Review Category : Local News

Commissioners Approve Contract Between JFS And Economic Development Department

9/1/16 – 11:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services has been given the green light to contract with the Alliance Economic Development office on a business outreach contract. The county commissioners unanimously voted in favor of the deal during their Thursday meeting. Commissioner Brian Robertson said he appreciated everyone involved answering questions about the program over the last couple of weeks…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioner Mark Gazarek added that the JFS stands to save around $23,000 on the deal…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Commissioner Brian Robertson added he appreciated everyone involved answering questions about the program over the last couple of weeks.

The deal allows economic development officials to connect employers with a pool of employees from the Department of Job and Family Service’s Ohio Means Jobs program.

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Bluffton Legion Post Makes Donations To Several Community Groups

9/1/16 – 7:40 A.M.

16 organizations have some extra funding thanks to the American Legion Post 382 in Bluffton. The Lima News reports the organization gave more than $7,000 to nonprofit organizations during a Wednesday presentation. The money will go to several groups in Bluffton, Allen County, and the surrounding area.

The money was raised during the post’s annual golf scramble.

MORE: Lima News

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Delivery Of Materials To Construction Site Will Close Street On UF Campus Today

9/1/16 – 7:33 A.M.

If you’re going to be on the University of Findlay campus today, you’ll want to avoid Davis Street. The school says 100-foot trusses will be delivered to the construction site for the Center for Student Life and College of Business. As a result, Davis Street will be closed between North Cory Street and Morey Avenue for much of the day.

Access to the Davis Street building on campus will be maintained from the east and north sides of the facility.

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Pandora Mulls Dropping Support For Water And Sewer District

9/1/16 – 7:23 A.M.

Support for a water and sewer district in Putnam County has been wavering, and another village could be dropping out. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Pandora’s village council tabled a motion to drop out of the petitioning group at their last meeting. The measure could come up again at the September 13 meeting.

Critics of the sewer district say they don’t want another level of government, or to lose control of their existing water systems. Those in favor of the district say there has been a lot of misinformation about the program spread through the community. They add it would be a way to deal with ever-increasing regulations from the EPA.

Besides Pandora, only Miller City and Palmer Townships remain on board as petitioners for the district.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Future Of McComb’s Recycling Program In Doubt

9/1/16 – 5:39 A.M.

McComb’s community recycling bin could be on the chopping blocks. The Courier reports people have been putting household trash in or near the bins, and village residents are not happy about the mess. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd says, “Certain residents who are continuing to deposit their garbage at the site will have a negative impact and ruin this recycling service for everyone in the whole village.”

There are no other plans for recycling in McComb if the bin is removed.

According to McComb officials, the Hancock County Commissioners have asked for information about the recycling bins placed around the county from Litter Landing. The information they get back could determine the future of the recycling bin.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Board Of Elections Concerned About 2017 Budget

9/1/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Members of the Putnam County Board of Elections are concerned about their 2017 budget. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there is a roughly $70,000 gap between what the board believes it will need for next year and the anticipated budget. Board of Elections Director Karen Lammers told the commissioners the gap could grow if there is a need for a special election.

Commissioner Vincent Schroeder told elections board members the estimate was based on 2015 numbers. He added 2017 should be similar since it is an off-election year. Commissioner John Love stressed the 2017 budget was only an estimate, as the budget for next year won’t be approved until later in the year.

The estimated budget from the commissioners is around $264,000. The board believes it will need as much as $333,000 to run the office and hold elections next year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hancock County Fair Rolls Into Day 2

9/1/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The second day of the Hancock County Fair will be full of activity. Both grandstands will be in use today. Harness racing will take place at the south grandstand starting at 5 p.m. The calf scramble takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the north grandstand.

Junior fair activities include horse shows, sheep showmanship, and poultry judging. The open class themed baskets and rabbit competitions are also on the agenda for the day.

MORE: Fair Schedule

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Sheriff’s Office Stresses Child Safety While Visiting The Hancock County Fair

9/1/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding you to keep an eye on your kids while you’re at the county fair this year. Deputy Shane Leeth tells the Courier it’s a bad idea to simply drop young kids off at the fair for the day. Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker adds that you should decide on a place to meet if someone becomes lost.

Other suggestions for keeping track of your kids at the fair include writing your phone number on your child’s arm with a liquid bandage or nail polish. Child identification cards are also available at the sheriff’s building. Children can always look for help from a deputy if they get separated from their family as well.

The Hancock County Fair kicked off Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says there haven’t been any serious problems.

MORE: The Courier

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Bowling Green School District Dealing With Bus Driver Shortage

9/1/16 – 4:40 A.M.

The search is underway for more school bus drivers in Bowling Green. District officials say the shortage of drivers is forcing delays in getting students to and from school and extracurricular activities. People interested in becoming a Bowling Green school bus driver need only a good driving record to get started. More information is online at

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Free Class At University Of Findlay Enters Second Week

08/31/16 – 10:40 P.M.

This week marked the second installment of a weekly class held at the University of Findlay about substance abuse disorders. Dr. Mike Milks talked about the new trend of putting carfentanil in heroin.


Milks says that carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. He also covered how drugs can become addictive through the release of dopamine.

Dopamine is a chemical that makes you feel good and can come about in various ways. Milks says it happens when you run long distances or look into the eyes of a loved one. He adds that drugs use this chemical as well.


This release of dopamine is what can lead to addiction.

During the class, he also covered what happens when the body has withdrawal. According to Milks, it comes about because the body is trying to fix the problem.


Next Wednesday Milks has invited speakers to talk about recovery.


You can come to the class in room 2225 of the Davis Street Building at 6 pm every Wednesday to learn more.

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