

Some of those projects may include a diversion channel for Eagle Creek, a levee near the reservoirs and raising structures in flood-prone areas.

Lt. Col. Karl Jansen, commander of the Buffalo District of the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to speak, along with commissioner Mark Gazarek and Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik.

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ODOT Plows Winterized and Salt Stockpile Ready for Winter

11/06/14     11:34 a.m.

Snow plows in ODOT's Hancock County garage stand inspected and at the ready for this year's winter weather.

Snow plows in ODOT’s Hancock County garage stand inspected and at the ready for this year’s winter weather.

Last year’s winter broke a number of records in Ohio, such as most road salt used, over 1 million tons, and most snow plow miles driven at 14 million.

Today ODOT held their annual final day of plow inspection. ODOT highway management administrator Rod Nuveman said if it snowed tonight, they’d be ready for it.

Audio: Rod Nuveman

As far as inspection, mechanics look the truck over from top to bottom checking for things like cracks in the plow and the hydraulics of the truck bed. All the safety equipment for the drivers such as road flares and lighting is checked as well to be sure every truck has the standard set of gear.

After last year’s rough winter, salt supplies went down and demand went up. Nuveman said ODOT’s District 1, which includes Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Wyandot Counties will have plenty of salt, despite higher prices.

Audio: Rod Nuveman

This year the price to fill up on salt during the summer was $56.50. Last year that price carried through the winter, but this year that has soared to $105.25. Nuveman explained that because of the lack of salt in the United States, ODOT will be buying from a salt mine in Morocco that will be shipping salt to a port in Toledo. Nuveman said should supplies get low here, District 1 counties will be able to use the stockpile in Toledo to replenish.

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Cooper Tire Declares Quarterly Dividend

11/6/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced a quarterly dividend this week. The dividend of 10.5 cents per share of common stock will be payable to shareholders of record at the close of business December 4. Payments will be made December 30.

It will be the 171st consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Cooper.

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Fostoria Firefighters Battle Two Blazes Wednesday

11/6/14 – 6:49 A.M.

Wednesday was a busy day for the Fostoria Fire Department. Firefighters battled two blazes within 15 hours of each other.

The first fire was reported at 531 McDougal Street around 4:30 a.m. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the rest of the house. One adult and four children were living in the home. They all escaped safely.

Around 7 p.m. firefighters were called to Lot 20 of the Williams Mobile Home Park to extinguish another fire. The flames were put out in about seven minutes, but the home was left uninhabitable. No one was home when the fire broke out.

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All Lanes Open On U.S. 224 Bridge In Findlay

11/6/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A traffic nightmare in Findlay is over for the most part. The U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 is open again after a reconstruction project. ODOT reports all lanes are now open and in their final configuration.

However, there could still be some individual lane closures over the next few weeks between Broad Avenue and County Road 300 to finish the project. You’re also advised to be on the lookout for construction vehicles in the area around the bridge.

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Fostoria Applies For EPA Grant

11/6/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A grant from the EPA could help Fostoria better monitor for harmful algae in the city’s reservoir. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed a resolution this week to apply for money from the Ohio EPA. The grants can be up to $10,000 to help pay for algae monitoring systems and laboratory equipment.

If Fostoria gets the grant, officials could test algae on site instead of sending it to an outside lab. Mayor Eric Keckler says that would allow for a quicker response to any problems.

The deadline to apply for the grant is June 1 of next year.

MORE: Review Times

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Legal Drama Continues For Fired L-B Teacher

11/6/14 – 5:14 A.M.

The saga over a fired teacher in the Liberty-Benton school district continues. The Courier reports a brief filed for Mark Badertscher in the 3rd District Court of Appeals requests his reinstatement. An attorney for Badertscher says that firing a teacher requires, “conduct hostile to the school community.”

Badertscher was fired in 2012 after he left his classroom to allow students to take a final test. During that time, one student choked out another student. The school board cited this and 10 other incidents in the firing. Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled in July that the school board did not show “good and just cause” to fire Badertscher.

The Liberty-Benton School Board has appealed the decision. No date for a hearing has been set.

MORE: The Courier

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