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Hancock County DAC Unanimously Approved Health Department Contract

03/02/15     8:10 p.m. In a unanimous decision, the Hancock County District Advisory Council approved the merger of the county and City of Findlay health departments at their annual meeting Monday. Commission Phil Riegle said the decision was a big step in the right direction. Audio: Phil Riegle After approving the contract, the DAC also unanimously appointed six board members for the new health department. From the DAC’s suggested list of five they chose: Dr. Michael Lindamood, Karen Jones and Robin Spoors. From the city’s suggested five they chose Nancy Moody Russo, Bill Alge and Barb Pasztor. The final member of the board will be Larry Lovell Jr., who was appointed by the District Licensing Council Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the unanimous decision demonstrates a united dedication to the future of public health in the area. Audio: Lydia Mihalik The contract was signed and went into effect today. The two departments will operate as separate, parallel entities through the end of the year before merging on Jan. 1, 2016. by

Childrens Mentoring Connections Hosting 32nd Bowling for Kids

03/02/15     3:05 p.m. For the 32nd year, Childrens Mentoring Connection of Hancock County will be hosting the annual Bowling for Kids. CMC Executive Director Jennifer Swartzlander said for the organization, it’s more than a day of fun and games. Audio: Jennifer Swartzlander Bowling for Kids will take place March 14 and 15 at AMF Sportsman Lanes in Findlay. Bowlers can take 90-minute shifts from noon to 4:30 p.m. either day. Teams of 4 or 5 bowlers simply sign up and raise pledges for CMC. There will also be food and door prizes for participants. Sign up information by

CSX North Baltimore Facility Completed $40 million Expansion Project

03/02/15     2:28 p.m. Just three years after opening their North Baltimore facility, CSX Intermodal has completed its first expansion. With the commissioning of their seventh wide span crane on Thursday, the more than $40 million expansion was officially complete. Audio: Duke Acors Hub Manager Duke Acors said they aren’t expecting more trains to come to the facility, just a higher volume of cargo on each train. Audio: Duke Acors At Monday’s Findlay Rotary Club meeting, Acors said the expansion project included eight straight line extensions in the processing yard, one 1,000-foot extension in the support yard and two more wide-span cranes, the last of which was put in commission last Thursday. So far, Acors said a dozen jobs have been added with the expansion and they will continue to add as volume grows. by

Findlay Ranked First of Micropolitan Communities in the U.S.

03/02/15     10:53 a.m. Findlay is first in the country when it comes to micropolitan communities. Site Selection magazine named Findlay number 1 of 576 communities of 10 to 50,000 people. The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office submitted 20 projects for Site Selection, including the McLane project, Cooper Tire and Rubber’s Global Technology Center and the Marathon Petroleum headquarters expansion. Findlay has been ranked well in the magazine for many years and moved up from number 4 in 2013. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said this honor, “demonstrates that collaborative efforts are paying off.” The 20 projects submitted totaled more than $280 million in local investment, 1,597 news jobs and more than 1.6 million square feet of news space. by

Fostoria Trailer Damaged By Fire

3/2/15 – 6:49 A.M. A Fostoria family lost their home in a fire last Friday. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria fire department was called to a trailer at Nye’s Trailer Park a little after 7 p.m. No one was home at the time of the blaze. Investigators say the fire was caused by an electric heater that fell over on a couch and blankets. One adult and two children were displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the Red Cross. by

Gas Prices Continue To Climb

3/2/15 – 6:48 A.M. Gas prices are continuing their slow climb. Prices jumped over the weekend and the statewide average is now $2.43 per gallon for regular. A week ago the state average was $2.33 a gallon, but that had slid to $2.29 by Friday. A month ago prices were closer to $2.04 a gallon. In Findlay drivers were reporting prices around $2.48 a gallon Monday morning. Ottawa drivers are paying around $2.39. by

One Injured In Mt. Blanchard Crash

3/2/15 – 6:44 A.M. A one car crash injured a Forest woman late last week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened Thursday morning on State Route 37 in Mount Blanchard. 77-year-old Shelba Webb was driving north on the highway when she slid off the road near County Road 273, hitting a stone wall. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Webb was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without reasonable control.   by

Stolen Semi Found Near Van Buren

3/2/15 – 6:38 A.M. A stolen semi was recovered near Van Buren last week. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office reports the incident started last Thursday in North Baltimore. Delwara Singh left his truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition at the Love’s Travel Stop in North Baltimore. When he left the convenience store, he saw someone driving his truck down the southbound I-75 entrance ramp. A short time later the semi was found parked behind a barn at 9996 State Route 613. Footprints near the truck showed the thief left in a waiting vehicle. The truck driver’s wallet and cell phone were still in the cab. Nothing was taken from the trailer. There was some damage to the barn and the semi. by