Hancock commissioner faces GOP competition

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol will face a challenger in the May primary election. Paul Craun of Findlay, a construction professional with Alvada Construction, has filed candidacy petitions to run against Bechtol in the Republican primary on...

Hancock Public Health seeks new quarters

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock Public Health, the merged city-county health department, is cramped for space and two health officials on Tuesday asked the Hancock County commissioners to help obtain a new building. Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi and health board member...

Carey Council tables meter reader legislation

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A long-anticipated and long-discussed automated meter reader project will have to wait a little longer before Carey Council takes any action. Council tabled an ordinance Monday to allow village Administrator Roy Johnson to advertise, seek...

Waterline project contract awarded

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A contract with Underground Utilities of Monroeville for installation of a waterline extension on Allen Township 142 was approved Thursday by the Hancock County commissioners. The extension will create a waterline “loop” with an existing...

Job and Family Services levy heads for ballot

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to place a 1.2-mill, 10-year levy on the May 8 ballot to help finance programs of the county’s Department of Job and Family Services. Earlier this month, the commissioners approved a...

Carey Chamber dinner covers 2017 highlights

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The 24th annual Carey Area Chamber of Commerce dinner had a positive vibe Monday night as chamber officials and Mayor Jennifer Rathburn highlighted a multitude of achievements and gave a glimpse of what will be done this year. The chamber...

Blanchard Valley planning new medical clinic for Carey

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Blanchard Valley Health Systems has indicated, during recent public meetings with residents, that it wants to construct a new medical clinic in Carey. On Tuesday, the Carey Planning Commission recommended a lot split and a zoning...

Waterline ‘loop’ project bids opened

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A Monroeville company was the apparent low bidder Thursday for construction of a waterline extension on Allen Township 142 to create a waterline “loop” with an existing line on Hancock County 99. The waterline extension will serve the...

Carey sells property to village employee

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Village Council decided Thursday to sell village-owned property on Toledo Street, which includes several buildings, to Carey resident Neil Puchta Jr. Puchta submitted the only bid for the property, village Administrator Roy Johnson told...

Four Hancock County offices up for election

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Four Hancock County government offices will be up for election this year, and county voters also will help pick candidates for seats in the Ohio Legislature and Congress. No Findlay, township, village or school board seats will be decided this year,...