Review Category : Local News

Ottawa Focused On Flood Mitigation

1/6/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Ottawa will be focused on flood mitigation in 2016. That was the message during Tuesday’s state of the village address from Mayor Dean Meyer. The Lima News reports Meyer outlined the steps being taken to reduce the impact of high water from the Blanchard River.

Meyer said construction of a diversion channel will start this year. He said the cost of the channel was within the village’s budget based on money received from the state.

Meyer added the eastern embankment of the Road I-9 bridge was lowered in 2015. The goal of that project was to keep the bridge approaches from acting like a dam when the Blanchard River is high.

Meyer also added that Ottawa needed to complete their diversion channel before work on the Findlay channel began. Otherwise high water from the upper portion of the river would reach the lower portion to quickly.

MORE: Lima News

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Findlay To Administer Income Tax Collections For Vanlue And Mt. Cory

1/5/2016 – 11:18 pm

The Findlay City Council voted to permit the City of Findlay’s Income Tax Department to administer and enforce tax ordinances with the Villages of Mt. Cory and Vanlue. In a letter from Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, the City of Findlay has been providing this service to the Village of Arlington since 2003. Agreements with Mt. Cory and Vanlue would be similar in that the City of Findlay would then collect and process the income taxes for the two communities.

Mayor Mihalik said that this service is paid for through the tax collections and alleviates the financial burden on the smaller villages. The agreement would be ongoing and would specify if either entity would wish to opt out at any time, they would be free to do so. The council passed the two ordinances which approved the agreements.

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Congressman Bob Latta Remembers Mike Oxley

1/5/2015 – 3:50 pm

In summing up the life and impact of Congressman Mike Oxley, his successor Bob Latta says that Oxley spent a career in public service working to achieve things for people in Findlay, Hancock County, Northwest Ohio and the United States. Many times, Latta says that work required Oxley to work with congressmen from the other side of the political spectrum.

Audio: Congressman Bob Latta

Latta cited the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in response to business practices as well as the funding to complete the US 30 highway as major projects that Oxley was able to achieve during his time in Congress. And Latta notes that there is a difference between a politician and a public servant, and counts Oxley among the best public servants.

Audio: Congressman Bob Latta

A local service for Congressman Mike Oxley will be held in Findlay at a later date.

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United Way Campaign Update

1/5/2015 – 11:55 am

The United Way Campaign continues. John Urbanski, CEO of the Hancock United Way said that this month the organization will hold the annual Celebrity Server Events, in which local businesses and non-profits work with area restaurants to have celebrity servers. Urbanski said that tips from the event will go to support the United Way.

Audio: John Urbanski

The events will be held this month and various locations throughout Findlay, and for a complete rundown of locations and celebrity servers, you can go to Live United Hancock County.org.

Now that 2016 is here, tax season is starting to begin. Urbanski said that qualified individuals can receive help filing their taxes through United Way programs.

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski said that these services will be offered at several places around Findlay this tax season, and for a complete listing of the different locations, you can visit Live United Hancock County.org.

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Update: Local Memorial Service For Oxley Being Planned

1/5/16 – 4:49 A.M.
Update – 11:14 A.M.

A local memorial service for former Congressman Mike Oxley is being planned, however the date and time still need to be determined. The ceremony will likely

be held at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of Findlay in the near future.

UF President Dr. Katherine Fell says the family wants to take more time to plan the service.

A funeral mass for Oxley will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia.

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More Car Break-Ins Reported In Hancock County

1/5/16 – 9:15 A.M.

Area residents are again being reminded to take valuables out of their cars. Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman says deputies were called to the Dold subdivision west of Findlay around 4 a.m. after a report that cars were broken into. Officers searched the area for suspects but were unable to locate anyone.

Heldman says at least one car was damaged in the course of a break-in. Other unlocked cars were also broken into as well.

If you have any information on the case, or saw anything suspicious, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)424-7097.

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Bluffton Looks To Fill Empty Council Seat

1/5/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Bluffton village council is looking for candidates to fill an empty seat. The Courier reports any resident interested in the two-year position needs to submit a letter of interest by January 19. Council has until February 3 to decide who will fill the vacant seat.

The position was previously filled by Mayor Judy Augsburger.

MORE: The Courier

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Upper Sandusky Vandalism Under Investigation

1/6/15 – 5:23 A.M.

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is looking for the person responsible for vandalizing property at the high school. A post on the department’s Facebook page says someone drove a vehicle through a grassy area near the school’s baseball diamond. The person also rutted a gravel parking lot and ran into bleachers, causing significant damage.

If you have any information about the incident you’re urged to call the police department at (419)294-2324.

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Car Dealership Plans Expansion In Carey

1/5/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A car dealership in Carey is planning to expand its operations. The Courier reports village council heard from Nikki Wagner Matheny of Wagner Ford Monday. She said they planned to build a new dealership on South Vance Street near the U.S 23 / State Route 15 interchange. The current location on East Findlay Street is landlocked.

Wagner Matheny said the $2 million project would retain 13 jobs, and allow the dealership to add eight full-time and four part-time jobs.

The dealership is asking council to consider a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement to help make the construction project more affordable. Councilman Bob Styer said a panel recommended either a 5-year, 100 percent abatement; or a 10-year, 50 percent abatement. No action was taken on the matter.

MORE: The Courier

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Elder-Beerman Closing Lima Location, Findlay Store Remains Open

1/5/16 – 5:05 A.M.

The Lima Mall is losing an anchor store. The owner of Elder-Beerman, Bon-Ton Stores, says the Lima location will close on January 31. Around 51 employees will be affected by the move. The Findlay store will remain open.

Elder-Beerman stores are also closing in Huntington, West Virginia and Syracuse, New York.

A statement from CEO Kathryn Bufano said, “We actively review our store portfolio to ensure efficient asset utilization.” She added the decision to close stores is not taken lightly.

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