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9/3/15 – 7:18 A.M.

Seneca County authorities say they took more than $250,000 worth of drugs off the streets Wednesday. The Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit reports officers from many agencies used a spotter in a helicopter to locate marijuana plants in fields and wooded areas. The eradication effort turned up 251 plants across the county.

Detective Chuck Boyer says each plant had a street value of around $1,000.

The plants will be held at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office until a court order authorizes their destruction.

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9/3/15 – 6:56 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair rolls along today. It’s Kid’s Day, meaning $15 ride wristbands will be available starting at noon. Tonight’s headline entertainment is harness racing. The races will get started at 6 p.m. with the Susan G. Komen Harness Race for the Cure. Regular racing will follow the charity race.

The always entertaining calf scramble will be at 7 p.m. in the north grandstand.

Several other events and competitions will be held throughout the day.

Full Schedule:

All Day: Gospel Pavilion Open
7:00 AM Gates open
7:30 AM Op Class Lamb Carcass (S Show Arena)
8:00 AM Jr Fair Sheep Showmanship (S Show Arena)
8:00 AM Jr Fair Horse Show (N Grandstand)
9:00 AM Jr Fair Poultry Showmanship (Poultry Barn)
9:00 AM Op Class Antiques/Canning Judging (Grange Building)
10:00 AM Op Class Poultry, Water Fowl (Poultry Barn)
12:30 PM Jr Fair Boar Goat Show (S Show Arena)
1:00 PM Op Class Theme Bskt Judging (Grange Building )
1:00 PM Jr Fair Draft Horse Decorating (Staging Area) Followed by Jr Fair Draft Horse Show (N Grandstand)
1:00 PM-4:00 PM Home & Garden Program (Grange Building)
1:00 PM Jr Fair Premium Pick-Up –Yesterday’s Shows (Jr Fair Office)
2:00 PM Jr Fair Dairy Feeder Show (N Show Arena)
4:00 PM Kathy’s Korner Pie Eating Contest (Mini Park)
4:00 PM Cookie Eating Contest
5:00 PM Op Class Rabbit Show (N Show Arena )
5:30 PM Harness Racing (S Grandstand)
6:00 PM Jr Fair Sheep Showmanship (S Show Arena)
6:00 PM Headline Entertainment: Harness Racing Kick off the races with the Susan G. Komen Harness Race for the Cure at 6:00  p.m. with regular races following!
7:00 PM Calf Scramble (N Grandstand) Sponsored by Crop Production Services
11:00 PM Fairgrounds closed

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9/3/15 – 6:46 A.M.

A sinkhole was recently discovered in the Putnam County village of Continental. The Putnam County Sentinal reports that a hole measuring around 5 inches was found near the corner of East Maple and South Main streets. While the hole wasn’t very wide, it was roughly four feet deep.

Officials believe a broken drainage tile caused the problem. Village council voted unanimously to hire J & M Excavating to repair the sinkhole. Work to fix the hole began Wednesday.


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9/3/15 – 5:28 A.M.

Ottawa and Lima are considering connecting their water supplies. The Lima News reports the mayors of both towns talked about the possibility during a Wednesday press conference. Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer told the newspaper the village has been under pressure from the Ohio EPA to expand its water supply. Meyer said a partnership with Lima would save residents money when compared to building a second reservoir.

Lima Mayor David Berger said both water systems are running under capacity. He added linking the systems would ensure an adequate water supply in the long-term.

MORE: Lima News

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9/3/15 – 5:12 A.M.

Some new roadwork projects will pop up in Findlay today. The city engineering department says ODOT will be repairing pavement on Tiffin Avenue from Center Street to Township Road 212. That means both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the road will be reduced at times.

At the same time, the eastbound lane of Tiffin Avenue will be reduced to one lane at Fostoria Avenue due to storm sewer construction.

Elsewhere the city will be milling part of Hancock Street the next two days. The road will be closed between Main and Park streets between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

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9/2/15 – 4:59 A.M.

More details have been released on a barn fire near Rawson. The Courier reports the structure that was destroyed Tuesday night at 12491 Hancock County Road 54 was set to be on the Hancock County historic barn tour next week. According to the Hancock Historical Museum, the Schwin-McDonald Barn was a “pre-Civil War era ground barn.”

Firefighters from three departments were called to the property around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The hay barn was insured. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

MORE: The Courier


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9/2/2015    9:30pm

This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face.

Understanding tolerance levels, how the human body can handle drug and alcohol consumption and abuse, as well as drug treatment medications were discussed in the third week of the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy Community Learning Series Seminars on Addiction in Hancock County. Mark Vehre from the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio spoke on alcohol consumption and several misconceptions associated with it.

“So often you see ‘Drink Responsibly’ well no one knows what that means so we try to give some kind of guideline as to what a standard drink is and what the drinking guidelines are.” said Vehre.

Using a 0, 1, 2, 3 standard, Vehre noted that for many people, especially young kids, they shouldn’t be drinking simply because their bodies cannot handle it. But Vehre also noted that the same guidelines are applied to adults for the same reasons.

“Many adults don’t know what the guidelines are. You still hear them talk about going out over the weekend and partying. I don’t during the week so I’m ok. They don’t understand that when you’re drinking five drinks, six drinks or more it’s a risk to you. It’s a high-risk choice.”

Vehre notes that progress is being made in spite of popular opinion. Citing his years spent working in education he said that if even one kid successfully learns the risks associated with alcohol consumption and drug use, the program is a success. And if they take that knowledge back to their friends, the success grows. The Family Resource Center participates in youth outreach to encourage kids to get involved in preventative teaching.

“We have a youth advisory board that we get kids involved in. We’re trying to get them to take that message that you don’t have to have alcohol present or drugs to have fun or have a party. The more the youth buy into that message, it’s progress.” said Vehre.

Dr. Mike Milks from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy also spoke on drug addiction treatments. Milks discussed several drugs on the market today which are used to counteract the effects of heroin and other addictive drugs. While the treatments are successful, Dr. Milks notes that it takes more than clinical therapy for addicts to recover from addiction.

“It really does take not JUST drugs but then cognitive behavioral therapy or some other lifestyle changes. It takes a change in the environment. They need to break old habits because those habits trigger the craving that drugs can blunt but never totally remove it.” said Milks.

Many drug addiction treatments can be expensive, which is part of the issue in getting them to addicts that want to recover. But Milks notes that the cost of larger societal issues stemming from drug use outpace the price for treatment drugs.

“They’re expensive but not nearly as expensive as the loss of life or repeated emergency room visits, incarceration and then lack of productivity.” said Milks

Originally, the week three seminar was to feature Just Reginald Routson from the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. That was rescheduled for later in October. Next week will feature a debate on State Issue 3 which is the Marijuana legalization law proposed for the November ballot. The debate will feature proponents on both sides of the issue. The seminar will be in Davis 2225 at the University of Findlay next Wednesday night at 6pm.

The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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9/2/15 – 7:20 A.M.

There’s plenty of interest in North Baltimore’s soon to be vacant village administrator position. The Courier reports around 20 people have submitted resumes for the job. The current administrator, Donna Dettling, is planning to leave in November. She’s accepted a position in the village of Archbold.

Dettling told village council there are some good candidates who have applied for the position.

MORE: The Courier

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9/2/15 – 7:14 A.M.

Fostoria is joining a state program that puts the city’s checkbook online for everyone to see. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner talked about the program during Tuesday’s council meeting. He said the online checkbook shows every financial move made by the city in an easily accessible spot.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel has been urging more Ohio cities to put their finances online.

MORE: The Courier

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