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Park district to reduce hunting at Litzenberg

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The annual hunting-with-permission game management program on part of Litzenberg Memorial Woods, south of U.S. 224, will be shortened by two months this year to provide more opportunity for hikers and others to use the land. Hunting by permit will be...

Carey reviews short-term projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A sparsely-attended Carey planning committee meeting on Monday provided a review of existing short-term projects, and a request to develop a department head succession plan as most department heads will be eligible to retire in the next...

County schedules two public hearings on tax

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday setting two public hearing dates for the proposed 0.75 percent sales tax which voters will decide on the Nov. 7 ballot. The first hearing will be at 6 p.m. July 25 at the county...

Grants to pay for repaving, bridge projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Two grants from the state Public Works Commission were approved by the Hancock County commissioners Thursday for bridge rehabilitation on Hancock County 139 and road resurfacing on about 14.8 miles of 14 township and county roads. The bridge project is...

Business to locate in Carey

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The second manufacturing building in Arrowhead Commerce Park, Carey, has a new tenant. It was announced during Wednesday’s Carey Council meeting that Creative Plastic Concepts will locate in the structure. The company, with...

Hancock County sales tax increase need discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson said Thursday the county’s push for additional sales tax revenue is not meant to “grow government” but to alleviate infrastructure needs resulting, in part, from increased criminal activity....

Hancock County to seek larger sales tax

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County elected officials, meeting Wednesday morning to discuss county finances, unanimously agreed that a three-quarter percent sales tax should be sought to replace an existing half-percent tax that expires next year. The additional tax revenue...

Maintenance of river discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Philip Howard on Tuesday joined the list of individuals who have voiced their displeasure to the Hancock County commissioners about maintenance of the Blanchard River. In a back-and-forth with Commissioners Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol during the...

Former Carey school property to be auctioned soon

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — The auction of the former Carey school property on East South Street is moving ahead, Superintendent Mike Wank and Matt Walter, with Walter Brothers Auctioneers, told the school board Monday. Walter showed the school board three potential...

New commissioner says jail expansion needed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Tim Bechtol, who recently marked six months in office, says there are several “huge issues” before the commissioners, and one of them is the need to expand the county jail. Bechtol was selected last year by county...