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Handbags that Help Donates $38,000 to Local Literacy Coalition

04/27/15     4:35 p.m. A local women’s giving circle is giving back to the community. Handbags that Help is a local group that donates every dollar of their $500 memberships to the community through a grant. This year, the circle had 76 memberships and chose to donate their $38,000 to the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County to enroll 1,000 preschoolers in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. In the last eight years, Handbags that Help has generated $336,100 to give to 18 local non-profit organizations: Hancock County ADAHMS Board, Arts Partnership of Hancock County, Hancock Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Hancock Christian Clearing House, Caughman Health Center, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Findlay YMCA, Family Resource Center, Cancer Patient Services, American Red Cross of Hancock County, Owens Community College Foundation, Read for L.I.F.E., Hancock County Saves, Century Health and the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County. HTH is currently accepting memberships for 2014-2015. For more…

Steelworkers Union Planning Another Strike At Marathon in Findlay

04/27/15     4:20 p.m. Union workers will be protesting at the Marathon Petroleum headquarters in downtown Findlay again Wednesday morning. United Steelworkers says it will rally at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Marathon before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Leaders and members of the USW Local 13-1 in Texas will be in attendance. They have been on strike at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery and Houston plant since February, protesting what they call unfair labor practices. USW ended its strike at Marathon’s Kentucky refinery April 3 after a new contract was approved. by

Former Congressman Michael Oxley Speaks to Findlay Rotary Club

04/27/15     2:50 p.m. Former Congressman Michael Oxley visited the Findlay Rotary Club today. Oxley reflected on his 26 years in office and his time in Findlay, noting how progressive and successful Findlay has been. Audio: Michael Oxley Oxley referenced the creation of the Findlay Airport and the collaboration it took between the city and the state to do so. He said that model has become an iconic part of Findlay’s history.   And even though Findlay has been booming for the past year, Oxley said that success didn’t come overnight. Audio: Michael Oxley Oxley also made some predictions about next year’s presidential race. He said he thinks that Ohio Governor John Kasich will run for president and would make a good candidate. As far as how the race will play out, Oxley said he has no idea. Oxley is now working for Baker Hostetler Law firm in Washington D.C. by

Rumors About ADAMHS Board Property Purchase Untrue

04/27/15     2:30 p.m. Rumors have been floating around about the possible purchase of property for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services’ recovery home on Findlay’s east side. ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said they are simply rumors. Stuby said the board did receive an offer to purchase from the homeowners, but because there was no board meeting scheduled the board did not consider the offer and the owners rescinded. Stuby said the board is still searching for locations for two separate men and women’s recovery homes. by

Trials Set for Arcadia Man Accused of Burglary and Sexual Contact with a Minor

04/27/15     10:55 a.m. An Arcadia man charged with aggravated burglary and sexual conduct with a minor will have two trials in the near future. 21-year-old Joe Vera III is accused of trying to steal a vehicle with a knife at Circle K on Tiffin in Findlay in March. The trial for that charge will begin June 1. Separately, Vera is also facing two counts of engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old last April. That trial will begin May 18. Vera will have a combined pretrial hearing for all his charges May 11. He also has pending charges in Wood County. by

Hydrant Flushing Continues in Findlay Today

04/27/15     10:23 a.m. With warmer weather expected this week Findlay crews will continue to flush fire hydrants. A release from the city says crews will be working in the area of N. Blanchard Street east to Bright Road and from the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue today. You can contact the water distribution office at 419-424-7192 with questions. by

Monday Interview: Fitness Face-Off Challenge in Findlay on Saturday

04/27/15     7:18 a.m. When an injury forced him into physical therapy, Findlay Fire Captain Matt Cooper started a 90-day competition with the staff at Ohio Orthopaedics. The Findlay Fire Department challenged the staff and after 90-days, whichever team lost the most weight would get to put the other team through a workout of their choice in the final Fitness Face-off Challenge coming up on Saturday. Audio: Matt Cooper Though the fire department won, Ohio Orthopaedic’s Director of Sports Therapy Josh Baker said the statistics that came out of the challenge were staggering and the benefit to everyone who participated was greater than win or lose. Audio: Josh Baker For the final challenge, the department chose to put the Ohio Ortho staff through the firefighter’s agility entrance exam as their Fitness Face-Off Challenge. The face-off will take place at Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay at 10:30 a.m. and the public is invited to watch and enjoy some of the other events taking place at the challenge such as family workouts, yoga…

Arrests Made In Wood County Tire Thefts

4/27/15 – 6:50 A.M. Two arrests have been made in connection to a rash of tire and rim thefts from Bowling Green car dealerships. The Sentinel-Tribune reports a man and a woman were taken into custody over the weekend in Toledo. The male suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Walter Hayward of Toledo. He faces a receiving stolen property charge, and could face other charges as well. The female suspect has not been publicly identified yet. There’s no word on what charges she’ll face. A press release from the Bowling Green Police Department says the thefts have resulted in the loss of several thousands of dollars for the car dealers. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune by