Review Category : Local News

Bluffton Factory Plans Expansion

9/22/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A Bluffton factory is planning to expand. The Courier reports Diamond Manufacturing is looking to add a 50,000 square foot addition to its current facility. The company plans to invest between $1 million and $2.5 million in the plant. No specific number of new jobs has been announced yet.

Bluffton Council passed a resolution Monday supporting an enterprise zone agreement to help the expansion along. The agreement also includes BTMS Investments of Bluffton.

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Hearthside Food Solutions Facing Fine

9/22/15 – 4:54 A.M.

Hearthside Food Solutions in McComb is facing a federal fine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has docked the cookie factory $52,500 for an incident that saw an employee lose part of a finger last April. Hearthside has until October 13 to appeal the fine.

OSHA says a lack of adequate safeguards on a dough-cutting machine led to the 55-year-old employee’s injury.

Hearthside was cited for a similar violation in 2010. The company has also been cited twice this year for not turning off the machine during maintenance.

Hearthside employs around 1,800 people in its McComb plant. The facility makes cookies and crackers for Nabisco, Kellogg’s and General Mills.

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Explosion Rocks Bowling Green Factory

9/22/15 – 4:28 A.M.

No injuries are being reported after an explosion at a Bowling Green factory. Firefighters were called yesterday to Mid-Wood Incorporated off Gypsy Lane Road after a conveyor belt broke, touching off a small blast and fire. There was no damage reported to any of the factory’s silos.

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VIDEO: Personal Safety & Self-Defense For Women Highlighted At UF Presentation

9/21/2015    9:30pm

Helping women protect themselves in dangerous situations is growing concern. A presentation on Personal Safety and Self-Defense was made at the University Monday night. Chris Moser, Director of the Human Resources Development Program said that self-defense is something that women need to be aware of in order to protect themselves in dangerous situations.

Moser talked about several tips and also demonstrated some basic defense moves that the women could use to defend themselves. Alex North, a Senior at the University took the self-defense classes and said that they’ve been very helpful as she’s gone through her college career.

Audio: Alex North

North plans to become a special education teacher after graduating and said that the self-defense classes have been helpful towards that goal, as well as have been empowering.

Audio: Alex North

The program was presented by the Findlay Branch of the American Association of University Women.

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Addiction Recovery Affects Many, Comes In Many Forms.

9/21/2015     5:05pm

Members of the Findlay Rotary Club heard from clinical psychologist Michael Flaherty discuss recovery from addiction at their meeting Monday afternoon. Flaherty has over 20 years of experience working in prevention, intervention and treatment, as well as research and policy making in regards to recovery from addiction. He noted that almost one sixth of the entire us population is in recovery from drug addiction in some form or another.

Audio: Dr. Michael Flaherty

Throughout his career, Flaherty said that getting people around to the idea of recovery from addiction, rather than just incarceration has been a challenge. He said that most people believe that addiction stems from lifestyle choices, but he has found that people with a genetic predisposition can just as easily become addicted to drugs, much like alcohol.

Audio: Dr. Michael Flaherty

Flaherty says that getting people to treat drug addiction as a chronic illness hasn’t been easy, but more and more the industry is realizing the problem is more widespread, and more and more prevalent than before. Part of this has been stereotyping the nature of drug addiction. But Flaherty is quick to point out that data proves that drug addiction is much more widespread and doesn’t discriminate for any reason.

Audio: Dr. Michael Flaherty

Flaherty has consulted with government officials and the White House on drug policy and has been working with the Hancock County ADAMHS board on drafting policy and plans which continue to address drug addiction in Hancock County.

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Harvest Weather Predictions Looking Good For Northwest Ohio

9/21/2015     4:00pm

While the rest of the farming season hasn’t been great for area farmers this year, it appears harvest season might be ok as far as the weather is concerned. Hancock Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that predictions are calling for wet weather this fall, just not in Ohio.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says that October is predicted to resemble September as far as the weather is concerned and calls for early frost have been pushed back into October later than usual this year.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Hancock County Extension Educator Ed Lentz notes that weather predictions west of Ohio seem to indicate a wet harvest season this year.

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One Driver Injured In Morning Crash At Liberty-Benton

9/21/2015     2:55pm

One person was injured in a crash near Liberty-Benton Middle School this morning. According to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, around 7:40 this morning Tia Gaster was driving westbound on State Route 12 when a car driven by Sarah Wadding pulled out in front of the Gaster vehicle. The cars collided and came to rest on the south side of the road near the yard of the school.

Gaster and a child passenger in her car were not injured. Wadding was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for minor injuries and she was cited for failing to yield to an oncoming vehicle.

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Pope Francis Authentically Different

9/21/2015     1:48pm

As Pope Francis embarks on his first visit to the United States, many in America are have been drawn to the fresh approach that he has brought to the Papacy Rob Douglas, Director of the Masters Program at Winebrenner Seminary says that Pope Francis has drawn a contrast from other Popes in recent years.

Audio: Rob Douglas

Douglas says that Pope Francis has appealed to many people beyond Catholicism and has even been able to connect to nonbelievers as well. Francis has made a stark contrast from previous years and has taken an active approach to bring the Catholic Church to the world stage. Douglas says that some religious beliefs, even among Catholics, do differ from the Pope.

Audio: Rob Douglas

Francis has shaken up the Catholic Church, and Douglas notes that it appears that Francis, by all appearances, seems to strive to be authentically himself.

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Brooks Pleads Guilty On Drug Charges

9/21/2015       11:22am

Kevin L. Brooks Sr. pleaded guilty Monday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to three first-degree misdemeanor charges of attempted drug trafficking. The Courier reports that the charges were reduced from three fifth-degree felony charges, but could carry more jail time.

Each charge carries up to 180 days of jail time. Brooks could also face up to five years of probation. Brooks was not on probation and has no recent criminal history, Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Alex Treece said.

According to Judge Reginald Routson, sentencing will take place at a later date following a pre-sentencing investigation.

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BG Police Break Up Two Fights Downtown

9/21/15 – 6:44 A.M.

Bowling Green Police had a busy morning Sunday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports officers were called to break up two fights within minutes of each other in downtown early in the morning.

The first fight was reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of North Main Street. Officers saw people punching a man, who was also kicked in the head. Pepper spray was used to break up the fight, and two men were arrested.

Just four minutes later officers were called to a fight one block south. Several women were involved in a physical altercation in the street. Pepper spray was again used to break up the fight. No arrests were made stemming from that altercation.

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