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Plenty of Entertainment Options at the Fair this Weekend

8/30/14  10:00 a.m. The Hancock County Fair is well underway and there will be plenty events to keep you busy this long weekend. Tonight’s events include the University of Findlay western equestrian exhibition at 5 p.m. followed by the horse pulls at 7:30. Tonight’s events also include the Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series at 8 p.m. Tomorrow during the day there will be a number of animal showings and judgings. The main event tomorrow night will be the ever popular truck at tractor pulls at 6 p.m. by

Coroner: Russo Died of Multiple Blunt Trauma from Crash

8/29/14  4:20 p.m. The Erie County Coroner’s Office ruled that multiple blunt trauma was the cause of death for Hancock County attorney Ralph Russo. 63-year-old Russo and his wife Nancy Moody-Russo were in a car accident July 9 in Margaretta Township near Sandusy. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Russo was driving on U.S. Route 6 when he went left of center, off the road and crashed into two trees. Russo was pronounced dead at the scene. Moody-Russo was critically injured. by

Fair Gallery: Animals of the Hancock County Fair

8/29/14   4:05 p.m. Sure there may be rides, food, entertainment and more food, but the focus of the Hancock County Fair is the animals. The fair board estimates there are 2,189 animals and 963 animal handlers participating in this year’s fair. Some of the animals you may see at the fair include pigs, horses, cows, rabbits, chickens, goats and more. Click on each image to see a larger version. by

Travelers Reminded to Drive Safely Over the Holiday Weekend

8/29/14   12:02 p.m. Last Labor Day weekend 16 people died on Ohio roadways, 8 of those because of impaired drivers. The State Highway Patrol said last year was actually one of the safest Labor Days on Ohio roadways, and they hope there will be even fewer this year. The patrol reminds those traveling to buckle up, stay focused on the road and do not drive impaired. Motorists are also encouraged to use #677 to report impaired drivers. by

Seneca County Commissioners Want Residents To Get A Feel For The Size Of Proposed Justice Center

8/29/14 – 6:51 A.M. A Seneca County Commissioner is looking to stamp out controversy about a proposed justice center. The Courier reports Fred Zoeller has asked that stakes be put in the lawn where the county courthouse once stood. The stakes would mark off where the building could be constructed. Zoeller says he wants people to see that if the 9,000 square foot justice center is built, it would still leave plenty of green space. In fact, Zoeller says around 60% of the lawn would still be intact. Plans for a new justice center include building a multi-story building for two common pleas courts, the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and possibly other county offices. MORE: The Courier by

Major Putnam County Employer Under New Ownership

8/29/14 – 5:28 A.M. A big Putnam County employer is under new ownership. Mars, Inc. has bought the Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura pet food brands. There is an Iams plant in Leipsic. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the facility employs 150 people. There are also an additional 150 people working for the Excel Company, which is a third-party logistics company that works with Iams in Leipsic. The Iams facility has expanded four times since opening in 1998. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel by

Findlay Man Sentenced For Scissor Stabbing

8/29/14 – 5:21 A.M. A Findlay man who stabbed someone with a pair of scissors has avoided jail time. 33-year-old Dustin Lanagan was sentenced to five years of community control for the May 3 incident on Blaine Street. Lanagan had entered an Alford plea, which acknowledges the prosecution’s strong evidence without admitting guilt. Lanagan’s attorney cited his client’s past substance abuse and mental health problems during the hearing. The victim of the stabbing, Donald Collins, said that Lanagan had been like a son to him. by

Ottawa Looks To Buy Additional Water Monitoring Equipment

8/29/14 – 5:14 A.M. Ottawa could buy additional equipment to track water quality in the village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports The Ohio EPA has encouraged village leaders to apply for a grant to upgrade their facilities. If the grant is approved, the village would buy equipment that monitors for cyanotoxin. The grant would also pay for training on how to work the equipment. Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips told council this week the Ohio EPA is releasing the money because of the problems with Toledo’s water. The grant is capped at $10,000. The cost of the new equipment would be around $8,000. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel by

Hancock County Veterans Asked To Join Database

8/29/14 – 5:07 A.M. The Hancock County Veterans Services Office is using the fair to reach out to veterans. Director Nichole Coleman tells the Courier they are encouraging vets to enter themselves into a database of Hancock County veterans. Coleman says she wants to use the database to communicate better with her office’s clients. The Veterans Service Office booth is in the Merchants building on the fairgrounds. People submitting information to the database are asked to include contact info, military background, and employment background. Those who sign up can also ask that the information be shared with the veterans representative at OhioMeansJobs, and with the Military Veterans Resource Center career counselor. MORE: The Courier by

Hancock County Fair Rolls Into Day Three

The Hancock County Fair heads into the long holiday weekend on day three. Today is “Beef Day” in the north show arena. Starting this morning there will be several beef classes. The events will run through out the day. The Junior Fair dairy show is also this morning in the south show arena. Later today the University of Findlay English equestrian exhibition will take place in the north grandstands. The 4-H free style riding event will follow at 7 p.m. Full Schedule: 9 a.m. — Open class saddle horse and pony, north grandstand. 9:30 a.m. on — “Beef day” in the north show arena: Beef feeder show, beef feeder showmanship, finished dairy steer show, finished dairy steer showmanship, Hancock County Calf Club steer show, born and raised in Hancock County finished beef show, independent steer show, open class steer show, beef showmanship, beef showman showoff, lunch break, Junior Fair beef breeding, open class beef breeding. 10 a.m. — Junior Fair dairy show, followed by open class dairy show, south show…

Progress at Findlay City Council of the Whole Meeting

8/28/14   10:05 p.m. Last night’s Findlay City Council of the Whole meeting started off on a positive note with good reports from the various department from the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance. Dione Neubauer is the director of the Chamber of Commerce. Neubauer said one of the goals of the chamber is to be a resource for community information and the chamber had over 250,000 referrals last month alone. The Convention and Visitors Bureau reported visitors to Hancock County generated $224 million in business activity. Director Rachael Rahrig said that equates to $6.6 million in local taxes. Lastly Economic Development director Tony Iriti explained that a big focus of his department has been the downtown area for the last three or four years. Iriti said this fall they will be applying downtown Findlay to become a Main Street city through the Heritage Ohio program. After the alliance’s presentation, City Council made some progress last night in regard to dealing with unsightly properties. City law director Don Rasmussen said he is working…

Ohio Northern University named “Tuition Hero”

8/28/14  4:34 p.m. Ohio Northern University in Ada has been awarded the title of “Tuition Hero” by, which tracks tuition rates for universities nationwide. To be named a tuition hero, a school must have a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 or less and have a fixed rate tuition policy. The information on tuition heroes’ website includes tuition as well as required fees for full-time undergraduate students by

University of Findlay Enrollment Still Climbing

8/28/14   4:25 p.m. The University of Findlay is increasing in popularity. Enrollment at the university increased 8.5 percent from last year, making it the fourth consecutive year of growth. The international student community played a big role in the increase, with its enrollment alone going up by 46 percent. As of today Findlay has a total of 3,956 students enrolled. by

Long-time Lucky Horseshoes Advisor Denise Tebbe’s Memory Honored at this Year’s Fair

8/28/14   1:38 p.m. For years 60-year-old Denise Tebbe was a fixture at the Hancock County Fair. Denise passed away in May of this year, and her absence has been felt by her Lucky Horseshoes and Above the Bar 4-H clubs. Audio: Michelle Dukes Michelle Dukes, whose daughter is in the Lucky Horseshoes club, said Denise didn’t tell the kids she was battling breast cancer and many were shocked when she passed. Dukes said a memorial scholarship has been created in Tebbe’s honor to keep her legacy alive. Audio: Michelle Dukes Dukes said few of the kids in the 4-H clubs knew she was sick, making her passing even more difficult. To raise awareness for breast cancer, the horse barn has been decorated in pink and silver. There will also be a tribute in Denise’s memory after the horse freestyle show Friday at 7 p.m. where the winner of her memorial scholarship will be announced. Click on the image to see a larger version. by

Longtime Manager At Diestch Brothers Retires After 41 Years

8/28/14 – 12:27 A.M. If you’re a fan of Dietsch Brothers, chances are you’re pretty familiar with their staff. And a long time member of the Dietsch family, Dave Sharrer, retired yesterday after working for the company for 41 years. His longevity as a manager for the east store location drew many well wishes and compliments, including one from Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson… Audio: Brian Robertson A retirement party was held in honor of Sharrer’s work Wednesday afternoon. by