2/8/16 – 7:01 A.M. The Hopewell-Loudon school district is expected to name its next superintendent this week. The Review-Times reports a contract will be offered to David Alvarado Wednesday. Alvarado informed students during a Friday assembly he had accepted the position. He’s expected to start in the new role at the end of the current school year. The board held a special meeting to interview the for final candidates on January 20. Seven days later the board met in executive session to talk about the salary and benefits for the new superintendent, but said no decision was made on who would be offered the job. No other meetings have been held since then. MORE: Review-Times
2/8/16 – 6:48 A.M. The rising cost of building a new courthouse in Tiffin is angering many who argued to preserve the former county courthouse. The Toledo Blade reports the projected cost for a new facility is now around $11 million. A March 2014 estimate had set the price at $8.5 million. Those who were in favor of preserving the former courthouse aren’t happy about the climbing costs. In 2011 it was estimated that renovating the 128-year-old building would have been around $8.5 million. Officials at the time said they couldn’t afford the renovation costs. MORE: The Blade
2/8/16 – 5:23 A.M. The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will take part in a community outreach program this week. The first “Coffee with a Cop” meeting will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at Coffee Amici on South Main Street in Findlay. Findlay and Hancock County residents are invited to attend. The meetings are designed to be held in an informal way. There is no set agenda or specific topic. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationwide program that aims to help law enforcement and the community learn more about each other.
2/8/16 – 5:14 A.M. If you’re planning on having Chipotle for lunch in Findlay today, you’ll want to make other plans. The company is closing all of its stores nationwide for four hours today. A company-wide food safety meeting will be held from 11 am. until 3 p.m. According to CNNmoney.com, the meeting will talk about improved “farm-to-fork” safety measures. That will include changing how some food is prepared, and paid sick leave for employees to make sure they stay home when they aren’t feeling well. The meeting comes on the heels of an E. coli outbreak that made around 500 people sick last year.
2/8/16 – 5:08 A.M. Local gas prices have tumbled over the past seven days. Ohio gas prices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.47 today. That’s down 16 cents since last Monday, and 45 cents over the last month. Ottawa drivers report paying $1.45 a gallon today. That’s a 14 cent decline over the last week. The statewide average for regular is $1.49, down 14 cents since last Monday.
2/8/16 – 5:00 A.M. Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination for the 83rd Ohio House District seat, and they’ll meet for a forum tonight. The incumbent, Robert Sprague, will face challenger Kevin Rettig to discuss several issues. The forum will be held in the Egner TV studio on the University of Findlay campus, and will air live on 1330 WFIN and on UFTV starting just after the 7 p.m. news. A second forum for the Hancock County Commissioners race will be held Wednesday night.
2/8/2016 – 4:00 am Winter continues but one of Hancock County’s largest youth organizations is gearing up for another year. Hancock County 4-H will begin soon and 4-H Extension Educator Cassie Anderson says that what’s great about what 4-H offers is that you can do pretty much anything you’d want to do. Audio: Cassie Anderson Anderson says that there are currently around 40 clubs in Hancock County which are located in just about every township and community in the county. She said that most of the clubs will allow students to take any 4-H project that they wish, but some of the clubs are geared towards specific projects and goals for the kids. Audio: Cassie Anderson If you are interested in joining 4-H but are not sure what club would be the best fit for you, Anderson said you can contact the Hancock County Extension Office and explain what you’re looking for in a 4-H Club so they can find the right fit for you. Audio: Cassie Anderson If you would like more…
2/6/2016 – 10:12 pm (UPDATED) A Kenton man is dead following a police chase and officer-involved shooting in Hardin County. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart reports that around 5:00 pm Saturday afternoon, Kenton Police officers responded to a report of a domestic violence call on Grove Street in Kenton. Upon arrival, officers found 47-year-old Steve Davis with a gun. Davis took off in a vehicle west on State Route 309 and pulled off onto County Road 106. Around 100 yards on 106 Davis stopped, got out of his car and opened fire on the Kenton Police officers. Officers returned fire and Kenton Police Officer Skyler Newfer was wounded twice in the shootout. Audio from the incident posted on Soundcloud. Audio: Kenton Police Scanner Davis got back in his vehicle and continued westbound on County Road 106. By this time, Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies continued the pursuit. Audio: Sheriff Keith Everhart Several times along the road Davis stopped and fired on the deputies who returned fire. Around six miles outside of Kenton, Davis’…