Officials: Channel plans moving ahead

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Plans for an Eagle Creek diversion channel are moving forward, county and city officials said Monday, but there are many steps ahead. Hancock County’s commissioners have yet to make an official break with the Army Corps of Engineers on the...

Sprague spends $23,000 late in primary campaign

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague continued spending thousands of dollars late into his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House, while his opponent, Kevin Rettig, reported little spending for the entire campaign,...

Hancock County plans to pay off connector road debt early

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners voted Thursday to “call in the bonds” on the Interstate 75 connector road project, paying off the $8 million debt three years early. The balance due is $1.9 million. Paying off the bonds early will save Hancock...

Recorder candidates file finance reports

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Heather Pendleton of Findlay, a candidate in the Republican primary election for Hancock County recorder, spent nearly $4,000 late in the campaign, while her opponent spent very little, according to post-election campaign finance reports. That was the...

Townships voice concerns about diversion channel

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Trustees from both Liberty and Eagle townships brought a list of concerns about the proposed 9.4-mile diversion channel to the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday. It was the first meeting between the trustees and the commissioners since the...

14 delegates to represent region

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Six Republican delegates and eight Democratic delegates will represent northwestern Ohio at the presidential conventions this summer. The Republicans and the Democrats have selected delegates to represent each of Ohio’s 16 congressional...

Harrington spent $10,000 on failed bid for county job

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Findlay 5th Ward Councilman John Harrington spent $10,113 on his failed attempt to win the Republican nomination for Hancock County commissioner in the March 15 primary election, his post-election campaign spending report shows. Commissioner Brian...

Special court could help families with drug problems

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County officials are moving forward with plans to establish a special court to work with families struggling with drug addiction. On Thursday, Kristen Johnson, Probate and Juvenile Court judge, asked the county commissioners to help pay for...

8 engineering firms interested in flood-control project

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Eight engineering firms have submitted their qualifications to oversee the design and construction of the proposed Eagle Creek diversion channel, should the Hancock County commissioners opt to begin design work soon. The packets, due...

Hancock crime rate growing, officials say

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s economy is growing, and so is its crime rate, according to the “State of the County” address delivered by the county commissioners Thursday. Many of the economic numbers have already been released by the...