Review Category : Local News

Blanchard Valley Named One of the “100 Great Community Hospitals”

06/30/15     5:28 p.m.

Blanchard Valley Hospital has received another award for community care. Becker’s Hospital Review named Blanchard Valley to its “100 Great Community Hospitals” list for 2015.

Becker’s list is based on hospital quality, accolades and service to the community. BVH President Scott Malaney said the recognition is a “testament to the extraordinary associates, physicians and volunteers” at the hospital.

The award comes just a few months after Truven Health Analytics named BVH one of its 100 Top Hospitals in March.

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HHWP Community Action Commission Launching Summer Crisis Program

06/30/15     4:58 p.m.

The Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Putnam Community Action Commission is starting its Summer Crisis Program.

The SCP starts Wednesday, July 1 and will continue through the end of August. The program helps pay bills or provide cooling for those with a documented medical condition or who are 60 years and over. To qualify, the household must have an annual income at or below 175 percent of the 2015 federal poverty guidelines.

For appointments to sign up for the SCP or for more information, go to or call 1-800-423-4304.

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Hancock County to Upgrade Court Surveillance with $22K Grant

06/30/15     1:38 p.m.

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor

Judge Kristen Johnson (left) and the juvenile and probate court clerk Becky Vanscoder (right) receive the grant check from Chief Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court was in Findlay today to present the Hancock County Juvenile and Probate Courts with grant money. The $22,900 will go toward upgrading the audio and video surveillance system in the court.

Audio: Maureen O’Connor

Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Kristen Johnson said this is a huge step in the right direction.

Audio: Kristen Johnson

O’Connor said the money was originally intended for upgrading the Supreme Court’s technology but the project was not ready this year. Instead, O’Connor said she decided the money should be distributed to local courts to use for their various technology needs.


More than $2.5 million in grants has been distributed to about 110 court systems in Ohio as a result.

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Findlay Business Honored For Service To Injured Veterans

6/30/15 – 9:20 A.M.

A Findlay business has been honored for its support of service members who have suffered major injuries. Lauger Carpet One was recognized for its support of the “Building for America’s Bravest” program. The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for returning veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

Larry Lauger says the business and its manufacturing partner Mohawk have committed to providing flooring materials for 46 smart homes.

For that effort, the Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of the Fire Department of New York City presented a shadowbox with steel from the World Trade Center to the business Monday. The Siller Foundation started as an organization to honor a fallen 9/11 firefighter. The organization runs the BFAB program.

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Man Killed By Train In Wood County

6/30/15 – 6:36 A.M.

A man was hit and killed by a train in Wood County this morning. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the incident happened around 4:45 a.m. in the village of Portage at Main Street and County Home Roads. The victim has not been identified.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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New Pastor To Start At St. Wendelin

6/30/15 – 5:21 A.M.

The St. Wendelin Parish and School will welcome a new pastor this week. The Review-Times reports the Reverend Todd Dominique will start in his new role tomorrow. He’ll be taking the place of Reverend Nicholas Weibl, who recently retired.

Dominique is no stranger to the area. He’s served in various roles at Catholic churches and schools in the region since 1994. Most recently he has been a pastor a Defiance St. John Catholic Church and Holy Cross Catholic School. He was also an associate pastor at St. Wendelin in 2006 and 2007.

MORE: Review-Times

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Findlay Rotary Names New President

6/30/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The Findlay Rotary Club has a new president. Jeff Winkle was installed into the position during the organization’s Monday meeting. He is the director of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and is also president of the Ohio Library Council.

Winkle has been a Rotarian since 2005. He joined the Findlay Rotary in 2009.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Monday Crash

6/30/15 – 5:06 A.M.

One person was injured when an SUV was hit by a semi in Hancock County Monday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Marion Township Road 237 just after 1 p.m.

81-year-old Beverly Atkins of Findlay was driving north on Road 237 when she pulled into the path of an eastbound semi driven by 42-year-old Shane Kimberly of Greenwich, Ohio. Atkins’ SUV overturned, trapping her. The Washington Township Fire Department extricated her, and she was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Atkins was cited for failure to yield.

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Blanchard River Levels Continue To Fall In Ottawa

6/30/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Only one area waterway remains in flood stage today. The Blanchard River in Ottawa is in the minor flood stage right now. At last check the river was just over 24.5 feet and falling. The Blanchard is expected to drop below flood stage early Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

As for the Blanchard River in Findlay, it exited action stage early this morning. All Hancock County roads that were closed for high water have reopened.

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Local Red Cross Volunteer in Texas to Help with Storm and Flood Relief

06/29/15     4:53 p.m.

After two months of severe weather, the Red Cross is sending thousands of volunteers to Texas to help with flood and storm relief, including a Findlay woman. Holly Blaine deployed to Houston Thursday.

Audio: Todd James

Hancock County Red Cross Executive Director Todd James  said Blaine is one of more than 2,000 volunteers from across the country in Texas to help.

Audio: Todd James

To donate to relief efforts in Texas and around the world, see

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