Veteran registry underway

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER If you see a veteran at the Hancock County Fair, give them a wave, and see if they wave back, sporting a new hand fan from the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. It is a small memento, but a fun way to spread the word that the office is working...

Ottawa’s flood-control plan advances

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has agreed to begin work on the flood-control plan for the lower Blanchard River and the Village of Ottawa. The conservancy district voted this week to take over leadership of the project at the request of...

BVC board to operate new group home for adults

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer A Richard Avenue property will soon be established as a new group home for adults with developmental disabilities. The house, at 1533 Richard Ave., has been used as an adult day care by the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities. It will...

Army Corps doing most work on flood study

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Most of the work on the Blanchard River flood study is being done by Army Corps of Engineers personnel. According to budget figures released last week by the corps, 64 percent of the $5.9 million already spent on the study has been for Army Corps...

Library debt paid in full

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER A $2 million debt, used to finance the expansion and renovation of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, has been paid in full. The commissioners signed the deed to the building over to the library’s board on Tuesday. In 1988, the...

Changes coming to rural post offices

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Hamler’s post office began operating on shorter hours Monday. It is a change that will be coming to most rural post offices soon. “Everything is going great,” said a Hamler postal worker. “At least the post...

Hancock County ballot issues set

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton and Van Buren school districts have building issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. Seven other tax issues and one liquor question also will be on the ballot in parts of Hancock County. Arlington, Jenera, Mount Blanchard, Allen Township, and two...

Corps official promises better communication

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Crowds of frustrated people greeted Lt. Col. Karl D. Jansen, new commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District, on his tour Wednesday of flood-prone areas in both Findlay and Ottawa. While Jansen spent much of the tour talking with...

Ottawa to push ahead with flood project

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Ottawa officials said Tuesday they plan to move forward with flood-control construction in their part of the Blanchard River watershed, using state money to fund the work. Jason Phillips, Ottawa’s assistant municipal director,...

Putnam County may pull out of flood study

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Putnam County officials are considering pulling out of the Blanchard River flood study due to frustrations with the Army Corps of Engineers. On Monday, a source close to the situation called it a “distinct possibility.” Over the years, the...