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POLICE BEAT: Officers, paramedics deal with two overdoses

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Amy Kelly Welch, a 38-year-old South Charleston woman, was found unresponsive from a heroin overdose around 3:10 p.m. Monday outside Dollar General, 338 E. Columbus Ave.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015

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Boil advisory issued in Bellefontaine


A water line depressurization has resulted in a boil water advisory issued in Bellefontaine for the northeast section of the city as follows:

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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Search on for Miss Indian Lake

The Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the next Miss Indian Lake, Jr. Miss Indian Lake, Little Miss Indian Lake, Mr. & Miss Firecracker, Beach Baby and Beach Toddler to be crowned during the Indian Lake Beach Spectacular festivities July 4 at Old Field Beach State Park.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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Cancer Cruise

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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Passing with flying colors

JDC continues trend of 100 percent compliance rating

Despite several consecutive years of 100 percent compliance ratings by the Ohio Department of Youth Services, a Logan County Juvenile Detention Center official said he was still a bit nervous during and after the April 9 inspection of the facility at 104 S.Madriver St.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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‘How do you eat an elephant?’

About 23 years ago, Bellefontaine High School alumni Aaron Reames said he was sitting in the same place as the Class of 2015 graduates, ready to take on the world and pursue the career of his dreams. 

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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SHERIFF BEAT: Serious injuries reported in ATV crash


Lance M. Clark, 22, of Huntsville, was transported by Huntsville squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for incapacitating injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle crash early Saturday morning. 

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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PART III: Living Sober — Obstacles lie ahead in local sober housing debate


Nearly every day, the Bellefontaine Examiner reports on the effects of drug and alcohol addiction. Whether that is in the crime or court beats or the death notices and obituaries, drug and alcohol addiction is a ubiquitous topic in the news that affects small communities throughout America.

There is a flip side to the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction that rarely makes the news. It is the stories of those individuals who make their way out of the barrooms and drug dens back into the workforce, from defendants in child custody cases to responsible parents or from a life of criminal behavior to a life devoted to helping fellow alcoholics and addicts.

These are stories of recovery.

This is the third and final part in a series of stories published by the Examiner this week that shared one woman’s journey to recovery, investigated the local effort to get sober housing in the community and discussed the social and political climate surrounding the issue in Logan County.


A variety of recovery literature and inspirational sayings line the tables of a local 12-step meeting. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

While the House of Hope homes have faced very little opposition in the Columbus neighborhoods where they have been located, selecting a suitable location for recovery homes can be a delicate process in smaller communities.

The ongoing effort to build a recovery house in Findlay has met stiff opposition from community members while the early stages of the local effort to build a women’s sober living house in Urbana is also being met with resistance from property owners.

“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that our field has done a very good job helping people understand the problem of addiction, but we have not done as good a job helping people understand recovery,” said Precia Stuby, executive director of the Hancock County ADAMH Board. “People who don’t have or know someone in recovery but may know the horror stories of addiction don’t know what life is like on the other side of addiction.

“It’s like cancer,” she said. “If everyone you know dies of cancer, you think it is a death sentence. But when you meet a survivor, you realize there is life after cancer.”

Ms. Stuby said residents who argue their property values will be hurt or that fears of safety are a concern don’t understand the concept of a recovery house. While opening a recovery house is an issue in the public eye, active drug users buy and rent homes in residential neighborhoods every day without scrutiny, she said.

“There are typical concerns about property value, crime rates and safety, but people in recovery are, by definition, people who are not using,” Ms. Stuby said. “They are people trying to put the rest of the pieces of their life back together.

“Recovery is essential to the health of our communities and this is one key to help with that.”


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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015

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