Review Category : Local News

The BOOT Project Over Halfway To Funding Goal

05/23/17 – 3:40 P.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office announced a hefty donation to their BOOT project. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation donated $40,000 for their efforts. The Sheriff’s Office will use this grant to install the BOOT in city and county schools. It is a metal device that can block doors and withstands up to 16,000 pounds of pressure. It can be activated by anyone, including children, to create a shelter in an active shooter situation.

The project has raised $235,000 of the $420,000 needed. The funding will allow the manufacturer to start installing the devices during the summer.

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Aging Sewer Line Adds To Courthouse Drainage Project Cost

5/23/17 – 12:05 P.M.

An aging sanitary sewer line is adding to the cost of the ongoing drainage project at the Hancock County Courthouse. The county commissioners approved a change order to the drainage contract Tuesday. It allows crews to replace the line on the north side of the facility.

The change adds a little more than $7,000 to the cost of the project. That brings the total price tag to more than $324,000.

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Support Group Seeks To Help Those Affected By Suicide

05/23/17 – 11:37 P.M.

PALS is a monthly support group at Blanchard Valley Hospital for those grieving the loss of a loved one through suicide. Clinical Social Worker Specialist Nancy Stephani said that suicide has been on the rise.

Nancy Stephani

Stephani said that the group wants to help process the sudden loss in a healthy way. She added that grief from suicide is more difficult to process because people are less likely to talk about it. Stephani said PALS shows that you aren’t alone.

Nancy Stephani

The group meets the fourth Thursday of the Month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the rose Building. It is free to attend.

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ODOT Seeks Comment On Potential Bridge Maintenance In Hancock County

5/23/17 – 11:31 A.M.

ODOT is looking for public comment on proposed bridge maintenance work in Hancock County. The agency is planning routine maintenance on the State Route 698 bridge over I-75 next year. The EPA requires ODOT to get public comment on the issue before they can move forward.

ODOT doesn’t expect to close the bridge during the proposed work.

You can submit comments to:

Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
Attn: Nate Tessler
1885 N. McCullough Street
Lima, OH 45801

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Unemployment Rate Drops Below 3 Percent In Hancock County

5/23/17 – 11:07 A.M.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate dropped below 3 percent in April. Numbers released by the Department of Job and Family services Tuesday show Hancock County has a 2.9 percent jobless rate, down from 3.5 in March. Last April, the unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

The amount of people looking for jobs in April increased by 200, but the report shows 400 more people found work last month.

Unemployment is down all across the region. Putnam (3.0), Wyandot (3.1), and Wood (3.6) Counties are all below 4 percent unemployment. Seneca County stood at 4 percent. Hardin was at 4.1 percent, Allen checked in at 4.5, and Henry County was at 4.9 percent unemployment.

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Wood County Settles Case With Risingsun Police Officer

5/23/17 – 8:38 A.M.

Wood County will pay $32,000 to settle a case with a Risingsun police officer. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the settlement stems from a 2015 incident.

A Wood County deputy arrested Risingsun Police Sgt. Kevin Osborne for unlawful restraint, aggravated menacing and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Prosecutors later dropped the charges, leading to a wrongful arrest lawsuit.

MORE: WTOL-11

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Hancock Public Health Get Grant To Deal With Mosquitoes

5/23/17 – 7:39 A.M.

The Ohio EPA is giving Hancock Public Health money to deal with mosquitoes this summer. The agency says the $25,000 grant goes toward hiring a seasonal employee to identify and map potential breeding habitats. The employee will also educate homeowners about how to get rid of the mosquito habitats.

The money is also paying for IT equipment to improve the efficiency of mosquito spraying.

Hancock Public Health got $10,000 for the program last year. They used the money to buy a geographic information system to map mosquito problem areas in the community.

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McComb Pool Set To Open This Weekend

5/23/17 – 7:30 A.M.

The school year is rapidly winding down and that means more pools are opening up. The Courier reports the McComb pool is set to open Saturday. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council Monday that health officials are inspecting the pool Thursday.

In other McComb park matters, Council President Gordon Myers said he’d like to see more park benches added near the reservoir and more drinking fountains installed in the park.

MORE: The Courier

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Several Cars Broken Into Over The Weekend

5/23/17 – 6:55 A.M.

Thieves broke into several cars in and around Findlay over the past weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies investigated nine incidents between Friday and Sunday. Eight of the reports came from the Hillcrest neighborhood. At least three people in the subdivision say someone entered their cars and ransacked them.

One person reported someone egged their car around the same time the break-ins were happening.

Only one of the reports happened in Findlay. A Jennifer Lane resident says someone took a wallet from their unlocked car Sunday.

Investigators remind you to always take valuable items out of your car, and to always lock up.

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Flood Mitigation Meeting Set For Wednesday Night In Findlay

5/23/17 – 5:40 A.M.

Another public information session about flood mitigation is coming up this week. The event is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay. Project Manager Steve Wilson says the planned discussion centers on proposed improvements to the Blanchard River in Findlay.

The proposed plan call for removing some river bank in Findlay, widening the river beneath a railroad bridge, and removing or modifying low dams. The Maumee Watershed Conservancy Court approved the plan earlier this month. It could cost $20 million and take three years to complete.

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