Fire heroes

All first responders assume the risk of the job, even on days when they never leave the station. Firefighters, police and other emergency workers never know exactly what they’ll encounter when they report to duty. When needed, they suit up and go, not dwelling on the hazards that await, but on those who may...

Police standoff, post office

It’s become a tangled tale with no amicable way out. A Findlay Police Department sergeant goes from stellar performance reviews to unmanageable and terminable during just six months in 2012. Through his own admission, he did some stupid things. Some of the behavior was stupid enough, police and city...

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UP: It’s better to be richer than to be poorer, and that includes the Hancock County treasury. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg reports that sales tax collections last year were $12.5 million, up 3.1 percent from 2012. It’s good news for the rest of us, too. Higher sales tax collections mean, well, higher...

Shared services

Randy Cole may have the toughest sales job in Ohio. As one of Gov. John Kasich’s top policy advisers, Cole travels the state trying to convince local government officials to find more efficient ways to operate, whether by sharing services, consolidating operations or even merging. Cole, according to The...

Private police

There are two types of police officers in Ohio: Public and private. While the state can bestow full police powers to both based on training, the law, oddly, doesn’t hold them to the same standards. Attorney General Mike DeWine believes that needs to change. We do, too. The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday...

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DOWN: Judge Allan H. Davis has helped hundreds of wayward youth from Hancock County “grow up” over the past four decades. But it will be up to someone else to handle discipline and other duties in Hancock County’s juvenile and probate courts when Davis’ six-year term ends next year. Under...

Wish list

Most people won’t get excited by the news that Findlay will be spending $1.4 million this year to extend a waterline north to the county landfill, or spending a similar amount on a “bar screen” to help separate solids at the sewage treatment plant. But the fact that the city is addressing its...
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