Authors offer road map for health care reform

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Congress has been debating for months — really, for decades — how to change the health care system in America. Bill Ruse thinks he knows the way. Ruse, former president and CEO of the Blanchard Valley Health Association, has written a...

Prescription drug issue on ballot draws criticism

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Everyone wants cheaper prescription drugs, but an initiative on the November ballot in Ohio would do more harm than good, members of a campaign against the issue say. Dale Butland, communications director for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot...

Map your route for the Reformation Crawl

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Saturdays in July are a great time for getting away and taking a little road trip to a nearby community. Lutheran churches throughout northwestern Ohio are hoping you’ll consider them as a spot to visit and learn some history. Twenty-two...

When bad things happen to young people

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER More kids are experiencing trauma now than the current generation of adults did when they were kids — does that set Hancock County up for health problems down the line? Research has found that those who have had more “adverse childhood...

Re-enactors gathering on July 4

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Community members can experience 1776 in 2017 — and some of the Civil War to boot — on Tuesday, July 4. The “Spirit of 1776” will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of First Federal Bank, across from the Hancock...

2 moms, 10 kids, 1 happy family

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER RAWSON — When Sunny Davis-McNeil and Melissa McNeil take their family to the grocery store, each child has a specific task assigned. “We very rarely take everyone,” Sunny said. That’s because the couple currently have 10...

Ramadan a time to ‘nurture our spirit’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER After a month of focusing on the spiritual rather than the physical, Muslims in northwestern Ohio and around the globe will celebrate with a feast this weekend. Eid al-Fitr is the conclusion of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It’s celebrated as...

Rheumatologists in short supply

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The suspension of a Bluffton doctor highlights a problem in northwestern Ohio: it can be challenging to find a rheumatologist in this area. Or doctors in many other medical specialties, for that matter. Dr. James A. Gideon, a Bluffton rheumatology and...

Mental health advocate Pine branches out

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer When Tina Pine began her career 37 years ago, it was still commonplace for people with serious mental illnesses to be hospitalized for years on end. She’s seen mental health care come a long way since that time. Soon at Century Health, though,...

Suicide survivors find their voice

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Noelle Meehan has, for more than 20 years, watched others become silent upon hearing her father died of suicide. Now she volunteers, allowing others with similar losses a chance to talk about it. Meehan, 35, of Findlay, is a volunteer with the...