Review Category : Local News

Northwest Hancock Fire District Names New Chief

7/26/16 – 4:51 A.M.

A fire district in the McComb area officially has a new fire chief. The Courier reports Anthony Stateler has been named as the chief of the Northwest Hancock Fire District. He had been serving as the interim fire chief for the district since April. Stateler takes the place of Jeffery Dawson, who stepped down in March.

Stateler has 17 years of experience with the McComb Fire Department.

The joint fire district includes McComb, as well as Pleasant and Portage townships.

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Drug Court Helps Rehabilitate Accepted Drug Offenders Without Prison Time

7/25/16 – 4:36 P.M.

The Rotary Club heard from a judge on the practice of drug court. Judge Reginald J. Routson of the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas says it is about finding solutions to drug addiction problems through behavioral problem solving. He addressed the Rotary Meeting saying that there are several methods to rehabilitate someone without sending them jail.

Audio: Judge Routson

Drug court allows the judge and a team of professionals to look into a person’s past and psychology to make decisions on how to best deal with them. The people in the program are closely monitored.

The program currently has two graduates, one of which now works with addiction services to help others.

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Back 2 School Bash Offers A Day Of Fun, Games, And Prizes

7/25/16 – 3:11 P.M.

The 3rd annual Back 2 School Bash is this Saturday at two locations. The event is hosted by area churches and is focused on community and getting school supplies to children in need. Cheryl Larbus works with the event and says there will be fun games to play and prizes to win.

Audio: Cheryl Larbus

Pastor John Poole says that although the event is put on by area churches everyone is welcome.

Audio:  ZJohn Poole

The event will be giving away some bikes and backpacks stuffed with school supplies.  The event is 1-4:30 p.m. at Bernard park and 4-7 p.m. at Riverside Park. Attendance is free.

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Kenton Restaurant Robbed Over The Weekend

7/25/16 – 7:47 A.M.

A downtown Kenton restaurant was victimized by an armed robber over the weekend. WKTN radio reports officers were called to the Subway at 119 East Columbus Street around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect reportedly ran from the store to a waiting car. The investigation into the incident continues today.

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Gas Prices Down To Start Final Week Of July

7/25/16 – 7:42 A.M.

Local gas prices are back under $2 a gallon for the most part. reports Findlay drivers are paying an average of $1.95 for a gallon of regular to start the work week. That’s a 23 cent drop over the last seven days.

Ottawa drivers are seeing a similar decline. The average price in Ottawa is $1.99 for regular, down 22 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.05.

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Fostoria Food Assistance Program Closing This Week

7/25/16 – 7:34 A.M.

Fostoria’s largest food assistance program is closing this week, but not due to a lack of funding. The Review-Times reports the program’s volunteers are stepping down due to the workload, and their age. Reverend Susan Hatfield has coordinated the program for many years. She tells the newspaper, “Most of us are in our 60s and 70s. We need some younger people to do the work, but they are hard to find.”

Hatfield says the program was helping around 130 people. She says other food assistance programs in the area will continue to operate in the city.

The Emergency Food Program will be open Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will close its doors for good after that.

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Arlington Takes Another Step Toward Parks And Pool Levy

7/25/16 – 7:24 A.M.

Another step toward putting a levy on the ballot for the Arlington swimming pool and parks was taken late last week. The Courier reports village council agreed to ask the Hancock County Auditor’s Office to figure out how much revenue a levy would generate. A special meeting on the subject was held Friday.

Village officials say they will likely place a 2-mill continuing levy on the November ballot. Initial estimates figure that 1 mill of taxation in Arlington will raise $20,000 per year.

Concerns about the rising costs of pool repairs started the conversation about a levy earlier this year. The village has until August 10 to place a levy on the ballot this fall.

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Three Injured In Saturday Crash Near Findlay

7/25/16 – 7:11 A.M.

A two-car crash near Findlay injured three people over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Route 15 and County Road 180. 16-year-old Philip Gardner was driving north on County Road 180 and reportedly failed to yield as he crossed Route 15, pulling into the path of an SUV driven by 60-year-old Jerry McClain, of Logan, Ohio.

McClain and a passenger, 58-year-old Jane McClain, were taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of serious injuries. Gardner’s family took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Health Insurance Costs Go Up For Putnam County Village

7/25/16 – 7:00 A.M.

Employee health insurance costs are going up in a Putnam County village. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Kalida village council members discussed the issue at a recent meeting. Dennis Recker with Fawcett, Lammon and Recker Insurance told council members there would be an 18 percent increase to renew the current plan. That will amount to around an extra $1,400 per month for the village.

Council discussed different options but decided to renew the plan.

The health insurance plan for village employees includes a $2,500 individual deductible and $5,000 family deductible. There is also a Health Reimbursement plan that pays up to $2,000 of a deductible.

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