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Red Cross has blood and platelet shortage

The American Red Cross continues to experience a national blood and platelet shortage and asks the public to book a time to give as soon as possible. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets. The Red Cross offers three ways to make a donation appointment that can help save lives:

  • Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)


Thursday, September 28, 2023
Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, Ada
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2023
St. Mary's Catholic Church
160 North Spring Street, Bluffton
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ODW field reports for Sept. 19

Ohio Division of Wildlife reports

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two 
State Wildlife Investigators Brian Bury and Travis Abele observed two men trolling with eight rods from a boat on Lake Erie. In Ohio, anglers are permitted to use up to three rods per person. The boat’s captain initially misled the officers into believing a third angler was asleep in the boat, but Investigator Bury discovered there was not a third person, and the anglers were using too many rods. Each angler was issued a summons for fishing with more than three rods. Both men were found guilty in Ottawa County Municipal Court and paid $145 in fines and court costs. 

Homecoming season increases law enforcement presence on roads

Homecoming season is a cherished tradition bringing together high school students, families and alumni to celebrate school spirit and unity. The Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition reminds citizens that while these festivities are eagerly anticipated, they also come with concerns about driving safety, particularly in the context of post-game and dance celebrations and gatherings, much of it being done by youthful drivers.

Rail Safety Week: Be alert at rail crossings

Every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. Crashes at rail crossings can be more severe than other collisions and are more likely to result in death and injury.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) and the Ohio Department of Transportation are promoting Rail Safety Week, September 18-24. The week is dedicated as a reminder to Ohioans to practice safety around all rail crossings. This year’s awareness campaign focuses on the safety of pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists.

State issues 2022-2023 report cards for schools

Ada Schools receive overall rating of 4/5 stars

By Paula Scott

On September 15, the Ohio Department of Education released detailed 2022-2023 school report cards for individual schools and for school districts, which can be accessed HERE. New in 2023, Ohio schools will receive overall ratings of 1-5 stars in half-star increments. The report cards include five rated components as well as other data.

Additional deer hunting and CWD testing in Hardin County

Hunters in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties have additional opportunities to harvest white-tailed deer as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife continues to monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the region.
Since the fall of 2020, 23 wild deer in Ohio have tested positive for CWD, all in Marion and Wyandot counties. A disease surveillance area was established in Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot counties in 2021 and remains in effect. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk, and moose. No evidence exists that CWD can spread to humans, pets or livestock.