Board appointments draw questions

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Appointments made to the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board continue to raise questions and tempers. The Hancock County commissioners met with Precia Stuby, director of the agency, and board Chairman Brian...

Veterans to get free food, fair pass

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s Veterans Service Office is sponsoring a day at the fair this year, which means veterans will get a free pass after 3 p.m. on Friday. As is tradition, veterans will still be able to attend the fair for $2 on opening day,...

River project to target ash trees

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer A project that would clear dead ash trees from the Blanchard River may be ready for bid by this fall. The Hancock County commissioners met Thursday with Gary Tuttle, district technician for the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District, for an...

Corps’ new plan: mixed reactions

VIDEOS: Corps discusses flood control plan changes By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Army Corps of Engineers explained details of its new, cheaper flood-control plan Tuesday, but still faced emotional opposition from a handful of disbelieving farmers. At least one farmer shouted...

Consulting firm hired to serve as health board commissioner

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Hancock County Combined Board of Health has opted to delay its decision on hiring a full-time commissioner, deciding instead to contract for the services from its consulting firm. Board President Barbara Pasztor said the board has contracted with...

Army Corps drops levee from plan

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER On the eighth anniversary of Findlay’s catastrophic 2007 flood, the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday announced it would drop a proposed levee from its Blanchard River flood-control plan, and modify its Eagle Creek diversion channel. Corps...

County OKs demolition bidding

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners voted Thursday to seek bids for the demolition of their former offices at 222 Broadway. Bids will be accepted until 11 a.m. Sept. 8. Bid documents are available at the commissioners’ office, 514 S. Main St....

Hancock County to seek grant to replace septic systems

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County plans to pursue another federal grant to help rural homeowners replace septic systems. In 2011, the county was awarded a $160,000 grant to help low-income, rural homeowners replace failed septic systems. A total of 18 systems were...

County extending Distribution Drive

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners awarded a $686,317 contract to JDR Excavating, Findlay, on Thursday to extend Distribution Drive south to Hancock County 212. The construction will straighten Distribution Drive and eliminate its intersection with...

PTSD claims: Vets can reapply

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Veterans whose disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder have been denied by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are being encouraged to reapply, said Nichole Coleman, executive director of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office....