Review Category : Local News

BVHS Honored By American Cancer Society

7/16/14 – 1:17 P.M.

Blanchard Valley Health System was honored today for eliminating out-of-pocket costs for colorectal screenings.  The American Cancer Society gave BVHS a “Division Citation” award for their efforts.

Kim Benson is the director of oncology and outpatient services for the health system.  She says employees started signing up for exams once a roadblock was eliminated…

Audio: Kim Benson

Andrew Mariani is with the American Cancer Society, and added that he hopes the move is copied by other large employers in the area.

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Blanchard Valley Health System Dietitian Talks About Gluten

7/16/14 – 12:57 P.M.

Your hip friends have gone gluten free, and now you’re asking if you should join them. Blanchard Valley Health System dietitian Julie Russell says if you’re trying to lose weight, gluten free may not be the best way to go…

Audio: Julie Russell

Russell says the best advice remains a balanced diet along with cutting calories.

She it’s a different story if you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant. Celiac disease usually comes in the form of GI issues, but there are also people who have a gluten intolerance…

Audio: Julie Russell

The only way to find out for sure though is by talking to your family doctor.

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Meth Bust Made In Wyandot County

7/16/14 – 10:06 A.M.

Wyandot County authorities shut down a meth lab Tuesday. Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel reports Defiance Conley of Wharton was arrested during the operation. She’s facing drug charges and a probation violation.

A tip led to officers conducting a surveillance operation on a home at 108 North Jefferson Street. Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday a car was stopped near the intersection of County Road 330 and Richland Township Highway 79. The driver was wanted on a warrant out of Florida for possession of methamphetamine. Materials to make meth were found in the trunk of the car.

Detectives then went to the North Jefferson Street house to question the residents. Officers found a working meth lab in operation. The METRICH Clandestine Drug Unit was able to safely remove the laboratory.

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Former Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charge

7/16/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A former Wood County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty to a rape charge yesterday. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 50-year-old Dusty Garwood appeared in court Tuesday. He also pleaded not guilty to sexual battery and abduction charges. Garwood is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female inmate.

The original sexual battery charge was thrown out because the inmate was under house arrest and the incidents allegedly took place at her home. That meant she wasn’t technically in custody.

Judge Robert Pollex stepped down from the case. The newspaper reports Garwood had served in Pollex’s court several times in the past. The Ohio Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to the case.

MORE: The Courier


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Cygnet Man Sentenced For Threatening School

7/16/14 – 5:26 A.M.

A Wood County man will spend two years in prison for threatening the North Baltimore School District. The Courier reports 58-year-old Dwight Bower was sentenced on a charge of inducing panic Tuesday. Bower pleaded guilty in April, and was given credit for 260 days already served in jail.

Bower sent the school a note that said, “can’t wait to blow up your (expletive) schools.” He also promised he would, “burn, mutilate and destroy anything anyone has.” Police were able to identify him as a suspect because his name was imprinted on the notes he sent from letters he had written before on the same note pad.

Defense attorney William Stephenson did not mention mental illness during yesterday’s hearing. However, Judge Robert Pollex did bring up the issue when he made his ruling.

MORE: The Courier

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Fostoria Council Unable To Pass Budget At Tuesday Meeting

7/16/14 – 5:15 A.M.

Fostoria City Council was unable to pass a preliminary 2015 budget during their Tuesday meeting; and that could be a problem.  The Courier reports there weren’t enough council members on hand to pass the measure on an emergency.  That could be an issue because budget figures have to be turned into the Seneca County Auditor’s Office by Sunday.

Instead, council heard the first reading of the budget.

City Auditor Steve Garner told the newspaper he’s never faced a situation like this, and isn’t sure what the repercussions are.  There was talk of holding an emergency meeting later this week, but one was not scheduled last night.

2nd Ward Councilman Greg Flores and At-Large Councilman Dave Bettenhausen were absent Tuesday.

MORE: The Courier

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Marathon Ranks As Second Biggest Company In Ohio For Sales

7/16/14 – 5:02 A.M.

By this time next year Findlay could be home to Ohio’s biggest company in terms of sales. The Courier reports Marathon Petroleum could move ahead of Cardinal Health in Dublin. Marathon’s buy out of Hess Corporation’s retail stores are expected to push the company ahead of Cardinal.

Speedway is a Marathon subsidiary, and will expand its reach to the east cost and south with the addition of the Hess stores. That’s expected to double Speedway’s more than $14.5 billion in sales.

Last year Marathon had a little more than $100 billion in sales, while Cardinal Health was just over $101 billion.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay City Council Voices Support for Findlay Fire/Allen Township Aid Agreement

7/15/14  9:48 p.m.

City councilmembers voiced their support for a new mutual aid agreement between the Findlay Fire Department and Allen Township Fire at last night’s council meeting.

Findlay Fire Chief Thomas Lonyo said county fire departments have been utilizing mutual aid for a while, but it required three steps: the initial 911-call, then the department chief asking dispatch to call for more help from another department and finally dispatch requesting the additional aid.

The new plan eliminates the middle step and programs dispatchers to automatically call Findlay for help when Allen Township is fighting a fire.

Allen Township Fire Chief Gary Hickman said in the last five years this plan would have affected two fires, both of which he requested help from Findlay.

But the benefit isn’t one-sided.

Audio: Thomas Lonyo

Lonyo said Findlay would mainly assist Allen Township in fighting commercial fire at places like Whirlpool and Ball Metal and large residential fires like those in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Lonyo said the goal isn’t necessarily to be quicker, but to be more efficient.

Audio: Thomas Lonyo

At this point there are no other agreements pending with other townships according to Lonyo.

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Female Entrepreneurship Higher Than National Average in Findlay

7/15/14   9:43 p.m.

Recent data from the U.S. Census is showing women are making more of a name for themselves in the business world.

Dan Sheaffer, coordinator of the small business resource center in Findlay, said by his numbers, Findlay is quite a bit further ahead of the national average.

Audio: Dan Sheaffer

According to the Census data, Over the last 17 years, business ownership by women has increased by 68 percent, bringing the total to 28.7 percent of businesses nation-wide being female-owned.

Sheaffer said of his current 22 clients, 10 are female.

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Nominations for Outstanding Local Small Businesses Being Accepted

7/15/14   5:54 p.m.

The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for their annual small business awards.

Carla Benjamin, from the Chamber, spoke with Chris Oaks about the criteria for nominations.

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Benjamin said there are so many small businesses in the area that there are always new faces for the judging to committee to consider.

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Some of the categories for the awards include family-owned and downtown business, but businesses can also be nominated in general.

To nominate a business, there is a form available on our website that must be filled out and turned into the Chamber by August 22.

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