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Fair Gallery: Fairgrounds 75th Anniversary Parade

8/27/14  10:00 p.m.     The Hancock County fair opened tonight with a parade celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Old Millstream Fairgrounds. Though the fairgrounds are 75 years old only 74 fairs have been held, once being cancelled in 1941 due to World War II. After the parade, junior fair royalty was crowned. Aubrey Brown and Brent Warrent were named 2014 queen and king while Aubry VonStein and Logan Young were named princess and prince. The fair will continue until Monday. Click on each image to see a larger version. by

Fair Gallery: Junior Fair Participants Hard At Work

8/27/14 – 12:20 P.M. To the naked eye, mornings at the Hancock County Fair can seem pretty slow. Rides aren’t running, games are closed, and the food vendors are just prepping for the day. However, Junior Fair participants know that’s not the real story. Area kids are getting up early… Audio: Junior Fair members talk about what time they get started… …and taking care of their animals… Audio: Junior Fair members talk about the work they do… Junior Fair events run through out the day. Many of the county schools are off for the week so that their students can participate in the fair events. Gallery: by

Property Line Scam Affecting Area Homeowners

8/27/14   11:00 a.m. A scam is making its way around area counties and Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman wants Hancock residents to be prepared. Deputies from adjoining counties have reported males subjects approach homeowners to inspect their property lines, some claimed they were from a government agency. In one instance the subject claimed the homeowner’s neighbors were putting up a fence and used a cellphone to call his boss, saying he and the homeowner were in the backyard. During this process, the home was entered by another party and money stolen. Sheriff Heldman said anyone working for a government agency or utility company will have identification with them. Anyone with information on these individuals should call the sheriff’s office at 419-422-2424. by

Nationwide Time Warner Outage Affects Local Internet Customers

8/27/14 – 8:12 A.M. If you had problems, or are having problems with your internet service today, you’re not alone. The website reports Time Warner Cable is suffering a nationwide outage. The company’s customer service Twitter account said there is no estimated time of restoration. An outage map shows a large portion of Ohio is affected. The biggest trouble spots appear to be in northeast and southwest Ohio. However, parts of our listening area are on the fringes of the outage region. The east coast, North Carolina, and Los Angeles all appear to be affected as well. MORE: Mashable by

Trailer Fire Reported Near Mt. Blanchard

8/26/14 – 5:19 A.M. Firefighters battled a blaze in an unoccupied mobile home in Hancock County Tuesday night. A fire was reported near Mt. Blanchard at 16250 County Road 8 just before 10 p.m. Delaware Township firefighters were called to the scene. No other details were available. View Trailer Fire Reported In Hancock County in a larger map by

Hancock County Fair Kicks Off Today

8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M. The Hancock County Fair opens today. Some of the featured events will include a parade in honor of the Old Millstream Fairgrounds 75th anniversary. That will take place on the south part of the fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by the opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen. In other events a horseshoe pitching contest for Hancock County residents will take place at 10 a.m. There will also be a baked goods auction in the Grange Building at 5 p.m. Admission will be $2 for senior citizens and veterans today. Full Schedule: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Gates open for livestock. 8 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show, north grandstand. 9 a.m. on — Open class judging in Grange Building: farm products, horticulture, woodworking, domestic arts and crafts, hobbies and collections, Granges, and baking department. 9 a.m. — Junior Fair booth judging, youth building. 9 a.m. — Judging of Junior Fair FFA and home economics, education building….

New Junior Fair Building Proposed For Hancock County Fairgrounds

8/27/14 – 4:59 A.M. Hancock County Fair officials are proposing the construction of a new building at the Old Millstream Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, Fair Board President Tom Warren and Operations Manager Dave Thomas unveiled a sketch of what could be a new Junior Fair Pavillion. The building would cost $500,000 and would be funded through donations. The new building would house things like the Junior Fair booths and would also be a meeting place for youth gatherings during other times of the year. The new building would replace two old, narrow wooden structures that date back to the 1930′s. Drawings of the proposed building will be on display in the fair office this week. by

Melanoma on the Rise in the United States

8/26/14    10:10 p.m. According to a new report by the U.S. surgeon general, the number of deadly melanoma cases has increased by 200 percent since 1973. Dr. Michael Cairns, a dermatologist at Blanchard Valley in Findlay, said no matter how cautious you are, if your skin has gone unprotected before it may be problematic later on. Audio: Michael Cairns Cairns said in his 15 years of practice he has seen the number of melanoma cases increase, specifically in older people whose generations had ineffective sunscreen or didn’t use it at all. When he began practicing, Cairns said about one in 100 patients would get melanoma, but that number has jumped dramatically to about one in 50. Audio: Michael Cairns Cairns said there are a variety of melanomas, but detecting them early is key. Melanomas typically develop within moles on the skin, but become dangerous as they get deeper in the skin closer to the blood stream. If caught early Cairns said melanoma is almost 100 percent curable. However if it gets…

Cooper Chengsan Tire Company Valuation Reached

8/26/14   5:45 p.m. The independent firm hired to detemine a fair market value for Cooper Chengsan Tire Company officially has completed it’s study. The firm determined Cooper Chengsan Tire Company Ltd. is worth $440 million. Now that a valuation has been reached, Chengsan will have the option to buy-out Cooper’s 65 percent of the company or sell their 35. If they opt out of both, Cooper will then have a chance to buy or sell. If neither party purchases the other’s portion, the joint venture will continue as-is. by

Blacklegged Tick Population Surges in Ohio

8/26/14   1:05 p.m. For several years the American dog tick accounted for 90 percent of Ohio’s tick population. But recently the more dangerous blacklegged deer tick has surged to almost one-third of Ohio’s ticks. Audio: Glen Needham Glen Needham is an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. He said these ticks carry a number of diseases, the most well-known being Lyme disease. Audio: Glen Needham The ticks have not yet been found in our area, the closest being Lucas County, but are mainly in eastern Ohio. Needham said these ticks are most active in fall and winter until dog ticks which are common in the spring and summer. These also prefer wooded instead of grassy areas, making them a threat to hunters fall deer hunters. Click on images to see a larger picture. by

Huntington Insurance Suing Seven Former Findlay Office Employees

8/26/14    4:19 p.m. Huntington Insurance Inc. is suing a number of former employees from its Findlay office for conspiring against Huntington. According to the Toledo Blade, Huntington filed a lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court claiming Teresa Kuntz of Arcadia and Lorie Montague of Van Buren used confidential information to lure customers from Huntington to Montague’s new business, Benefit Strategies Agency, LLC. Huntington said they’ve lost more than 60 customers to the business since Aug. 1. A similar lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against six other former employees, who all resigned from Huntigton on Aug. 1. Brett Montague of Van Buren, Vanessa Allen of Fremont, Sondra Hassenauer of Wapakoneta and Roderick Wood and Bonnie Elsea of Findlay all now work for or with Benefit Strategies according to the suit. by

Rural Fostoria Man Sentenced to Jail Time for Creating “Fostoria Purge Night” Facebook Event

8/26/14   1:30 p.m. On August 18th, Fostoria Police were made aware of an individual creating an event on Facebook that was referred to as “Fostoria Purge Night.” 24-year-old Andrew Dean Wright of rural Fostoria was charged with inducing panic for creating the event. Today Wright was sentenced to 15 days in jail. The event was based on the horror film the Purge in which all crime is legal for 12 hours. The Facebook event was scheduled for a date and time in August and an invitation to 208 people via Facebook was placed. Comments to the Facebook page included using guns, knives or “anything to kill”. Further, there were comments posted including “gang raping”. by

City of Findlay Seeking Opinions From Quality of Life Survey

8/26/14   11:05 a.m. Don Essex has only been human resources director for the city of Findlay for about five months, but from his perspective things are moving in the right direction. Audio: Don Essex Essex is spearheading the city’s new quality of life survey, a part of their strategic communication plan. The goal of the survey is to ask not only those who live in Findlay but also those who work here, what they like and dislike about the city. Audio: Don Essex The deadline for the surveys is the end of August. Essex said the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance has distributed some via email, but the survey is also available on the city’s website. by

Community Group Offers To Pay For Baseball Diamond Lights In McComb

8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M. There could be more night baseball in McComb in the future. The Courier reports village council talked about adding lights to some of the fields at the village park during their Monday meeting. The nonprofit McComb Community Partnership told council the organization would be willing to donate the money to light one or two baseball diamonds. Representatives for the partnership said the lighted fields could help draw in teams from out-of-town to play in tournaments. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd will now get prices for lights and poles. MORE: The Courier by

Findlay City Schools Taking Steps to Help Students Dealing With Trauma

8/25/14   10:42 p.m. Findlay City Schools has begun the process of creating a trauma informed care plan for its students. Barbara Dysinger, board member and 30-year mental health professional, is spearheading the plan. Audio: Barbara Dysinger According to a study, 13 of every 30 students is affected by some type of trauma. In order for everyone in Findlay to be on the same page, 13 community organizations including Findlay City Schools, sat down to create a community trauma informed care plan. Dysinger and three other Findlay employees represented the school system. Audio: Barbara Dysinger Dysinger said some students behavior is just unexplainable to most, but can be attributed to trauma under the surface. She said all the organizations coming together will benefit the student when the time comes because everyone will be able to respond based on the plan. The school will now have a year of training and planning to create a process for responding to trauma. by