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Findlay Mayor Sees President Speak At White House

Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn was in attendance as President Trump spoke about the importance of strong city leadership at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting on Friday, January 24th.

“It was overwhelming to be there at the White House, listen to “Hail to the Chief” come on, it was a really neat experience for sure.”

The mayor tells WFIN that this was her first time in the White House, and she was in awe of all the history the building has seen.

She says she stood in the back of the East Room as President Trump spoke and had a direct line of sight to the president and jokes that he ‘may’ have seen her.

Mayor Muryn was also in Washington D.C. in October for a roundtable discussion on affordable housing, but this was her first time actually in the White House.

Get more of our conversation with the mayor here.

Bill Would Create Total Ban On Underage Drinking In Ohio

A state lawmaker from the Columbus area is introducing legislation to end underage drinking under adult supervision.

Details of the bill introduced by Senator Tina Maharath show it changing Ohio’s law to align more with neighboring states like Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that ban all drinking by those under 21-years-old.

Under current Ohio law, anyone under 21 is allowed to consume alcohol as long as they are supervised by an adult parent or guardian.

The City of Dublin has already created a total ban on underage drinking after the 2013 death of a teenager who crashed after drinking at an adult-hosted party.

2 Ohio College Students Being Tested For Coronavirus

Two students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio are being tested for possible exposure to the 2019-novel coronavirus.

Due to the testing, Miami canceled its scheduled men’s and women’s home basketball games Tuesday night to limit further risks to students, staff, and fans.

The Ohio Department of Health says the individuals, who live in off-campus housing, were showing signs of the flu on Monday and had recently traveled to China.

Officials say the students have been quarantined and their samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for testing.

Tiffin Superintendent Submits Resignation Amid OVI Charge

The superintendent of Tiffin City Schools has submitted his resignation as he awaits a court date on an OVI charge.

Gary Barber, 55, was charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over in Marion County on November 29th.

After he was charged, the school board approved a medical leave of absence for Barber.

Barber will remain on paid sick leave until July 31st when his resignation becomes effective.

The Tiffin City Schools Board of Education approved the settlement agreement with Barber during an executive session on Tuesday night.

In 2017 Barber entered a no contest plea to an OVI charge in Tiffin Municipal Court and he paid a fine and had his license suspended for 6 months.

He has a court hearing set for February 5th on the current OVI charge.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments On Lake Erie Bill Of Rights

A federal judge is hearing arguments on whether Toledo’s voter-approved Lake Erie Bill of Rights is constitutional.

According to the Toledo Blade, the hearing is a pivotal one for the future of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which Toledo voters approved by an overwhelming 61-39 percent majority in a special election last February.

Hours after the outcome was announced, Drewes Farms, in Wood County, announced it would sue the city, claiming the measure was unconstitutional.

The State of Ohio would later join the farms’ case, pitting the state against the City of Toledo in the case.

A ruling is expected at a later date.

People in favor of the measure lined the sidewalks and filled the federal courtroom to show their support for a clean Lake Erie.

Findlay High School Takes 3rd In National Competition

A Findlay High School student took 3rd place in a national speech competition at Ashland University.

Summer Neds competed in the “Speaking Out for Freedom” competition and spoke on the importance of the self-evident truths.

Neds competed against other students from across the U.S. and had to write and videotape her speech.

Neds’ teacher Jessee Hankins said he is very proud of his student.

In her essay, Summer wrote that: “The American Idea … brings the country together during politically divisive times because, although there are different opinions and beliefs, the citizens will carry on the history of the nation and remember the tragedies and triumphs of their country. This is important because the world is changing and constantly facing new obstacles. During these obstacles, it is only right for the American people to remember their country, the history, and the rocky road their country has taken to get to the point that it is at today.”

JFS Releases Unemployment Rates For Northwest Ohio Counties

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the unemployment rates for the end of 2019.

In Hancock County, the jobless rate dropped slightly from 3.1% in November of 2019 to just 3% in December.

That’s down from 3.7% from December of 2018.

Putnam County also saw an unemployment rate of 3% for last December but that was up from 2.9% in November.

Still, the unemployment rate in Putnam County was lower than the 4% it saw in December of 2018.

Elsewhere in Northwest Ohio, Wyandot County had the lowest jobless rate at 2.9% and Wood (3.3%) and Allen (3.8%)Counties came in at over 3%.

Hardin (4.0%), Henry (4.7%), and Seneca (4.0%) Counties all saw unemployment rates rise to 4% and higher.

Putnam County Sheriff Urges People To Practice Safety During Super Bowl Parties

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to be safe for Super Bowl LIV, which is this Sunday.

In a post on Facebook, the sheriff’s office recommends making sure you have a sober driver to take you home if you celebrate with alcohol.

Sheriff Siefker said people attending parties should not get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.

He adds people hosting parties should take the keys from anyone that has been drinking.

He added that you can call your local sheriff’s office to report impaired drivers.

Community Urged To Help With FCS Superintendent Search

The Findlay City School District is inviting residents to assist them in their search for a new superintendent.

The district will be holding focus groups on Thursday, January 30th at Millstream Cafe, 1150 Broad Avenue, to develop a profile of the district’s next leader.

The focus groups will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Each session is designated for a targeted audience and will focus on three areas:

1. Major issues facing the district for the next three to five years
2. Performance expectations for the next superintendent
3. Personal and professional qualities to be sought in the next superintendent

People are being asked to attend the focus group that best represents their involvement; School Support Groups, Community, Business, Workforce.

People unable to attend the focus group, but wish to provide feedback, may email the district’s search consultant, Teri Morgan, at the Ohio School Boards Association (tmorgan@ohioschoolboards.org).

After six years, Superintendent Ed Kurt will be leaving the district.

He accepted an offer to become the Superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools, where he is originally from.

Students Pray For Government Leaders And First Responders

Hundreds of students from St. Michael Catholic School gathered outside the Findlay municipal building on Monday.

The group of about 400 students from grades K-8 prayed the Rosary for our local government leaders and first responders.

The event was part of National Catholic Schools Week.