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Ohio officials are going to be on the watch for new COVID-19 variants as the state starts to relax restrictions on events and gatherings.   As of February 25th,  there were 19 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant in Ohio., mostly around Cincinnati and Cleveland.  Governor Mike DeWine says it … More >>

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Governor Mike DeWine's proposed legislation to give a ticket to adults who use an electronic device while driving has hit a bump in the road.  State lawmakers are pulling the “Hands Free Ohio” legislation out of the transportation budget bill.  The proposed law would ban texting, taking phot… More >>

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If you received unemployment benefits, it is important to remember that it can be listed as taxable income. This information will need to be included in Tax Form 1099-G. If you did not receive your stimulus payments, it is also important to report this when filing your taxes. Any amount that… More >>

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The delay is so more time can be spent on fixing any inaccuracies in the data. Ohio filed a lawsuit that claims the delay will undermine the state's process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts. The agency had pushed the date back to September 30th. The lawsuit filed by Ohio … More >>

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Hancock County has 2 new deaths, and Allen and Shelby Counties add 1 new death on Thursday.  Allen County is reporting 15 new cases, and Logan County increased by 14 cases. Shelby and Hancock Counties have 10 new cases each. Putnam and Mercer Counties have 4 new cases, Hardin, Van Wert and P… More >>

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The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is getting close to be approved for emergency use to the FDA, so Ohio could see another 91,000 doses of that vaccine during the first week of its distribution. With temperatures starting to warm up, people are wondering about some annual activities that had to… More >>

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The Ohio Department of Health says as of Wednesday afternoon, 12.84% of Ohio's population has gotten their first dose of the covid-19 vaccine, and almost 6.36% have got both doses. Putnam County still has the highest percentage in our area with 15.56% getting their first shot, Logan County h… More >>

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Auglaize County has 2 new deaths, and Allen, Hardin and Logan Counties all have 1 new death each.   Mercer county added eleven new cases and Auglaize County has 6 new cases.  Allen County is reporting 5 new cases, Hancock and Logan Counties have 4 new cases each.  Putnam and Shelby Counties … More >>

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Doctor Marty Makary had an article published in the Wall Street Journal claiming that more people have gotten COVID-19 than got tested and developed a natural immunity to the disease. Add to that more people getting the vaccine, he says the country could reach herd immunity before Summer. Me… More >>

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The hearing committee aims to examine the security measures that led to a breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Current and former officials responsible for securing the area surrounding the U.S Capitol testified at Tuesday's hearing. Ohio Senator Rob Portman delivered opening rem… More >>

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At-home use of pulse oximeters, devices that estimate blood oxygen levels, has risen during the COVID pandemic. But the FDA alert says multiple factors can affect the accuracy of the readings, including poor circulation, fingernail polish, skin thickness, and skin pigmentation. While the age… More >>

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Governor Mike DeWine and his wife Fran got their second dose of their COVID- 19 vaccine on Tuesday. They got their first dose on February 2nd when shots were available to Ohioans 70 years old and older. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health says a little over 6% of the state… More >>

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Putnam County has 3 more deaths and Logan and Hardin Counties have 1 more each.   Hancock county added 16 new cases and Allen and Hardin Counties are reporting 10 new cases.  Logan County went up 9 cases, Van Wert County had 8 new cases, Auglaize County increased 7 cases, Paulding County add… More >>

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Putnam County has 1 new death.  Allen County has 9 new cases, Putnam County added 6 new cases and Auglaize County has 5 new cases.  Mercer, Hancock, Logan and Paulding Counties have 4 new cases each and Shelby county has two new cases and Hardin and Van Wert Counties have 1 new case each. More >>

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Kroger says it was among the multiple victims of a data breach involving a third-party vendor's file-transfer service. The Cincinnati-based grocery and pharmacy chain says it is notifying potentially impacted customers and offering them free credit monitoring. Kroger said in a statement it b… More >>

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The State of Ohio wants to continue making sure that people in the higher risk setting have the chance to get vaccinated.  The state has met with officials from nursing homes and assistance living centers to talk about the COVID-19 vaccine maintenance program.  Ohio’s pharmacy partners have … More >>

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The Van Wert Police Department says Karl Kahler Jr. was arrested after a nearly $9,000 diamond went missing at Laudick's Jewelry on Shannon Street. Police say they spotted Kahler's dark blue minivan while driving on Shannon Street and tried to pull him over but he kept going and exited on to… More >>

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Senate Bill 22 was approved by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday. The bill would create a six-member commission that could vote to rescind health orders issued by the Governor and Health Department. The bill also limits how long the health orders last and lawmakers would have to … More >>

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Normally, The Mike Gallmeier Foundation hosts its own food distribution every other month, but they knew the public was in higher need. When they reached out to The West Ohio Food Bank, they happily agreed to sponsor a pop-up distribution. While the foundation usually caters to those living … More >>

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While the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to fall, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting that there people who have contracted the more contagious U.K. variant of the virus in the state. Ohio is one of 40 states the variant has shown up in. Health officials sa… More >>

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Some have reported slight discomfort after the first dose of soreness in their arm to headaches and more. Many say the 2nd shot has a kick with body aches, slight fever and migraines, and severe chills. Health officials want people who are planning to get the vaccine not to take anything to … More >>

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Allen County is reporting 1 new death.  Hancock County has 24 new cases and Logan County has 16 new cases.  Allen County went up 11 cases, Auglaize, Shelby and Van Wert Counties all have 7 new cases each and Putnam and Mercer Counties have 5 more cases each.  Hardin County added 4 cases and … More >>

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As for West Central Ohio, Putnam County has the highest percentage of people getting their vaccine with 14.65% and Hardin County has the lowest with 7.72%. Tuesday's vaccine distribution was the lowest one-day total of shots in arms in a month, because the snowstorm that hit Ohio forced many… More >>

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The one dose COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be 66% effective in preventing moderate and severe cases, and 85% effective against critical cases. Plus, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in standard refrigeration for months, versus the below zero temperatures of the Pfizer and… More >>

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The Ohio Senate has passed Senate bill 8 unanimously to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program, which would increase access to broadband services in underserved areas in the state. Nearly one million Ohioans lack access to high-speed internet, which has been highlighte… More >>

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For the week ending on February 6th, there were over 140 thousand new claims for unemployment benefits filed according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. That was three times the number that was filed in each of the three prior weeks and the highest number since April 11th wh… More >>

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The proposed law change would make driving while handling any wireless electronic device a primary offense for adult drivers in Ohio and if you are caught there will be fines. Plus, if you cause injury or death because of using a device, the penalties will similar to drunk driving. State Sen… More >>

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Putnam and Allen County have one new death each, and Allen is also reporting 12 new cases. Auglaize County increased by eight cases today. Hardin County went up by seven cases, Hancock, Hardin, and Van Wert counties all have six new cases. Putnam County has three new cases and Mercer, Shelby… More >>

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the cost of providing security at state facilities in January topped $2.4 million. Ohio increased security at the statehouse and other building following the January 6th breach of the U.S. capital.  Those extra security measures continued until the week of … More >>

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA for short, gives accounting students real-life experience while also helping out their community. Anyone making $57,000 or less annually is eligible for the free tax returns. Services include offering general filing guidance, completing ta… More >>

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In a survey conducted by Pew Research in November 2020, it found that 58% of Black adults would not get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Wilfred Ellis, an Infectious Disease Specialist with Lima Memorial Health System says harmful experimental therapies done on Black communities in the twentieth cent… More >>

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People with severe congenital diseases or conditions will soon start getting shots in arms. This means those born with one of the listed conditions or had early-onset in their childhood and it has lasted into adulthood. While there are plenty of other severe medical conditions vulnerable to … More >>

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The state says Allen County has 57 more deaths, Shelby County 32, Auglaize County 17, Putnam and Hardin Counties 11 each, Logan County 9, Hancock County 5, Paulding County 3, Mercer County 2, and Van Wert County 1. As for cases, Allen County is reporting 44 new cases Friday, Auglaize County … More >>