10/31/17 – 5:30 P.M.
The University of Findlay’s annual Helping Hands Food Drive is tomorrow and they’re looking to break the record again. Last year, the drive collected over 74,000 pounds of food. This year the goal is to collect over 78,000 pounds of food. You can help them reach this goal by donating nonperishable food items at one of five locations. You can drop off donations at the Kroger’s on Tiffin Avenue and Sixth Street, the Wal-Marts on Tiffin and Trenton Avenues, and at UF’s Alumni Memorial Union.
The collection will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all locations. All of the collected food will be donated to CHOPIN Hall.
10/31/17 – 5:28 P.M.
There will be a leadership forum to discuss women in philanthropy. The forum is being hosted by the Findlay-Hanock COunty Chamber of Commerce and the University of Findlay. The event will be on November 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Findlay Country Club.
It will cover how to empower women as philanthropic leaders and transforming values. The program is open to both men and women. Registration is required by Friday. It costs $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.
10/31/17 – 2:20 P.M.
Hancock County Jobs and Family Services is working to keep families together. Director Diana Hoover said that the Kinship Caregiver Services program goes to support family members taking in related children.
Hoover said that the program helps families with finding and funding daycare, transportation, beds, and clothes to name a few. She added that keeping the families together is important for the emotional and mental stability
Hoover explained that if a family member doesn’t take in the child then they are put into foster care.
10/31/17 – 10:45 A.M.
After several repairs over the years, the boilers for the heating system at the Hancock County Courthouse are nearing the end…
Audio: Mark Gazarek
County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the commissioners voted Tuesday to contract with All-Temp Refrigeration of Delphos to replace the current boilers. Ohio revised code allows the county to bypass the bid process for emergency work. The contact still has to come in at under $100,000.
Gazarek says aside from keeping personnel warm, they need to quickly fix the problem to prevent any further maintenance issues.
10/31/17 – 5:28 A.M.
The Hancock County Probate and Juvenile Court is hosting an open house this week. You can tour the 152-year-old facility on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A proposed sales tax on the November ballot would raise money for a new county building. The juvenile and probate court would move into the new facility. The quarter-percent sales tax increase would also help expand the jail.
10/31/17 – 5:22 A.M.
The final resting place of a Findlay man will stay put, at least for the time being. The Courier reports Hancock County Probate Judge Kristen Johnson ruled Monday that the remains of William Eisaman Jr. should stay in Bechtel Cemetery near Van Buren. Linda Badgett is Eisaman’s sister and sued to have his remains moved back to Arcadia Cemetery. That’s where Eisaman was buried until his widow had him moved to the Bechtel Cemetery location.
Charlene Eisaman said her husband wanted side-by-side grave plots, but the deed to the Arcadia Cemetery site doesn’t allow for the burial of non-family members at the site. Johnson ruled the law favors the surviving spouse.
Badgett’s lawyer says they’ll appeal the ruling to the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima.
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10/31/17 – 5:10 A.M.
Investigators haven’t been able to identify a single cause for a fatal house fire near Fostoria. The State Fire Marshall’s Office says they can’t rule out electrical or heating-related sources as the cause of the blaze. A release from the agency says investigators found reasons to believe electricity could have caused the fire. They also found reasons why a heating-source could have sparked the blaze.
Public Information Officer Kelly Stincer says the fire started on the south side of the first floor of the home.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at 10331 West State Route 18 Thursday around 3:45 a.m. The flames were too intense for them to go inside the home.
10/31/17 – 5:00 A.M.
Findlay Rotary Club members heard more about flood-control measures in Hancock County during their Monday meeting. The Courier reports County Commissioner Brian Robertson talked about the efforts to find common ground on the issue. He added the commissioners voted to remove a proposed sales tax levy after agricultural and business interests began talking about items they could agree on.
In the meantime, Stantec Engineering is set to begin flood reduction measures in Findlay in 2018. The project includes removing riffle structures and digging benches into the banks of the river in the city. Stantec says the work will reduce the 100-year-flood by a foot in downtown.
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10/31/17 – 4:38 A.M.
A Tiffin man is making the most of the city’s year-old Chipotle restaurant. WTOL-TV reports Bruce Wayne has had either lunch or dinner at the fast-casual Mexican store every day since it opened last year. Wayne is planning to break the unofficial record of 425 daily Chipotle visits sometime in December.
10/30/17 – 10:49 A.M.
A Delphos fire injured one man and destroyed a home Sunday evening. WLIO reports that the fire broke out around 5 p.m. in a home on Landeck Road in Delphos. One man was evacuated and taken to St. Rita’s with unknown injuries. The fire caused crews to shut down part of Landeck Road.
The home was heavily damaged and is a total loss. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.