7/6/15 – 11:16 A.M. Findlay’s new fire chief officially took the reigns of the department today. Mayor Lydia Mihalik swore in Josh Eberle into the post during a morning ceremony. Eberle said he was excited to take over, but you shouldn’t expect to see much of a difference right now… Audio: Josh Eberle Eberle said he’s spent the last couple of weeks talking to a lot of people in the department… Audio: Josh Eberle Eberle added he was ready to get into his new day-to-day routine.
07/06/15 11:17 a.m. The new Carey school is already under construction, but board members made some changes to the plan during a special meeting this morning. The school board approved adding four classrooms totaling about 4,600 square feet to the two-story building. Three of the classrooms are planned space for computers, the expanded preschool program and reading intervention. The fourth classroom will be an extra for when space is needed in the future. The $800,000 of additional work will likely add a few weeks to the construction schedule. The building is still expected to be complete by mid-2016 and open for classes in the 2016-17 school year.
7/6/15 – 5:32 A.M. The Findlay Shade Tree Commission is changing the way one of its programs works. A release from the city says the Adopt-A-Tree program is being transitioned into the new NeighborWoods initiative. The NeighborWoods program allows neighbors to band together to plant more trees with financial support from the Community Foundation. The Adopt-A-Tree program had seen participation drop over recent years. NeighborWoods started in 2013 in the Mound Park neighborhood. Last year it focused on the Sherman Park neighborhood and this year planting will take place in the South Main Street Neighborhood Association area.
07/06/15 5:30 a.m. With thousands of followers on Facebook, the Humans of Findlay project documenting stories of residents has been deemed a successful one. Humans of Findlay photographer Dave Morrow said he was surprised by the success, but is excited for the future which will include a book. Audio: Dave Morrow Morrow has teamed up with the Hancock Historical Museum to create a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for the book. Hancock Historical Museum Executive Director Sarah Sisser said creating a book is a unique opportunity to preserve this point in time for Findlay. Audio: Sarah Sisser While they have support from organizations like the University of Findlay and Findlay Rotary Club, the group is looking to raise $7,500 from the community by July 19. Humans of Findlay Kickstarter Campaign Click play below to hear our full interview with Morrow and Sisser.
7/6/15 – 5:18 A.M. A Fostoria man suffered severe injuries in a holiday weekend motorcycle crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 23 near West Township Road 33. 47-year-old Richard Vance II was riding his motorcycle north on U.S. 23 when a southbound car driven by 17-year-old Isabel Pichardo went left of center and hit the motorcycle head-on. Vance was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Pichardo suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
7/6/15 – 5:08 A.M. One person was injured in a weekend crash south of Dunkirk. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just after 1 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 68 and State Route 701. 49-year-old Dawn Evans of Harrod was driving north when she slowed to turn left onto Route 701. 33-year-old Jacob Cordonnier had stopped behind Evans while she waited to turn. A third car driven by 66-year-old Richard Hyde of Columbus hit Cordonnier’s car, causing a chain-reaction accident. Hyde was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton for treatment of his injuries. No one else was hurt. Hyde was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance and for not wearing a seatbelt.
7/6/15 – 4:59 A.M. Gas prices are down following the Independence Day holiday weekend. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.61. That’s a 12 cent drop since last Monday. Ottawa drivers report an average price of $2.65 a gallon, down nine cents over the last seven days. Around the state the average price is $2.70 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent decrease over the past week.
7/6/15 – 4:51 A.M. The Putnam County YMCA more than met its fundraising goal for the 2015 Legacy Campaign. The Lima News reports the campaign brought in $1.9 million, nearly double the $1 million goal. Putnam YMCA executive director Lori Fetherolf told the newspaper the money will be used to pay down debt. Fetherolf credited former State Representative Lynn Wachtmann for his efforts in securing a big grant to help the fundraising campaign. State Senator Cliff Hite and Governor John Kasich were also given credit for their support. MORE: Lima News