Category Archives: Local News

Hancock County Health Rankings Slip According To Report

3/19/19 – 8:45 A.M.

An increase in the number of people dying before the age of 75 led to Hancock County sliding back a few spots in an annual health report. CountyHealthRankings.org now lists Hancock County 24th in Ohio for “health outcomes.” That’s down four spots from last year.

Health outcomes factor in things like how long people live and how healthy people feel while they are alive.

The county also slipped a little in the “health factors” ranking, going from 8th to 14th. We saw increases in adult obesity and physical inactivity in the 2019 report. Health factors include things healthy behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and our physical environment.

Positive notes from the report show Hancock County saw improvements in the number of people graduating high school, the number of children living in poverty, and income inequality.

MORE: Full report

Fostoria Man Killed In Monday Crash

3/19/19 – 6:43 A.M.

A two-car crash killed a Fostoria man late Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the collision happened on U.S. 224 and State Route 587 near New Riegel.

Dustin Soals of Fostoria was driving south on Route 587 when he failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a westbound car driven by Brendan Valentine of Findlay. The impact of the crash caused Soals’ car to hit a signpost and a house.

The Patrol says the collision killed Soals. Valentine received treatment for non-life threatening injuries at Fostoria Community Hospital.

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Construction Activities Ramp Up On Fostoria Schools Campus

3/19/19 – 5:33 A.M.

With warmer weather on the horizon, the Fostoria City School construction project will see an increase in activity. That’s the word from Superintendent Andrew Sprang. He told the school board it’s important for students, parents, and staff to drive carefully on the school’s campus as activity starts to ramp up again.

Sprang says people need to watch their speed on school grounds. He added, “I know it might seem like an inconvenience but this was planned out by people who do this for a living so we need to pay attention to them and follow them.”

MORE: Building updates continue

Sunny Farms Landfill Hires New Engineer To Address Issues

3/19/19 – 5:26 A.M.

Sunny Farms Landfill in Seneca County has brought in a new person to try and address the bad smells that come from the facility. Media-partner WTOL-11 reports Brian Ezyk (EZ-ick) will serve as the new vice president of environmental compliance and engineering.

A statement from Sunny Farms says Ezyk’s primary job will include “centralizing the company’s engineering expertise and overseeing environmental compliance activities and strategic projects.”

MORE: WTOL-11

Main Street Repair To Pick Up Again In Arlington Next Year

3/19/19 – 5:19 A.M.

After a summer of road construction, Arlington residents will get a break this year. However, things could pick back up again in 2020. Village Council learned the second phase of renovations to Main Street could start next year.

Street repaving along with curb and sidewalk work will take place on the southern section of Main Street starting in May of 2020.

Village council says they would work to direct truck-traffic around the construction area once work starts again.

MORE: Council member not happy with repair work on village pool.

Lane Restriction On I-75 Northbound Starts Today

3/19/19 – 5:03 A.M.

A new lane restriction will start on I-75 this morning. ODOT says crews will begin placing a concrete barrier wall between the north and southbound lanes from U.S. 224 to Hancock County Road 99. As a result, they will close one northbound lane in that area for roughly 30 days.

The restriction will start around 7 a.m. today.

Findlay Man Struck By Van While Crossing The Street

03/18/19 – 8:36 P.M.

A Findlay man is in the hospital after being struck by a van in Downtown Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports that 67-year-old Robert Gephart was walking across South Main Street around 1:12 p.m. with the green light. 49-year-old Shelly Plummer of Perrysburg was turning north onto Main Street from West Lincoln Street and struck Gephart.

Hanco EMS took Gephart to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of head injuries. Police cited Plummer with failure to yield to a pedestrian

Celebrity Basketball Game Kicks Off In Findlay Tuesday

03/18/19 – 8:29 P.M.

The annual Celebrity Basketball game to raise awareness for developmental disabilities is this Tuesday to¬†support the Blanchard Valley Center for National Developmental Disability Month. The game will feature local celebrities and Special Olympians playing side-by-side. Special Olympics coordinator Melanie Williams said the game is more about abilities rather than disabilities though…

The game is free to attend but there will be various raffles available to raise money for Blanchard Valley Center. The game will be in the Croy Gymnasium at the University of Findlay. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.