The Blanchard Valley Health System Auxiliary has awarded ten $1,000 scholarships to students in the Hancock County area who are interested in pursuing a health-related career.
The 2020 Hospital Auxiliary scholarship winners include: Claire Eiden (Ottawa Glandorf High School), pursuing a degree at the University of Toledo, Abigail Hatch (Liberty Benton High School), pursuing a degree at the University of Findlay, Lilly Hodson (Findlay High School), pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University, Allison Kennard (Findlay High School), pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University, Chloe Kin (Liberty Benton High School), pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University, Abagayle Omlor (Findlay High School), pursuing a degree at Case Western Reserve, Madison Parker (Van Buren High School), pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University, Addison Schafer (Columbus Gove High School), pursuing a degree at Cedarville University, Justen Stoner (Arcadia High School), pursuing a degree at The Ohio State University, and Ava Welch (Findlay High School), pursuing a degree at Xavier University.
BVHS says monies for the scholarship fund come from the annual membership dues of members of the Auxiliary. The number of scholarships awarded annually depends on the amount contributed by Auxiliary members.
Findlay and Hancock County officials are excited about what the proposed improvements to the Interstate 75-County Road 99 interchange could mean for the future of the northwest side of Findlay.
“We really view this as a gateway to the community,” said Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development.
As part of the proposed project, a pedestrian bridge would be built across Interstate 75, from north of Hillcrest Golf Course across to Miracle Park and The Cube.
Mayle says the redone interchange and the pedestrian bridge would really help bring together the recreation opportunities at The Cube, the planned multi-family and mixed-use development by Blanchard Valley Health System in the area and the industrial corridor.
And he says the new interchange and pedestrian bridge would not only make the area safer but also put Findlay and Hancock County on the map as a growing community.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says increased traffic and congestion are resulting in travel delays and above-average crash rates in the area, and if left unaddressed, will only get worse as growth continues.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash a little west of Arcadia.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at 12:54 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of County Road 216 and Township Road 243 in Cass Township.
The sheriff’s office says Kevin Bibbs Jr., 28, of Fostoria, was northbound on Township Road 243 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and his car was hit by a truck that was westbound on County Road 216.
Both vehicles came to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection with Bibbs’ car pinned against a utility pole.
Bibbs and a passenger, Chloe Decker, 24, of Findlay, were extricated by Washington Township firefighters using the jaws of life and were lifeflighted to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
The driver of the truck, Christopher Knisely, 65, of Fostoria, was taken by ambulance to Fostoria Hospital.
The sheriff’s office says the crash remains under investigation.
The Big Ten has announced that the fall sports season is being postponed due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its statement, the conference said the decision was based on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten task force for emerging infectious diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine committee.
The affected sports include football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.
The conference said it will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding fall sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring.
“As a former collegiate athlete whose career in sports was cut short by circumstances beyond my control, I deeply feel the pain, frustration and disappointment that all our players, coaches and staff – and all Buckeye fans – are feeling today,” said Ohio State President-elect Kristina M. Johnson.
“I will continue to work closely with Athletics Director Gene Smith, Coach Ryan Day and all coaches and other leaders, to return our student-athletes to competition as soon as possible, while staying safe and healthy.”
“We are focused on supporting our student-athletes in every way, ensuring their scholarships are still in place, and looking out for their health and safety and the health and safety of all our students as they continue to pursue their studies in these challenging times,” Johnson added.
The decision to postpone fall sports comes less than a week after the Big Ten announced a restructured 2020 football schedule that would extend from as early as Sept. 3 through Nov. 21.