07/02/15 12:17 p.m. You’ll have several opportunities to see fireworks around our area this weekend. The festivities will start Friday, July 3rd. Findlay’s fireworks will take place Friday starting around 10 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Bowling Green will also host their show Friday at the BGSU intramural fields. Fostoria’s will be Friday at Foundation Park, as well as Upper Sandusky’s at Upper Sandusky High School. Saturday you can catch the annual fireworks in McComb at the community park. In Tiffin, the fireworks will start at 10 p.m. Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. And lastly, you can head over to Hardin County to catch Kenton’s show at the Hardin County Fairgrounds at dusk.
07/02/15 11:49 a.m. Starting Friday, there will be plenty of Independence Day activities happening in the Findlay area for the weekend. First, Findlay’s annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. Friday night. Gates to the fairgrounds will open at 4 p.m. for food, kids activities and live music. Friday night, several roads will be closed in the area of the fairgrounds during the fireworks show. The City of Findlay says from 9:30 to about 11:30 p.m. no traffic will be allowed to drive toward the fairgrounds on E. Sandusky Street, Blanchard Avenue or Fishlock Avenue for safety reasons. On Saturday, there will be reenactors portraying the likes of George Washington, Ben Franklin and more at Dorney Plaza starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a speaker talking about the Constitution and the country’s founding. The annual Fourth of July parade will step off at 11 a.m. in downtown Findlay. The parade will travel down Main Street from Lincoln to Center Street. There will be cash…
7/2/15 – 5:21 A.M. Nearly 3,100 Hancock County residents signed a petition to make marijuana use legal in Ohio. The ResponsibleOhio organization submitted more than 690,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday. If the issue makes it to the ballot and is approved by Ohio voters, it would legalize marijuana for medical use and personal use by adults 21 years old and older. ResponsibleOhio claims that by 2020 legalized pot would generate $554 million in revenue for the state. It projects Hancock County and its municipal governments would see a total of $3 million a year.
7/2/15 – 5:11 A.M. Weekend rain washed out the final day of the Putnam County Fair, cancelling some entertainment events. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fair board isn’t giving up on hosting the events though. A “mini-fair” might be held in September. Fair Secretary Peg Kruse said the demolition derby and a Nashville Crush concert had to be postponed because of safety precautions. The entertainment tent was soaked, putting extra strain on the poles supporting it. The demolition derby pit was essentially a lake Saturday. Kruse says the fair board will talk about holding a September event at their next meeting. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel
7/2/15 – 5:04 A.M. A proposal to add extra requirements on where addiction recovery homes can be located in Ohio was vetoed Tuesday. Governor John Kasich used a line-item veto to do away with the proposal from State Representative Robert Sprague. If approved, the measure would have required a “resolution of support” from county commissioners before recovery housing could be bought. Kasich said the rule could have violated fair housing laws and led to illegal discrimination. Sprague tells the Courier, “I guess the governor and I disagree on fair housing.” He added he wanted to ensure accountability and transparency in how tax dollars were being spent. Sprague will not continue to pursue the proposal. MORE: The Courier
7/2/15 – 4:53 A.M. A man accused of assaulting a Hancock County corrections officer in his home was indicted Tuesday. The Courier reports 38-year-old Kevin Potts of Denver, Colorado is charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Potts allegedly brandished a handgun when he broke into the correction officer’s home in Arlington on June 25. A struggle ensued and the officer suffered a minor injury. He did not seek medical attention. Potts reportedly had previous interactions with the officer. He is being held in the Wood County Jail on a $500,000 bond. MORE: The Courier
07/01/15 9:57 p.m. After hearing from both the income tax administrator and city auditor, Findlay city council members left a Wednesday meeting without coming to an agreement on how to proceed with the collection of business income taxes. Councilman Randy Van Dyne said the system they have in place, while not perfect, is sufficient. Audio: Randy Van Dyne The process of deferring income tax payments was approved by city council in 2009. Councilwoman Holly Frische said she wants to eliminate the deferral option all together, leaving only the quarterly payments and the installment program. Audio: Holly Frische Frische’s recommendation was in line with Auditor Jim Staschiak’s request. However the rest of council reasoned the system in place does the best job simply because you can’t treat big corporations and small self-employed-type businesses the same way. Those who attended left the meeting without making a decision on how to move forward.
07/01/15 4:15 p.m. The public seat campaign at the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was a successful one, surpassing its $1 million goal. The center was offering naming rights for its 960 house seats and nearly 700 sold. The seats were able to be named for $3,000 a piece or two for $5,000. The center says companies, familites, individuals and groups, like Findlay High School alumni who pooled money to name a chair for their class. Tickets for the first show on Dec. 18 are set to go on sale to MCPA members Sept. 1 and to the general public Sept. 14. For information on becoming an MCPA member, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The programs for this season will be announced Sept. 1.