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4/19/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A new shelter house in Arlington will have a few extra bells and whistles thanks to village council. The Courier reports the group voted Monday to spend $5,900 to make upgrades to the new structure. The money will pay for upgrades for overhead doors, build a sidewalk patio, add three ceiling fans to the building.

The plan is for the new shelter house in the park to open up this summer.

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4/19/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Findlay’s impact on Arlington was discussed at a special Hancock County Commissioners meeting in the village Monday night. Mayor Ed Solt said the economic boom in the city has been good for the village, adding “all our money comes from Findlay.” He added that the downside of that is that increased truck traffic on U.S. 68 creates big maintenance issues for what is Main Street in the village.

Replacing the road and its foundation is expected to cost $4 million. Councilman Brian Essinger says the village is looking for help from all sources to come up with the funding to fix Main Street. The village has applied for a $500,000 Ohio Public Works grant that could be used to hire engineers to develop a plan to replace the roadway. A decision on the grant is expected in May.

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4/19/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Eight engineering firms are interested in designing a diversion channel for Eagle Creek south of Findlay. The Courier reports the packets from the companies were opened at a special Hancock County Commissioners meeting in Arlington Monday night. The commissioners have not made a decision on if the county will move forward with an accelerated timeline for the diversion channel or wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish their study. The Corps plan could take another year to finish.

During the meeting, Arlington Mayor Ed Solt voiced his concern about the proposed channel, saying that the project would “affect us too.” Diversion channel opponents have argued water could back up into Arlington if the channel is built.

Firms Applying:

A&E Engineering – Cleveland
Arcadis – Toledo
Bockrath & Associates – Ottawa
C&E Consultants – Centerburg
DGL Consulting Engineers – Maumee
E.L. Robinson Engineering – Columbus
Hull & Associates – Toledo
Stantec – Toledo.

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4/18/2016 – 7:42 pm

One man attempted suicide at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton late Monday afternoon. According to Kenton Police officers on site, around 5:30 pm the department received a call of an attempted suicide and officers found one man who had been injured. The man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to an unknown medical center for his injuries.

Last week, Hardin Memorial Hospital received a bomb threat which caused the evacuation of the hospital. Kenton Police indicated that there is no connection at all between the suicide attempt and the bomb threat from last week. No other individuals were hurt in either incident.

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4/18/2016 – 3:22 pm

When it comes to orthopedic knee and hip surgery, Blanchard Valley Hospital is one of the best health care facilities around. That was the message the CEO Scott Malaney gave to the members of the Findlay Rotary Club Monday. Malaney said that improvements in care, coupled with better training for staff has reduced the length of time patients remain in the hospital following surgery.

Audio: Scott Malaney

Malaney said that strides in medical care and procedures are such that a patient who underwent hip or knee replacement surgery can be up and walking with ease in as little as four hours. Malaney said that the training and procedures instilled in the staff through the orthopedic care center are being used as a template to other departments throughout the hospital.

Audio: Scott Malaney

The strides through the orthopedic care center have greatly reduced the length of a hospital stay, as well as return complications. Malaney also noted that more patients are discharged to their homes today rather than extended care centers and nursing homes due to the strides in care and recovery at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

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4/18/2016 – 10:21 am

Hancock Public Health has been awarded a grant to help people recover from drug overdoses. The $24,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Health will help them purchase Naloxone kits and expand opiate overdose education.

The two-year grant will provide $24,000 each year and allow the health department to buy as many as 400 Naloxone kits. Additionally, the department will expand their community education programs and outreach.

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that is administered to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.

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Update: Partial Train Derailment In Fostoria

4/18/16 – 8:08 A.M.
Update – 8:28 A.M.
Update – 10:01 A.M.

A partial train derailment in Fostoria is being cleaned up at this hour. The Fostoria Fire Department tells us 11 cars from a train derailed around 7:50 A.M. No one was injured and no hazardous materials were in the derailed cars.

There is only one blocked intersection in the city right now according to the Fostoria Fire Department, and that’s at Columbus Avenue. There are some other crossings blocked elsewhere in Seneca County as you head toward Bascom. Other rail traffic is being allowed through the area.

So far there’s no word on when the clean up might be completed.

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4/18/16 – 6:43 A.M.

Gas prices are entrenched above the $2 a gallon mark at the moment. Local prices stayed above that level all last week. It was the first time that happened since early last November. According to OhioGasPrices.com, Findlay drivers are paying $2.05 to start the work week. That’s the same price we were paying last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.04 a gallon, which is the same price as last Monday.

The statewide average is $2.09 for a gallon of regular. A week ago it was seven cents cheaper.

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4/18/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Warmer weather is here, and of course that means it’s time for road work. Aside from the ongoing construction on I-75 north of Findlay, you’ll see ODOT crews near Arlington this week. State Route 103 will be reduced to one lane at times for pavement repair between State Route 698 and the village of Arlington.

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