Review Category : Local News

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled In Putnam County

9/22/14 – 5:29 A.M.

The Putnam County Health Department will start offering flu shots this week. The agency will hold the first walk-in clinic Friday. Shots will be given at the Health Department in Ottawa from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Putnam County residents may not have to pay anything at the time of service because the health department is billing most major insurance companies for the vaccine now. There is also a limited amount of free vaccines for those who can not afford it.

Clinics will be held in several locations over the next month.


• Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 256 Williamstown Road, Ottawa.
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ottawa Senior Center.
• Oct. 2, noon to 5 p.m. at the health department as a drive-through clinic only for those with special needs.
• Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbus Grove VFW.
• Oct. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pandora First National Bank.
• Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Meadows of Leipsic with a presentation about adult immunizations starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Oct. 11, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Health Fair at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
• Oct. 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Meadows of Kalida.

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One Person Injured In Findlay Crash Saturday Afternoon

9/22/14 – 5:18 A.M.

One person was hurt in a two-car crash in Findlay late Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 600 block of Western Avenue around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

A police report says Michael Allen of Findlay was waiting to turn his SUV onto West Lincoln Street when he was hit from behind by another SUV driven by Joshua Hoffbauer of Findlay. Hoffbauer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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Four Injured In Crash Near Rawson

9/22/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Four people were injured in a crash near Rawson over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on County Road 12, just south of County Road 313 around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

28-year-old John Oman II of Rawson was driving a Kia Optima south on Road 12 when he hit the back of a utility vehicle driven by 23-year-old Darren Sadler. Sadler and his passengers, 24-year-old Jennifer Reichley and 3-year-old Levi Sadler, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Oman was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Local Boy Scout Working To Revive Findlay Skate Park

9/22/14 – 5:02 A.M.

A local Boy Scout is working to breathe new life into Findlay’s skate park. The Courier reports 15-year-old Seth Johns and a group of 20 friends are making repairs to the facility just off of Park Street. The city has given Johns $4,000 to complete the work. Johns is using the opportunity as his community service project to become an Eagle Scout.

The skate park was closed in July because of its declining condition. Boards were broken and the laminated surface was coming apart. There were also concerns about vandalism at the park.

Findlay public work superintendent Matt Stoffel believes the work can be finished sometime next month.

Johns is a Findlay High School Student and a member of Boy Scout Troop 313 in Van Buren.

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Findlay Health Department to Hold Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics in October

09/19/14   1:07 p.m.

Flu season will be here before we know it and in preparation the Findlay Health Department will host six walk-in flu shot clinics for city residents during the month of October. All clinics will be held at the department at 1644 Tiffin Ave.

Those planning to get the vaccination must bring their insurance, Medicaid or Medicare cards.

October clinics are scheduled for:

Oct. 2 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Oct. 3 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 9 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 10 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 17 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Oct. 23 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Starting Oct. 24 the clinic will be open at the health department from 3-4 p.m. every day until vaccines supplies are gone. No appointments are necessary.

For more information contact the health department at 419-424-7441.

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Flag Display at Hancock County Courthouse Honors POW/MIAs

09/19/14   11:10 a.m.


If you’re in the downtown Findlay area you may notice more American flags than usual near the Hancock County Courthouse.

This is because today is POW/MIA recognition day. Every year the third Friday in September honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Today is one of only six days the POW/MIA flag can be flown.

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District Requirement Changes Create Moving Target for Schools

09/19/14   11:03 a.m.

School report cards were released yesterday and Findlay superintendent Ed Kurt said the Findlay school district is moving in a positive direction and he’d like to continue that. But with the changes the state continues to make, Kurt said it’s hard to make progress.

Audio: Ed Kurt

In his opinion, Kurt said all the required testing may now have a negative impact on students.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Similar to comparing apples to oranges, Kurt said if the requirements for schools change annually, it will be more difficult to compare them and identify progress. He said instead of looking at report cards, Findlay will focus on the growth of its students from year-to-year and try to keep scores moving in the right direction.

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Columbus Grove Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

9/19/14 – 5:40 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home is a complete loss following an early morning fire. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters were called to 107 Vidette Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. When they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The resident of the home was able to escape unharmed and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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Former Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Found Guilty Of Sex Crime

9/19/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of abduction and gross sexual imposition yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 51-year-old Dusty Garwood was found guilty by a visiting judge. He had elected to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.

Garwood was accused of having sex with a female inmate in the Wood County Jail. The relationship continued when the inmate was released, but still under electronic home monitoring.

Garwood will be sentenced October 10.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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