HATS takes heat at hearing

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Hancock Area Transportation Services, or HATS, faced criticism Tuesday for falling short of meeting the county’s public transportation needs. HATS, operated by the Hancock Hardin Wyandot Putnam Community Action Commission, uses vans to provide...

North Baltimore names new school chief

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board on Tuesday reached to Dennison for a new superintendent. By unanimous vote, the board gave Ryan Delaney a three-year contact with a base salary of $91,000. Since 2007, Delaney has been...

Area unemployment rates drop

Hancock County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in March from 5.2 percent in February, the state reported. Jobless rates declined in all 88 of Ohio’s counties in March. But Hancock County’s jobless rate was the sixth lowest in the state. It trailed...

Mental health levy on primary ballot

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Allen County voters will consider an additional 1-mill, five-year tax in the May 6 primary election to offset $3.2 million in lost revenue per year for mental health and recovery services. More than $3 million of the reduction came from state cuts in...

Ex-county worker wins ruling

OTTAWA — A former Putnam County maintenance custodian has won sick pay in a small claims case against the commissioners in Putnam County Municipal Court. Patricia Clementz, of Cloverdale, was awarded $2,665, which after deductions would result in the amount claimed of...

$300K grant helps fund treatment center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A proposed residential treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction in Findlay won a $300,000 state grant Monday, enabling it to open in January 2015. With 3,750 square feet at 2627 Crystal Ave., the center will fill a need for more intense treatment...

State helping fund city road work

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state on Monday approved a $250,000 grant to Findlay for street improvements related to Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s planned expansion downtown. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said he would like to add left-turn lanes at Sandusky...

Findlay plans final secure school entrance

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Findlay school board accepted a bid Monday to construct the district’s final school security entrance. The entrance, which will be a small addition to the front of Jacobs Primary School, will cost the district $161,850. “We think...
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