Marion Sheriff’s Office hopes new smartphone app will improve school safety

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office now allows members of the school community to share important safety information anonymously with administrators and school officials by sending them a secure message with information about bullying, hazing and drug use as well suspicious or potentially criminal activity via a free smartphone app. Developed by tip411, the Marion County […]

Troopers urge seat belts, sober driving this Memorial Day

Seat belt usage continues to be a primary focus for the Ohio State Highway Patrol as troopers participate in the Click it or Ticket campaign. The campaign began on May 14th and includes the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Expect to see troopers on Ohio’s roads encouraging drivers to wear their safety belts. Last year in […]

Patrol reminds drivers to keep eyes, focus on the road

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving. Last year, 13,997 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, resulting in 51 fatal crashes. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes […]

PUCO reminds Ohioans to call 8-1-1 before you dig

April is National Safe Digging Month and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds Ohioans of the importance of digging in a safe, responsible way by calling 8-1-1 before you dig. The Ohio Utilities Protection Service ( is the communication link between individuals planning to dig and utility companies. The Ohio Oil and Gas […]

Department of Aging, area pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls

Certain types of medications and drug combinations can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, and could contribute to a life-changing fall in older adults. The Ohio Department of Aging, through its STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, is partnering with the Ohio Pharmacists Association and pharmacies around the state during the first week of April to […]

Spring-like severe weather hit Ohio early, Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 18-24

Spring officially begins on March 20, 2018, but Ohio and other states in the Midwest received a good dose of spring-like severe weather last month. Continuous heavy rains and severe storms started on February 18, causing many Ohio rivers to flood and crest well above their flood stages. Flooding occurred in multiple Ohio counties, most […]

Patrol warns: “Don’t Press your Luck this St. Patrick’s Day”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to designate a sober driver. The Patrol and local law enforcement will work together to remove impaired drivers from the roadways as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. The consumption of alcohol […]

Smoke alarms have an expiration date, check them as you move your clocks forward

Ohioans shouldn’t just move their clocks forward one hour this Sunday, March 11, 2018, they should also check to see if a potentially lifesaving device has expired – their smoke alarm. Along with making sure the alarms have a fresh set of batteries, checking the expiration date is crucial to fire prevention safety. “Smoke alarms […]

ODNR cautions residents during Spring wildfire season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds Ohioans to take precautions while burning debris this spring and to know the state’s outdoor burning regulations. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of […]

Alber Center offering realtor safety course

No doubt the real estate market is booming throughout Central Ohio. Now, realtors can add another tool in their arsenal for success, thanks to a State-approved safety training class being offered through the Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University. The Alber Center is presenting a three-hour “Realtor Safety” class in multiple locations throughout […]