Review Category : Local News

Bluffton University Baseball Team Goes Bald to Fight Childhood Cancer

02/26/15     4:38 p.m.

The Bluffton Beavers Baseball team is bald. Members of the Bluffton University Baseball team shaved their heads Wednesday, not for a big game or team building, but to raise money for to fight cancer.

For the fourth year, coaches and players raised money leading up to the event. The funds go to Vs. Cancer, an organization fighting childhood cancer. The team raised more than $6,000 this year. Some

Bluffton faculty and staff members also shaved their heads. The shearing of the Beavers was done by The Curling Iron salon in Bluffton.

Click on each image to see a larger version. All images from the Bluffton University Facebook page.

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Flag City Honor Flight 2015 Trip Date Announced

02/26/15     12:08 p.m.

Flag City Honor Flight will be taking its fifth group of veterans to Washington D.C. this summer. Deb Wickerham is the president of Flag City Honor Flight. She said if it weren’t for these veterans, we wouldn’t have the country we have today.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

This year’s flight will be held Thursday, June 4. Veterans will be accompanied by guardians to visit their respective memorials, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The trip is free for veterans. Guardians are asked to make a $400 donation to the organization.

The organization is looking to get as many WWII Veterans to the memorial as possible this flight.

Audio: Deb Wickerham

Wickerham said WWII vets are a priority, followed by Korean War and Vietnam. Where the veteran lives is not a factor, but those terminally ill may be moved up the list. The trip is free for veterans.

To sign up as a veteran or a guardian or to find eligibility information, visit the Flag City Honor Flight website.

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Slippery Roadways Caused Two Accidents in Hancock County Today

02/26/15     11:45 a.m.

This morning’s dusting of snow caused slippery driving conditions today. As a result, there have been two injuries accidents in Hancock County.

Just after 10 a.m. a car slid off the road on State Route 37 in Mt. Blanchard and hit a tree, injuring one person. In Findlay, Hanco EMS responded to a single-vehicle injury accident in the 500 block of Sixth St. just before 11 a.m.

No additional details on either crash are available at this time.

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Flood Prone Properties Bought

2/26/15 – 11:08 A.M.

Two more flood prone properties have been bought by the Hancock County Commissioners. The commissioners approved a measure to buy property at 527 and 531 East Main Cross Street at their Thursday meeting. The total cost of both locations is $150,000. A state grant for flood mitigation is helping pay for the purchase.

Hancock County has been buying flood prone properties and demolishing structures since the 2007 flood. The idea is that if there are fewer structures in the flood plane there is less damage done when the Blanchard River floods.

 

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Commissioners Approve ADAMHS Board Purchase Order

2/26/15 – 10:50 A.M.

Now that the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health board has decided not to place an addiction recovery home on Greendale Avenue, the county commissioners have approved a purchase order for the organization.

But, Commissioner Mark Gazarek says one didn’t really have anything to do with the other…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says he believes some of the money from the purchase order could have funded recovery house programming, but the order wasn’t completely specific to the proposed home…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The order was tabled last week as debate continued about the recovery home.

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Pahl Reinstated As Fostoria Council Candidate

2/26/15 – 7:08 A.M.

There indeed will be a race for an at-large Fostoria Council seat this year. The Seneca County Board of Elections reinstalled current council president Doug Pahl as a candidate during a Wednesday meeting. The Review-Times reports Pahl’s election petitions were thrown out last week for failing to have enough valid signatures.

Three Pahl supporters wrote letters to the board of elections verifying they had signed his petitions to run. That was enough to put Pahl back on the ballot. That means the council-at-large race now has four candidates. The top-three vote-getters in November will get seats on council.

Brian Shaver, David Bettenhausen, and Mathew Davoli are all running for at-large seats as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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Putnam County Man Has To Convince Government He’s Not Dead

2/26/15 – 6:55 A.M.

A simple mistake made on some paperwork has had big consequences for a Pandora man. Namely, Jeff Hight has to convince people he’s still alive. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a funeral home accidently put Hight’s social security number on a death certificate, causing a number of problems.

Among the issues the clerical error has caused, Hight could lose his pension if the error isn’t resolved. His family has also received a letter from the bank that holds his car loan, asking them to pay off the note. His tax returns have been held up as well.

Hight says everything is getting sorted out, but that “it’s been a lot of running and work to correct a mistake I didn’t make.” He added that even though the government thinks he’s dead, they are still taking taxes out of his paycheck.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Columbus Grove Drug Testing Policy Discussed

2/26/15 – 5:29 A.M.

Residents in the Columbus Grove school district learned more about a possible drug testing policy at a Wednesday night meeting. The Lima News reports a public forum on the issue was held, and around 70 people were in attendance.

Great Lakes Biomedical President Kyle Prueter was part of the panel, and told those on hand the proposed policy isn’t about catching children. Prueter said the random drug screenings are a deterrent that help children avoid doing drugs in the first place. Great Lakes Biomedical will conduct the tests if the school board approves the policy.

If the policy is implemented, penalties could only be enforced against kids in extracurricular activities. State law does not allow for academic penalties.

MORE: Lima News

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Big Property Tax Exemption Offered To Disabled Veterans

2/26/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Disabled veterans can qualify for larger property tax deductions in Ohio now. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says the deduction comes through the homestead tax exemption. Veterans who are rated 100 percent disabled from a service injury can apply for an exemption of up to $50,000 for a home valued at $100,000.

The service-related injury must be certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agency. Applications are due by the first Monday in June.

Applications are available in the Hancock County auditor’s office, and on the auditor’s website.

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Homeless Numbers Down In Findlay

2/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The number of people without a place to call home appears to be down in Findlay. The Courier reports only 10 beds were full at the City Mission on West Main Cross last weekend. Executive Director Phil Arnold says during the recession that number was more like 50 people.

Arnold says that while the number of people staying the night at the shelter are down, the number of people stopping in for a meal has remained consistent. There are between 20 to 60 people coming in for dinner or picking up food boxes. The prepackaged boxes have nonperishable foods and frozen meat. They’re available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MORE: The Courier

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