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Kilroy Was Here

10/14/14 – 10:54 A.M.

If you drive by electronic billboards in Findlay, you may have noticed an ad with a caricature and the caption, “Kilroy was here.” Some light on what that means was shed at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. Bob Driftmyer is a past commander of Amvets Post 21 says it’s a nod to World War II vets…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says it can also teach younger generations more about World War II. He says “Kilroy” graffiti was a viral sensation before there was such a thing…

Audio: Bob Driftmyer

Driftmyer says the caricature served as a morale booster for troops. That’s why you’re seeing it pop up in Findlay recently. The iconic image is being used to salute WWII veterans in the lead up to Veterans Day next month.

The Courier will have an article featuring WWII veterans talking about their favorite Kilroy memories later in October.

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Election Preview: Robert Fry Running For Congress

10/14/14 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our election preview today with a look at one of the candidates running for Congress in Ohio’s 5th District.

Democrat Robert Fry says a big emphasis in his campaign is bringing jobs back to northwest Ohio…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry says the government is making it too easy for companies to move elsewhere by not enforcing trade regulations.

Fry also says he knows flood mitigation is a big economic issue for Hancock and Putnam Counties…

Audio: Robert Fry

Fry adds the money is there, it’s just a question of having the right people in place to see that it gets where it needs to go.

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Election Preview: Van Buren Bond Issue

10/13/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The November election is less than a month away, and early voting started last week. With that in mind we’ll be looking at the contested races and issues you’ll be seeing on the ballot.

The Van Buren School District is once again asking voters to pass a levy to build some new facilities and renovate others. Superintendent Tim Myers says following the rejection of the most recent levy attempt in May, the school board reduced the length of the bond from 37 years to 30…

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says to fully repair everything in the middle and high school building it would cost upward of $20 million.

Myers says he understands voter concern about paying for a bond issue for 30 years, but stresses that a “no” vote won’t save money in the long run…

Audio: Tim Myers

The bond issue on the ballot would generate 7 mills for 30 years.

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Chengshan Intends To Buyout Cooper Tire’s Share Of Joint Facility


The future of Cooper Tire & Rubber’s joint venture in China became a little more clear today. Cooper has announced that the Chengshan Group intends to buyout Cooper’s 65 percent ownership in a joint venture to two companies have. Company officials say the notice is under review.

Cooper CEO Roy Armes says the notice is the first of several steps before a transaction takes place. In a release, Armes says, “Cooper is committed to meeting the needs of our customers and continuing to grow in China.” He adds that if the sale goes through, Chengshan would still be required to make Cooper branded tires through mid-2018.

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Update: Traffic Back To Normal On I-75

10/8/14 – 7:14 A.M.

Traffic is returning to normal on I-75 north of Findlay following a backup over the last hour. Newstippers reported a crash had slowed things down, but the State Highway Patrol says no accidents were reported. A dispatcher says the delay may have been construction related.

Traffic maps show traffic is running at a normal pace from Van Buren to North Baltimore, where a slowdown was reported just before 7 a.m.

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Hancock County Expecting More Than $19.8 Million In Revenue Next Year

10/7/14 – 12:06 P.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners continue to crunch numbers for the 2015 budget. Today, anticipated revenues were reviewed with County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg. Commissioner Phil Rielge says they do expect some increases, but not across the board…

Audio: Phil Riegle

With that in mind, Riegle says they’ll budget conservatively. Projected revenue for 2015 is $19.8 million, which doesn’t include the carry-over balance from this year.

That balance was a bit of a sticking point, as Rauschenberg pressed the commissioners to set that figure at $2.5 million. Commissioner Phil Riegle was concerned about hitting that number…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The county is anticipating higher real estate and sales tax collections in 2015.

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State Awards $950,000 To Hancock And Putnam Counties

10/7/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Hancock and Putnam Counties will share $950,000 earmarked for flood-control efforts in the area. The Courier reports the State Controlling Board awarded the money Monday. $900,000 of the money will reimburse the Hancock County commissioners for money they’ve paid the Army Corps of Engineers for work done on the Blanchard River Flood Study.

Putnam County will use $50,000 to help pay for the administration of the I-9 bridge project by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District.

The Army Corps’ Lt. Col. Karl Jansen has said public information meetings on the flood plan will be held this fall. The plan is expected to be ready for outside review by next fall.

MORE: The Courier

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Kids In Crisis: Rolling Out Programs That Help

10/3/14 – 5:30 A.M.

All this week we’ve been looking at new services available to kids in crisis in our community. We wrap up our series today by looking at how the Safe Families program is being implemented.

Josh Ebling is the CEO of the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio. He says having both the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on board means there are fewer gaps for children to fall into…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling says the initial rollout of programs to help children in volatile situations began over the summer…

Audio: Josh Ebling

Ebling adds they are just starting to study respite opportunities for kids who may need a short break from a high-stress situation. Pre-incident education for critical incident stress management has also started in our area schools. Services are being installed in the Hardin and Auglaize County areas next.

If you missed any of the stories in our series, search “Kids in Crisis” on our website.

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Kids In Crisis: Seeing The Plan In Action

10/2/14 – 5:30 A.M.

This week we are taking a look at the effect the Strong Families grant will have on kids in crisis in the area. But the program will also affect local schools.

Findlay City Schools assistant superintendent Craig Kupferberg said this grant will get families, students and staff of the schools the help they need.

Audio: Craig Kupferberg

Kupferberg said students can be affected in small ways and will just act up or withdraw. But other times, the stress affects them to the point where they may threaten or attempt suicide. He said the new program gives staff the support and resources they need so the staff can focus on helping the students.

Tomorrow we will wrap up the kids in crisis series by figuring out when a child needs professional help or maybe just a break.

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