Voting hours

Voting in Ohio didn’t used to be so complicated. Just show up on Election Day and vote. Most people still do that, but about one-third now vote early, either by visiting a board of elections office or by absentee ballot. Because of the convenience, early voting numbers are expected to increase. But the hours...

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UP: In recent years, the Hancock County Veterans Service Office has taken steps to make sure area veterans know what benefits they are entitled to and what they need to do to get them. But the office is taking awareness to another level by holding a veterans resource fair at The Winebrenner Auditorium, 950 N. Main...

Crime costs

Findlay and Hancock County are figuring out how much the city owes the county for housing its inmates and representing them in court. Whatever arrangements are worked out, the city is going to owe considerably more this year than last. Another thing is inevitable: The city’s criminal justice tab is only...

Legal costs

Some would like to see municipal government operate more like a business. While there are arguments to be made for that, there are reasons why it can’t, or shouldn’t. The main one is because governments’ “stockholders” are taxpayers. Those paying the bills, all of us, need to be able...

Inadmissible

Often, police make felony drug arrests along Interstate 75 in Hancock County. The highway has long been known as a corridor drug runners use to transport contraband north and south. If police were able to stop and search every vehicle, chances are a significant number would be found with methamphetamine, cocaine,...

Public records

When it comes to providing access to public records to the people they work for, Ohio public employees are doing a better job. In recent compliance checks conducted around the state, clerks, nine out of 10 times, provided common records like meeting minutes, restaurant inspections, birth records, mayors financial...

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UP: Crews are winding their way up the Blanchard River through Putnam County and could be in Hancock County by July. That’s a positive development for those who have been calling a thorough cleansing of the river an important step in the watershed’s long-term flood control. Workers from Tawa Tree...
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