Progress 2017: Hancock County’s villages tackle projects, seek grants

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER Grants or other revenue streams will be sought by many of Hancock County’s village governments to help fund big-ticket projects this year. Arcadia and Mount Blanchard officials may consider applying for a Heart and Soul grant that, if awarded,...

Progress 2017: North Baltimore to offer tax incentives for job creation

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Anxious to spark economic development in North Baltimore, Village Council this year will offer an incentive for companies growing their payrolls. Under a job-creation policy enacted by council late last year, a company will be...

Progress 2017: Putnam County creating new quarters for government offices

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Renovations to county-owned buildings and other properties required much of the attention of Putnam County officials during 2016. Vince Schroeder, a Putnam County commissioner, said a former Glandorf complex was renovated for $1.7...

Progress 2017: Infrastructure work, hospital project top Bluffton’s agenda

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Finishing a significant sanitary sewer replacement project will be a highlight for Bluffton Council this year. The $3.5 million, west side sewer replacement is slated to be finished this summer. “We should see a savings in sewer...

9 people indicted on drug charges

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER Nine people were indicted on drug charges this week by a Hancock County grand jury, including seven for cocaine possession. A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. Deanna Deluca, 57, was...

NB Council approves contract for EMS runs

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday signed a formal agreement to provide ambulance runs to Henry Township residents living outside the village. Township trustees recently approved the contract, which will pay North Baltimore...

Arlington Village Council approves funding for ball field work

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Arlington Council on Monday appropriated money to repair neglected ball fields at the village park. Council set a limit at $49,999 for Dura Edge of Michigan to repair and add top dressing to the fields. A lip of soil surrounding...

Arcadia school building proposal reviewed

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER ARCADIA — Arcadia school board on Wednesday examined a revised proposal for school building improvements. In years past, RCM Architects of Findlay has worked with the school district on plans to upgrade school facilities in order to replace...

McComb swimming pool admission hike considered

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER McCOMB — McComb Council on Monday gave the first reading to an ordinance that would increase admission fees for the village swimming pool. With a new agreement with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, village officials said the village...

NB considers EMS contract

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday considered legislation that calls for the village to receive an annual payment from Henry Township for emergency medical runs made to township residents living outside the village. Council...