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Job and Family Services to get new vehicle

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan for the county Job and Family Services agency during a regular meeting Thursday. The vehicle is being purchased from Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and costs $23,646....

McComb seeks separation from township

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners have received a request to separate McComb from Pleasant Township. Properties have been annexed to the village in the past, but those properties continue to pay real estate taxes to the township. The goal of the request...

Pro-levy group spends $17,000

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A committee that campaigned for passage of a 1.2-mill, 10-year property tax for the Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services raised a total of $21,000 and spent more than $17,000 on the unsuccessful effort, campaign finance reports show. The...

Bechtol outspent GOP challenger in commissioner contest

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol outspent challenger Paul Craun by about $1,000 in the Republican primary election, campaign finance reports show. Post-election campaign spending reports were due Friday from candidates and campaign committees...

Grant sought to help with jail overcrowding

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved seeking a $50,000 federal grant to help the county reduce jail overcrowding. The county’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services agency is filing the application, which must be...

Drainage swale through Oakwoods discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock Park District board on Tuesday discussed a proposed storm water drainage easement through Oakwoods Nature Preserve, to benefit residents of the Dold Subdivision along Hancock County 9. Van Horn Hoover and Associates was contracted to resolve...

Cost of county jail work expected soon

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A budget for various repairs at the Hancock County jail should be done by Friday, James Sammet, county maintenance supervisor, told the commissioners during a meeting Tuesday. The list of projects will include metal roofing, masonry, painting, doors,...

Carey business donates to new ballfields

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board approved a resolution Monday accepting an $8,500 donation from Continental Structural Plastics, Carey, toward a fundraising effort for the new baseball and softball complex on school property. The school’s athletic...

Hancock County facing tight budget

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners continue to deal with a tight budget that is pinched by mandated expenses and declining sales tax revenue, Commissioner President Brian Robertson said during the board’s regular meeting Thursday. He said the county...

County drainage project discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A proposed drainage project that would benefit the Western Meadows subdivision, on Findlay’s west side, was discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at the Hancock County engineer’s assembly room. A petition filed by Philip Ridenour seeks...