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When there’s no hope, there’s help: Suicide prevention services available in Hancock County

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER No one talks about it, but you likely know someone who has thought of suicide. Maybe you are that someone. But help is out there. And many, many members of this community have been that someone, gotten help, and gone on to heal. One in 25 adults and...

Surprise gifts lift nursing students’ spirits

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A group of residents and staff from Primrose Retirement Communities handed out gifts to Owens Community College nursing students Friday to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day. April Mangett, executive director, said they decided nursing students...

‘Lots of respiratory illness’ reported in area

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Flu is becoming more prevalent, and area health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated if they haven’t already, and stay home if they are sick. “We are seeing lots of respiratory illness,” said Colleen Abrams, infection...

Singles conference doubles as spiritual retreat

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Singles wanting “Something More” can check out a conference being hosted at Findlay’s New Life Assembly of God Church. The Something More New Life Singles Conference will be held March 25 with keynote speaker Kris Swiatocho, director...

Health system’s new venture: Medical spa for area women

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dr. Lorie Thomas has been trying to create something like the new Beyond MedSpa for “a few years now.” Thomas, a gynecologist with the Blanchard Valley Women & Children’s Center, is the medical director of the medical spa at 2113...

Show love to your heart

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER One in 25 adults and 9 percent of those over 65 in Hancock County have survived a heart attack, yet this common killer is often preventable. Dr. Michael Denike, a cardiologist at Blanchard Valley Hospital, said the key to surviving a heart attack is...

Immigrant family ‘just a part of the community’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Like a lot of grandmothers, Nouhal Shaheen bakes cookies. Her granddaughters were homecoming queens. The family as a whole is, as her daughter says, working jobs and attending school and paying taxes and going about their lives, “just a part of...

WITH VIDEO: Ada festival to kick off Super Bowl weekend

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ADA — “It takes a lot of people to put together something this silly.” That’s what Ada Mayor Dave Retterer is saying about the upcoming “Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival,” a celebration on Saturday of football,...

An urgent edict on urns

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Cremation is becoming more commonplace in Ohio and around the country, and one Carey priest is encouraging Catholics to be aware of the denomination’s rules — and to approach funerals with respect. In October, the Vatican put out an...

For Girl Scouts, a century of sweetness

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Do you want cookies? Lydia and Adalyn Andrews are eager to sell them, and they’re not alone. “We have a new cookie this year … It’s yummy,” said Lydia, 8. The new cookie, S’mores, is made to commemorate 100 years of...