Religious leaders plan for the next 500 years

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER This is the second of two local stories talking with religious leaders about the Reformation. The first article ran last Saturday, Aug. 26, and focused on Catholic and Lutheran leaders reflecting on 500 years of division, and their commitment...

Nonprofits, merchants building bonds in the Merchants Building

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER You may come to the fair for the rides, the animals and — of course — the food. But while you’re there, you can also learn about many community organizations, quite a few of them nonprofits. An eclectic array have booths at the Merchants Building....

New support group addresses impacts of past trauma

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A new support group is available for people who have survived trauma. SELF, which stands for Safety, Emotion, Loss, Future, meets twice a month at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Doak Clements, who...

‘We both believe that there is only one church’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER On Oct. 31, 1517, the monk and theologian Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, protesting the Roman Catholic Church’s practice of asking payment or “indulgences” for...

Emotions come flooding back after July’s high waters

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s been a few weeks since this summer’s flood, and many of us have moved on. But others are still cleaning out their homes, and may be emotionally reeling. Along with checking off lists of repairs, they may be experiencing signs of...

Not all eclipse glasses are created equal

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating: Staring at the sun can literally destroy cells in your eyes. If you’re planning to do so during this eclipse, make sure the glasses you use are actually safe. Sarah Wildermuth, an...

WITH VIDEO: From ‘shushing’ to rushing: All-ages summer programs liven up libraries

  By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer They may walk in the door to make puppets or sing karaoke — but once they show up at the library, some kids do actually leave with books. As summer winds down, so does a busy season for area librarians. The Findlay-Hancock County Public...

Ada: Summer ghost town

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ADA — The pace in this village is never exactly frenzied, but it’s much slower in the summer, with half the populace away. Ohio Northern University’s enrollment of about 3,200 students makes up roughly half the residents of Ada. So...

WITH AUDIO: Myth busters: Dietitians set the record straight, from superfoods to the 5-second rule

Hover over blue text to hear audio clips from the interview By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Go online even briefly and you may come across the claims: "This superfood will cure all diseases!" "Eat THIS and lose 10 pounds overnight!" And so on. Dietitians have heard it all. And...

Obamacare: County gets 2 insurance firms

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER In early June, Hancock County residents faced the prospect of having no insurance carrier under “Obamacare” for 2018. On Monday, it was announced they will have two. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been the only carrier offering...