Local News

Report: Person Injured In Hardin County Courthouse Thursday

12/19/14 – 9:34 A.M. A person reportedly was injured in the Hardin County Courthouse when they jumped from the third to the second floor Thursday. Kentontoday.com says the incident remains under investigation. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office only confirmed that an EMS squad was called to the scene. MORE: Kentontoday.com …read more      

One Person Killed In Seneca County Crash

12/19/14 – 9:24 A.M. One person was killed in a two-car crash in Seneca County Thursday. The Associated Press reports the accident happened in Scipio Township around 1:40 p.m. 27-year-old Donald Miller of Republic failed to yield at a stop sign and hit a car driven by 54-year-old Gaynel Klimek. Miller was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from his pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Klimek was also taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The crash remains under investigation. …read more      

North Baltimore Approves 2015 Budget

12/19/14 – 6:47 A.M. The village of North Baltimore has passed its 2015 budget. The Sentinel-Tribune reports council approved a $4.6 million measure at their meeting this week. Village officials say the budget will allow for the same level of services provided this year without a major increase in funding. The village’s biggest expense is for water filtration. That budget line was set at more than $533,000. MORE: Sentinel-Tribune …read more      

Year In Review: Findlay Village Mall Dealt Setbacks

12/19/14 – 5:30 A.M. Our look back at 2014 focuses on the continued erosion of stores at the Findlay Village Mall today. The shopping center took some big hits this year, including the loss of Sears in April. Courier business reporter Lou Wilin said that was a tough loss because it’s hard to replace anchor stores these days… Audio: Lou Wilin Smaller blows to the mall were dealt later in the year, with Jo Ann Fabrics announcing it would move out of the mall to a new location. Aeropostale announced it would close this month. Still, mall management is optimistic […]

Columbus Grove Home Damaged By Fire

12/19/14 – 5:24 A.M. A Columbus Grove family was driven from their home by a fire Thursday. The Lima News reports firefighters were called to 103 West Street around 5:40 p.m. Everyone in the house was able to escape safely. So far, there’s no word on what caused the fire. No damage estimate has been released. MORE: Lima News …read more      

Maumee Conservancy District Gives Update On Ottawa Flood Mitigation

12/19/14 – 5:16 A.M. Revised plans for flood mitigation in Ottawa have been accepted. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Maumee Conservancy District reviewed the plans at a recent meeting. The state of Ohio has also set aside $1.2 million for the district. The money is to be used for non-structural flood relief efforts. The conservancy district has also secured the URS company to put together flood mitigation plans for the Blanchard River in Ottawa. In the meantime, any properties that could be affected by the altered approach to the Road I-9 bridge are being surveyed. The land is also […]

Area Elementary Schools To Take Part In New Exercise Program

12/19/14 – 5:04 A.M. A pilot program will help area school kids work towards healthy lifestyles. The United Way of Hancock County has given the Hancock County Educational Service Center a $10,000 grant to put the new program in place. Called, “Crunch Out Obesity,” the program will initially serve nearly 500 children in the county. Beginning in January, fourth and fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary School and Bigelow Hill Intermediate School in Findlay, as well as McComb and Cory-Rawson schools will take part. The children will complete exercise and nutrition journals. They’ll also be guided by an exercise manual. Incentives […]

Findlay and Hancock County Health Department Merger Details Discussed

12/18/14 9:30 p.m. The merger of the Findlay and Hancock County Health Departments is closer to being a reality. At a committee of the whole meeting last night, city council members heard details of the process from city officials. Audio: Paul Schmelzer Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the city will contribute $360,000 and the county $247,500. After the census in 2021 those percentages and amounts will be re-evaluated. Starting in January the two departments will be operating parallel to one another with the goal of merging at the start of 2016. Schmelzer said what’s important right now is to […]

Six Ohio Businesses Raided Under Suspicion of Illegal Gambling

12/18/14 3:22 p.m. Ohio’s attorney general says state agents raided six businesses suspected of operating illegal casinos in northwest Ohio, including one in Findlay. Talk ‘n’ Win at 7525 Patriot Drive was one of the businesses raided Thursday. The Associated Press reports local authorities also helped carry out raids in Toledo, Fremont, Defiance and Oregon. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says the businesses were paying out illegal cash prizes. Agents took away a combination of sweepstakes and skill games from the six sites. Officials say skill games with cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law unless operated by a casino […]

Flu Has Caused Several Hospitalizations in Hancock County this Year

12/18/14 2:50 p.m. Whether you’re at the store, school or at work, there is bound to be someone sniffling, sneezing or out sick this time of year. Leanna McGuire, director of nursing at the Hancock County Health Department, said in the area they’re seeing plenty of cases of the common cold but also the flu. Audio: Leanna McGuire McGuire said the flu vaccine is still somewhat effective, and she would still recommend it because some protection is better than none. There have been several hospitalizations due to the flu in the county already this year. In addition to getting a […]