1/17/19 – 5:17 A.M.
Pandora Mayor Jeremy Liechty recently gave his first state of the village address. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Liechty highlighted several items that happened in 2018. He mentioned upgrades to the restrooms at the Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center and upgrades to lighting at the village park as positives that happened last year.
Liechty says officials will continue to look for options to pay for a new water tower. Back in October, the village learned it didn’t qualify for a grant program that paid for projects with a maximum cost of $600,000. Pandora had requested more than $940,000.
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11/20/18 – 5:26 A.M.
Liberty-Benton will start classes later next school year. The school board voted to start the school year on September 3rd in 2019, one day after Labor Day. To accommodate for the later start, May 29th, 2020 will be the last day of school, four days after Memorial Day.
Fall, winter and spring breaks for next year are November 27th through the 29th, December 23rd to January 1st, and April 10th through the 13th.
MORE: See how about how next year’s school calendar compares to this year’s.
11/09/18 – 6 A.M.
The Fostoria Finance Committee talked about overtime costs during their Thursday meeting. The committee discussed how the Fostoria Fire Departments overtime for the year grew from over $214,800 on October 25 to over $238,400 on November 8. Finance Committee chairperson John Schuld explained that this is an increase of over $23,000 from one payroll to the next.
Safety Service Director Deb Hellman said the fire department’s jump in overtime costs included trainings that don’t happen often. Crews put in extra hours for confined space training last week, as well as fire inspector training for three lieutenants. The fire inspector class is a one-time thing for the new lieutenants, and the confined space training takes place every other year.
11/02/18 – 7:34 P.M.
Hancock County ADAMHS is working with FOCUS to host a Mental Health First Aid training this month. Director of Wellness and Education Zach Thomas explained that the training will help you help someone in need.
Thomas said that the training will help you learn how to talk to someone going through a crisis.
Thomas said that the training is a lot like CPR where you will provide help until that person is able to get to someone qualified to help them. The training will be available for $25 from 9 am to 5 pm next Friday. It will be held at the University of Findlay.
For more information, you can visit focusrwc.org
10/03/18 – 3 a.m.
Findlay City Council tabled an ordinance to put a credit card policy in place so that officials could meet and discuss. Findlay Municipal Court Judge Mark Miller explained that while the court is in Findlay, the rules would be separate.
Miller said that they plan to have a similar policy in place. The court isn’t alone in wanting to discuss the current policy, though. The mayor’s office and law director Don Rasmussen also want to look over the policy for changes. Mayor Mihalik explained that her card is needed for emergency spending for things like gas for police cruisers or police equipment. Rasmussen said he is worried about card security.
Council has until January to get a policy in place.
09/28/18 – 5:27 P.M.
Hancock County Veterans Services is working with local professionals and the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy students to provide musical therapy. Veterans Services executive director Nicole Coleman said that the music takes people back.
She added that this helps bring veterans happiness.
Coleman explained that this helps veterans through symptoms of PTSD like anxiety and depression. Each veteran in the “GI Tunes” program gets a custom-tailored playlist to help with PTSD. The veterans will work with Heartstring Melodies, who are professional musical therapists to create their playlist.
You can learn more about the program by visiting hancockveterans.com/gi-tunes/.
9/28/18 – 5:21 A.M.
A two-car crash injured two people west of Mount Blanchard Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Route 103 and Hancock County Road 8 around 5 p.m.
23-year-old Hailey Hahn of Mount Blanchard was driving a Jeep south on Road 8 when she tried to turn left onto Route 103 and hit a car driven by 34-year-old Joshua Frisbie of Forest. Hanco EMS took Frisbie to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. They treated Hahn at the scene of the crash.
Deputies cited Hahn for failure to yield the right of way.
09/27/18 – 3:51 P.M.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was on WFIN to talk about several topics affecting the nation. He said that he is worried about the potential confirmation of Brent Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Brown said that he worries that Kavanaugh will push to remove consumer safety laws to benefit businesses. He added that this could allow insurance agencies to hike prices.
He also talked about taxes on car manufacturers. He said that manufacturers in Ohio like Jeep Chrysler in Toledo are forced to pay a 21% tax, which is higher than foreign manufacturers.
Brown said that he will have a bill coming before Congress to try and fix this tax issue. He added that there should be more incentive to keep manufacturers in the U.S.
09/11/18 – 6:35 P.M.
Blanchard Valley Hospital Gift Shop is hosting a bingo event with designer purses as prizes. The purses will be from brands like Michael Kors and Kate Spade. The event will be in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital on September 22. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bingo call will be at 7 p.m.
Aside from bingo, there will also be silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and light snacks. Tickets are $35 and are available in the BVH Gift SHop or by calling 419-425-5388.
8/21/18 – 8:52 A.M.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for western Putnam County until 9:30 a.m. Heavy rain showers this morning dumped between 2 and 4 inches of rain in parts of the region. That’s resulted in high water across some roads.
The flood warning also includes southeastern Henry County and west central Allen County.