Local News

State Bank Returning to Findlay Next Year

11/25/14 3:48 p.m. State Bank will be making its return to Findlay in 2015. SB Financial Group Inc. of Defiance announced today that it has purchased the Commercial Savings Bank building at 201 East Lincoln St. in Findlay. Pending approval from the state and federal bank regulators, they hope to have the new State Bank open early next year. Commercial Savings Bank will continue to operate on Tiffin Ave. The Hancock County Board of Elections, which has offices in the back half of the Lincoln St. building, will also stay at its current location. …read more      

Friendly’s Restaurant in Findlay Closes Its Doors For Good

11/25/14 12:04 p.m. One of Findlay’s Tiffin Ave. restaurants closed its doors this weekend. Friendly’s Restaurant, which had been in Findlay since 1973, officially closed Sunday. APEX Eagle Hospitality, the franchisee which owned and operated the business, said, “continuing operation was no longer viable.” No details were provided regarding the future of the site. …read more      

State and Local Counties Unemployment Rates Drop in October

11/25/14 11:09 a.m. October brought about more drops in unemployment. In the state of Ohio as a whole, unemployment fell to 5.3 percent from 5.6 in September. Locally all counties saw drops as well. Hancock County is the lowest in the area dropping from 3.8 to 3.4. Allen County still has the highest unemployment in the region after dropping from 5 to 4.5 percent. Seneca and Wood Counties saw equal decreases from 4.6 to 4.1 percent. Putnam County unemployment levels fell from 3.9 to 3.5, Hardin County dropped from 4.6 to 4 and Wyandot dropped from 4.1 to 3.7 percent. […]

Timeline For 2015 Hancock County Budget Set

11/25/14 – 10:27 A.M. The Hancock County budget for 2015 is taking shape. The commissioners plan to have the budget for next year put together by December 9. At that point, the budget will be available for public viewing for 10 days in the auditor’s office. According to a schedule set at today’s commissioners meeting, the budget will most likely come up for a vote on December 23. …read more      

McComb Residents To Pay More For Water

11/25/14 – 5:27 A.M. McComb residents will pay more for water in 2015. The Courier reports village council has approved a price increase to offset mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The minimum water bill will increase by $10.69 starting in January. The EPA is requiring the village make upgrades to its water system. MORE: The Courier …read more      

Semi Overturns In Hancock County

11/25/14 – 5:15 A.M. State Route 613 was blocked east of McComb for several hours last night after a semi overturned. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened between County Roads 139 and 140 around 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. …read more      

Body Of Putnam County Man Found At Crash Site

11/25/14 – 5:02 A.M. A Putnam County man was found dead at the scene of a crash Monday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were called to an area near Continental around 6 p.m. They found a pickup truck in a ditch off of Road 22 north of State Route 613. The body of 69-year-old John Peck of Continental was found inside. Authorities don’t believe the crash killed Peck. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Peck was not wearing a seatbelt. A similar incident was reported in Putnam County last week. The body of […]

Appeals Court Throws Out Evidence From Findlay Traffic Stop

11/25/14 – 4:46 A.M. A large amount of oxycodone seized during a Findlay traffic stop last year can’t be used as evidence in a trial. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals made a ruling in the case of Trenton Shuttlesworth Monday. The appeals court found that state troopers improperly searched Shuttlesworth during a traffic stop on I-75 last November. Patrol Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies conducted the search after he said he smelled marijuana on the suspect during the stop. However, Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson ruled he didn’t believe Beidelschies could have smelled drugs during […]

Former Riverdale Teacher Fined for Attempted Child Endangerment

11/24/14 4:02 p.m. The former Riverdale teacher caught on camera shoving a student in May was fined for attempted child endangerment this afternoon in Findlay Municipal Court. Barb Williams pleaded no contest to the first-degree charge and was found guilty of a lesser second-degree misdemeanor. Judge Jonathan Starn issued a $250 fine plus court costs and suspended a 30-day jail term. Starn also ordered Williams to undergo anger management training. …read more      

Upper Sandusky Fantasy of Lights Enters 18th Year, Adds Walking Option

11/24/14 11:40 a.m. Upper Sandusky’s Winter Fantasy of Lights display will kick off its 18th season Nov. 30. The drive-thru-type light show at Harrison Smith Park will feature 65 light displays this year with a “Peanuts Christmas” theme. Each vehicle is encouraged to give a minimum $5 donation, the proceeds of which will go to the Upper Sandusky High School music department and the Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects. For those wanting to see the display at a slower pace, there will also be a walk-through option this year. For more information see uppersfantasyoflight.org. …read more