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...

County pleased with latest bond rating

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday praised the county’s recently-released bond rating of Aa2 established by Moody’s Investors Service, Chicago office. County officials were told of the rating following a phone conversation last...

WITH VIDEOS: Bateson, Gazarek debate issues

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER While Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek and challenger William Bateson agreed on many issues during an hour-long forum at the University of Findlay Thursday night, there were clearly some divisions, including on the issues of flood control,...

Blue Devil Parkway funds OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey school board approved paying half the cost for improvements to Blue Devil Parkway, the road through Memorial Park which provides additional access to Carey school. The board’s resolution states the school will pay about...

Grant request decision delayed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners will seek additional information from Blanchard River Watershed Partnership personnel on a grant request to replace a septic system at a West Main Cross Street/Ohio 12 residence. The commissioners did not take action on...