Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Businesses Busted For Underage Sales

5/5/15 – 6:21 A.M.

Several Hancock County businesses were busted for selling alcohol to underage customers recently. On May 2nd, the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force conducted underage compliance checks throughout Hancock County and Findlay.

36 businesses were checked for compliance. 8 businesses in the City of Findlay and 3 in Hancock County sold alcohol to a minor. The employees who made the underage sale will be charged with a 1st-degree misdemeanor.

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Primary Election Day Is Here

5/5/15 – 5:34 A.M.

The May primary election is today. Locally, Hancock County voters will see two countywide levies. The Blanchard Valley Center and Findlay-Hancock County Public Library both have renewals on the ballot. In Findlay voters will decide the city auditor’s race, as well as a council-at-large race and the 6th ward city council race in the Republican primary.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Kenton Man Arrested After Reporting He Was Robbed

5/5/15 – 5:27 A.M.

A Kenton man was reportedly robbed early Sunday morning, but ended up in jail himself when it was all said and done. Kentontoday.com reports while officers investigated the robbery of 23 year old Aaron Feasel, they discovered there was a warrant for his arrest. He was then taken into custody.

Feasel told Kenton Police he knew the suspect who took his cell phone, hat and a small amount of money. No charges have been filed against the named suspect.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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Findlay Hires New City Engineer

The city of Findlay has an engineer for the first time in more than three years. The Courier reports Brian Thomas has been hired to fill the position. Thomas comes to the city after working for Peterman Associates for 17 years. Thomas tells the newspaper he worked mostly on the design side of the business while working in the private sector. He’ll serve in a more managerial role for the city.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik appointed Thomas to the post. She says Thomas will see what projects are ongoing and what is needed as he gets settled into the role. The position had been vacant since 2012 when the city was dealing with the potential of financial shortfalls. Service-Safety director Paul Schmelzer had been handling many of the duties of the office.

Thomas will be paid $90,000 a year in his new job.

MORE: The Courier

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Grants Will Pay For Hancock County Road Expansions

5/5/15 – 4:58 A.M.

State grants will help with two road expansion projects in Hancock County. A release from State Senator Cliff Hite’s office says the Roadwork Development Grants will total more than $1.3 million. The money will help pay for widening County Road 212 to four lanes between Hamlet Drive and County Road 236. Road 236 will also be widened from Road 212 to State Route 12.

The widening of the two roads is being done to support the expansions of Rowmark and American Tire Distributors. The work will also include the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Road 212 and Hamlet Drive. A cul-de-sac west of Rowmark’s new building will be removed as well.

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Findlay Schools Restoring Pupil Director Position, Rehires Past Principal

05/04/15     9:30 p.m.

Findlay City School district is reviving an administrative position and is making some staff changes as a result. Victoria Swartz, currently the high school principal, will become pupil services director August 1.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Superintendent Ed Kurt announced the change at Monday’s board of education meeting. Swartz’s new position will cover a variety of responsibilities for the district.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Findlay’s assistant superintendent Craig Kupferberg will be returning to the high school principal position, which he served in for six years previously. He was hired through the Hancock County Educational Service Center under a two-year contract.

 

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Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates Passes Without Additions

05/04/15     4:33 p.m.

The 4 p.m. deadline came and went Monday afternoon for any independent candidates wanting to run for office.

71-year-old Jeffery Simon is the only independent running for office. He filed April 14. He will take on incumbent republican Lydia Mihalik for her seat as mayor in November. Mihalik is unopposed by fellow republicans in tomorrow’s primary election.

Simon ran for mayor in 1999 but dropped out of the race that September.

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First National Bank Donating $1,000 to Ottawa-Glandorf for Anniversary

05/04/15     2:00 p.m.

First National Bank has been in its Ottawa office for a year. To celebrate the occasion, the bank is giving back to the community.

First National Bank will be presenting a $1,000 check to be split between the Ottawa-Glandorf Athletics Department and Arts Program Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

The presentation will also be an anniversary celebration, with cake, a cookout, giveaways and more. More details are available at the Ottawa branch at 855 N. Locust Street.

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Findlay’s Freudenberg-NOK Facility Expanding and Adding Jobs

05/04/15     12:40 p.m.

A Findlay manufacturer is expanding its facility and workforce to meet increasing customer needs.

A press release from the German company Freudenberg-NOK says they will expand their Findlay facility at 555 Marathon Blvd. with a 43,000 square-foot addition and 25 new jobs. The $8.6 million investment is expected to be completed by this winter. The site plans for the expansion were approved by the Findlay City Planning Commission in November.

Freudenberg manufactures about 185 million automotive seals per year and says the expansion will increase production about 25 percent.

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Monday Interview: Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week

05/04/15     7:25 a.m.

This week more than 9,000 helmets will be handed out to children across Ohio for Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week. Dr. Sarah Denny works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and works to raise awareness of the need for helmets with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics every year.

Audio: Sarah Denny

 

Additionally, most of the head injuries sustained in a bike accident can be prevented if a helmet is worn.

Audio: Sarah Denny

Denny said in addition to making sure children have helmets, the best thing adults can do to promote safety is make sure they were one as well to set a good example.

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