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Court building may need more work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A Findlay firm that is updating renovation plans for the Hancock County juvenile/probate court building on Dorney Plaza recommended to the county commissioners Tuesday that the building’s electrical system be replaced. Todd Jenkins, an architect...

More road resurfacing projects OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved spending over $1 million in local funds to pay for county and township road resurfacing work this year. Last week, the commissioners approved more than $1.5 million in county/township road repaving...

Hancock County plans $1M-plus in jail upgrades

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to provide funding for various jail maintenance projects, including an estimated $1 million for replacement of sliding doors on jail cells. The resolution calls for the issuance and sale of...

Electric system work discussed at Carey Council

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council was updated Monday about the needs of the village electric system now and in the future, as companies expand and new ones locate in the village. At the top of the expansion list is the medical clinic to be constructed by...

Craun challenges incumbent Bechtol

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol will face a challenge from Paul Craun in the May 8 Republican primary election. Bechtol, 49, of 411 Coventry Drive, Findlay, was appointed in November 2016 and took the oath of office in December 2016. He is now...

Hancock County OKs contracts for road work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The annual county/township road paving and road sealing contracts, totaling more than $1.5 million, were approved this week by the Hancock County commissioners. One of the contracts went to Shelly Co., Findlay, which bid about $791,188 for county and...

Nicki’s demolition bids opened

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The former Nicki’s Bar, at 139 N. Main St. in downtown Findlay, will be demolished soon, after bids were opened Thursday morning by the Hancock County commissioners. The county, which tried for years to acquire the property as part of the downtown...

Commissioners approve extending state grant

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners approved an extension of a state grant to negotiate the purchase of a Fox Street property in the flood plain. The grant from the state Emergency Management Agency was slated to expire March 15, but will be extended to Aug....

Hancock Park District board approves over $410,000 in bids

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved bids of more than $410,000 to construct a replacement for Shelter 2 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The motion was approved 2-0, with Chairman Gary Hirschfeld and Vice Chairman Ed Ingold voting...

Carey board approves tax abatement

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board gave its approval for a 100 percent, 15-year tax abatement for Hanon Systems USA during the board’s regular meeting Monday. The action follows discussion at the April 2 Village Council meeting when village...