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Fostoria Woman Dies When Struck By Train

A Fostoria woman is dead after she was struck by a train on Monday. 37-year-old Ashlie Chapin was pronounced dead at the scene. Chapin was on foot when she was struck by an east-bound train on the CSX tracks near Washington township Road 261 and State Route 613.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Als responding to the scene were Washington Township Fire, Fostoria Police and fire, and Reinhart Towing.

Findlay man stabbed, police seek suspect

A Findlay man is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times early Sunday. 40-year-old Elijah Miller was found at 344 Midland Avenue at 4:20 Sunday morning. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he is recovering after surgery to treat wounds to the head, neck, chest, and abdomen.

Police searched the area but did not find a man suspected in the crime. The suspect’s name has not been released.
The investigation into the incident continues.

Hancock Fair Raising Funds

Plans are taking shape for a very different Hancock County Fair September 2 through 7. The Hancock County Agricultural Society submitted its tentative plans for dealing with Covid-19 to Hancock Public Health on Friday, according to the board president Jeff Cole.

“Our biggest challenge right now is not so much the restrictions of the guidelines around having a safe fair regarding the pandemic, but our biggest challenge right now is financial,” Cole says.

The spring craft show, Armed Forces Day, and the antique tractor show were all canceled, leaving the society coffers some $50-thousand below last year’s levels. There will also be additional costs incurred due to new protocols to keep fair-goers safe.

The agricultural society is asking for financial contributions to make sure that the fair can go on as planned. Details are at

Brumbaugh Given Rotary Award

6/13/19   4:04am

The Findlay Rotary Club has announced the winner of its Service Above Self Award
Sherri Garner Brumbaugh was presented with the award at the club’s weekly meeting.

The prize recognizes non-Rotary-members who exemplify the Rotary ideals in the community.
Brumbaugh is President and CEO of Garner Transportation Group while also serving on numerous boards and committees.

Brumbaugh selected the Black Swamp Area Council of Boy Scouts to receive a $500 donation in her name from the Rotary Club.

Putnam Recovery Board Budget Surplus

Too much money. That’s not something you often hear from a government funded entity.
The Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Board of Putnam County has that situation. Executive Director Jennifer Horstman explained the situation to the board at their meeting last week, according to the Putnam County Sentinel. An abundance of money has come from the federal government to stem the opioid problem in Ohio.

With just 3 unintended overdoses in Putnam County last year, the board doesn’t need the money. Even when adjusted for population and other demographics, Putnam County is well below many other counties in the state.

But the state doesn’t want the money back, so the board has been working with the state to find acceptable uses for it. Despite these efforts, the board still has a surplus of over $45-thousand.

Wednesday Hydrant Flushing

Flushing of fire hydrants in Findlay continues on Wednesday with two areas affected.
Expect wet streets between County Road 236 and Marion Township 242, from State Route 12 south.
North of State Route 12, the affected area is between Bright Road and County Road 236.

Seneca EMS Indictment

6/12/19     4:53am

A former Bascom EMS volunteer has been indicted. Fostoria resident John E Robinson was indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury for theft. He is alledged to have fueled his vehicle several times with a Seneca County EMS credit Card between January and April of this year.
If convicted, Robinson faces 6 to 12 months in jail and up to $2500 in fines.

Upper Sandusky Charity to close

6/12/19     5:10am

An Upper Sandusky charity will be shuttered after an agreement with the State Attorney General.

The Koda Bear Foundation is to close after an investigation revealed that it’s operator, Melissa Johnson of Upper Sandusky, used donated funds for personal purchases including family trips, cars, and college tuition.

The foundation’s stated purpose was to provide headstones for stillborn children. The organization had more than $33-thousand in revenue last year.

Johnson agreed to close the charity, pay $2000 in restitution, and an $8000 civil fine. She is also barred from ever incorporating a non-profit in the state, and cannot solicit funds or sit on a non-profit board for 5 years.

Pandora Mayor Gives State Of The Village Address

1/17/19 – 5:17 A.M.

Pandora Mayor Jeremy Liechty recently gave his first state of the village address. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Liechty highlighted several items that happened in 2018. He mentioned upgrades to the restrooms at the Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center and upgrades to lighting at the village park as positives that happened last year.

Liechty says officials will continue to look for options to pay for a new water tower. Back in October, the village learned it didn’t qualify for a grant program that paid for projects with a maximum cost of $600,000. Pandora had requested more than $940,000.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

Liberty-Benton Pushes Back The Start Of Next School Year

11/20/18 – 5:26 A.M.

Liberty-Benton will start classes later next school year. The school board voted to start the school year on September 3rd in 2019, one day after Labor Day. To accommodate for the later start, May 29th, 2020 will be the last day of school, four days after Memorial Day.

Fall, winter and spring breaks for next year are November 27th through the 29th, December 23rd to January 1st, and April 10th through the 13th.

MORE: See how about how next year’s school calendar compares to this year’s.