Decision on Carey automated meter readers put off

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A decision by Carey Council on the long-discussed installation of automated meter readers to assist with water meter and electric meter billing, will wait at least another two weeks. Council decided to have Verizon Wireless personnel make...

Two vying for municipal judge’s post

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — Two Republican attorneys, James Gucker, 5855 Wyandot County Highway 2, McCutchenville, and James Ruhlen, 430 W. Johnson St., Upper Sandusky, will vie for their party’s nomination for judge of Upper Sandusky Municipal Court...

Stantec to develop ‘green space’ plan for vacant riverside land

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to have the Stantec engineering firm develop a “green space” plan for using vacant land along the Blanchard River following demolition of flood-prone properties in recent years. The...

Commissioners OK contract for courthouse drainage work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $317,300 contract with Heyne Construction, Minster, for drainage improvements around the county courthouse. On April 6, the commissioners approved an additional appropriation of $362,000 to cover...

Carey school officials await word on grant

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school officials continue to await word on a “Safe Routes to School” grant application submitted last month to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The district is seeking about $306,000. If approved, the funds would be...

Hancock sheriff’s workers to get pay hikes

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a tentative contract with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association which would provide 2 percent raises each of the next three years to deputies, communications officers and sergeants. The...

Carey planning Facebook page

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey will have a larger presence on social media soon. Mayor Jennifer Rathburn offered Monday to oversee a Facebook page to keep residents informed of village happenings and “reach people where they’re at,” she said...

Commissioners urge support for county sales tax renewal

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners urged the public Friday to support renewal of the county’s 10-year, half-percent sales tax when it comes up for renewal in the future. The commissioners gave a “state of the county” address during the...

Commissioners OK agreement for Dorney work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday authorizing a cooperative agreement with Findlay for renovations to Dorney Plaza. Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol approved the resolution, while Commissioner Mark Gazarek...

Carey Council meeting begins with Pledge of Allegiance

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — With a new mayor at the helm, Carey Council began its meeting Monday with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. At the last council meeting, a dispute over former Mayor Armand Getz’s decision to end the tradition of...