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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...

Carey pares down grant request

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A “Safe Routes to School” grant application submitted earlier this month by Carey school personnel requested fewer projects and less money in an effort to make the grant more appealing to state transportation officials who will...

Commissioners OK contracts

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock County commissioners on Thursday approved annual contracts between the county Job and Family Services agency and three other county departments: clerk of courts, juvenile court, and common pleas court, which receive federal funds for Child...

Hancock County shifting responsibility for program

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER For the past year, the Hancock County commissioners have served as administrative agent for the Family and Children First Council, which operates Help Me Grow, an early childhood development program. As of July 1, Hancock County Job and Family Services...

Carey appoints first school resource officer

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Policeman Brian Lomeli will become the first “school resource officer” in the village schools on March 20, Mayor Armand Getz announced during Carey Council’s regular meeting Monday. Lomeli has been working as a...

County opens bids for ditch project

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Neff Construction, Bluffton, is the apparent low bidder for drainage maintenance on the Nimrod-Bright ditch, east of Findlay. The company’s bid of $33,632 was the lowest of two bids received by the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District. The...

Dorney Plaza work may begin this month

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Demolition work in Dorney Plaza, to prepare for the renovation of the plaza and nearby drainage improvements around the county courthouse, could begin late this month, Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson said Tuesday. The date depends on...

Progress 2017: Hancock Park District considers trail extension

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock Park District is considering extending a multi-purpose paved trail from Riverside Park toward the park district headquarters at 1424 E. Main Cross St., where it would connect to a sidewalk and create a loop. The trail begins west of Findlay...

Progress 2017: County plans court upgrades, road work

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The building that houses Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court, 308 Dorney Plaza, is likely to have extensive improvements this year, at an estimated cost of about $900,000. The work will upgrade safety and security for employees and visitors. One...

Progress: Major Carey employer has new owner

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A buyout of Continental Structural Plastics, including the company’s Carey plant, was finalized last month after being announced in late 2016. Teijin Ltd., based in Japan, acquired the automotive parts company for $825 million....