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UP: Paying off debt early is not always possible, but is almost always a good thing, especially for government. Hancock County is doing just that, paying off $1.9 million in bonds for the “connector road” between Interstate 75 and the Tall Timbers International Industrial Park. The road was constructed...

Here’s to health

The results of the Hancock County Community Health Assessment, conducted last year, may be no cause for great celebration. But we have reason to feel a bit better about ourselves. As a whole, the county is said to be one of the healthiest in the region. We’ll take that. The survey was conducted of adults,...

Bodycams

It appears to be only a matter of time before body cameras become a routine part of police work. So it only makes sense that uniform rules guide their use. House Bill 407, now before the Local Government Committee, would require any police agency that adds bodycams to adopt a written policy about how they will be...

Kasich’s run

Gov. John Kasich has been out of Ohio more than he’s been in it since he declared his candidacy for president on July 21. But while Kasich may be juggling his duties well as he tries to become president, a recent funding request and other information on OhioCheckbook.com suggests taxpayers are paying a hefty...

New court in best interests of children

Adults are getting most of the attention during the nation’s opiate drug crisis. That’s understandable, considering adults are the ones most often dying of overdoses. But children must be a focus as well, and presumably will be under the new Family Dependency Treatment Court, which is forming through...

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UP: It seems to happen every April. Runners, walkers and bikers of all shapes and sizes come out to exercise and help raise money for charitable causes. Scores of volunteers also spring up to help residents with housekeeping projects they can’t do themselves. The area is abuzz with philanthropy. Last...

‘Tis the season

In the past two editions of The Courier, three motorcycle accidents have been reported, an indication that bike season is upon us. What wasn’t reported were all the near-collisions, the crashes narrowly averted. The re-emergence of motorcycles on our city streets and rural roads should put us all on alert....
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