Review Category : Local News

27th Annual Coats for Christmas Drive Nov. 28 through Dec. 5

11/20/14     4:56 p.m.

As the weather gets colder, coats for those in need are in high demand and low supply. For the 27th year, City Dry Cleaning will be collecting Coats for Christmas to provide for people in need in Hancock County. And if you need a coat, there’s no need to register.

Audio: Rich Kramer

Rich Kramer’s family has been coordinating the drive since he was young and says every year there is still a great need for coats. In high demand this year is childrens, mens work and larger coats like 3- and 4-x. Coats, hats, mittens and blankets will be collected at area schools, City Dry Cleaning and a few local businesses with coats boxes. You can drop off from Nov. 28 through Dec. 5. Distribution will be held at Glenwood Middle School Dec. 13 and 14.

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Health and Wellness Day Safe Opportunity for Seniors to Find Resources

11/20/14     12:59 p.m.

U.S. Census data shows the population continues to live longer. Because of this, events like the YMCA’s Senior Health and Wellness Day are becoming more popular.

Audio: Hannah Twining

Hannah Twining is a health and wellness staff member at the Y. She said having a day like senior day where all the necessary vendors are in once place makes it safe and easy for seniors to seek out the necessary resources.

Twining said the Y recognizes that seniors going out in the cold, possibly wet weather to get the assistance they need can be a safety hazard, which is why the Y wanted to bring all the vendors to once place.

Over 40 vendors were available to the seniors at the Y, ranging from checking blood pressure to offering information on assisted living homes. Three speakers also presented.

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Findlay Murder Trial Rescheduled for April

11/20/14     12:15 p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s murder trial has been delayed until next spring. Hartman is accused of the death of his 44-day old son James in November 2013 to which he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The 25-year-old appeared this morning in Hancock County Common Pleas Court with a pending request from his attorney to exhume the body of his deceased son for additional examination.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer said he would need more information before ruling. Attorneys will further debate the motion during a Jan. 20 hearing.

A new trial date has been set for April 13.

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Redevelopment Of Downtown Findlay Buildings Continues

11/20/14 – 10:46 A.M.

It appears a downtown Findlay building once set to be demolished is closer to being brought back to life. The Hancock County Commissioners did not exercise their first right of refusal on the sale of property at 322 South Main Street today…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the commissioners made a similar move last year when the property next to Coffee Amici was sold.

So far there’s no word on what is going in at what was referred to as the Rooney, Clinger, and Murray building.

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North Baltimore Reports EMS Improvements

11/20/14 – 7:37 A.M.

North Baltimore emergency medical services are improving. That was the message at the village’s council meeting this week. The Sentinel-Tribune reports council member Janet Goldner said EMS response time has been reduced to five minutes and 41 seconds. In the past response times were reported in the 13 minute range.

North Baltimore has added part-time paid employees to the fire department to help bolster the volunteers there.

Goldner also reported EMS billing collections have increased. In 2012 the village only collected around $40,000 from what they billed. That number was up to more than $70,000 last year. This year collections are projected to hit $85,000.

MORE: Sentinel Tribune

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Cost Of Carey Insurance Plans Won’t Increase As Much As Previously Thought

11/20/14 – 7:23 A.M.

It looks like insurance increases for Carey village employees won’t be as painful as first thought. Earlier this month village council was informed employees could be looking at 30 percent increases in health insurance premiums. However, that number now looks more like 14 percent.

An alternative plan sets the single coverage deductible at $1,300 and family coverage at $2,600. Both include a co-pay. The single coverage plan is an increase of $50, while the family plan is up $100.

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Arcadia School Board Moves To Replace Windows

11/20/14 – 6:40 A.M.

The Arcadia school board moved to install new windows in the school building during their Wednesday meeting. The Courier reports the board is seeking bids on the project. Bids will be opened on December 9 in the school treasurer’s office. The estimated cost of the project is $455,000.

The work should be completed by next August.

MORE: The Courier

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Farm Runoff Addressed During Meeting In Hancock County

11/20/14 – 5:31 A.M.

An update on farm runoff was given during a meeting in Hancock County Wednesday. The Courier reports the Ohio Farm Bureau gave a presentation about new state regulations during a Blanchard River Watershed Partnership meeting. Senior director of policy development Larry Antosch told those on hand that farmers can do what they need to grow their crops and protect the environment. Antosch said those ideas aren’t in opposite directions.

Ohio now requires farmers to be certified to apply fertilizer on their fields. The law was passed this year and was cosponsored by State Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay. The Ohio Farm Bureau wants all of its members to be certified to apply fertilizer to their fields by April 22. By April of 2016, the goal is that all members have nutrient management plans in place.

Runoff from fields was given national attention after a toxic algae bloom cutoff Toledo’s water supply over the summer. Many blamed chemicals sprayed on crops for allowing the growth of algae. Farmers countered there were plenty of other sources of pollution in the water.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Given Flood Mitigation Report

11/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Findlay wasn’t the only Blanchard River community to get new information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Corps also met with Putnam County residents. A November 12 meeting detailed the results of a steady state model of mitigation in the Lower Blanchard part of the watershed.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips tells the newspaper the models show that in the worst case scenario, the proposed mitigation efforts near Ottawa would lower flooding by six inches. The model includes lowering the approach of the I-9 bridge and a diversion channel. Phillips says any data they see beyond this will show an even greater reduction in flooding.

A solid state model takes into account what happens if the entire Blanchard River watershed gets an equal amount of rainfall. The model indicates a four to six inch reduction in flooding during a 100-year flood event.

The results of the study will now be taken to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District for further consideration.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Findlay Grocery Chain Buys Defiance-Based Chief Super Markets

111/20/14 – 4:54 A.M.

A Findlay-based grocery store chain made a big move Wednesday. Fresh Encounter is buying the Chief Super Market chain of groceries. The Defiance-based company owns 11 stores in northwest and west central Ohio, including the Lima area. A release from Fresh Encounter says the Chief stores will continue to operate under their current brand. No sale price was disclosed.

The buyout of Chief means Fresh Encounter will now run 36 stores in Ohio and Indiana, and will employ around 2,200 people.

It doesn’t look like any stores will be closed. Fresh Encounter CEO Mike Needer Jr. says, “this is one of those rare instances when we can consolidate resources without sacrificing any retail operations.” Even though Chief Stores operate in the same region as Fresh Encounter, there is no overlap in retail locations.

Fresh Encounter brand stores include Great Scot, Community Markets, and Sack n’ Save.

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