Review Category : Local News

Addiction in Hancock County: An Overview of Chemical Dependency

8/19/2015  10:00pm

This is part of a fourteen-week series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face.

Drug addiction continues to be a major issue in communities in the United States, and in Hancock County it continues to be a major issue to the community. The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy is hosting a community learning series this fall to address and educate the public on drug addiction and the various issues that result from the problem. In the first seminar Wednesday night, Dr. Michael Milks, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University presented a basic overview of chemical dependency that can result from addiction that can result from drug use.

“Owning the problem, identifying the problem, and start to dabble at some of the solutions. We could throw money at it but if the money isn’t effectively causing improvement then we’re just wasting our money” said Dr. Milk

Covering drug use from alcohol to heroin, Dr. Milk discussed the use of each and how they all had properties that could lead to addiction. University of Findlay Pharmacy students, as well as community members, all participated in a discussion detailing various issues, definitions and differing viewpoints as to how society classifies drug addiction. Dr. Milks said that the seminars will give the students viewpoints from outside of school and allow the community to hear from students themselves.

“The cross-fertilization, the role modeling to the students showing how community involvement is imperative to evoke change and then also to show that, you know what? We don’t have all the answers yet.” said Dr. Milk.

The series will run through the middle of November, each session detailing a difference facet of drug law and addiction, law enforcement and treatment. The next seminar, slated for next Wednesday night will feature Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman as he discusses law enforcement perspectives.

The seminars are sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services, Hancock County Community Partnership and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

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Fall Weather Predictions Call For Rain

8/19/2015     4:15pm

While the wet spring weather presented many issues for Northwest Ohio farmers, experts are predicting that the late fall harvest may also see significant issues with rain.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from the Hancock County Extension Office said that Hancock County has seen below average rain for August, with warmer temperatures during the evenings. September predictions are looking good, cooler and not as much rain for the beginning of the harvest season, but late fall could see increases in wet weather.

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Benefit For Former WFIN General Manager Slated For Thursday

8/19/2015    3pm

A benefit lunch and dinner for former WFIN General Manager Sandy Kozlevcar will be held Thursday at the St. Andrews Church in Findlay. The benefit will be a cookout lunch and dinner from 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm. Organizer Lindy Cook says that the funds raised will help Sandy with medical bills.

Audio: Lindy Cook

In addition to the served food, a bake sale and a silent auction featuring tickets to the Cincinnati Reds, hotel stays, a large toolbox and a surprise item will be available for bids.

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Bulk Water Distributions Will Be Available In McComb.

8/19/2015    1:30pm

The Village of McComb will be adding bulk water distribution to their bottled water distribution. Village officials announced that McRitchy Water Hauling will be bringing in water from the City of Findlay for village residents. Due to a non-toxic manganese issue with the village reservoir, officials are holding a weekly distribution of bottled and now bulk water. Village residents will have to show ID and proof of residency to get the water. Bottle distributions are limited to two cases per house per week. Residents can have as much bulk water as they want, but they have to bring their own clean containers.

Distributions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm at the Village Municipal Buildings until further notice.

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Semi, Car Involved in I-75 Injury Crash

8/19/2015 1:00pm

A semitrailer and a white vehicle have been involved in an injury accident on southbound Interstate 75 between Van Buren and Findlay, according to scanner traffic.

The accident happened near mile marker 162, just north of Hancock County 99.

Allen Township Fire Department, the State Highway Patrol and Hanco EMS responded to the scene. Additional details will be reported as they are made available.

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North Baltimore Will See Contested Races This Fall

8/19/15 – 5:29 A.M.

North Baltimore voters will see two contested races on the ballot this fall. The Courier reports village residents will have to pick a new mayor and new council members.

In the mayor’s race, Janet Goldner will run against write-in candidate Malcom Cameron. Incumbent Mike Julien is not running for reelection.

Three candidates are running for two open seats on council. Ronald Carles and write-in candidates Matthew Archer and Susan Seiler will all seek positions on council.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

8/19/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Fostoria is going to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. The Courier reports the city will spend nearly $750,000 to update an ultraviolet disinfection system. The changes must be made to stay in compliance with state regulations.

Fostoria City Council approved a measure to allow the city engineer to advertise for bids for the project. Work is expected to begin this fall.

The UV bulbs kill microorganisms in channels of water at the treatment plant.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County Veterans Want Better Transportation

8/19/15 – 5:14 A.M.

A couple of military veterans are lobbying Seneca County officials to provide better transportation to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bob Sheffer and Floyd Adams addressed the county commissioners Tuesday. Sheffer said transportation to Ann Arbor is only provided on Wednesday and Thursday. He said that’s a problem if a doctor needs to see a veteran at a different time.

Adams said the door-to-door service is appreciated, but that they would be willing to meet in a centralized location if it would help travel arrangements. He added that surrounding counties made daily trips to Ann Arbor.

The commissioners agreed to check into the issue with the veteran service board.

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POET Officials Outline Ethanol’s Impact

8/19/15 – 5:02 A.M.

The impact of the POET ethanol refinery in Leipsic was discussed during a meeting in Putnam County last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports farmers, politicians, and company representatives learned the results of a third-party economic impact study.

In 2014, POET employed more than 4,500 people in Ohio. The study shows the company also paid $228.2 million in state and local taxes.

The study also showed as a whole, POET produced 1.7 billion gallons of Ethanol, displacing 1.2 gallons of gasoline. Company officials said that figure show ethanol is reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hancock County Pursues Grant To Replace Septic Systems

8/19/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Hancock County is working to get money to help rural homeowners replace their septic systems. The Courier reports the county received a $160,000 grant in 2011 that helped 18 low-income homes replace their system. The commissioners, Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, and the county health department are again working to get a similar grant.

BRWP coordinator Phil Martin says failed septic systems are blamed for contamination in Lye Creek near Houcktown. He added that replacing the 18 systems reduced suspended solids, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the water.

MORE: The Courier

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