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Carey approves bid for substation work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council on Monday approved a more than $1.26 million bid from Vaughn Industries, Carey, for the Ogg Street electric substation voltage conversion project. GPD Group, Akron, an electrical architect/consultant overseeing the project,...

Ag week: These organizations speak up for farmers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Who speaks up for farmers and represents their interests? In this region, two organizations do. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Farmers Union both date to the early 1900s. Each works to educate farmers and consumers about the importance of...

4 join Hancock Agriculture Hall of Fame

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER James “Jim” Demler of Eagle Township 74, Findlay, and Emil Nagel of Hancock County 54, Mount Cory, were honored Thursday as Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees. Two other individuals, Lynn Cupples and William “Bill”...

Boat launch construction, parking lot work approved

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Funds for construction of boat launches along the Blanchard River, paving of a parking lot and tree planting were approved by the Hancock Park District commissioners Tuesday. The board approved a resolution appropriating $76,808 to the park...

Greenhouse proposal discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A greenhouse constructed at the Carey school site on South Vance Street will cost much less than a state proposal, Superintendent Mike Wank told the school board Monday. He said the district could build a larger greenhouse than the...

Commissioners offer update; City Mission project to begin

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s motel “bed” tax revenues are up, public hearings on flood-reduction efforts will be held in April, and the county engineer will have an open house in May to showcase his recently-completed maintenance garage. Those...

Carey considers purchasing former Bosserman property

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday allowing the village administration to make an offer to purchase the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment property at 2327 Ohio 568, west of the village limits. A second emergency...

Progress: Carey constructing new school building

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey is building a new school and buying electricity from a new solar farm built on village property. Major drainage and electrical projects are also underway in the village. Construction continues on the Carey school after a...

Progress: Park district works to increase river recreation

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock Park District staff was notified in January that a state grant has been awarded for constructing concrete boat launches at Liberty Landing and Blanchard Landing. Park district Director Gary Pruitt said the $76,808 grant from the state Department...

Progress: New farm bill a challenge for producers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Farmers in the region are making lists and checking them twice as they try to understand the risk-management programs offered through the new federal farm bill. Landowners and farmers have until March 31 to choose between continuing programs in the farm...