Gazarek holds off election challenge

By JIM MAURER Staff Writer Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek of Findlay was elected to a second, four-year term Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Hancock County Board of Elections. With all 60 precincts reporting, Gazarek received 19,398 votes, or 60.7...

Carey Council pay hike gets first reading

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council gave a first reading to an ordinance Monday to provide a pay increase for council members, but tabled a pay raise for the mayor. Council also gave a first reading to an ordinance to remove the mayor, law director (solicitor)...

8 county races are uncontested

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Eight Hancock County officeholders are unopposed in Tuesday’s general election. All are Republicans. They are: Brian Robertson, 49, of 218 Pembrooke Drive, who is seeking a second, four-year term as county commissioner. He was elected in 2012...

Compactor bought for county landfill

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The purchase of a new compactor/dozer machine for the Hancock County Sanitary Landfill was approved by the county commissioners Thursday. The equipment will replace a used machine which needed electrical repairs. The CAT Model 826K 800 Compactor will be...

Hancock County OKs farmland lease

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners approved a $180-per-acre bid Tuesday from Tim Durbin, 12340 Hancock County 109, Findlay, to lease about 69 acres of county-owned farmland adjacent to the county landfill. The three-year lease will pay the county $12,474...

Hancock County seeking bids for $900K renovation project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners this week approved a resolution to seek bids for $900,000 in renovations to the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court Building at 308 Dorney Plaza, to improve safety and security for staff and visitors. The resolution...

Post office, portion of U.S. 30 named to honor Oxley

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Former Congressman Michael G. Oxley was honored Friday as the Findlay post office on West Main Cross Street and U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County were named for him. Oxley, who died Jan. 1 at age 71, was recognized during a 30-minute ceremony at the...

Campaign spends $16,000 on senior citizens levy

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A committee campaigning for a new senior citizens levy in Hancock County has spent $16,039 so far, a pre-election campaign finance report shows. The Hancock County Agency on Aging, known as 50 North, is asking voters to renew a 0.6-mill levy and approve...

Riegle sworn in as county prosecutor

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER After attending his last meeting as a Hancock County commissioner, Phillip Riegle was sworn in as county prosecutor Thursday afternoon. Riegle was appointed prosecutor by the county Republican Central Committee on Monday. He resigned his commissioner...

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...