11/30/2015 – 4:30 pm If you need some extra cash this holiday season the Ohio Department of Commerce may be able to help. Their division of Unclaimed Funds may have money that you didn’t know that you were entitled to. This year, over $34.4 million dollars were returned to Ohioans but $2.3 billion dollars remains to be claimed. The average claim is $2100.00. Checking to see if you have any funds to claim is a free service provided by the Department of Commerce, and if you’ve had funds claimed in the past, you can check again to see if any funds were reported to the division over the last year. To do so, go to the Division of Unclaimed Funds Website at the Department of Commerce or call 1-877-644-6823. More: Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds
11/30/2015 – 1:53 pm The holiday season is now in full swing and with it a renewed spirit of charity for many. Over the next several days, we’ll have a look at the local charities that could use your help. Christian Clearing House at 1800 N. Blanchard Street provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in need. They provide housing, security deposits, and rent to keep people in their residences. The organization operates on monetary donations. Additionally, they are taking donations of laundry, detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, diapers, and baby wipes. Donors should call before dropping off donations, especially larger ones so staff can assist. A new program called, “Project Happy Feet” provides new shoes to area children at the beginning of the school year as well. The program is a voucher program which allows children to pick out their own shoes at several stores. This year the program issues vouchers to 500 children in our area. For more information or to make a donation you can call 419-422-2222 or visit…
11/30/2015 – 1:40 pm For the sixth straight year, Owens Community College has been named as a Military Friendly School. The award, presented by Victory Media, recognizes colleges for their support of the military, graduation and employment outcomes as well as military spouse policies. The award is given to colleges that do the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success. Owens Community College has over 400 veterans, military spouses and dependents of veterans, and has an Office of Veterans Services which opened in 2011 and is staffed by former military personnel. If you’d like more information about Owen’s support for military students you can visit them online at www.owens.edu/veterans or call 567-661-8387.
11/30/2015 – 11:48 am A pregnant woman was rescued from a lake near Kenton over the weekend. WKTN Radio in Kenton reports that Jodi Daniells was pulled from France Lake after officers received a call for a car which had been driven into the lake. Shortly after 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon officers received a 911 call of a car being driven into the lake, and upon arrival found a car submerged and saw Daniells floating, struggling to stay afloat. Kenton Police Officer Skyler Newfer jumped into the lake in full gear and swam out to Daniells and pulled her to shore where Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Carl provided medical assistance until ambulances arrived. Daniells was taken to Hardin Memorial where she was treated. Daniells reported to have dropped her cell phone and when she attempted to retrieve it, she drove into the lake. No other passengers were in the car, which was not located as of Sunday morning. More: Kenton Today/WKTN Radio
11/30/2015 – 11:33 pm With the holidays in full swing it’s important to remember to be safe as well. When putting up a Christmas tree this year, be aware of potential dangers. Consumer Safety expert John Drengenberg says that around ten fires happen each day because people are not careful when picking a live tree at Christmas. Audio: John Drengenberg If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure it has plenty of water each day to keep it from drying out between now and Christmas. Additionally, when it comes to outside decorations, many decorations are rated specifically for indoor and outdoor use. Drengenberg says that you need to look for the UL Label on the decoration itself to see if it can be used either inside or outside. Audio: John Drengenberg Underwriters Laboratories tests many types of Christmas decorations each year for safety hazards and issues.
11/30/15 – 5:14 A.M. Gas prices are down slightly in Findlay to start the work week. Ohio gas prices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.75 today. That’s a four cent drop over the last seven days. Prices are down 24 cents over the last two weeks. In Ottawa, a gallon of regular is slightly higher than it was a week ago. The average price is $1.79, up a penny from last Monday. The same is true for the statewide average. Across Ohio the average price is $1.82 for a gallon of regular, up a penny from a week ago.
11/30/15 – 5:06 A.M. The old jail in Ottawa is being demolished, but at least one part of it is being preserved. The Putnam County Sentinel reports one of the old jail cells is being set aside for the Putnam County Historical Society. The organization says the cell could be put on display at a proposed new museum sometime in the future. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel
11/30/15 – 5:00 A.M. The holiday season is now in full swing, and with it a renewed spirit of charity for many. Over the next several days we’ll have a look at the local charities that could use your help. The City Mission is asking for donations for food, clothing, and financial help this year. The shelter at 510 West Main Cross Street gives out food boxes to those in need every Tuesday and Thursday. People are eligible for one box per month, and during the holiday season the boxes include a frozen turkey or ham. Aside from the need for turkey and ham, the City Mission is also asking for donations of vegetables, boxed dinners, Lipton-style noodles, and rice side dishes among other items. New toys, boxed games, and card games are also being collected for a “Birthday Party for Jesus,” which will be held December 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. For more information on the City Mission’s needs, you can…