5/4/2016 – 7:00 pm Over the past couple of weeks, an organization from Toledo has been traveling around Hancock County talking to school students about addiction by putting a face to it. They will be telling their story to the public at large Thursday night. The group called Team Recovery includes many former addicts currently in recovery. Beth Baker from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says that the former addicts help to give the issue a personal impact. Audio: Beth Baker Thursday night, the group will be conducting their presentation at the Cedar Creek Church at the Findlay Village Mall. Baker says that the presentation will be detailed and personal, but will also be free and open to everyone. Audio: Beth Baker The event will begin at 6:30pm and will feature representatives from law enforcement including Sheriff Heldman and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force. Refreshments will be served and it is free and open to the public. More: Team Recovery
5/4/2016 – 5:35 pm The Special Olympics program is designed to give everyone who wants to a chance to compete in sports activities. Local Special Olympics Coordinator Chase Goulette says that one of the biggest challenges that the local program faces is fundraising, because the program pays for all the athletes to participate. Audio: Chase Goulette The program is affiliated with Blanchard Valley Center and runs teams that participate in basketball, swimming, baseball and softball and bowling among other sports. One of their upcoming fundraisers is an annual Golf Outing which helps to raise money for the activities. Goulette says that time is running out for people who want to get registered for the outing. Audio: Chase Goulette For more information on the Golf Outing as well as the different activities for the Special Olympics Program in Hancock County, you can visit them online at the Blanchard Valley Center.
5/4/2016 – 4:50 pm This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and schools across the county are celebrating in their own ways. Findlay School Superintendent Ed Kurt says that the week is great because it gives the district and the community an opportunity to show the teachers how much they appreciate all that they do in the classroom and beyond. Audio: Ed Kurt Each building at Findlay City Schools will be holding activities or lunches for the teachers throughout the week. As a district, Kurt says that the school has partnered with Great Scot Markets to supply teachers with fruit and vegetable trays to as a way of thanks for the work of the teachers. Kurt says that being a teacher isn’t for everyone, and it’s gratifying to see many quality educators continuing in the Findlay School system. Audio: Ed Kurt Teacher Appreciation Week continues all through the remainder of the week.
5/4/2016 – 1:45 pm Bowling Green Police and school administrators are investigating after two students brought knives to school in two separate incidents this week. The Sentinal-Tribune reports that the first case was reported Monday morning at the BG Middle School. A 13-year-old male was found in possession of a fixed-blade knife. The student was arrested and charged. The second incident was reported Tuesday at Conneaut Elementary. An alleged victim’s father notified the school about the knife. The student who reportedly had the knife was not taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. Both BG Police and the school administration say that they are investigating the claims. More: The Sentinal-Tribune
5/4/16 – 5:27 A.M. Plans are underway for an airport repair project in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports City Engineer Dan Thornton has from now until the end of June to submit a project to the state. The work calls for repairing a crack in the airfield’s pavement. The project is expected to cost $90,000 – but the FAA will cover around 95 percent of the price. MORE: Review Times
5/4/16 – 5:19 A.M. A Findlay woman is facing charges after she allegedly caused harm to a pregnant woman in April. The Courier reports 47-year-old Helen Stahl is charged with domestic violence. Investigators say that Stahl hurt a pregnant woman during an incident on April 26 in the city. The victim reportedly was left with a red mark on her face. MORE: The Courier
5/4/16 – 5:14 A.M. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is getting two K-9 units. The Lima News reports the department expects to have the dogs by the end of this month. Their handlers are expected to finish training by mid-July. Sheriff Tim Meyer says dogs will help greatly in the fight against opiate abuse in the county. The K-9’s don’t come cheap though. They cost $15,000 including equipment and training. Plus there’s another $3,000 per year in maintenance costs. However, donations are covering the costs in Putnam County. MORE: Lima News
5/4/16 – 5:01 A.M. Bike paths will not be built on North Cory Street in Findlay. The Courier reports city council voted to remove them from the Transportation Alternative Plan during their Tuesday meeting. However that doesn’t mean you won’t see more bikes in that area. The lanes of the road between West Main Cross Street and the University of Findlay will get markings indicating the road is shared with bicyclists. It’s a large departure from the original plans. The road was going to be converted to one-way to the north along with two bike lanes. Seventh Ward Councilman Tim Watson voted against the change, saying it “seemed like a strange thing to do” after the plan had been vetted and approved. Cory Street between West Main Cross and Lima streets will still see a southbound bike lane. The northbound lane of traffic will be shared by cars and bikes. MORE: The Courier