Farmers hear potential uses of solar energy

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CUSTAR — Solar energy is an option for farmers who want to reduce electricity use in their barns or grain-drying operation. While the initial financial outlay is sizable, payback is relatively quick, Eric Romich, Ohio State University Extension...

Area farmer finds use for byproduct of making ethanol

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A Hancock County farmer has found a valuable use for the byproducts of ethanol production — as cattle feed. During the process of manufacturing ethanol, which is used as a fuel additive for gasoline, both wet and dried distillers grain are...

Wheat harvest yields increase

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Farmers in the region aren’t planting as much wheat as in years past, but those who did enjoyed “a good harvest” this month with strong yields and no plant disease, reports Ed Lentz, agriculture/natural resources educator for Ohio...

Cole named as new Carey Council member

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Melissa Cole, the athletic trainer at Carey schools, was selected as the newest Carey Council member on Monday and took the oath of office from Mayor Steve Smalley. She replaces John Green, who resigned effective May 31 because of a...

New rules jeopardize wind farm plans

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — A proposed wind turbine farm near Leipsic is being reconsidered after the state Legislature passed bills that make it more difficult for companies to build in the state, according to wind industry leaders. Previous state rules required...

Carey board OKs teachers contract

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The Carey school board on Monday approved a three-year contract with the Carey Education Association, representing district teachers, at the end of a more than 3½-hour meeting. Teachers will receive a pay increase of 2 percent in 2014-15...

Ceremony kicks off Carey school project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — It was a blue and white day for Carey schools on Friday. The school colors were worn by many in the crowd, and also adorned balloons launched into a blue and white sky as a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Carey’s new school. It...

Sale of development center proposed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Lewis Hurst, superintendent of the Seneca County Opportunity Center, has asked the county commissioners to consider selling the building that houses the Early Childhood Development Center in Fostoria. The center’s services in...

Financing sought for projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to submit a letter of intent to American Municipal Power, Columbus, to borrow $7 million to pay for electrical system upgrades. The projects include construction of a new 15-megavolt...

‘Classics’ rolled out for big show

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER If you have a car, truck or motorcycle you are proud of and want to show it off, today is the day. “Classic Memories IX,” the annual car show hosted by the Flag City Classics club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Owens Community...