Hancock County seeking bids for $900K renovation project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners this week approved a resolution to seek bids for $900,000 in renovations to the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court Building at 308 Dorney Plaza, to improve safety and security for staff and visitors. The resolution...

Post office, portion of U.S. 30 named to honor Oxley

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Former Congressman Michael G. Oxley was honored Friday as the Findlay post office on West Main Cross Street and U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County were named for him. Oxley, who died Jan. 1 at age 71, was recognized during a 30-minute ceremony at the...

Campaign spends $16,000 on senior citizens levy

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A committee campaigning for a new senior citizens levy in Hancock County has spent $16,039 so far, a pre-election campaign finance report shows. The Hancock County Agency on Aging, known as 50 North, is asking voters to renew a 0.6-mill levy and approve...

Riegle sworn in as county prosecutor

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER After attending his last meeting as a Hancock County commissioner, Phillip Riegle was sworn in as county prosecutor Thursday afternoon. Riegle was appointed prosecutor by the county Republican Central Committee on Monday. He resigned his commissioner...

Over $21,000 spent on levy campaign

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Citizens Committee for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services reported $10,200 in new contributions and campaign spending of $21,427 on its pre-election campaign finance report filed by Thursday’s deadline. Candidates who spend or receive...

Gazarek outspending Bateson in Hancock commissioner race

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek’s re-election campaign is attracting more donations and spending more money than the campaign of independent challenger William Bateson, election finance reports show. Gazarek’s campaign reported new...

County OKs contract for septic system

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Kershner Excavating, McComb, will replace a septic system at 2201 W. Main Cross St. for about $11,020, following Hancock County commissioners’ approval of a resolution Thursday. The commissioners have been discussing the issue in recent weeks....

Wyandot County voters to decide sales tax renewal

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to continue a half-percent, five-year sales and use tax that funds county sheriff’s operations and the county emergency medical service. County residents also are being asked...

Pay hike for Carey council considered

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Carey Councilman Chad Kin again suggested a pay raise for council members, which would double their pay when their next terms begin. Council members are paid $2,000 annually. During Monday’s regular council meeting, Kin suggested a $2,000 increase...

Turn lane OK’d near Whirlpool

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to construct a turn lane along Hancock County 220 in front of Whirlpool Corp. B Hillz Excavating, Wayne, will complete the project for $77,224. Separately, the commissioners requested expense...