Wind power

Hancock County has not embraced the wind like some areas in western Ohio, or even Hardin County. But both Ball Corp. and Whirlpool Corp. are warming up to it. We believe that’s good not only for them, but for the community. Wind power will never meet all of our energy needs, but it can, and should, be part...

Allan Davis

Allan Davis may not have intended it as a young judge in 1974, but he has helped shape the community. Davis, who will wrap up his career on the Hancock County Juvenile and Probate Court bench early next month, leaves behind a legacy of helping turn wayward youth around. In a story in Saturday’s Courier (Page...

Thumbs

UP: When it comes to the United Way and the role it plays throughout Hancock County, it isn’t just about the money. United Way-supported agencies do countless things to improve our quality of life. But much of that good work couldn’t get done without United Way’s annual fundraising drive and,...

Overdose deaths

Nearly everyone agrees that Ohio is stuck in a heroin/prescription pain-pill epidemic. But getting a handle on its size is nearly impossible. The state has no good method to accurately report on overdose deaths, at least in “real time.” That means officials must guess at numbers since the 366 percent...

Death penalty

Ohio has executed 53 people since capital punishment resumed in 1999. But the state will likely find it more difficult, if not impossible, to carry out death sentences in the near future due to a new law which cloaks executions in secrecy. The law is set to take effect in March. It shields information about...

Absentee voting

All eyes are expected to be on Ohio again during the next presidential election. That’s one of the reasons why Secretary of State Jon Husted is already looking ahead to 2016 and trying to avert any Election Day controversies. Last week, Husted rolled out several ideas at a conference of Ohio Association of...

Lake dumping

The Army Corps of Engineers regularly dredges the shipping channels in the Great Lakes, then puts most of the spoils back elsewhere. But the decades-old practice known as open-lake dumping is being questioned again, in part because of concerns it’s contributing to the region’s algae problems. This...
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