Overdoses killed 3,050 Ohioans in 2015

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Accidental drug overdoses took the most lives on record in Ohio and Hancock County in 2015. Ohio had 3,050 of its residents die of a drug overdose last year, an average of eight per day, according to a report released Thursday by the Ohio Department of...

Residents veto noise-reduction wall in Findlay

By ALLISON REAMER STAFF WRITER A proposed noise-reduction wall along Western Avenue in Findlay will not be constructed because of a lack of support from the affected neighborhood, the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 reported Thursday. The proposed 16-foot-high wall...

2 area banks plan merger

First Federal Bank’s parent company, First Defiance Financial Corp. of Defiance, is buying Commercial Bancshares of Upper Sandusky, parent company of Commercial Savings Bank, for about $63 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, the two...

New Seneca land use plan favored

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — It has been 15 years since a comprehensive land use plan was developed for Seneca County, and Charlene Watkins, executive director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission, feels it is time for a new one. She met with township, village and...

Hancock commissioners balk at agency’s contract request

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Hancock County Job and Family Services is seeking permission to contract with the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance for business outreach services, but so far, the county commissioners have balked at the idea. The request was tabled at the...

HPD offers series for home-schooled students

A 10-class series for home-schooled students, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held on the first Wednesday monthly from September through June. The classes will explore science-based curriculum programs such as earth, space, and life science. Each class will cover...

Sirens sound as storms roll through

By COURIER STAFF Findlay’s tornado sirens were activated Wednesday night after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northern Hancock County and Wood County, as storms rolled through northwestern Ohio. No damage was reported in Hancock County, but...

Dogs, cats removed from TLU Rescue

BLUFFTON — About 70 dogs and cats belonging to TLU Rescue were removed from two Bluffton properties over the weekend, according to the Ohio Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals & Humane Society. On Friday night, officers from the Bluffton Police Department...
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