Today is World Blood Donor Day and we had Rodney Wilson from the Blood Services Division of the American Red Cross share some information. He said that blood donors are extremely important but rare…
Wilson explained that the Red Cross needs to see about 13,000 donors/day to meet the needs across the country. Unfortunately, the Red Cross does not hit that number and donations decline through the summer.
He said that they have made it easy to find a place to donate…
An organization that helps children in abuse and neglect situations went to the Hancock County Commissioners Thursday afternoon asking for funds. Hancock County CASA/GAL executive director Leah Cole told the commissioners that the organization is mandated by law. The commissioners agreed that the organization is vital but said that there isn’t any money to spare.
They approved a contract with the organization Thursday for the same amount as last year, $19,500 maximum with $7,000 upfront and $350 payment per case. Cole asked the commissioners for an increase to $47,000 with a max of $50,000.
Cole added that the need for more money is due to an increase in caseloads and reduction of funds. Cole explained that last year she had three cases but this year that number has skyrocketed to 31 cases. The United Way of Hancock County has also reduced the organization’s allocation from over $123,000 to $98,800.
The commissioners proposed meeting with Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson, The United Way, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and CASA/GAL personnel to discuss the funding situation.
The Water Distribution Department continues flushing hydrants today. They’ll be working on hydrants in the area of County Road 95 east to County Road 236 from Fostoria North to County Road 212. They’ll also be working in the area of County Road 95 south to Norfolk Southern Railroad and from County Road 95 west to CSX Railroad.
You can reach out to the Water Distribution Office at 419-424-7192 if you have any questions.
Beverage Barn will be expanding its building on Tiffin Avenue to include more storage. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved an over 1,500-square-foot addition on the south side of the store. Owner Eric Hager said that construction of the addition will start soon and be finished by this fall. The addition will add about 50% additional storage.
A trial date is set for the Fort Jennings woman accused of contributing to her 2-year-old son’s death in November. The Putnam County Court Records report that 26-year-old Jessica McClure is set to stand trial on July 15. She faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and several counts of child endangerment.
The incident happened last November when McClure’s son was found unresponsive. He was taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center where he was pronounced dead.
A Findlay man was injured while riding a motorcycle Thursday evening. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports that the accident happened just before 10 p.m. on U.S. 224 near County Road 223 in Liberty Township. 30-year-old Matthew Girdler was riding east when he tried to slow day on the wet roadway. He lost control and overturned the motorcycle, which caused him to fall off.
Hanco EMS took Girdler to Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was not wearing a DOT approved helmet. There’s no word on his condition.
Officers cited Girdler for failure to maintain control.
The Findlay Rotary Club has announced the winner of its Service Above Self Award
Sherri Garner Brumbaugh was presented with the award at the club’s weekly meeting.
The prize recognizes non-Rotary-members who exemplify the Rotary ideals in the community.
Brumbaugh is President and CEO of Garner Transportation Group while also serving on numerous boards and committees.
Brumbaugh selected the Black Swamp Area Council of Boy Scouts to receive a $500 donation in her name from the Rotary Club.
Too much money. That’s not something you often hear from a government funded entity.
The Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Board of Putnam County has that situation. Executive Director Jennifer Horstman explained the situation to the board at their meeting last week, according to the Putnam County Sentinel. An abundance of money has come from the federal government to stem the opioid problem in Ohio.
With just 3 unintended overdoses in Putnam County last year, the board doesn’t need the money. Even when adjusted for population and other demographics, Putnam County is well below many other counties in the state.
But the state doesn’t want the money back, so the board has been working with the state to find acceptable uses for it. Despite these efforts, the board still has a surplus of over $45-thousand.
Flushing of fire hydrants in Findlay continues on Wednesday with two areas affected.
Expect wet streets between County Road 236 and Marion Township 242, from State Route 12 south.
North of State Route 12, the affected area is between Bright Road and County Road 236.
A former Bascom EMS volunteer has been indicted. Fostoria resident John E Robinson was indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury for theft. He is alledged to have fueled his vehicle several times with a Seneca County EMS credit Card between January and April of this year.
If convicted, Robinson faces 6 to 12 months in jail and up to $2500 in fines.