New dispatch policy discussed

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — News of a possible change in the way ambulance and fire runs are dispatched caught some North Baltimore Council members off guard Tuesday, and caused alarm for village dispatchers. According to village officials, the Wood...

Arlington Council approves pay hikes

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Arlington Council on Monday approved 1.5 percent pay hikes for municipal workers. The raises will be retroactive to the first of the year, according to village officials. Separately, Village Council was told that the snow shoveled...

McComb wins $130,000 grant

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER McCOMB — McComb has been awarded the inaugural “Heart and Soul” grant in Hancock County, Village Council was told Monday. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and the Orton Family Foundation selected McComb to receive...

McComb fire chief remembered for bettering department

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer McCOMB — John “Mike” Voland parlayed an interest in machinery and motors into a quest for better equipment for the McComb Fire Department, rising to chief after becoming a firefighter in 1990. Voland died Oct. 5 at Bridge Hospice...

Rush hour snow disrupts traffic

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer A snowfall late Wednesday afternoon created slick roads for rush hour travelers, area law enforcement representatives reported. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of an injury accident at 6:03 p.m. Wednesday at Ohio...

NB Council discusses snow removal policies

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday again discussed its snow removal and parking policies. Motorists parking on sidewalks and people not shoveling sidewalks drew council’s attention for the second consecutive meeting....

Electricity rate program on ballot

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Arlington voters will be asked in May to consider enacting an electricity aggregation program in an effort to lower electric bills. Arlington Council on Monday agreed to have the Hancock County Board of Elections place the issue on...

Heavy snow blankets area

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER Perhaps Sunday’s Super Bowl as well as the dire weather forecast can be credited with keeping many people at home and off the city’s slippery and snowy streets. “That might help,” one officer with the Findlay Police Department...

New water tower built

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER McCOMB — McComb’s new water tower has been erected and should be ready for service in mid-June, Village Council heard Monday. Welding of the 100,000-gallon tower has been done, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said. In the spring,...

Snow, wind hampering motorists

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER Swirling and blowing snow — along with some fog — caused headaches for travelers Sunday. Level one weather alerts were issued in Hancock, Putnam, Hardin, Allen and Seneca counties Sunday night. The weather alert asks drivers to use caution...