WITH VIDEOS: 2 commissioner candidates square off at public forum

  By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER In a rapid-fire exchange of questions and answers, Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol and Republican challenger Paul Craun spent nearly an hour giving their views about flooding, county services and a host of other topics Thursday night....

Carey library levy before voters

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — Voters in the Carey School District, which includes a portion of Wyandot and Seneca counties, will decide May 8 whether to renew a 1.75-mill, five-year levy to fund general operations at Dorcas Carey Public Library. The levy would...

Trees along Blanchard River removed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The trees have been removed along the Blanchard River in the area where the river will be widened later this year, Steve Wilson, project manager for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, told the Hancock County commissioners Tuesday. The...

Electric system review planned for Carey

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — With major electric projects nearly complete, including a substation near Continental Structural Plastics and replacement of utility poles, “it is time to take stock and identify which pieces remain to be completed,” Carey...

Landowners propose more river widening

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners heard from a group of landowners in Hancock and Putnam counties Thursday morning who proposed widening the Blanchard River as it flows west from Hancock County through Putnam County. Nine individuals, including members...

County purchases vehicles for sheriff’s office

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will purchase nine vehicles and trade-in 11 vehicles to upgrade its fleet. The county commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the transactions Tuesday. Net cost will be nearly $300,000, which includes...

Commissioners award contracts for ditch maintenance work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved four ditch maintenance projects totaling more than $31,000. Property owners will be assessed for the work. Kramer Excavating and Drainage, Findlay, will do two of the projects: the Oil Single County...

Contract awarded for bridge deck

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A contract with Miller Brothers of Archbold, for replacement of a bridge deck on Hancock County 139, was approved by the Hancock County commissioners this week. The cost will be about $412,077, with the state Public Works Commission providing $319,630...

Drug epidemic affecting Hancock County budget

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The venue was different, but the Hancock County commissioners’ message was the same at Tuesday’s annual “state of the county address.” The county’s prosperity is being tempered by the drug epidemic, which is impacting the...

Carey may have to replace lead waterlines

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Village Administrator Roy Johnson said Monday that Carey may need expensive waterline improvements to reduce lead, and high-priced improvements also are on the horizon for the village’s electric system. Recent legislative action on...