Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Looking To Hire Additional IT Staff

4/26/2016 – 3:09 pm

Hancock County is looking at expanding its IT department. Curt Smith with IT, as well as county elected officials, spoke with the commissioners Tuesday about hiring an additional staff member to help with ongoing projects. Smith said that a potential hire would be junior level.

Audio: Curt Smith

Future concerns, as noted by County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg were to hire staff that could potentially move into more senior roles in the future. Given the competitive nature of IT in northwest Ohio, it was important to find people who had some experience and were not truly “entry-level”

Commissioner Phil Riegle said that the elected officials made the case that there would be ample work for an additional staff member once they’re were hired and trained on the county IT processes and issues.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Rather than approving an appropriation, the commissioners asked Rauschenberg to begin the process of advertising for the new position to see what interest it generates. The request noted that an appropriation could place a salary range at $40-50,000 but should the market dictate additional appropriations, Riegle said that the commissioners were open to future discussions.

Read More →

Plans Approved For New Subdivision Near Van Buren

4/26/16 – 12:44 A.M.

The demand for new housing in Hancock County continues to grow. The Hancock County Commissioners approved plans for the Buckeye Ridge Subdivision during their Thursday meeting. Property owner Dana Parsell says the subdivision will include eight lots. The size of each lot will range from 1/6 of an acre to 1.5 acres.

Parsell adds an annexation agreement will be in place with Van Buren to provide the new homes with public sewer and water.

Read More →

Fields For All Project Announces BVHS As Lead Donor

4/26/2016 – 12:40 pm

The Fields For All project — The Miracle Field and Miracle Playground — to be built this summer near The Cube has a lead donor. Blanchard Valley Health System has been announced as the lead donor for the project and the new park will be called the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park in its honor.

Plans for the new park will make in an inclusive facility that will allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play regardless of ability. The new park, located at the Marathon Diamonds will include a custom baseball field with a cushioned rubberized surface that allows players with disabilities to experience a game a baseball and wheelchair and walker accessible dugouts.

The Miracle Playground is designed to welcome children of all abilities and their families. It will provide individuals who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged the opportunity to enjoy a playground with sensory-stimulating activities.

The entire project is budgeted for $1.35 million and currently, the project is 86 percent funded. Opening day of the park is scheduled for August 20th 2016. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Read More →

Agreement Reached For Western Meadows Detention Pond Maintenance

4/26/16 – 12:24 A.M.

An agreement to keep storm water flowing properly for a neighborhood just west of Findlay has been reached. The Hancock County Commissioners have approved a $44,000 plan for a pump station rehab project for the Western Meadows detention pond…

Audio: Doug Cade

Deputy Engineer Doug Cade says the current pump isn’t working as efficiently as it could.

58 property owners in the area will be assessed around $725 initially for the work. They’ll also pay around $73 to maintain the pump, although those costs could be lower if the pump doesn’t have to run much.

Hancock County will pay for the assessment of county-owned property near the pond off of County Road 88.

Work is likely to begin in the late fall.

Read More →

UF Hires New International Admissions Director

4/26/2016 – 12:14 pm

The University of Findlay recently hired a new director of International Admissions and Services. The University announced that Martin Bennett began working at the university earlier this month and specializes in new media in student recruitment overseas.

Bennett has more than 20 years of experience in the United States and England. Most recently, he served as the global social media consultant for British Council. He received a Master of Arts degree in history in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history, with honors, in 1991, both from Marquette University.

Bennett replaced Penny Gerdeman, who retired.

More: UF Newsroom

Read More →

Findlay Residents Injured In Crash Near Pandora Last Friday

4/26/2016 – 12:08 pm

Two Findlay residents were injured in a crash late last week west of Pandora. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that 20-year-old Jacob Karhoff of Findlay was traveling westbound on OH 12 shortly after 2pm when he failed to negotiate a curve. The car slid off the road and struck an AEP Power pole.

The vehicle received heavy damage and Karhoff had to be mechanically extracted from the vehicle. He and his passenger, 19-year-old Schenia Johnson of Findlay were both injured and transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

The crash remains under investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Read More →

Hancock County One Of The Healthiest In NW Ohio

4/26/2016 – 11:09 am

Hancock County is one of the healthiest counties in Northwest Ohio. At least according to a 2015 Community Health Assessment. The Courier reports that assessment was presented at Blanchard Valley Hospital Tuesday and said that many numbers were down from 2011’s assessment, including three percent of adults reported being uninsured, compared to eight percent in 2011. Additionally, 13 percent of adults reported being a current smoker, down from 18 percent in 2011.

However, the count reported above average numbers in other areas. For example, 19 percent of adults in Hancock County reported they engaged in binge drinking, up from 15 percent in 2011. This compares to 18 percent for Ohio and 16 percent for the United States.

More than half of adults, 56 percent, rated their health status as excellent or very good. The information comes from surveys of adults, adolescents in grades 6 through 12, and children ages 0 to 11.

More: The Courier


Read More →

Treatment Continues For Hancock County TB Case

4/26/16 – 10:47 A.M.

Hancock County continues to pay to take care of a tuberculosis case. The county commissioners approved an additional $1,500 toward treatment of the patient during their Tuesday meeting. That’s on top of roughly $3,800 spent earlier this year.

Ohio law requires counties to cover the costs of TB treatment for people who aren’t insured. Commissioner Phil Riegle says there is only one case in the county, but they must also treat anyone living in the house with the patient.

No other details on the case can be given because of medical privacy laws.

Read More →

Blanchard Valley Hospital Receives “A” Grade For Patient Safety

4/26/2016 – 10:36 am

Blanchard Valley Hospital was recently honored with an “A” grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. The score is compiled by medical experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit.

The score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data and is the only peer-reviewed rating in the Journal of Patient Safety. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the Spring of 2016 with 798 of those hospitals receiving an “A” grade.

More: Hospital Safety Score

Read More →

Search For Diversion Channel Study Engineer Narrowed To Three Firms

4/26/16 – 10:34 A.M.

Of the eight engineering firms that applied to complete the Eagle Creek diversion channel plans for Hancock County, three will be interviewed. Project Manager Steve Wilson talked about what qualifications were examined…

Audio: Steve Wilson

AECOM, Arcadis Engineering, and Stantec Engineering will all interview with the county…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says after that, the county will try to negotiate a scope of service agreement with the top selection.

Read More →