Blanchard Valley Hospital earned 2 stroke distinctions. The hospital was named a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. They also earned the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital for ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to national guidelines and standards.
The care and housing of foster children continues to require additional funds in Hancock County. The Hancock County Commissioners approved an additional appropriation of $327,000 to the county JFS to help with the issue. The county spends almost 100,000 per month for the service.
The opioid epidemic has caused an increase in the number of children placed in foster care. Back in 2014, there were only 34 children in foster care. That number has nearly tripled to 91 kids in care now.
A hearing is set for Sunny Farms Landfill’s operating license later this month. The hearing will be in the basement conference room of the Seneca County General Health District building at 9:30 a.m. on July 29. The Advertiser-Tribune reports that the hearing is expected to last 3 to 4 days.
The hearing is set because of the health board decision made in February to issue a notice of intent to deny the landfill’s operating license. Over 80 residents voiced opposition to the landfill late last year when the board was scheduled to consider the renewal of the license. Residents were concerned with odors coming from the landfill.
A Lima teen was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday. The Lima News reports that D’Sean Robertson received the sentence for what was described as a poorly-executed drug deal. Robertson was sentenced to three years on a non-mandatory prison term. That will be served consecutively with a mandatory three-year sentence for the use of a firearm on a felony charge of felonious assault.
According to the newspaper, Robertson was robbed of marijuana and money by the victim of the case before taking the actions that lead to the 6-year sentence.
Authorities believe the person of interest in a Mount Blanchard man’s death may have been given a ride. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone that might have given a ride to Ashlie Velasquez to step forward. Sheriff Michael Heldman said that she is the last person known to have seen 22-year-old Boe Bushong alive.
A woman called the sheriff’s office in the early morning hours of July 5. She told the authorities that Velasquez may have been trying to flag down a vehicle for a ride from the State Route 37 area between 11 p.m. on July 4 and 5 a.m. on July 5.
The sheriff’s office was called to Bushong’s home just after 10 p.m. on July 4. Heldman did not give any information on the cause of death.
With new leadership coming to the United Way of Hancock County, the organization is looking at ways to improve. Community impact director Heather Heilman joined us in a Community and Business Spotlight to talk about the improvements they want to see in the United Way.
Heilman said that they started looking at how they can improve a few months ago. She added that with Angela DeBoskey taking over as the executive director, now is the best time to make these changes.
The Hancock Park District will hold an open archery shoot later this month in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The shoot will be led by a certified archery instructor and is available for participants over the age of 9 that have attended an instructor-led class. The event will be from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at Dold Lake archery range on July 23.
Registration is $10 and can be done online at HancockParks.com or at the park district offices on East Main Cross Street in Findlay. There is a max of 10 people allowed.
The Hancock County Commissioners had a two-hour session yesterday to narrow the options for a new court building to two. The meeting was held with architects hired to design the building. Both of the options being considered would require the demolition of the over 150-year-old probate/juvenile court building.
Garmann/Miller Architects/Engineers gave the commissioners four options yesterday. The plans ranged from $7.8 to $10.5 million dollars. Both of the favored options would build a two-story building connected to the existing county courthouse. This saves roughly $2 million by making only one secure entrance necessary.
You can learn more about the designs in today’s Courier.
A Tiffin group is offering a class to teach kids about R/C aircraft flying. The Review-Times reports that the Tiffin Ohio R/C Modelers Club will host “Kids Flight School” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 20. It will be at the Lynn Cole Field in Republic. The event is open to kids over the age of 5. The kids will get to build a glider plane, learn how aircraft are able to fly, practice flying on computer flight simulators, and fly a radio-controlled aircraft with one of the club’s pilots.
Lunch will be provided at noon. The event is free but only open to the first 50 students.