Review Category : Local News

UF Nursing Program Receives Accreditation, Now Accepting Students

8/14/14   12:08 p.m.

The University of Findlay will officially begin accepting students into its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program effective immediately. The Higher Learning Commission, Ohio Board of Nursing and Ohio Board of Regents all gave their approval for the program.

Thirty students will be admitted per year with classes beginning each fall starting this fall. The program will include 865 hours of clinical practice beginning sophomore year. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam to become a registered nurse.

UF began working toward the addition of a nursing program in 2012. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.2 million job openings for registered nurses in the next eight years with an expected shortage of nurses by the year 2020. To meet the need, an additional 30,000 nurses need to graduate from nursing school annually, an increase of 30 percent of the current number graduating.

For more information, see findlay.edu/nursing.

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Gallery: Planning Commission Approves Next Step In Marathon Expansion Plans

8/8/14 – 11:28 A.M.

Another step in Marathon Petroleum’s downtown expansion was taken today. The Findlay City Planning Commission signed off on the plans for the new MPLX office building. The 120,000 square foot facility will face Hardin Street and be built just behind where the former Elks building stood on South Main Street.

An enclosed bridge will connect the new building with Marathon’s current offices.

The office building is the second part of the expansion project. A parking garage is currently under construction just off East Sandusky. A second parking garage will be built next to the new MPLX headquarters.

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Opiate Task Force to Hold Forum on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

8/14/14   11:19 a.m.

If anything positive came from Robin Williams’ death, it was mental health and substance abuse issues being forced into the spotlight.

Audio: Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas is the director of Wellness and Education for Hancock County’s Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services board.

Thomas said in 2010 there was an increase in drug abuse prompting the creation of the ADAMHS Board’s Opiate Task force. In 2012, the task force battled increasing overdose deaths, but was able to help decrease those by 50 percent in 2013.

Audio: Zach Thomas

Despite the decrease in overdose deaths, there has been an increase in arrests and ER visits due to substance abuse and overdoses.

In order to share resources and get a feel for what the community’s needs are, the task force is holding a community forum nTuesday August 19 at 7 p.m. at First Presbytarian Church.

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Findlay City Planning Commission Approves Litter Landing Upgrades

8/14/14 – 11:01 A.M.

Another step was taken to give Findlay’s recycling facility a makeover today. The City Planning Commission approved plans for Litter Landing.

Project Engineer Steve Wilson says the upgrades will expand storage capabilities…

Audio: Steve Wilson

That will help the people working at Litter Laniding, but if you use the facility you’ll see benefits too…

Audio: Steve Wilson

The planning commission passed the plans, with a condition that the back part of the lot that borders East Main Cross is paved sometime in 2015.

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Wood County Teens Enter Pleas In Cancer Scam Case

8/14/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Two Wood County teenagers pleaded guilty to their roles in a scam this week. The Blade reports the 15 and 17-year-old brothers appeared in the Wood County Juvenile Court Tuesday. They were found delinquent and scheduled for a September 22 disposition hearing.

The boys told their victims they were collecting money for an Elmwood High School teacher who was battling cancer.

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Fostoria Post Office Won’t Be Cutting Hours

8/14/14 – 5:22 A.M.

The Fostoria post office will not be operating with shorter hours. The Review-Times reports the Fostoria postal location was mistakenly put on a list with many rural locations that will use shorter hours to save money. An August 8 news release from the U.S. Postal Service led to the confusion.

David Van Allen is with the postal service and told the newspaper, “Fostoria is way too big of an office.” He added the reduced hour plan is only for very small post office locations.

MORE: Review-Times

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Reports Phone Scam

8/14/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says someone has been calling area residents, pretending to be a sheriff deputy in an attempt to steal money from them. A release from the office says the caller tells the potential targets there is a bench warrant out for their arrest. They then say they can avoid being arrested by placing a certain amount of money on a prepaid credit card and then giving them the information from that card.

Deputies don’t request money from people over the phone. If you’ve received a call like this you’re urged to report it to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The number is (419)424-7097.

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Findlay Income Tax Procedures Debated

8/14/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The process of how Findlay collects income taxes was the subject of debate at a recent meeting. The Courier reports Auditor Jim Staschiak and Income Tax Administrator Andrew Thomas had differing opinions over how things are handled.

Staschiak says the process of letting some businesses pay their tax bill every October makes it difficult to predict what city revenues will be. An example of this came last October, when a business made an unexpected $4.8 million payment. Staschiak would prefer all businesses make estimated quarterly payments.

Thomas said the October payment option gives the city a reliable revenue stream and cuts down on the amount of refunds the city gives out. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said refunds were one of the reasons the city got into financial trouble in the past. Money would be spent from estimate payments, but then money would get tight when refund checks were given out.

The city began allowing October payments in 2009.

MORE: The Courier

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National Tractor Pulling Championships Returning to BG this Weekend

8/13/14   4:33 p.m.

The 48th Annual National Tractor Pulling Championship will return to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green this weekend.

The pulls will begin at Friday at 1 p.m. and conclude Sunday. There wil be tractor in truck pulls in 12 different classes.

Presale tickets are available at most Kroger stores or online at pulltown.com. Tickets will be available at the gate but for a higher price.

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