Bechtol outspent GOP challenger in commissioner contest

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol outspent challenger Paul Craun by about $1,000 in the Republican primary election, campaign finance reports show. Post-election campaign spending reports were due Friday from candidates and campaign committees...

Grant sought to help with jail overcrowding

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved seeking a $50,000 federal grant to help the county reduce jail overcrowding. The county’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services agency is filing the application, which must be...

Drainage swale through Oakwoods discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock Park District board on Tuesday discussed a proposed storm water drainage easement through Oakwoods Nature Preserve, to benefit residents of the Dold Subdivision along Hancock County 9. Van Horn Hoover and Associates was contracted to resolve...

Cost of county jail work expected soon

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A budget for various repairs at the Hancock County jail should be done by Friday, James Sammet, county maintenance supervisor, told the commissioners during a meeting Tuesday. The list of projects will include metal roofing, masonry, painting, doors,...

Carey business donates to new ballfields

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board approved a resolution Monday accepting an $8,500 donation from Continental Structural Plastics, Carey, toward a fundraising effort for the new baseball and softball complex on school property. The school’s athletic...

Hancock County facing tight budget

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners continue to deal with a tight budget that is pinched by mandated expenses and declining sales tax revenue, Commissioner President Brian Robertson said during the board’s regular meeting Thursday. He said the county...

County drainage project discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A proposed drainage project that would benefit the Western Meadows subdivision, on Findlay’s west side, was discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at the Hancock County engineer’s assembly room. A petition filed by Philip Ridenour seeks...

Carey may switch tax agency

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey officials will continue to discuss switching to a different firm to handle the village income tax payments, after displeasure was again voiced Monday about the Cleveland department which has handled the duty since 2016. The annual...

Grass remains off-limits at Dorney Plaza

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioners Tim Bechtol and Mark Gazarek on Tuesday emphasized that groups wanting to use Dorney Plaza for events this summer must stay off the grass, which was installed last year as part of improvements to the plaza located adjacent...

Glass recycling may be offered again at Litter Landing

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Discussions have started with a company that could take glass at Litter Landing, the recycling center overseen by the Hancock County commissioners. During a brief update to the commissioners Thursday, Courtney Comstock, director of the Hancock County...