State providing another $4M for flood control

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER State Sen. Cliff Hite and state Rep. Robert Sprague announced Monday that area flood-control efforts are in line for more state funding. Sprague said Ohio will earmark $4 million for flood-control construction in Ottawa. That is in addition to $3...

Experts to assess brownfield near Interstate 75

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer A 58-acre tract of land on Findlay’s north side, now considered a brownfield, is about to get a closer look by environmental experts. Hancock County’s commissioners have approved a detailed environmental assessment of the site, using money...

County approves floodlight for Hancock statue

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The statue of John Hancock, standing atop the Hancock County Courthouse in downtown Findlay, will soon light up the city skyline again. The county commissioners voted Thursday to sign an agreement with First Federal Bank, 301 S. Main St., for the...

State money would aid Kan Du plans

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Kan Du art studio is looking for more than just elbow room. It wants to become part of a community visual arts center. Kan Du leaders want to move from their quarters at 329 S. Main St. in downtown Findlay, and state government is offering money to...

Spring starts, forecast is chilly

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Spring arrives today, despite the weatherman’s chilly forecast. The official time of the spring equinox is 12:57 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. Equinox means “equal night” in Latin. The equinox occurs twice a year when the sun is...

Agency dispute settled

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer OTTAWA — The Putnam County Board of Elections has ended its feud over the appointment of a deputy director, voting to name a new officer Tuesday. Chairman Virginia Price said the board voted 3-1 to name Rebecca Hermiller, a Republican, as the...

Annexation of industrial park site approved

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners on Tuesday approved the annexation, from Marion Township to Findlay, of the bulk of property needed for a new 350-acre industrial park. Located on Findlay’s northeast side, the land is bordered by East...

Elections board in turmoil

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Turmoil continues on the Putnam County Board of Elections. Last year, Secretary of State Jon Husted replaced two elections board members who violated Ohio’s open meeting laws. Early this month, Husted named a former elections board...

Commissioners close meeting, citing new law

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners went into a closed session Tuesday, citing a new state law that allows public bodies to discuss economic development behind closed doors. The commissioners gave no reason for the closed session except that it was to...

Commissioners offer update

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners, buoyed by news from the Army Corps of Engineers, gave an update on county government at the Hancock County Republican Party’s First Friday Luncheon. The Army Corps announced this week that the Blanchard River...