Review Category : Local News

Sprague Sponsored Bill Offers Help To Doctors Dealing With Addiction

6/22/17 – 5:23 A.M.

A bill sponsored by State Representative Robert Sprague aims to help doctors dealing with substance abuse issues. The Ohio House passed the “One-Bite” bill Wednesday. The legislation gives doctors access to a strict treatment regimen without immediately receiving severe disciplinary action and losing their license. The rule would only apply to physicians who haven’t had previous substance abuse issues.

Anyone taking part in the program would have to suspend their practice until the treatment provider determines that the individual is no longer impaired.

Sprague says doctors are often afraid to get treatment for fear of ruining their livelihood.

The bill is now headed to the Ohio Senate for debate.

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State Auditor Talks About Opioid Epidemic While In Putnam County

6/22/17 – 5:14 A.M.

State Auditor David Yost talked about the opioid epidemic while at the Putnam County Fair Tuesday. The Lima News reports Yost said educating people about drug addiction is just as important as arresting drug dealers. Yost is running for Ohio Attorney General in 2018 and plans to focus on the opioid epidemic as part of his campaign.

Yost also helped cut the ribbon for the Putnam County GOP’s new booth at the fairgrounds. Party chair Tom Liebrecht told the newspaper the new booth is about three times the size of their old facility. The fair board gave the party a five-year abatement on rent in exchange for fixing the floor.

MORE: Lima News

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Drugs Likely The Cause Of Two Deaths In Rural Ada

6/22/17 – 4:56 A.M.

It looks like drugs played a role in the death of two people in rural Ada this week. That’s according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday investigators publicly identified the man found in a home at 23287 Township Road 56 as 23-year-old Blake Kendrick. Authorities identified the body of the woman found in the home as 18-year-old Marie Beach.

Lt. Chris Bell tells the Courier a friend of the two found the bodies. He had gone to the house to pick up the title to a car he recently bought.

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Hancock County Law Enforcement Take Part In Special Olympics Torch Run

06/21/17 – 6:41 P.M.

Members of Hancock County law enforcement did their stretch of the Special Olympics torch run on Wednesday. Sgt. Dan Harmon of the Findlay Police Department said that they do this for the athletes.

Dan Harmon

The course lead from the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol to the Blanchard Valley Center. Harmon said that the athletes and the torch are going to keep moving.

Dan Harmon

The games start this Saturday.

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Bluffton Doctor Suspended For Sexual Misconduct

06/21/17 – 3:23 P.M.

A Bluffton rheumatology and internal medicine physician has been suspended from medical practice and surgery. The Courier reports that Dr. James Gideon admitted to sexual misconduct with his patients. He has been banned by the Medical Board of Ohio until it holds a hearing on his case.

The suspension follows a June 14 meeting where members determined that there was “clear and convincing evidence” against Gideon. The allegations involved five patients. They happened between September 2013 and May of this year. Many of the cases he admitted to involved touching the breasts of patients unnecessarily.

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2017 Cost Of Living Index Shows Findlay Stats

06/21/17 – 3:03 P.M.

The City of Findlay cost of living was half a percent below the national average but had the second highest in Ohio. The First Quarter 2017 Cost of Living Index shows that Findlay was almost 20% below the national average in housing costs. Findlay has lower auto maintenance and gasoline prices than Dayton, Lima, and Cleveland. The city also is among the lowest grocery prices of other cities in the state. However, Findlay has higher health care costs and the costs of goods and services than some cities.

Findlay also has cheaper Saturday night movie ticket compared to other cities. Ashland beat Findlay’s $10 ticket by over a dollar.

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PALS Meeting This Thursday

06/21/17 – 11:37 A.M.

PALS is a support group to help people affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide. They will be meeting this Thursday at 7 pm in the waiting room above the emergency room at Blanchard Valley Hospital. The group is professionally facilitated by Century Health.

They meet the fourth Thursday of every month except November and December. During those months they meet on the third Thursday. For more information contact Nancy Stephani at 419-425-5050.

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AEP And Hancock-Wood Working To Settle Dispute

6/21/17 – 5:20 A.M.

A dispute between two electric providers in Hancock County appears to be over. The Courier reports representatives from the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and AEP asked Findlay City Council not to take action on legislation to resolve the issue. Co-op CEO George Walton said, “We think we are going to be able to come to a tentative agreement.”

At issue is the future Campbell Soup Supply warehouse on Findlay’s north side. 70 percent of the warehouse site is in Hancock-Wood’s territory. However, Findlay will annex the property into the city, putting it in AEP’s territory. In the past AEP would trade Hancock-Wood a similar electrical load in the city, but they didn’t do that with a Rowmark plant on Hamlet Drive last year.

The companies didn’t give specific details on any potential agreement.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Could Rebid Security Project At Probate/Juvenile Court

6/21/17 – 5:29 A.M.

Hancock County might rebid a renovation project for the Probate/Juvenile Court in the future. The Courier reports Commissioner Mark Gazarek brought the issue up during Tuesday’s commissioner’s meeting. Gazarek says security in the building needs an overhaul. He mentioned a recent incident where a juvenile attacked a security officer in the building.

The commissioners opened a bid for the project in February. However, it was more than 10 percent of the architect’s estimate and the commissioners rejected it.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock County Unemployment Stands At 3.2 Percent

6/21/17 – 5:37 A.M.

Despite a slight increase in unemployment in May, Hancock County still has one of the lowest jobless rates in the state. Numbers released by the Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County stands at 3.2 percent unemployment. That’s up from 3 percent in April. Wyandot County also stands at 3.2 percent unemployment.

At 3.1 percent joblessness, Putnam County ties Holmes County for the second lowest rate inOhio.

All area counties are below 5 percent unemployment.

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