County unemployment rate drops to 3.3 percent

Hancock County’s unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent in April from 3.9 percent in March. Hancock and Wyandot counties were tied for fourth lowest rate in the state. But Hancock County’s rate improvement was merely a statistical creature, and it reflected no real...

Good weather conditions helping area farmers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Dry field conditions and moderate temperatures have added up to a good planting season for corn and soybean farmers in the region, according to Ed Lentz, agriculture and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension. Dry fields allow...

Insider trading suspect flees U.S.

GREENWICH, Conn. — A man accused of insider trading on the proposed acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. by Apollo Tyres two years ago has fled the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said. Iftikar Ahmed, a former general partner at Oak Investment...

Golf cart inspections offered

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will begin inspecting street-worthy golf carts on Monday. To be street-legal, golf carts must have headlights, brake and tail lights, turn signals, a windshield, rearview mirror, license plate light, and not capable of traveling over 20...

84 Bluffton seniors graduate

BLUFFTON — Bluffton High School graduated 84 seniors during ceremonies held Saturday in the high school gymnasium. Class valedictorians are Joshua Garmatter, John Oakley V, Erica Sheehan, Olivia Sneary and Emma Woodruff. The salutatorian is Alexandria Schmutz. Members of...

Judge rejects exhumation of baby’s body

By ALLISON REAMER STAFF WRITER Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Niemeyer has ruled against a defense request to exhume the body of a 44-day-old baby who was allegedly killed by his father. Jerrod Hartman, 26, of Findlay, is charged with murder, an unclassified felony, and...

Board shapes recovery house strategy

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is trying to head off further community backlash for its addiction recovery house plans. The board said Tuesday it will work to provide information about potential recovery...

One person killed, two hurt in Ohio 15 crash Monday

VANLUE — A Findlay man was killed and two other people were critically injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday evening on Ohio 15, east of Hancock County 197 near Vanlue, the Findlay post of the State Highway Patrol reported. Dale Addington, 64, was pronounced dead at the...
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