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Funds Available For Eagle Creek Watershed Improvements

8/27/2015   1:05pm   Cleanup and management practices in Eagle Creek continue to be an issue in dealing with flood control on the Blanchard River. Landowners in the Eagle Creek Watershed can still qualify for funding to help implement better management practices. According to a release from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District, landowners in the watershed can qualify for around $83,000 in grant funding. The Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District received the grant through the Ohio EPA for the reduction of sediment and phosphorus loading and runoff volume into Eagle Creek, the Blanchard River, and Lake Erie. Practices that are available for cost-share through the grant are: blind inlets, tile control structures, storage basin pond for irrigation, saturated buffers and many more. For more information, contact the soil & water office at 419-422-6569 or

Women Christian Conference Slated For September in Findlay

8/27/2015   12:30pm The Reaching Women Christian Conference is slated for next month at the Winebrenner Seminar at the University of Findlay. Event Chairman Shirley Reasner says that the roles of women in the 21st century are quite different than they were in the past. Audio: Shirley Reasner The conference, slated for September 26th at the Winebrenner Seminary has grown in size as well. Reasner said that the conference is reaching women from all walks of life and from all areas, some internationally. Audio: Shirley Reasner Author Jennie Allen will be the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Allen is the award-winning author of Anything:  The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul and Restless: Because You Were Made for More.  Allen has also released seven DVD-based Bible studies and is the founder of the If Gathering conference. If you would like more information on the Reaching Women Christian Conference, you can call 567-525-4993 or go to their website at

Major Blanchard River Tree Removal Effort Planned

8/27/15 – 11:43 A.M. Last year dead trees and debris were cleared from the Blanchard River. But with each storm and flood we’ve seen since then, more trees wind back up in the waterway. Today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting saw an update given on an upcoming stream enhancement project that aims to lessen the impact of future storms… Audio: Commissioner Phil Riegle says there are many dead ash trees along the banks of the river. He added that it’s more expensive to remove them once they’ve fallen in the water. Riegle added they want to make sure they get the best possible price for the removal of dead ash trees… Audio: Part of that process includes having the Hancock Soil and Water District communicate with other soil and water districts to see what they have paid for similar projects. Riegle says the orginal estimate came back around $900,000. The bid process could begin early this fall.

Fostoria Fire Department Gets Large Grant

8/27/15 – 6:47 A.M. Fostoria firefighters will get more training thanks to a grant the city recently received. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistant to Firefighters Grants program is giving nearly $20,000 to the city. The money can be used for training and facility upgrades. It can also be used to buy protective equipment among other items.

Woman Injured In Walmart Parking Lot Crash

8/27/15 – 6:38 A.M. A Pennsylvania woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after she was involved in a one-car crash in the Trenton Avenue Walmart parking lot. The Findlay Police Department says the accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Hannah Morrow was trying to turn left when her car hit a concrete stop sign post. She was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Findlay Woman Injured In Three-Car Crash Wednesday

8/27/15 – 5:31 A.M. A three-car crash injured a Findlay woman Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened in the 1700 block of North Main Street. 19-year-old Anna Higgs ran into the back of a car driven by 35-year-old Matthew Vanatta of Findlay. Vanatta’s car then hit the back of a car driven by 31-year-old Ashley Wright of McComb. Wright was stopped to turn left onto Cliffton Avenue. Higgs was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was also cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

Turf From Superdome To Be Used At UF Athletic Complex

8/27/15 – 5:24 A.M. Turf used by the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome is making its way to Hancock County. The University of Findlay says the synthetic turf will be installed at the Peg and Russ Armstrong Sports Complex. The work will begin this week. The facility is located at the corner of Trenton and Blanchard avenues. It’s used by the school’s football, lacrosse and tennis teams. It also plays host to some of the UF track and field team’s field-events.

Ottawa Officials Answer Questions About Competitive Bidding

8/27/15 – 5:15 A.M. Ottawa officials cleared up confusion about the village’s competitive bidding process this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Council President Tim Macke read an email he received from a concerned resident about the issue. The resident asked why the village didn’t seek bids when they recently bought a Caterpillar loader and street sweeper. Macke said that competitive bidding is used for bigger, more costly projects. However, just because they don’t bid out the contracts, it doesn’t mean they don’t do some comparison shopping. Both Macke and Mayor Dean Meyer said they do get quotes when buying items that don’t require public bidding. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel