10/6/15 – 11:08 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners unanimously approved increasing the hotel/motel bed tax by three percent during their Tuesday meeting. Two percent of the extra money raised will go to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, and one percent will go to the Hancock County Agricultural Society. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the move will pay off for the county… Audio: Mark Gazarek Gazarek said that over the weekend thousands of people attended a craft show at the fairgrounds, including vendors who stayed overnight. He added a new building at the fairgrounds will only spur more events like that. Gazarek said he didn’t believe the additional tax would stop people from staying in Findlay… Audio: Mark Gazarek The tax will last seven years, around the amount of time it would take to pay off the debt on the arts center and new fairground building. Audio: Mark Gazarek The commissioners will draft a memorandum of understanding with both entities to dictate how the money can be spent. The funds can only be…
10/5/15 – 5:08 A.M. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about a scam. A post on the department’s Facebook page says people have been getting calls from a group claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearing House. The calls have been coming from numbers with 867 and 876 area codes. You’re advised to ignore the calls and hang up if you get one.
10/6/15 – 4:58 A.M. Road work will close two Findlay streets today. The city’s engineering office says Lima Avenue will be closed between Elyria Street and Blaine Street until October 9. Blanchard Street will also be closed between West Main Cross and the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge for deck repair. That project should wrap up around 5 p.m. today. A detour will be posted at the Lima Avenue location. Access to State Route 15 and I-75 will be maintained for westbound traffic.
10/6/15 – 4:48 A.M. Opponents of State Issue 3 took aim at TV ads supporting the issue during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports the Hancock County Opiate Task Force held a public forum on the subject. John Stanovich is the chairman of the task force, and said the commercials he’s seen have been using a high emotional appeal. One commercial that’s been airing features a little girl whose mother says medical marijuana has alleviated her daughter’s seizures. Stanovich says while he might support medical marijuana, approving recreational use would be a mistake. Issue 3 would allow both types of use. Task force members urged the roughly 60 people in attendance to vote no on Issue 3 and yes on Issue 2. The latter would ban the creating of monopolies through the state constitution. Critics of Issue 3 say it would create a pot monopoly in Ohio.
10/5/2015 – 7:55 pm The Trama Informed Care program was highlighted at the Findlay School Board meeting Monday. Kelly Glick, the Assistant Principal of Donnel Middle School said that the school has collected much data by way of numbers and statistics on trauma rates in the school and now they are beginning to collect individual stories. Audio: Kelly Glick The Trama Informed Care program is designed to help staff at the schools identify issues that students may be having at home and away from the school building, as those issues have the potential to affect how a student performs in school. Audio: Kelly Glick Glick said that the staff will sift through the data they’ve collected in order to put together a program to help teachers and parents better understand trama in student’s lives and how it can impact their school experience.
10/5/2015 – 7:50pm Findlay City Schools has designated October as Dyslexia Awareness month. Julie Von Stein, a psychologist with the school system said that recognizing the signs of dyslexia and helping to teach people the signs is important to diagnose the problem at an early stage. Audio: Julie Von Stein The school board passed a resolution at the meeting Monday evening to designate October as a month to recognize dyslexia. Von Stein said that the school system has made some significant strides in teaching parents and teachers how to spot dyslexia and how to address it with young students. Audio: Julie Von Stein The school will be putting out information packets for parents to review highlighting issues with dyslexia.
10/5/2015 – 3:50pm A local sports organization will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary this weekend. The Findlay Rugby Club has been a part of the Findlay community since the 1970s. And still, there remains many misconceptions about the sport of Rugby, and how it compares to traditional American football. Audio: Jim Akroyd Jim Akroyd, the coach of the club says that while Rugby is a contact sport, you need to remember to be careful when playing. Additionally the teams play 40-minute halfs nonstop. The Findlay Rugby Club operates at a field on County Road 140 in Hancock County. Carl Bowers said that the field has gone through changes over the years and new plans remain in the works. Audio: Carl Bowers The 40th Anniversary Alumni game will be held Saturday at the field, starting with the University of Findlay Women’s Rugby team at noon, followed by the Findlay Scars at 2:00 pm.
10/5/15 – 2:17 P.M. Congressman Bob Latta discussed international issues while in Findlay Monday. Latta said he believes a nuclear Iran will lead to a nuclear build-up in the entire Middle East… Audio: Bob Latta Latta also talked about the situation in Ukraine, saying that the country needs defensive supplements from the U.S… Audio: Bob Latta Latta was in Findlay to talk to the Findlay Rotary Club