Fire damages home in Mount Blanchard

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER MOUNT BLANCHARD — A chimney fire caused extensive damage to a Mount Blanchard residence at 11:21 a.m. Sunday, according to the Delaware Township Fire Department. A family of four was displaced, according to the American Red Cross North Central...

McComb fire called arson

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER McCOMB — An investigation continues into a break-in and arson this week at the public water dispensary at the McComb village park, authorities said Thursday. A reward is being offered by state officials. Acting on a call from a passer-by, the...

6 people indicted on drug charges

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER Secret indictments were released this week, charging six Findlay residents with drug-related offenses. A grand jury indicted Bronson A. Moser, 29, on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, each a fourth-degree felony. On June 28 and again on...

North Baltimore principal gets three-year contract

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Three administrative contracts were approved Tuesday by the North Baltimore school board. A three-year contract was awarded to High School Principal Bob Falkenstein at a base salary of $88,082. Special Services Director Laura...

McComb emergency shelter plan to be updated

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER McCOMB — McComb officials want to update the village emergency shelter plan, Village Council heard Monday. The plan outlines where residents can go in the event of a major storm or other catastrophe. Churches and other sites are used for housing...

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...