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...

Jail window project finished

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Sheriff Michael Heldman and Lt. Ryan Kidwell, jail administrator, updated the Hancock County commissioners Thursday on the recently-completed window replacement project at the county jail. The project to replace glass and repair window frames began last...

County awards road resurfacing contract

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER With a bid of $1,277,097, M and B Asphalt, Old Fort, was awarded the annual county/township road resurfacing contract during the Hancock County commissioners’ regular meeting Thursday. Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol approved the...

Carey buys two portable generators

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A recent power outage, which knocked out Police Department equipment, should not be repeated after council this week approved buying two generators to be installed at Waterworks Park and the Public Services Building. The village already...

Citing threats, Carey’s Getz, Beckley step down

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Both Carey Mayor Armand Getz and Law Director Emily Beckley, who said they have received threats after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer were not recited at the last council meeting, announced Monday they are resigning,...

County buys another Main Street building

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Another North Main Street property has been purchased by the Hancock County commissioners in a continuing effort to reduce the impact that flooding has on the downtown. Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol on Thursday approved paying about...

Recycling changes proposed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A team of recycling officials from across the state has suggested significant changes in operations at Litter Landing Recycling Facility, 1720 E. Sandusky St. Jim Skora, with GT Environmental, based in Westerville, and Chet Chaney, with the state...

County officials may move probate/juvenile court

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners said Tuesday they are considering moving Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court to a new location, rather than doing expensive renovations to the current building. During a meeting with Probate/Juvenile Court Judge...

Bids opened for courthouse work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A Minster contractor was the apparent low bidder for drainage improvements around the Hancock County Courthouse when bids were opened Tuesday. Heyne Construction submitted a general construction bid of $262,800 with an additional $54,500 for several...