Cast Your Vote In ODOT’s ‘Paint The Plow’ Contest

The Ohio Department of Transportation is inviting people to cast their vote in the 2022 Paint the Plow Contest.

ODOT District 1 in northwest Ohio says 28 plows were painted by area schools, which is a record number for the contest.

ODOT is encouraging people to check out the plows on their Facebook page.

Every comment, like, or share on the original post will count as one vote.

One of the plows, from Cory-Rawson, is in tribute to fallen Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis.

The contest will wrap up on Friday, May 27 at noon.

 

 

Interstate 75 Ramp In Findlay Closing For Guardrail Repairs

A repair project will close a ramp to Interstate 75 in Findlay.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says the southbound ramp from County Road 99 to Interstate 75 will close on Monday, May 23rd to allow crews to fix the guardrail in that area.

ODOT says the ramp will be closed for approximately one day, weather permitting.

Get more on current and upcoming projects by clicking here.

 

Click It Or Ticket Seat Belt Campaign

Law enforcement agencies will be participating in the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign.

Safety officials say, no matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.

As you head out around the Memorial Day holiday, you’ll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket.

The campaign, from Monday, May 23rd through Sunday, June 5th, reminds drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling up and the legal consequences – including fines – for not wearing a seat belt.

One of the local agencies participating is the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

“We aren’t handing out tickets for the thrill of it, ” said Sheriff Brian Siefker.

“If enforcement wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success.”

The sheriff is asking people who have a friend or family member who does not buckle up when they drive, to ask them to consider changing their habits.

“Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.

In that same year, 58 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing a seat belt.

 

 

HPH Unveils Interactive Communicable Disease Dashboard

Hancock Public Health is letting people know about their new Communicable Disease Dashboard.

The health department says the dashboard was created to better serve and provide information to the residents of Hancock County.

The new, interactive database will allow the community to access the data they collect.

The goal is that residents will use the dashboard to learn more about what illnesses are impacting the county, along with current trends.

You can access the dashboard by clicking here.

 

Strategic Planning Consultant Accepting Plans From Orgs

The City of Findlay says its strategic planning consultant is accepting planning documents from community organizations as part of the city’s strategic planning process.

The city says if a community organization in Findlay or Hancock County has an official/adopted planning document, it can be submitted for review by the City’s Strategic Planning Consultant Team as part of the Findlay Forward Strategic Planning process.

The city says the consultant team will be reviewing plans as reference documents in order to better understand Findlay as a whole and any recent planning that has been undertaken within the community.

Submitted documents will be used by the consultant team for background understanding only.

There should be no expectation that any policies, recommendations or other elements of the submitted plans will be integrated into the new Findlay Forward Strategic Plan.

The consultant team will be creating new recommendations based upon current data and their own research as well as community input that will be gathered throughout the process.

Community organizations wanting to submit a plan for review should email it to cyrille@planning-next.com by Wednesday, May 25th at noon.

 

Governor ‘Disappointed’ In Ohio State For Raising Tuition

A move made by Ohio’s biggest university isn’t sitting well with the governor.

Governor DeWine is calling out Ohio State University for raising tuition for incoming freshmen, saying ‘this is not a wise decision.’

The Ohio State Board of Trustees voted to approve a 4.6 percent increase in tuition for new in-state students.

That amounts to a $549 increase from last year.

The university says the new rate will be locked in and rates won’t go up for these students while they are in school.

Additionally, tuition and fees for incoming non-resident students will increase by $1,703.

Ohio State says, since they converted from the quarter system to semesters in fiscal year 2013, tuition increases have been below inflation.

 

 

Food Bank Holding Food Distributions

The West Ohio Food Bank will be holding food distributions this weekend as inflation continues to affect families.

“Prices at the pump and at the grocery stores remain at all-time highs, and these are chances for those who are really suffering to get food,” said Jason Aldrich with the food bank.

He says they usually ask that people be at or below 200 percent of the poverty level to get food, but no one will be turned away (while supplies last) if you feel you and your family are truly in need.

The Hancock County event will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 2330 South Main Street in Findlay from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st.

There will also be a food distribution event in Putnam County at St. John’s Mennonite Church in Pandora from 9 to 11 Saturday morning.

Get more details on other upcoming food distributions by clicking here.

 

 

 

Armed Forces Celebration Being Held At Fairgrounds

One of the biggest military shows in the country is happening in Findlay this weekend.

The Findlay Show – 35th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration runs through Sunday morning at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

John Cheney II is Commander of the Findlay Military Association.

 

 

 

 

The event will include food vendors, reenactors, a military vehicle swap meet and much, much more. Click here for the full schedule.

Last year we had the pleasure of chatting with Phil Marshall, who was a rescue pilot in the Vietnam War until he was shot and couldn’t return to action.

He’s part of a group raising money for a ‘National American Huey History Museum’ and was offering rides in his Huey.

The Findlay Show – 35th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration runs through Sunday morning at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

Get more details by clicking here.

 

Humane Society Holding Adoption Events

The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County is holding two adoption events on Saturday, May 21st.

The first event will be at Great Lakes Toyota Subaru from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The second event will be at Findlay YMCA – East Branch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wish list items are encouraged to be donated at each event.

The Humane Society’s wish list can be seen by clicking here.

People can also stop in to the Humane Society between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday to see all of their adoptable pets.

You can also click here to see the pets that are up for adoption.