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State EPA to evaluate county recycling program

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Lorain County’s recycling program, including the recycling of glass bottles, is a model for Ohio, according to the state Environmental Protection Agency. The key is the public’s determination to recycle in the first place, said Keith...

EPA disputing group’s water tests in Ohio

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer A study about tap water, released this week by an environmental advocacy group, caused enough of a stir that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a statement Thursday rebuking it. In the report, EWG, a nonprofit agency based in Washington,...

Elections board deadlocks on Bateson issue

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Hancock County elections board has deadlocked on whether to file a complaint against the Committee to Elect William Bateson for Commissioner, and it will be up to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to break the tie. Bateson, an independent...

Supreme Court candidate stops in city

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Meet Judge Pat Fischer, the Republican candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, and chances are good the encounter will include a civics lesson, maybe two. Fischer has served as judge on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County since...

‘We must vote for Trump,’ GOP lunch told

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The Hancock County Republican Party’s effort to rally behind Donald Trump as their presidential nominee was less than convincing as the GOP gathered for its First Friday luncheon. “We must vote for Trump, don’t you agree?” said...

Maumee District takes over flood plans

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Flood control planning in Hancock County came under new management Thursday. The county commissioners and the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, Defiance, voted to approve an agreement that puts the conservancy district in charge of the day-to-day...

Miller named Findlay judge

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to serve as a judge with the Findlay Municipal Court, and Commissioner Phillip Riegle will be his successor as prosecutor. Miller’s appointment was made Thursday by the...

Recorder’s office will add clerk

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER With the fourth quarter of the year expected to be busy, and a new Hancock County recorder expected to take the reins in January, the commissioners agreed Tuesday to finance an extra position in the office until the end of the year. Retiring county...

Widow carries on husband’s fair tradition

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Call it a labor of love. Carol Baughman, 89, of Findlay, has volunteered as assistant superintendent of open class woodworking at the Hancock County Fair for 22 years, and she doesn’t woodwork. Her late husband, Daniel, however, was known as a...

County to join sweep of card skimmers

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County will join a statewide sweep for credit card skimmers over the Labor Day weekend. County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg said the sweep is meant to protect holiday travelers from credit card skimmers at the gas pump. Skimmers are small...