Review Category : Local News

Hancock County In Top 20 In Ohio For Health Ranking

3/17/2016 – 5:05 pm

Hancock County is ranked in the Top 20 among Ohio counties in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2016 County Health Rankings. While that number is better than most counties in the area, it doesn’t apply to all. Hancock County was ranked 13 among all counties in Ohio, which ranks it better than Seneca (47), Hardin (72), and Allen County (36), but falls below Wood County (9) and Putnam County (3).

The rankings are reported as health outcomes, which take into account criteria such as length and quality of life of the county residents, and look at other health factors which look at behaviors and socio-economic factors that influence the future health of the community.

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Veterans Organization Helps Vets And First Responders With PTSD

3/17/2016 – 4:01 pm

The Sparta Project is a national organization designed to provide help to veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. One local veteran, Wayne Wilkins of McComb wants to bring the program to Hancock County. Wilkins explains that the program helped him in dealing with PTSD.

Audio: Wayne Wilkins

Awareness of PTSD and its effects have grown in recent years and the Sparta Project has grown as well. Given that they can only help so many veterans at a time, Wilkins says that this will be a good way to help local vets who need help in our community.

Audio: Wayne Wilkins

Wilkins says that to learn more information, you can go online to The Sparta Project. As you inquire, donate, and learn more about the project, and as more and more people from the community become aware of The Sparta Project, a local entity to help local veterans can be formed.

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Sheriff’s Office Looks To Upgrade Records & Jail Management Software

3/17/16 – 12:19 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wants to upgrade its records and jail management software to improve operational efficiencies. Sheriff Mike Heldman says a lot has changed since the last time they upgraded their systems…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman presented plans to the county commissioners today to upgrade to ProPhoenix public safety software. He said the program offers many options the sheriff’s office doesn’t currently have…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The software costs $400,000. Grant money is available to help offset the cost, at $100,000 per partner agency. Hancock County is looking at partnering with Fostoria to try and get $200,000 toward the project…

Audio: Mike Heldman

The Hancock County Commissioners could also add a 25 percent match if the grant is approved.

The grant application deadline is Monday.

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Hancock County Commissioners To Hold Meetings Outside Of Findlay

3/17/16 – 10:17 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will be taking their show on the road this year. Commissioner Phil Riegle says the goal is to give more people a chance to interact with the county government…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says both meetings will give residents an opportunity to ask questions…

Audio: Phil Riegle

The April 18 meeting will be held at the Arlington municipal building, and the August 2nd meeting will take place in the Allen Township building. Both meetings will start at 6 p.m.

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Phony IRS Calls Reported In Putnam County

3/17/16 – 7:14 A.M.

Another IRS-related scam is making the rounds in the area. The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce says several of its members have been contacted by someone over the phone, claiming to have an urgent matter to talk about. The caller will then give a specific number to call them back at.

As a reminder, the IRS sends notifications through the mail, not over the phone or by email.

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Fostoria Ranks As One Of Ohio’s Most Affordable Places To Live

3/17/16 – 6:55 A.M.

Fostoria is one of the most affordable places in Ohio to live. That’s according to, which ranks the city third in the Buckeye State in its annual listings. The Review-Times reports the website looked at the total cost over five years of four key housing-related expenses: closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage rates. Those numbers are then compared to median income.

Fostoria was in the top three in last year’s rankings as well.

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Wind Causes Crash Near Columbus Grove Wednesday

3/17 /16 – 6:42 A.M.

Wind played a role in a one-car crash in Putnam County Wednesday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on State Route 12 near Road 8-P outside of Columbus Grove around 10 a.m.

A first responder says a gust of wind pushed the westbound car into a guardrail, causing it to flip and crash into a row of trees near a pond. The driver was trapped, but didn’t appear to have any major injuries.

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Lane Restrictions On I-75 In Findlay Tonight

3/17/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Lane restrictions could potentially slow traffic on I-75 through Findlay tonight. ODOT says the northbound lanes of the interstate will be reduced to one lane between U.S. 224 and Hancock County Road 99 from 9 p.m. until midnight. Crews will be making repairs to concrete during that time.

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Ottawa Requests Grant To Make Eco-Habitat Improvements Near Blanchard River

3/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Ottawa officials are preparing for the construction of a possible diversion channel for the Blanchard River. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the village is taking the first step to apply for grants to improve eco-habitats between the proposed channel and the Blanchard River. Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has grant money available for these types of projects.

The federal government provides 65 percent of the funding for eco-habitat improvements. The local share would be covered by an $8 million grant the state provided the region for flood mitigation projects.

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Arcadia Considers Hiring Elementary School Counselor

3/17/16 – 5:08 A.M.

The Arcadia elementary school doesn’t have a full-time counselor, but that could change soon. The Courier reports the district is considering hiring a full-time staff member for the role. Elementary principal Dave Golden told the school board, “The baggage these kids carry is more significant than anyone in this room (experienced) growing up.”

Currently the school uses services from the Family Resource Center in Findlay to help out. The service helps students with hard topics like domestic violence and substance abuse, and also help with things like handling anger.

The school board will look to see how other area schools handle counseling services.

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