‘Heroines’ — and heroes — of the heroin epidemic

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The woman said she runs into women she used to use drugs with: “They see me clean now, and see that it’s possible.” The woman in recovery accompanies Necia Freeman in her “brown bag ministry,” handing out lunches and...

Area agencies ready to help families impacted by drug epidemic

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Area professionals are asking families affected by the opioid epidemic whether there is more they can do to help them. “Let us know,” said Meagan McBride Klein, director of prevention and early intervention for Family Resource Center of...

Country bridal venue offers ‘farmhouse glam’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s been a long period of renovation, but Circle P Reception Hall has a brand-new look and is ready to be a part of a bride and groom’s special day. Katie Omlor and her husband, Mike, purchased the property in October 2016. At the time,...

Walk for diabetes a sweet student initiative

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ADA — The treatments available for Type 1 diabetes have come a long way since Linda Young’s father was diagnosed in 1950. A group of her students is now working to raise money to ensure research keeps advancing. The Ohio Northern...

State official sees ‘glimmers of hope’ in Ohio opioid crisis

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The opioid crisis in Ohio “really has reached epidemic proportions,” yet there are glimmers of hope, Dr. Mark Hurst said Wednesday. Hurst, medical director for Ohio’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Department, spoke to The...

Life and death in Vietnam

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER National Vietnam War Veterans Day is being observed today. And while the war spanned many years and northwest Ohio suffered losses throughout, this spring also marks 50 years since early 1968, a time when several local men were killed. Vietnam War-era...

Vietnam veteran: ‘Make it better now’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Vietnam veterans, upon returning to the United States, were often treated badly by those who opposed the war. Local veteran Bob Pierce came home through Seattle, where he encountered people “calling us baby killers and spitting on us and...

Health department getting more naloxone kits

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Having already given out 291 kits of the medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, Hancock Public Health is gearing up for the second year of the program. The Ohio Department of Health recently announced it has awarded Hancock Public Health...

Hepatitis A surge linked to drug use

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Hepatitis A is becoming more common, and Hancock Public Health wants to get the word out that a vaccine is available. “In 2016 Hancock County had only three cases of Hepatitis A,” the health department’s newsletter stated earlier...

Librarian of Congress: Don’t let reading become a chore

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Captain Underpants was a hit at the Library of Congress, Carla Hayden told a group Friday at the University of Findlay. Hayden, the librarian of Congress, spoke at “Fridays at Findlay,” an executive speaker series presented by the...