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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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UF Receives Grant to Recruit Math and Science Teachers

10/01/14     6:54 a.m.

The University of Findlay has received a grant worth more than $1 million dollars to groom math and science teachers who work schools that serve many low-income students. The grant is from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. More than 142 colleges applied for this grant and only 45 schools were chosen to receive the funding.

The program is aimed to get 24 undergraduate juniors majoring in biology or math to pursue a teaching degree and eight science or math professionals to join a teaching career. The Undergraduates will receive more than $37,000 and the professionals will receive $14,000 in scholarship money from the grant. While being in the program the students will have to be committed to the program for at least two years.

The students will be paired with teachers in Hancock County and Lima to teach grades seven through 12 in high-needs schools.

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Carey Receives $1.5 mil Grant to Upgrade the City’s Electrical System

09/24/14     3:38 p.m.

The Village of Carey has received a $1.5 million grant to support local manufacturing. The United States’ Economic Development Administration announced the grant today, saying the investment will create 50 jobs and generate $18 million in private investment.

To benefit local manufacturers, the money will be put toward upgrading the city’s electrical system, which is currently at capacity. The current power substations were originally intended for residential use and have been unable to provide reliable power for Carey’s factories.

Increasing the capacity will ensure reliable power as well as allow for future industrial expansion.

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Hancock County Schools Do Well On State Report Card

9/18/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Ohio has released its latest round of school report cards, and many Hancock County schools saw improvement.

The Findlay City School District got an “A” grade for performance indicators. The district also got an “A” for working with students in the lowest 20 percent and an “A” for students with disabilities. Findlay got a “C” grade for gifted students. All of the marks are above last year’s grades.

The only other district to get an “A” on performance indicators in Hancock County was Van Buren. Arcadia, Arlington, Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Vanlue all scored “B” grades. Corey Rawson received a “C.”

Schools are graded in nine performance areas. They won’t get overall grades until 2016. We have a link to the full report cards on our website.

MORE: Ohio School Report Cards

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Play Defense Campaign Raising Money for Breast Cancer with Selfies

10/24/14     11:43 a.m. A new campaign to raise money for breast cancer awareness is as easy as taking a selfie. Imaging Consultants of Findlay Radiology is donating $1 for every selfie posted to their Facebook page, with the person in the picture wearing their “Play Defense” breast cancer button. All donations will be split between Susan G. Komen and Cancer Patient Services. “Play Defense” buttons are available at Coffee Amici in downtown Findlay. The “Play Defense” campaign encourages women and men to be proactive about their health by getting annual mammograms, doing self-checks and seeing a doctor if there are any changes or concerns.

Special Kids Therapy Holding Trunk-or-Treat Monday

10/24/14     11:25 a.m. Special Kids Therapy will once again be offering Halloween Trunk-or-Treat for the special needs community. SKT will be partnering with University of Findlay occupational therapy students to host the event in the Blanchard Valley Center parking lot Monday Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The goal of the events is to provide a safe and fun environment for special needs children and their families to go trick-or-treating. UF’s OT students are also planning games, pumpkin decorating and other Halloween activities. SKT invites any interested community agencies to decorate a car and hand out candy on Monday. In case of rain, all activities will be moved into BVC’s gym. For more information, call 419-422-5607.

Tiffin Grocery Store Robbed

10/24/14 – 5:33 A.M. A Tiffin grocery store was robbed earlier this week. A news release from the Tiffin Police Department says a man held up the Heritage IGA at 479 East Market Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. The man walked in, demanded money, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a white man with a beard, standing around six feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, and gloves. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call (419)447-2323.  

Pills Seized From Fostoria Home

10/24/14 – 5:22 A.M. Prescription pills were seized from a Fostoria home Wednesday night. The Fostoria Police Department reports officers executed a search warrant at 132 Nichols Street around 11:20 p.m. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation continues.  

Ebola Watch List Now Includes Seneca County

10/124/14 – 5:17 A.M. Seneca County has been added to the list of counties with residents who may have had contact with a person diagnosed with Ebola. The Ohio Department of Health released new information on the state’s response to the disease yesterday. It shows Seneca County in a list of 15 counties with seven or fewer contacts with Amber Vinson. Vinson is a Dallas nurse who visited northeast Ohio before she was diagnosed with Ebola. However, the AP reported this week that doctors were no longer able to detect the disease in her body. 164 people in Ohio may have had contact with Vinson. Only three people are in quarantine. The rest are monitoring their temperature twice a day.

Findlay Police Investigating Wednesday Night Attack

10/24/14 – 5:03 A.M. The Findlay Police Department is investigating an alleged assault. The department reports a 44-year-old man was attacked by four unknown men in the 1800 block of North Blanchard Street just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of what were called substantial non-life threatening injuries. No weapons were used in the attack.  

Cousin Of Convicted Murder Sentenced On Firearm Charge

10/24/14 – 4:58 A.M. The cousin of a man who was found guilty of murder in Findlay this week was sentenced on firearms charges Thursday. 23-year-old Darius Pullom was given five-years of community control sanctions. He was found to be illegally carrying a gun when he was arrested along with Montre Robinson last November. The gun was not the weapon used to kill Joe Gutierrez. Pullom had already pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Opt Out Deadline Approaching For Findlay Gas Customers

10/24/14 – 4:52 A.M. Some Findlay residents could be changing natural gas suppliers soon. If you don’t want to switch providers, you might have to do a little bit of work. Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer says some residents received letters from Constellation recently. If you got that letter and want to stay with your current provider, you need to return a form that came with it. You can also opt out by calling (800)718-1493. The people who received letters took the opt out option last year but because of a rate change they’re required to opt out again. Schmelzer says he understands it’s an inconvenience, but it’s the way it has to be done under the law. The deadline to respond to the letter is October 29.

Deadline Expires For Wood County Exotic Animal Owner

10/24/14 – 4:20 A.M. The owner of a Wood County exotic animal refuge is waiting to see if the state is going to take his animals. Kenny Hetrick from Tiger Ridge Exotics was given ten-days to voluntarily surrender his animals or they would be seized and he would be prosecuted. The deadline expired on Thursday. Hetrick is in violation of a 2012 state law that requires him to have a permit for his exotic animals.

University of Findlay Get $1.56 Million for Scholarship Endowment Fund

10/23/14     9:10 p.m. Marjorie and Mildred McGranahan were two unmarried sisters from McComb and graduates of what was then Findlay College. Now deceased, their legacies will live on in the form of a healthy scholarship endowment fund for future University of Findlay students. Audio: Rose Miller Rose Miller’s mother-in-law was a first cousin of the McGranahans. She and her husband were farmers and were close with Millie. She said anything having to do with science, agriculture and education was important to both Marj and Millie. The McGranahans managed the 500-acre family farm on their own well into their 90s. With their farm earnings, they began giving small donations to UF and formed the McGranahan-Shafer-Van Dorn scholarship endowment fund, which grew to $1.27 million. Earlier this month, UF received its final gift from the sisters, $1.56 million from their estates, which will be added to the established fund. Audio: Katherine Fell Katherine Fell, president of UF, said its impossible to imagine how many lives these sisters will touch with their endowment….

Passports Available for World of Downtown Restaurants Tour in Findlay

10/23/14     11:09 a.m. If there are restaurants in downtown Findlay you’ve been wanting to try, the seventh annual World of Downtown Restaurants tour is being held Nov. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. The self-guided tour takes you to 17 downtown restaurants where you can sample food. Audio: Tamera Rooney Tamera Rooney, communications director for United Way, said this year’s event is limited to 300 passport holders. Those passports are available for purchase at Buggy Whip Bakery, Coffee Amici or the United Way for $20. Participating restaurants: West End Tavern, Adrianna’s Riverfront Cafe, Rossilli’s, Tavern at the Inn, Greek Garden, Alexandria’s, Buggy Whip Bakery, Bistro on Main, Waldo Pepper’s, Trans Am Meatballs & Subs, We Serve. Coffee, Baker’s Cafe, Main Street Deli, Wine Merchant, Bread Kneads Downtown, Logan’s Irish Pub and Coffee Amici.

Hancock County Buys More Flood Prone Property

10/23/14 – 10:42 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners bought more property for flood mitigation purposes today. The county will use money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy property at 800 Wedgewood Drive in Findlay. The house was appraised at $135,000. The county has been buying and demolishing flood-prone homes since 2007. The practice reduces damage from future flooding.  

Findlay Based Non-Profit Sending Medical Gloves To Africa

10/23/14 – 5:22 A.M. A Findlay High School graduate is working to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. Nathan Thomas’ non-profit organization, All We Are, is trying to send 50,000 pairs of medical examination gloves to West Africa. The group estimates it will take $9,000 to buy the gloves and send them overseas. The All We Are website says the reason Ebola continues to spread is because healthcare workers don’t have the proper protective gear. You can get more information about the campaign at allweare.org.

Putnam County Residents Showing No Signs Of Ebola

10/23/14 – 5:07 A.M. No news is good news for the six Putnam County residents who are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola. The Putnam County Health Department reports that so far no one in the group who visited the same Akron bridal shop as Amber Vinson is showing symptoms of the deadly disease. Vinson is a nurse who traveled from Texas to northeast Ohio. She was recently diagnosed with Ebola. The health department will continue to check the temperatures of the Putnam County residents twice a day until November 1.

Bluffton Bank Robbery Suspect Makes Court Appearance

10/23/14 – 4:59 A.M. The Michigan man accused of robbing a Bluffton bank and then setting himself on fire in Findlay appeared in court Wednesday. The Lima News reports 43-year-old Brian Matheny has been charged with aggravated robbery. His bail was set at $750,000 during the hearing. An investigator said that Matheny had a Molotov cocktail with him when he demanded money from a teller at the Chase Bank on Main Street in Bluffton Tuesday morning. Matheny apparently used the incendiary device to light himself on fire. He suffered burns to his lower extremities as a result. MORE: Lima News

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Hancock County Commissioners Reduce Tap-In Fee For Distribution Drive Homes

8/12/14 – 11:09 A.M.

Some Hancock County residents will pay less to tap into a new sewer line. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed today to charge residences in the Distribution Drive area $1,000 to connect to the new line. Previously the amount was set at $5,500.

Commissioner Phil Riegle explained the change…

Audio: Phil Riegle

A TIF, or Tax Incriment Financing means that the development pays for infrastructure improvements. Reigle says that because the county didn’t have to get a bond to pay for the work, the commissioners felt the break on the connection fee was fair…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The expansion of Distribution Drive was mostly paid for by Tax Increment Finance funds.

Riegle said the break only applied to five properties.

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Water Main Break Closes Olive St. in Findlay

7/29/14  7:42 a.m.

A water main break has closed Olive St. in Findlay in front of Advanced Drainage Systems.

Findlay Water Distribution Center Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Betts said crews have been working on the break since approximately 6 a.m. and are hoping to have it repaired within a few hours.

There is no word yet on what caused the break.

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Hookah Smoking on Rise in Teens, Not Recommended

7/25/14   12:20 p.m.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the 33 percent decline in teens smoking cigarettes is offset by the 123 percent rise in use of other tobacco products, one of those being hookahs.

Craig Niese, environmental health director for the City of Findlay, said despite not containing nicotine, hookahs are not recommended.

Audio: Craig Niese

Niese said because hookahs are tobacco products they fall under the state-wide indoor smoking ban and are not allowed to be used in public places. The only exception to this is hookah or tobacco stores who can apply for exemption if they sell over a certain percentage of tobacco products.

Niese said there are a few exempt stores in Findlay but whether or not they smoke hookah there is their discretion.

 

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Charges Against Man Accused Of Attacking Infant Daughter Dismissed

7/15/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A Fostoria man accused of assaulting his infant daughter while she sat in a stroller will not face charges. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County grand jury ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to indict 51-year-old Michael Vain on a charge of child endangerment. Vain was arrested on June 3 after witnesses said they saw him shaking and kicking a stroller while his 3-month-old daughter sat in it.

Vain’s lawyer said they waived a preliminary hearing so they could quickly find out if investigators had enough evidence for an indictment.

MORE: Review-Times

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