Review Category : Local News

Bluffton Woman Injured In Wednesday Night Crash

2/12/15 – 4:58 A.M.

An icy road was to blame for an injury crash near Mount Cory Wednesday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on Hancock County Road 24, east of Union Township Road 56, around 9:45 p.m.

41-year-old Laura Ann Atkin was driving east on Road 24 when her truck slid off the road, hit a culvert, and rolled into a field. Atkin was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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One Injured In Early Morning Findlay Crash

2/12/15 – 4:50 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a one-car crash in the city early this morning. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 12:35 a.m. on Blanchard Street between Crystal Avenue and Vincent Street.

22-year-old Evan Zeller lost control of his car going around a curve and hit a tree. He suffered head injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.

Zeller was cited for operating without reasonable control, and for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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Federal Crop Insurance Program Changes for this Season

02/11/15     4:50 p.m.

The deadline to register for federal crop insurance for farmers is right around the corner on March 15. While there are no changes to the main yield and revenue coverages, there are some new options. Whole-farm revenue coverage has been added this year.

Audio: Bob Christy

Bob Christy of Christy Insurance said this may open doors for those growing specialty and even organic crops. The whole-farm coverage does not include livestock as animals have different coverage.

There is a new option for gap coverage. Yield coverage is available up to 85 percent in the federal programs, and some companies are now offering gap coverage between 86 and 100 percent. It is strictly an add-on policy. Christy said some companies cover by field, some as a whole, so he advises talking with an agent about what they offer and how it covers.

For questions about coverage, you can contact Christy Insurance at 419-423-7061.

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Blanchard Valley “Love Your Heart” Event for Cardiac Health Saturday

02/11/15     4:10 p.m.

If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day event, Blanchard Valley will have a “Love Your Heart” program focusing on cardiac health from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Blanchard Valley cardiologist Dr. Pamela Reed is hosting the event.

Audio: Pamela Reed

Reed said there will be other departments from the hospital available at the event. She said this is a more effective approach because all of the departments work together for overall heart health.

Audio: Pamela Reed

As part of the program, there will be free screenings for attendees, educational sessions as well as a heart-healthy cooking demonstration and lunch by the Bistro on Main. Reed said events like this are important to give you the tools you need to keep your heart in good shape and to identify risk factors you may have for heart disease.

All the spots for the program are currently taken, but Blanchard Valley is accepting names for a waiting list by calling 419-423-5551.

For those unable to attend, Reed suggests contacting a physician to get the information and help you identify your risk factors. She also suggests utilizing the American Heart Association’s risk calculator. Additionally there is information available on the Blanchard Valley Health System’s website, or by calling Dr. Reed’s office at 419-423-3188.

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Commissioner Calls on ADAMHS Board to Make a Decision on Home

02/11/15     12:20 p.m.

More than a month after the first meeting, community members came out to Winebrenner in Findlay on Monday to share their concerns on the ADAMHS Board’s addiction recovery home. This meeting was different than the first. As opposed to the previously used open-mic format, this time attendees got in small groups to discuss.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioner Brian Robertson said though Monday was a step in the right direction, progress won’t be made until action is taken. He said at this point, the ADAMHS Board owes it to the community to make a decision.

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson said he believes this issue may impact funding for ADAMHS in the long term. He said he is prayerful ADAMHS will acknowledge their mistake and learn from the experience.

Next Monday ADAMHS will have a post-forum debriefing to discuss the results. They plan to make a decision by the Feb. 24 board meeting.

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Seneca County Residents Eligible For Home Improvement Grants

2/11/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Seneca County residents who can’t afford to make home improvements might be able to now thanks to a grant. The Courier reports the county commissioners have released federal grant money to the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission. The money will allow those in need in Fostoria and Tiffin to make home upgrades.

The $975,000 grant will last two years. The cash can be used for rehabilitation of private homes, rent assistance, repair of failing systems in owner-occupied homes, and administrative fees.

MORE: The Courier

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Hancock Park District Approves New Energy Policy

2/11/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The Hancock Park District Board approved a new environmental policy Tuesday. The Courier reports the new guidelines include efforts to increase recycling and to install energy efficient products at their facilities. The organization will also examine using solar and wind energy.

Parks director Gary Pruitt said the department will be practical about implementing the programs. He said the board will be “open-minded” to the feasibility of energy efficiency projects. Pruitt added that they would examine proposals on a case-by-case basis.

MORE: The Courier

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Plans For Alternative Sentencing Center Moving Forward In Findlay

2/11/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Plans for an alternative sentencing center for drunken drivers in Findlay continue to move forward. The Courier reports Findlay Municipal Court judges would like to have a proposal on the subject in front of city council sometime this year. The goal of the program would be to get misdemeanor DUI offenders treatment instead of putting them in an already overcrowded jail.

If approved, the alternative sentencing center would be established in the Work Opportunity & Rehabilitation Center on Crawford Street. That’s a work-release facility already in operation.

In 2013, there were 231 people jailed for OVI offenses in Hancock County. Findlay Municipal Judge Robert Fry tells the newspaper if the alternative sentencing center had existed then, it would have opened up thousands of jail days for others waiting to serve their sentences.

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Part of Main St., Center St., Tiffin Ave. and U.S. 224 East to be Paved this Summer

02/10/15     7:20 p.m.

As soon as the weather allows Findlay drivers can expect to see orange barrels for traffic construction on some major roadways. Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer detailed the plan at a Findlay City Council appropriations committee meeting Tuesday.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

In total the paving will cost over $2 million, with ODOT footing $1.25 million of the bill. The city will contribute $800,000 to paving as well as cover $850,000 for curb reconstruction along the route.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said the curb construction will start as soon as weather allows in order to be done in time for paving. Paving will likely start in July and last through the end of paving season.

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