09/18/14 3:30 p.m. After announcing the Mantis would be done away with, Cedar Point has finally made public its plans for the old coaster. Announced via a YouTube video earlier this afternoon, a new ride called the Rougarou, French for werewolf, will be taking its place next spring. Centered around Cedar Point’s swampy lagoons, riders will be seated on a floorless track for the new ride, which will repurpose the structure and track of the Mantis.
09/18/14 3:20 p.m. With breast cancer awareness month in October being right around the corner, many organizations are gearing up for breast cancer fundraisers including a group of local archers. Audio: KC Allen KC Allen is a co-organizer of the upcoming Save the Ta-Tas bow shoot happening this Sunday at Leipsic Fishing and Hunting Club coordinated by Outdoor Ohio. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and $2 of each archers’ registration will go to breast cancer research. Archers may begin their shoot as soon as they are registered. Audio: KC Allen On top of the typical target shooting, there will also be Iron Buck and long-range challenge shooting for prizes, as well as raffles. The cost is $10 per archer, with kids 17 and under free. There will also be a few genesis bows available to children to borrow. When: Sunday, Sept. 21 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 10605 Rd. H Ottawa, OH Cost: $10 per archer, 17 and under free Outdoor Ohio Facebook
09/18/14 1:00 p.m. Adding insult to injury, last winter’s record cold temperature were magnified by a propane shortage that affected 27 states. Audio: Bob Latta Congressman Bob Latta introduced the Propane Supply and Security Act earlier this week to hopefully keep another shortage from happening again. Latta said the legislation would require officials to monitor supply levels on the local, state and federal levels to make sure there is propane available where it is needed. Audio: Bob Latta There are also provisions within the legislation that protect customers against unfair pricing should the supply were to become low. Latta said there also needs to be priorities in place when it comes to shipping. He suggested when supply levels get low rail, pipeline and truck shipping industries need to prioritize transporting propane so those who use it to heat their homes can have it when necessary.
9/17/14 – 10:45 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners may make it easier for farmers to lease a piece of county land in the future. There was discussion at today’s meeting about how to better work with those who farm county land on Road 140… Audio: Phil Riegle Commissioner Phil Riegle said in the past the county has asked for the full rent in advance. He added the half-and-half style lease is customary in the agriculture industry… Audio: Phil Riegle Commissioner Phil Riegle says another three-year lease cycle is about to start for the land near the old county home. The county expects to go out to bid for the land late next month.
9/18/14 – 7:15 A.M. One of Bluffton’s largest employers will hold an open house this weekend. Grob Systems will allow people to go through the plant Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to see Grob products in operation, tour its apprentice training area and view the mechanical engineering facility. Grob engineers and manufactures production equipment. The products are mostly used in the automotive industry. The Bluffton facility is undergoing a 90,000 square foot expansion.
9/18/14 – 6:52 A.M. The Ohio EPA has given the University of Findlay a grant to help restore wetlands. More than $93,000 will go toward restoring wetlands at the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. The goal is to help the area retain more water during minor flooding in the center’s six acre floodplain. The project will divert water from a ditch into an area where agricultural storm water runoff can be naturally filtered. The money will also be used to remove invasive plant species from the center.
The Arcadia school board is moving toward replacing the aging windows in the district’s buildings. The Courier reports RCM Architects will create design plans and develop bid specifications for the project. The district has been considering replacing the windows for some time now. The current windows allow heat to escape in the winter. Some of the frames are also warped. MORE: The Courier
9/18/14 – 5:34 A.M. Fostoria is dealing with algae blooms in two of its reservoirs. The Review-Times reports the algae is nontoxic, but could be giving tap water a musty odor and a slightly bitter taste. Filtration plant supervisor Ron Fauls tells the newspaper that blooms are common this time of year. Algae has been growing in Reservoirs 5 and 6 for the last two weeks. It’s being treated with activated carbon, but Fauls says that can take some time to do the trick. Safety Service Director Allyson Murray says the city is monitoring the water 24 hours a day to ensure it is safe to use. MORE: Review Times
9/18/14 – 5:26 A.M. Putnam County schools did well on the latest round of school report cards. The Ottawa-Glandorf District got a “B” grade for performance indicators. While the district did well for overall achievement, value-added scores remained at a C average. Around the county, Kalida and Miller City scored “A’s” on the performance index. Pandora-Gilboa, Leipsic, Columbus Grove, Continental, Ottoville, and Ft. Jennings all scored “B’s” on the same measure. Schools are graded in nine performance areas. They won’t get overall grades until 2016. We have a link to the full report cards on our website. MORE: School Report Cards
09/17/14 11:40 p.m. Less than a week after three inmates escaped from a Lima prison, one man has escaped from a prison in Bowling Green. Media partner WTOL reports that 24-year-old Jhon Rosado escaped from the Northwest Community Correction Center at 1740 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. around 8:15 p.m. Officials say Rosado jumped a fence and ran into a corn field north of the facility. Bowling Green Police Department says they were not notified of the escape by prison officials until 10:06 p.m. Police say they immediately contacted the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and began a search, but Rosado was not found. Rosado is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs between 120 and 140 pounds, according to officials. He also has distinct tattoos on the side of his torso and on his upper back, according to the Bowling Green Police Department. Rosado was last seen wearing a blue jumpsuit and an orange sweatshirt. Law enforcement is asking anyone in the area to notify then of suspicious persons or…
09/17/14 4:58 p.m. Next weekend, downtown Findlay will be a sea of pink when the second annual Findlay Race for the Cure kicks off. Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio executive director Mary Westphal said preparations are going very smoothly. Audio: Mary Westphal Westphal said things are a little different this year with changes in the course due to Marathon construction. There will also be a team tailgate this year. Last year there was 3,100 participants. Westphal said this year’s goal is 3,800 but it’s a good possibility that number will be over 4,000. And while race day is an exciting event, Westphal said the impact it has is even greater. Audio: Mary Westphal Race for the Cure is the primary way for Komen Northwest Ohio to save local lives in the fight against breast cancer according to Westphal. Seventy-five percent of what’s raised supports breast health programs like mamograms. The other 25 percent goes to research and all the money raised is used locally. For example Komen Northwest Ohio funds…
09/17/14 11:30 a.m. The Zonta Club of Findlay is stepping up to bring awareness to a cause that is close to home. Audio: Maile Doyle Maile Doyle is the president of the local Zonta chapter. Doyle says bringing the “Zonta Says No” initiative to Findlay was a no-brainer because of our proximity to I-75, the turnpike and Toledo, which is a port city for trafficking. Zonta partnered with Garner Trucking to help bring awareness to the cause. President of Garner Sherri Brumbaugh said though truck driving can be a monotonous job with driving the same stretches everyday, it can be the key to putting an end to human trafficking. Audio: Sherri Brumbaugh Brumbaugh said a hot line has been created for truckers to report any suspicious activity. In addition, Garner brought the Freedom Drivers trailer to Findlay for the weekend. It will be open to the public at Ohio Logistics from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today and will be at Garner on Saturday. The interactive trailer travels across the country to help…
9/17/14 – 5:12 A.M. More details have been released following a fiery crash in Dunkirk Monday afternoon. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says the fire at the Marathon gas station at the corner of U.S. 68 and State Route 81 was touched off by a collision between an SUV and a motor home. Michelle Obenour of Dunkirk was driving her SUV east on Route 81 when she pulled into the path of a northbound motor home driven by Loran Hofer of Sun City Florida. The motor home then slammed into a gas pump at the station, causing it to ignite. The fire destroyed the motor home and two other cars. In all, five people were treated for minor injuries. The gas pumps and the canopy at the convenience store were destroyed. The crash remains under investigation.
9/17/14 – 5:04 A.M. Getting a parking ticket is never fun, but it should be less of a pain in Fostoria now. The Review-Times reports Fostoria City Council passed an overhaul of how fines are handled at their Tuesday meeting. Instead of paying for the ticket at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, fines can be paid at a drop box at the municipal building. Police Chief Keith Loreno says the change will reduce the cost of a ticket by $15 on average. Parking tickets in Fostoria usually run between $50 and $75. MORE: Review-Times
9/17/14 – 4:29 A.M. The famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses are at the University of Findlay this week resting up for several appearances around the area this weekend. The eight horses weigh at least 2,000 pounds apiece and require lots of grooming and preparation before going to their gigs. They’ll be at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay on Friday, Tiffin on Saturday and Defiance on Sunday.