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Progress: Utilities investing in infrastructure

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Utility providers throughout northwestern Ohio are making big investments in their infrastructure to improve services, lower costs and better their own profit margins. Hancock-Wood Electric Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative ended its 76th fiscal year...

Progress: Health system building new cancer center

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Blanchard Valley Health System broke ground on the new Armes Family Cancer Care Center in 2014, along with dedicating a whopping 180,000 hours to uploading its medical records. Both projects will continue this year. Scott Malaney, health system...

Progress: Bluffton DTR Industries to add research, development office

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s DTR Industries is expected to welcome its sister company, TRI Technical Center USA, in creating a research and development office at the Bluffton plant this year. This will allow the factory to do research and...

Progress: New village administrator, school chief take reins in North Baltimore

By ERIC SCHAADT Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — New faces were found in leadership roles in North Baltimore during 2014. Donna Dettling arrived from Michigan to take over for Kathy Healy, who retired as village administrator. Ryan Delaney took the reins at North Baltimore...

Progress: Business booming for auto dealers

By ALLISON REAMER Staff Writer Findlay is adding an auto dealership. New to the community will be Taylor Volkswagen, at the southeast corner of Hancock County 99 and Speedway Drive. Plans for the $5 million, 25,000-square-foot building with offices, showroom, service and parts...

Progress: County officials tackle river-clearing projects

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer It’s hard to have a conversation with the Hancock County commissioners that doesn’t trickle back to the Blanchard River. Flood-mitigation efforts continue to command the attention of the commissioners’ office, including efforts to...

Progress: Blanchard River flood study nearing an end

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The end of a seven-year, $9 million study of flood control along the Blanchard River in Hancock County may be in sight. That was the big news of 2014 from the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps is promising public meetings on its tentative plan this...

Progress: New farm bill a challenge for producers

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Farmers in the region are making lists and checking them twice as they try to understand the risk-management programs offered through the new federal farm bill. Landowners and farmers have until March 31 to choose between continuing programs in the farm...
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