Review Category : Local News

Fire Levy Replaced In Putnam County’s Greensburg Township

5/6/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The only item on the ballot in Putnam County passed Tuesday. Voters in Greensburg Township approved a replacement levy for fire protection. 37 votes were in favor of the measure while 20 were against.

The 1.5-mill, five-year tax will generate more than $49,000 annually for fire services. According to the Putnam County Auditor’s Office the owner of a home appraised at $100,000 will pay $52.50 a year.

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Two Findlay Men Indicted For April Burglary

5/6/15 – 5:03 A.M.

Two Findlay men have been indicted on aggravated burglary charges. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up indictments against 19-year-old Shawn Hobbs and 21-year-old Christopher Lemons Tuesday. Investigators accuse the men of assaulting a man as he was trying to enter his home at 1211 Chateau Court on April 22.

The attack allegedly continued in the home until the victim was able to hit Hobbs with an ashtray. The victim suffered injuries but refused medical treatment.

Hobbs and Lemons remain in the Hancock County Jail.

MORE: The Courier

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Delaware Township Voters Keep Zoning Code

5/6/15 – 4:55 A.M.

A zoning ordinance will remain in place in Delaware Township. 63 percent of the people who voted on the issue opted to keep the 14-year-old policy. 61 votes were in favor of keeping the zoning policy in place while 36 were against.

The policy was first put in place in 2001 when there were rumors a commercial dump wanted to locate in the township. Township Trustee Steve Miller tells the Courier there was no organized outcry against the zoning code. Some resident shad voiced opposition to zoning fees and restrictions over the years, so the trustees decided to put it up for a vote.

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Arlington Residents Approve Electric Aggregation

5/5/15 – 10:46 P.M.

Arlington residents have approved electric aggregation for the village. 73 percent of the votes cast in the town were in favor of the measure. The aggregation program would form a pool of electric customers who would be able to bargain for reduced rates.

Residents have the option to opt out if they want. The program is only available to AEP customers.

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School Renewal Levies Do Well In Hancock County

5/5/15 – 10:43 A.M.

Two school renewal levies faired will at the polls Tuesday. 65 percent of the voters in the Arcadia school district approved the renewal of a 3-mill, three-year operating levy.

McComb voters did likewise. A renewal of a five-year tax for permanent improvements received support from 66 percent of te ballots cast.

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BVC, Library Renewal Levies Easily Pass In Hancock County

5/5/15 – 10:26 P.M.

Renewal levies seen by most voters in the county did very well in the Tuesday. A 1.9-mill, five-year operating levy for the Blanchard Valley Center passed with 81 percent of voters approving the measure.

A half-mill, five-year operating levy for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library had an even easier path to victory. 84 percent of the ballots cast were in favor of the library renewal.

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Shindledecker, Russel, Wobser Advance In Findlay At-Large Race

5/5/15 – 10:20 P.M.

Two incumbents and one challenger are moving on to the November general election in Findlay’s Council-at-large race. Incumbent Tom Shindledecker was the leading vote getter, taking 28 percent of the ballots casts…

Audio: Tom Shindledecker

Joining him in the general election is incumbent Grant Russel…

Audio: Grant Russel

Like Russel, challenger Jeff Wobser also grabbed 26 percent of the vote…

Audio: Jeff Wobser

The fourth candidate, John Kovach, took 18 percent of the ballots cast.

The top three Republicans will compete with Democrat Mary Harshfield for three at-large seats in the November general election.

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Final Results In For Hancock County

Here’s a look at the votes with all the ballots counted:


Anne E. Spence 1034 34.24%
James D. Staschiak 1986 65.76%


John L. Kovach 1314 18.41%
Grant C. Russel 1898 26.59%
Tom Shindledecker 2006 28.11%
Jeff Wobser 1919 26.89%


Christina Muryn 72 37.11%
James Niemeyer 122 62.89%

Library Tax Renewal

FOR THE TAX LEVY 4849 83.52%

BVC Renewal Levy

FOR THE TAX LEVY 5206 80.90%

McComb Schools Renewal

FOR THE TAX LEVY 209 65.52%

Arcadia Schools Renewal

FOR THE TAX LEVY 209 65.52%

Arlington Electric Aggregation

YES 73 70.87%
NO 30 29.13%

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