UP: Officials are working on keeping your children safe. Fostoria Police chief is offering advice on keeping track of children. As of Tuesday morning, there were more than 1,250 people listed as missing on the Ohio Attorney General’s website, 537 of which are children under the age of 18.
In light of the recent missing child case involving 14-year-old Harley Dilly, who was found dead nearly one month after he went missing, and an uptick in human trafficking cases across the country, local officials are hoping they can help citizens keep themselves, their families and their children safe.
“Runaway children are often a result of frustration on the child’s part. Kids do crazy things sometimes. I can speak for myself in saying kids don’t always do what their parents want them to do or expect them to do,” Fostoria police Chief Keith Loreno said. “Knowing your children — knowing their habits, who they’re associating with, where they like to hang out — could make all the difference.”
UP: Children lead prayer. Students from St. Michael the Archangel School prayed the rosary in Dorney Plaza. The students, about 400 in total, kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Monday morning, praying for the city’s elected officials, law enforcement and first responders.
UP: It’s showtime again in North Baltimore. A local landmark is set to reopen next week for a film screening.
After over a year in darkness, the Virginia Theater marquee will again be lighting up downtown North Baltimore. The 83-year-old theater is set to reopen Feb. 7 with a 7 p.m. showing of the DC Comics movie “Birds of Prey.”
“I won’t change anything,” said new theater operator Shawn Benjamin. “This is something that’s the history of North Baltimore. It goes back 80 years. You don’t want to mess with that too much.”
UP: A local leader earns a nonprofit’s lifetime achievement award. W. Paul Worstell of Findlay has earned a lifetime achievement award through a national nonprofit agency. Al Faber, president and CEO of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, announced the 2020 recipients of the Baldrige Foundation’s Leadership Awards.
UP: A new site lists all the ways “Hancock Helps.” In four months, more than 3,800 individuals have sought information through Hancock Helps, a new website listing community resources ranging from mental health care to housing to legal aid. The site’s creators hope to keep building on this momentum and to someday create an app.
The site, hancockhelps.org, aims to gather all the Hancock County resources a person might need into one place. There’s a directory of support meetings for groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, National Alliance on Mental Illness and a special needs parent support group. Emergency numbers, including the Hancock County crisis line, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis’ crisis line, and a variety of national hotlines, can also be readily called up on the website.