How will new traffic lights help us?

Q: The new lights on Tiffin Avenue, Findlay, look great! What benefits do we derive from this upgrade? — Jack Grant, Findlay. A: The new signals improve traffic control and help emergency responders by giving them green lights as...

Many may not have noticed, but wheat was flowering over weekend

The crop that grabs my attention this time of year is wheat, which recently revealed the green grain that will be changing to amber waves of grain in about a month. The wheat crop will produce no more leaves or tillers by the time the...

Were there Indian mounds in our area?

Q: Did the settlers find Indian mounds in our area? A: Yes. Just in Hancock County, they found three northeast of Canonsburg in Union Township, two in Orange Township, and one each in Liberty, Pleasant, Blanchard and Delaware...

Let’s talk turkey … vulture, that is

While at a Cleveland Indians ball game I saw a speck moving in the sky far above the stadium. It was soon joined by others and the group soon grew to over 30. A few lower-flying members of the clan soon appeared and they caught the...

Butler leaves lasting legacy

Few schools, if any, in this region can match the athletic success Liberty-Benton has been lucky enough to have over the past 25 years. Dean Butler, while he never coached a game, meet or match during his time as athletic director, was...

Springtime is tick time

Spring was one of my favorite times growing up in Missouri. I enjoyed the walks on the farm, the hills and hollows, and hiking my favorite trails before the summer heat moved in. Trees and other plants would burst in vibrant green...

Engineers’ horn toots required

Q: Most train engineers seem to use the same sequence when they sound their locomotives’ horns through our towns: Long, long, short, long. Is this required? A: Yes. The Federal Railroad Administration requires two long, one...

Birds abound in Hancock County for spring count

Nearly 40 members of the Hancock County Naturalists conducted their annual spring bird count on May 10, tallying the birds they saw and heard. They recorded 145 species and 6,554 individual birds, both above average. American robins...
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