Abuse victim tells parents be vigilant over children

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Be vigilant and watch the children. Be aware and be educated. Talk. Those were some of the closing remarks made by Matthew Sandusky on Monday at the annual meeting of Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services. Sandusky, adopted son of now...

Hospitals conduct Ebola drills, review plans

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Readiness and education are Ohio’s two best tools for reducing the threat of an Ebola outbreak, local health officials said Thursday. Blanchard Valley Hospital will conduct an Ebola drill today with its staff. Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper...

Few applying for city’s tax exemption program

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay home and business owners who have made improvements to their property in 2014 have until Dec. 15 to apply for the city’s tax exemption program. So far, few have applied for the tax break, said Matt Cordonnier, director of the Hancock...

Commissioners prepare budget projections

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Hancock County’s commissioners are working on 2015 budget projections in preparation for department hearings to be held in November. The commissioners met with the county budget commission on Tuesday and reviewed third-quarter numbers. The...

Gas-to-energy project on display

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER An open house at the now complete gas-to-energy project at the Hancock County Landfill will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, with events kicking off at the generation station, 3574 Allen Township 142. The project captures methane gas from the...

Grant meeting attracts 7 towns

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Turnout at the first “Community Heart & Soul” meeting in Hancock County was good, with 25 leaders from seven small towns attending to learn about the grant process. The “pre-proposal” meeting, hosted by the Findlay-Hancock...

County covering river cleanup fee

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners decided Tuesday to pay the $9-per-property fee that would have been assessed to the owners of 32,065 Hancock County parcels for the Blanchard River cleanup. The county’s share of the bill totals $288,585, and...

Flood-control money awarded

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER About $950,000 for flood-control efforts in Hancock and Putnam counties was awarded Monday by the State Controlling Board. The money came from the state’s disaster services fund. Most of the money, $900,000, will reimburse the Hancock County...

Army Corps’ flood-control plan: Comments show public concern

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer When the Army Corps of Engineers asked for comments on preliminary flood-control plans in December 2012, the Boy Scouts of America raised the first formal concern. Scout officials worried about a plan for a water detention dam on Eagle Creek, just...

Supreme Court justice gives Hancock GOP a pep talk

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy gave the Hancock County GOP a star-spangled pep talk Friday, warning Republicans to get to the polls Nov. 4, but it was her intensely personal testimony about her family’s struggle with mental illness...