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UF Donation Helps Start Opiod Antidote Program In Findlay

7/22/15 – 9:45 A.M.

A program aimed at fighting opioid overdoses in Findlay got a funding boost today.  The University of Findlay presented the Findlay Health Department with a check for $1,500 to buy Nalaxone kits to distribute in the community.  Nalaxone is an antidote that fights the effects of an opioid overdose.

Barb Wilhelm is the deputy director of the Findlay Health Department.  She says programs like this elsewhere in Ohio have been successful…

Audio: Barb Wilhelm

The money from UF will help get the ball rolling on a program the health department has wanted to start for a while now…

Audio: Barb Wilhelm

Wilhelm says the city will also appropriate money for the medication.  Once that happens she’ll order the Nalaxone, and distribute it to people who have concerns about their friends and family members battling addiction.

Wilhelm thinks it should take about two weeks to get supplies in.  Once that happens people can make appointments with the health department to learn more about getting a Nalaxone kit for their home.

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7/22/15 – 8:28 A.M.

Construction work on a busy Fostoria road has been delayed because of the wet weather we’ve seen all summer. The Courier reports Fostoria City Council members were informed at their Tuesday meeting that construction crews have lost around 14 days of work on Stearns Road because of the rain.

The construction was supposed to wrap up at the end of July, but it will likely be the end of August before it is completed now. Mayor Eric Keckler says the project is still within its timeline for the next phase of the project. That will see crews carve out the roadbed.

Construction work started on May 11.

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7/22/15 – 6:52 A.M.

A procedural error in the hiring of the new principal at Arcadia High School was corrected Tuesday. The Courier reports the school board voted 3-2 to reaffirm Bill Dobbins during a special session. The vote corrected an issue at the May 20 meeting when Dobbins was initially hired. The Arcadia Teachers Association had not been given 24 hours notice about adjustments made to the May agenda.

Corey Boes and Rick Ernest both voted against the contract. Boes voted against it in May as well, saying the hiring was, “was not in the best interest of students.”

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7/22/15 – 6:43 A.M.

Legacy Farmers Cooperative is considering a merger with another cooperative based in Logan County. Earlier this year Legacy board members held a joint meeting with board members from Heritage Cooperative, which is based in West Mansfield. Both sides unanimously agreed to look into a possible merger.

It’ll be a while before any action takes place. The members of both cooperatives have to approve any agreement the boards make. That could take about a year.

A letter sent to Legacy members from the board said, “The Legacy Farmers Cooperative board of directors and management have the responsibility of exploring opportunities that present themselves to determine if they will add value to our members, their farms and their co-op.”

Heritage Cooperative has 30 locations in 20 counties, including operations in Hancock, Hardin, and Wyandot Counties.

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7/22/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Officials from the city of Findlay and Hancock County have agreed to look into using new fiber optic data lines the Findlay City School District plans to install. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners voted to approve a contract for more than $16,000 to Sigma Technologies during their Tuesday meeting. The money will pay for a study of the plan.

The county will pay around $7,800 for the study while the city will contribute a little more than $8,800. The work should take five weeks to complete.

The school system is planning to connect all its buildings with a $1.5 million fiber optic network. The city and county governments could connect at 31 locations. Blanchard Valley Health System may also use the network when it is completed.

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7/22/15 – 5:22 A.M.

Authorities in Putnam County are investigating a break-in at the Continental American Legion. A release from the village police department says suspects broke into the building around 4:40 a.m. Monday. They were able to open one safe inside, and removed a second safe from the building. That safe was later found at a nearby house.

The suspects were driving a dark colored late model Chevy or GMC Suburban style vehicle. They were wearing bandanas, black stocking caps, gloves, jeans, and large coats.

Anyone with information on the theft is urged to call the police at (419)596-3833.

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7/22/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Not all downtown business owners are upset about the Marathon expansion project. The Courier reports that while some businesses are distributing petitions to get Marathon to change plans to free up parking, others aren’t complaining. Jody Combs of RooBarb Studios on South Main Street told the newspaper that downtown business owners owe much of their success to Marathon and its growth.

Mary Dible owns Romans Hair Designers on South Main Street and said many of her clients are Marathon employees. She said the parking issues caused by the ongoing expansion are “growing pains.”

Downtown Findlay coordinator Maria Reza tells the newspaper that once the second parking garage is completed and Marathon workers are parking on their campus again, a lot of parking issues will sort themselves out.

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7/22/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Findlay city council approved sick time payout for the city’s former fire chief Tuesday night. Council voted 8-2 to pay Tom Lonyo a little more than $32,000. Council members Holly Friche and Bob Nichols both voted against the payout. The payment was half the amount of unused sick time Lonyo had built up during his time as fire chief.

The issues has been a controversial one. Initially there was debate on whether Lonyo resigned or retired. An employee who resigns is not eligible for a sick time payout. Lonyo was two years short of Findlay’s retirement age. However, Law Director Don Rasmussen said Lonyo met the state’s retirement age of 46, which overruled the local law.

Lonyo previously told Councilman Ron Monday he would accept half of the sick time he was owed.

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7/21/15 – 10:16 A.M.

Findlay-based MPLX declared a second quarter dividend today. The 44 cents per common unit is a 28 percent increase from the dividend distributed in the second quarter of 2014.

The dividend will be paid August 14 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 4.

MPLX has issued 10 consecutive quarterly dividends.

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7/21/15 – 9:34 A.M.

If you’re a Hancock County resident and a fan of rollercoasters, you can visit Cedar Point this summer and help a good cause at the same time. The United Way of Hancock County is offering discounted tickets to the Sandusky amusement park through an affiliate program. Part of the proceeds of the ticket sales goes to the United Way fundraising campaign.

The tickets are good between August 3 and August 9.

To get tickets for $38 each, go to cedarpoint.com/affilliates. The username is UNITEDWAYHC in all caps, and the password is uwhc2015 in lowercase letters.

The $38 a ticket price is a roughly $10 discount over the regular price.

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