Progress: Putnam County business upgrades total $18.1 million

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer OTTAWA — Aided by a state tax incentive program, some Putnam County businesses last year made upgrades that totaled $18.1 million, county economic officials said. Under the Ohio Community Reinvestment Area, a company is granted a tax break for...

Progress: Hancock villages making upgrades

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer New water towers will be erected this year in Mount Blanchard and McComb, and a variety of improvements are on the agenda in other Hancock County villages. In Rawson, finishing touches on a new water tower are underway, as electric work is being...

Progress: NB completing major sewer project

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — One major infrastructure project will be completed in North Baltimore this year, and another significant initiative is being considered by Village Council. By the end of May, the second part of a project to separate storm sewer...

North Baltimore revises water bill relief plan

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Thursday revised a plan to provide relief to water customers who expect high bills after letting their faucets drip to avoid waterline freezes. Last week, Village Council agreed to charge all...

Arcadia board of education OKs use of ‘blizzard bags’

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer ARCADIA — As the state Legislature debates how many additional calamity days to allow school districts during this relentless winter, Arcadia School is preparing a contingency plan. Arcadia school board on Wednesday approved a proposal to permit...

North Baltimore AD stepping down

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board is searching for a new athletic director. The resignation of Bradlee Rowlinson was accepted Tuesday by the board, effective July 1. He has been athletic director since about 2006, school officials...

Village’s new water tower to be installed by next fall

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer McCOMB — A replacement water tower will become a reality in McComb this year, while improvements to a portion of East Oliver Street will continue, according to the village mayor. During his annual state-of-the-village remarks Monday to Village...

NB council to provide water bill relief

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore water customers anticipating higher bills after letting their faucets drip to avoid waterline freezes will catch a break. Village Council on Tuesday agreed to charge customers’ February water bills at...

Water rate hike expected this year

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer ARLINGTON — Water rates in Arlington are expected to rise this summer to start generating “seed money” to help finance the replacement of a water tower, Village Council heard Monday. Arlington’s Board of Public Affairs is...

Two men indicted on drug charges

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer UPPER SANDUSKY — Two area men were indicted this week on felony drug trafficking charges following their arrests Tuesday at a Carey grocery store, the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reported. Stoney A. Dendinger, 27, of Fostoria, was...