Loan possible for justice center project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — The Seneca County commissioners were asked to support an application to a state loan program that can be put toward the proposed joint justice building. John Davoli, executive director of the North Central Ohio Regional Council of...

Electric system equipment purchase OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council on Monday approved a consultant’s recommendation for more than $1.18 million in equipment to construct a new electric substation near Continental Structural Plastics on Wyandot County 96. GPD Group, Akron, recommended...

HPD purchases new computers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Purchase of new computers for Hancock Park District staff was approved by the park board Tuesday during its regular meeting. The $9,000 purchase for eight desktop and two laptop units will upgrade equipment using an obsolete operating system, according...

Foundation work set to begin at new school

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Foundation installation will begin this week at the back of the new Carey school, where the gymnasiums will be located, Superintendent Mike Wank told the school board Monday. Contractors will work their way toward the front of the...

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...