Review Category : Local News

YMCA Begins Annual Funds Campaign

5/5/2016 – 4:28 pm

The YMCA is gearing up for its annual campaign to help support ongoing programs. Campaign Chair JJ Preston says that the YMCA has a long tradition of supporting programs, particularly youth programs in local communities.

Audio: J.J. Preston

This year, the campaign is called “Zoe For President” which will highlight the different programs the YMCA offers to get kids ready for early education and career readiness. Jenifer Treece with the YMCA says that funds raised from the campaign will help to offset programs that the YMCA offers, in particular, youth programming.

Audio: Jenifer Treece

The campaign began this past Monday and thus far it has raised just over $9300. The campaign goal is to raise over $110,000. For more information about the campaign, how to contribute and the programs of the YMCA, visit the YMCA online.

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Jefferson Primary To Showcase Leadership Programs Friday

5/5/2016 – 3:25 pm

On Friday, Jefferson Primary in Findlay will be sharing the work the students have done this year as a part of the Leader in Me program. The program, founded by Dr. Stephen Covey teaches people the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and the students have been learning this year about those habits in the classroom.

It is believed that the work done at Jefferson Primary can be expanded to other schools and into higher grade levels. During their Leadership Day on Friday, students will share their Bubble Gum Rubric, Weather Behavior System, Leadership Teams, the Morning Town Hall and other programs. The day will be held from 10am-2pm on Friday at Jefferson Primary. Call 419-425-8247 for more info.

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ADAMHS Finalizing Resource Packet Indicating Addiction Treatment Options

5/5/2016 – 2:41 pm

Members of the Hancock County ADAMHS Board gave the county commissioners and update on Thursday. Among items covered was an update on the packet that will be available to all treatment centers soon. Executive Director Precia Stuby said that this packet would be presented to anyone who wanted updated information on addiction services in Hancock County.

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby said that there is information about treatment facilities, different types of treatment options, support groups, and where to find community services. Stuby says that ADAMHS will print a number of packets at a time to allow for any updated resources to be included in a timely manner. The packets themselves will be distributed at a number of different agencies throughout Findlay and Hancock County.

Audio: Precia Stuby

Stuby said that the packet can also be downloaded online through the Hancock County ADAMHS website.

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Hancock County Officials Given Economic Overview

5/5/16 – 11:35 A.M.

2015 saw record capital investment in businesses in northwest Ohio, and officials are working to continue the trend. That’s according to Mike Jay of the Regional Growth Partnership…

Audio: Mike Jay

Jay says that also led to the creation of nearly 4,000 new jobs in the 17 counties covered by RGP.

Jay says Findlay and Hancock County will likely continue being a big factor in that number…

Audio: Mike Jay

Jay adds that counties must now work to make sure the region can continue to fill these jobs…

Audio: Mike Jay

Jay says it’s important to have a wide range of businesses in the region as well. He says that there is work being done to bring more information technology jobs to our region.

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Propane Safety Class Set For Emergency Responders

5/5/16 – 7:16 A.M.

Local first responders will get a refresher course in propane safety this weekend. Prism Propane Services in North Baltimore is holding the session Saturday morning at their offices at 1399 Business Park Drive South. Emergency responders will get four hours of classroom education covering the basics of propane-related equipment. There will also be demonstrations during the day.

Fire departments planning to attend include North Baltimore, Van Buren, Arlington and Allen Township among others. Other firefighters are invited too. For more information, you can call (419)257-5035.

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Former Wyandot County Probation Officer Sentenced

5/5/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A former Wyandot County probation officer has been sentenced for committing a sex crime. The Progressor-Times reports Jason Barth will serve three years of community control after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition and attempted tampering with evidence charges. He’ll also be designated a Tier 1 sex offender, meaning he’ll have to register his address with the sheriff’s office for 15 years.

Barth pleaded guilty last September. The incidents in question happened in January and February of 2014.

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Bluffton Council Talks About Water And Sewer Surcharges

5/5/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Bluffton village council talked about water and sewer surcharges during their Wednesday night meeting. The Courier reports a second reading was given to an ordinance that would increase the surcharges. The legislation would raise monthly costs to $16.50 for water service and $2.50 for sewer service. The sewer surcharge would apply to customers with a five-eighths meter. That accounts for the majority of the residents in Bluffton.

A third reading on the issues will be heard May 16. If it passes the new charges will begin in July.

MORE: The Courier

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Budget For Fostoria Learning Center Awaits Governor’s Signature

5/5/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A bill that would help fund the Fostoria Learning Center is a step away from completion. The Review-Times reports the legislation has been approved by the state House and Senate, and now needs Governor John Kasich’s signature. That will clear the way for the center to get $800,000 from the Capital Budget Bill.

The goal of the center is to provide job training to counteract a lack of available workers in the skilled trades area. The money will pay for equipment, technology, and scenery for the facility. The learning center will be located in the former Kroger building on Perry Street.

The Capital Budget Bill invests nearly $2.6 billion in infrastructure and workforce development projects.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock County Juvenile Judge Recaps First Year In Office

5/5/16 – 5:15 A.M.

Hancock County Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson is recapping her first year in the position. Speaking to the Courier, Johnson said the court saw roughly the same amount of cases in 2015 as it did in 2014. The biggest increase came in situations involving drugs and alcohol. There were 88 of those cases in 2015, compared to 69 the year before.

Johnson says that video conferencing has been introduced for juveniles who have to go to Wood County Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green. This saved 137 trips for deputies to take people from the center to and from the court. Johnson says that in turn saved the county $10,275 as well as 274 deputy hours.

An effort is also underway to get juveniles in front of the judge within 10 days of being charged. Johnson says, “You want to get kids in early, you want to address the ongoing issues early and get some services in there earlier.”

Speaking of services, Century Health is now providing the juvenile court on-site mental health and substance abuse assessments.

MORE: The Courier

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Ground Broken For Findlay Whirlpool Expansion

5/5/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Ground was broken for an expansion at the Findlay Whirlpool plant Wednesday. The Courier reports construction is getting underway on a $40.6 million, 86,400-square-foot facility. Construction is expected to be finished in the fall, with new assembly lines going into operation by next spring. The project is expected to create around 50 new jobs.

Jason Ebert is a continuous improvement leader at the plant and talked about the process leading up to the expansion. He said the project was pushed back a little because of a review of best practices. That meant a complete redesign of the Findlay project. As a result, the new assembly lines will be more efficient, with reduced inventory. Ebert said the new facility is “designed to better accommodate workers and respond to customers.”

The Findlay Whirlpool plant builds around 12,500 dishwashers per day. Roughly 2,300 people work at the facility.

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