Review Category : Local News

Fostoria In The Running For Preschool Grant

4/19/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Experts say preschool helps children do better in school, and a grant could make it possible for more kids to get into preschool in Fostoria. The Courier reports the district has applied for an Early Childhood Expansion grant. The grant is worth $44,000 and would add an additional 11 slots to the district’s preschool program. There are already around 90 children attending the preschool provided by Fostoria City Schools, but 65 more are on a waiting list.

The grant will be awarded next week. If Fostoria is given the money, rooms at Longfellow School will be restructured over the summer to make room for extra students.

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Ground Broken For Next Putnam County Habitat Home

4/19/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Ground was broken for the latest Habitat for Humanity home in Putnam County over the past weekend. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 21 churches in the county have committed to help build the home in Leipsic. Habitat Executive Director Matt Rau say the churches will raise money, provide volunteers for construction, and arrange meals. More than 200 people have stepped up to help out.

Courtney and Zachary Payne will be the partner family for the project.

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Upgrades Planned For New Arlington Shelter House

4/19/16 – 5:17 A.M.

A new shelter house in Arlington will have a few extra bells and whistles thanks to village council. The Courier reports the group voted Monday to spend $5,900 to make upgrades to the new structure. The money will pay for upgrades for overhead doors, build a sidewalk patio, add three ceiling fans to the building.

The plan is for the new shelter house in the park to open up this summer.

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Findlay’s Impact On Arlington Discussed

4/19/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Findlay’s impact on Arlington was discussed at a special Hancock County Commissioners meeting in the village Monday night. Mayor Ed Solt said the economic boom in the city has been good for the village, adding “all our money comes from Findlay.” He added that the downside of that is that increased truck traffic on U.S. 68 creates big maintenance issues for what is Main Street in the village.

Replacing the road and its foundation is expected to cost $4 million. Councilman Brian Essinger says the village is looking for help from all sources to come up with the funding to fix Main Street. The village has applied for a $500,000 Ohio Public Works grant that could be used to hire engineers to develop a plan to replace the roadway. A decision on the grant is expected in May.

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Eight Engineering Firms Interested In Designing Diversion Channel

4/19/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Eight engineering firms are interested in designing a diversion channel for Eagle Creek south of Findlay. The Courier reports the packets from the companies were opened at a special Hancock County Commissioners meeting in Arlington Monday night. The commissioners have not made a decision on if the county will move forward with an accelerated timeline for the diversion channel or wait for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish their study. The Corps plan could take another year to finish.

During the meeting, Arlington Mayor Ed Solt voiced his concern about the proposed channel, saying that the project would “affect us too.” Diversion channel opponents have argued water could back up into Arlington if the channel is built.

Firms Applying:

A&E Engineering – Cleveland
Arcadis – Toledo
Bockrath & Associates – Ottawa
C&E Consultants – Centerburg
DGL Consulting Engineers – Maumee
E.L. Robinson Engineering – Columbus
Hull & Associates – Toledo
Stantec – Toledo.

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One Hurt In Attempted Suicide At Hardin Memorial Hospital In Kenton

4/18/2016 – 7:42 pm

One man attempted suicide at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton late Monday afternoon. According to Kenton Police officers on site, around 5:30 pm the department received a call of an attempted suicide and officers found one man who had been injured. The man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to an unknown medical center for his injuries.

Last week, Hardin Memorial Hospital received a bomb threat which caused the evacuation of the hospital. Kenton Police indicated that there is no connection at all between the suicide attempt and the bomb threat from last week. No other individuals were hurt in either incident.

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Blanchard Valley Hospital Making Strides In Orthopedic Care

4/18/2016 – 3:22 pm

When it comes to orthopedic knee and hip surgery, Blanchard Valley Hospital is one of the best health care facilities around. That was the message the CEO Scott Malaney gave to the members of the Findlay Rotary Club Monday. Malaney said that improvements in care, coupled with better training for staff has reduced the length of time patients remain in the hospital following surgery.

Audio: Scott Malaney

Malaney said that strides in medical care and procedures are such that a patient who underwent hip or knee replacement surgery can be up and walking with ease in as little as four hours. Malaney said that the training and procedures instilled in the staff through the orthopedic care center are being used as a template to other departments throughout the hospital.

Audio: Scott Malaney

The strides through the orthopedic care center have greatly reduced the length of a hospital stay, as well as return complications. Malaney also noted that more patients are discharged to their homes today rather than extended care centers and nursing homes due to the strides in care and recovery at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

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Hancock Public Health Receives Naloxone Grant

4/18/2016 – 10:21 am

Hancock Public Health has been awarded a grant to help people recover from drug overdoses. The $24,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Health will help them purchase Naloxone kits and expand opiate overdose education.

The two-year grant will provide $24,000 each year and allow the health department to buy as many as 400 Naloxone kits. Additionally, the department will expand their community education programs and outreach.

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that is administered to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.

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Update: Partial Train Derailment In Fostoria

4/18/16 – 8:08 A.M.
Update – 8:28 A.M.
Update – 10:01 A.M.

A partial train derailment in Fostoria is being cleaned up at this hour. The Fostoria Fire Department tells us 11 cars from a train derailed around 7:50 A.M. No one was injured and no hazardous materials were in the derailed cars.

There is only one blocked intersection in the city right now according to the Fostoria Fire Department, and that’s at Columbus Avenue. There are some other crossings blocked elsewhere in Seneca County as you head toward Bascom. Other rail traffic is being allowed through the area.

So far there’s no word on when the clean up might be completed.

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