Near-record corn yields expected

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Farmers in the region harvested a big corn crop, as expected, but high soybean yields were the “surprise story” this fall, according to Ed Lentz, Hancock County extension educator. Farmers knew the corn crop was going to be “something...

Charities need assistance to bring holiday cheer

By JIM MAURER and MAX FILBY STAFF WRITERS Charities need assistance as they prepare to bring holiday cheer to families in need. Charities are asking residents and businesses to donate items such as nonperishable food, clothing, toys, gas cards, and even diapers. Money donations...

NBC to tell farm couple’s website story

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Dawn and Kyle Heidlebaugh got married in December 2013 after meeting on farmersonly.com, a dating website for rural residents, earlier that year. Following the wedding, Dawn was trying to take her profile off the website and when asked why, she told...

School resource officers OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER FOSTORIA — Fostoria school board approved an agreement with the city Monday for two full-time school resource officers for this school year. The district previously paid for two Fostoria police officers to serve in the school district buildings....

HPD’s strategic plan adopted

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER After nearly a year and a half of development, the Hancock Park District board on Wednesday approved a Strategic and Comprehensive Plan for Programs, Parks and Recreational Facilities. The 116-page plan, prepared by park district Director Gary Pruitt in...

Board OKs locally-funded building items

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding for more than $3.3 million in locally-funded items for the new school building. These include items not covered by state funding, but decided by the board and community to...

Wyandot voters approve aging, library levies

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County voters on Tuesday renewed a 0.4-mill, five-year levy for the county Council on Aging, with 4,118 votes for the levy and 1,610 votes against. Several other issues on Tuesday’s ballot, including renewal levies...

Kerschner takes Seneca County commissioner seat

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Republican Michael Kerschner captured a county commissioner seat Tuesday, defeating former Commissioner David Sauber Sr., according to unofficial results from the Seneca County Board of Elections. The votes include absentee ballots....

Carey insurance costs discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Village Administrator Roy Johnson and Mayor Steve Smalley will contact Chapman and Chapman, the village’s third-party consultant for health insurance, to ask for help in dealing with rising health insurance costs. The company was...

Bids opened for Carey culvert project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — J&J Schlaegel Co., Urbana, with a bid of about $533,800, was the low bidder for a Spring Run culvert extension from Carey Senior Depot on East Findlay Street to Patterson Street, Carey Administrator Roy Johnson told Village Council...