Review Category : Local News

ADAMHS Board Reaching Out to Community to Work Toward Education

03/18/15     12:30 p.m.

A special edition of the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board’s newsletter “The Highlighter” focuses on recovery housing this month. ADAMHS Wellness and Education Director Zach Thomas said the newsletter is just one piece of the puzzle.

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas said the hope is the new strategic communication plan will help ADAMHS reach the community in the most effective way.

Audio: Zach Thomas

They’re also working to let people know that just like when a friend is sick with cancer or the flu, there are things people can do to help those in recovery.

One of the other outreach opportunities is the opioid task force and community partnership, which Thomas said makes presentations to groups and at meetings by request.

ADAMHS April newsletter

Additional recovery house information

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Dog Shot During Allen County Drug Raid

3/18/15 – 5:33 A.M.

A pit bull was shot in a Lima home during the course of a “no-knock” drug raid. The Lima News reports Allen County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the dog as they were executing the search warrant. The dog’s owner and resident of the home says officers demanded the dog be caged. Susan Smith tells the newspaper a deputy then kicked the cage, releasing the dog and leading to the shooting.

Smith told the newspaper, “All they got was a pound of weed.”

James Everett is a chief deputy with the sheriff’s office. He says the raid is still pending investigation. Everett added no complaint has been filed, and that incident like this are rare.

MORE: Lima News

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North Baltimore Sets Brush Removal Dates

3/18/15 – 5:18 A.M.

North Baltimore village council updated some rules regarding brush pickup during their Tuesday meeting. Brush up to six inches in diameter will be picked up if it’s placed curbside on a pickup day. Village crews will not remove lawn waste or brush with thorns.

The revised policy asks residents to let the village know if they have a large brush pile that needs removed. Piles that need more than an hour to be removed will only partially be removed so that crews can get to other houses.

Brush pickup days this spring will be held the weeks of April 6 to 17, and May 4 to 8. After that, pickups will be held June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5 and November 2.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Approves Budget For Fiscal 2015

3/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Fostoria’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year has been approved. The Courier reports city council approved a budget of a little more than $6 million during their Tuesday meeting. The final budget ended up being around $135,000 less than what City Auditor Steve Garner had estimated it would need to be.

Garner says the budget will be tight, but believes the city will end up in the black at the end of the year. The city was able to carve out some savings thanks to a full year of funding from a grant that pays for emergency responders.

The budget will have to be certified through the county by March 31.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Hires New Deputy Engineer

3/18/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Hancock County has hired a new deputy engineer. Current Lawrence County Engineer Doug Cade is leaving his position to take the job. He’ll be paid $80,000 per year and is expected to start work this summer.

Once Cade gets trained, project manager Steve Wilson is expected to retire from that role. Wilson, a former Hancock County Engineer, still works as a part-time engineer for the city of Findlay.

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Hancock County Approves Road Paving Contract

3/17/15 – 4:52 A.M.

Hancock County will spend a little more than $862,000 on road paving projects this year. The Courier reports the Hancock County Commissioners awarded the contract to Bluffton Paving during their Tuesday meeting. The cost of the work will be shared by several townships.

Some of the areas you can expect orange barrels this year include County Road 12 between State Route 103 and County Road 37; County Road 180 from State Route 15 to State Route 37, and County Road 698 between Road 304 and State Route 103.

MORE: The Courier

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YMCA Asking Findlay to Cover Future Revenue Loss from Riverside Pool

03/17/15     10:05 p.m.

A change in contract language may help the Findlay YMCA make up for revenue loss during bad attendance and bad weather summers at Riverside pool. For the last two years the Y has operated Riverside at a $50,000 loss and is now asking the city to cover future losses up t0 $30,000.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said they don’t want to raise pool admission rates to keep entrance affordable and attendance high.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that if the city would have been operating the pool they would have had the same loss or greater.

City Council took no action on the issue at their Tuesday meeting.

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University Of Findlay Announces Partnership With Cleveland Browns

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3/17/15 – 3:30 P.M.

The University of Findlay inked a partnership with an NFL franchise today. Representatives for the University of Findlay were in Berea to announce the creation of the University of Findlay & Cleveland Browns Partnership for Student Success, also known as the Edge Partnership. Under the agreement at least 10 UF students a year will get paid internships with the Browns.

University of Findlay President Dr. Katherine Fell says the partnership goes beyond internships though…

Audio: Katherine Fell

Student groups will also get the opportunity to go see how a professional sports franchise is run.

Browns President Alec Scheiner says this is unique among NFL teams…

Audio: Alec Scheiner

Scheiner says the internships are a great way to get started in the field of sports management. A student who made the trip for the announcement was given an on the spot interview.

Fell says the Browns were an ideal fit not only because of it’s a great opportunity for students, but because of their commitment to community effort as well.

Fell says both the Browns and the University have committed money for the effort. While the school declined to say how much money was involved, Fell says she’s confident that the investment is modest for what she expects to be a big return.

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Air National Guard to Conduct Night Trainings in Northwest Ohio

03/17/15     3:10 p.m.

Northwest Ohio residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets at night this week.

The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will be conducting nighttime training flights until about 10 p.m. through Friday.

Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as well.

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Marathon Petroleum CEO Receives Large Salary Increase in 2014

03/17/15     2:55 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum’s chief executive officer saw a large increase in his salary last year.

The company reported CEO Gary Heminger earned $16.4 million in 2014, 34 percent more than in 2013.

Heminger received:

  • $1.5 million salary (up from $1.4 million in 2013)
  • $4 million performance-based bonus (up from $3.4 million)
  • $4.3 million in stock awards (up from $4.2 million)
  • $3.2 million in stock options (up from $2.9 million)
  • $345,544 in contributions to his retirement plan
  • $62,784 in personal use of company aircraft
  • $10,091 in tax and financial planning
  • $2,861 in an enhanced physical for executives.

Additionally, Marathon subsidiary Speedway’s President Anthony Kenney earned 44 percent more, or $4 million, while Speedway about doubled in size last year with the purchase of Hess’s retail business.

Kenney received:

  • $568,750 salary
  • $900,000 performance-based bonus
  • $729,035 in stock awards
  • $540,002 in stock options
  • $195,183 in contributions to his retirement plan
  • $9,504 in tax and financial planning
  • $2,861 in an enhanced physical for executives.
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