Ag Credit loan volume, earnings rise

FOSTORIA — Ag Credit, a cooperative lender and one of the largest agricultural and rural lenders in northern Ohio, has reported first-quarter loan volume growth of 10.83 percent, or a $151.5 million increase, compared to 2014. The results are “primarily attributed to...

Panel backs pay hike for law director

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen could get an 8 percent pay raise in 2016. Rasmussen makes $100,312 a year and the $8,000 raise would put him more in line with what the previous law director, David Hackenberg, made. At-Large Councilman Grant Russel and...

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...
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