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...

Hite talks emotionally about Tess’ Law

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER When state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, stepped to the podium at the Kiwanis Club luncheon Wednesday, he sounded every bit the politician with an election to win. He even plunked a chorus of “Happy Birthday” on the piano at St. Marks United...

Single health agency? Offer is on the way

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The District Advisory Council, which oversees Hancock County’s Health Department, plans to make the city of Findlay an offer on creating a single health agency. “We agreed there is enough information that we can put together a contract to...

Flood study in Army Corps’ budget

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Count the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Study among the Army Corps of Engineers’ $4.8 billion in funded projects this year. A total of $1.5 million has been budgeted by the corps to finish the Blanchard River flood study. That’s half...

Progress: Hancock County makes headway on flood control

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer After years of struggling with damage caused by the flood of August 2007, the Hancock County commissioners made headway last year with both cleanup and future flood control. Much of the credit, they said, belongs to former commissioners. Efforts to...

Progress: Technology transforming utilities

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Innovations by utilities make it clear that technology will continue to be a driver in both work and play in 2014. Whether it’s Time Warner Cable’s new multi-platform television, or AT&T’s expanding wireless, Wi-Fi and high-speed...