Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Commissioners Pass 2015 Budget

12/23/14     2:50 p.m.

The Hancock County Commissioners approved the county budget for 2015. At a meeting this afternoon Commissioner Phil Riegle said though no budget is perfect, what the commissioners passed today was reasonable.

Audio: Phil Riegle

The budget details about $22.3 million in revenue. The county will also carry over about $2.5 million into next year.

Audio: Phil Riegle

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Hog Virus Causing Ham Prices to Go Up for the Holidays

12/24/14     11:38 a.m.

More than half of all hams eaten in the U.S. are eaten between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But if you were planning on a ham for Christmas dinner you may have noticed trouble finding them in stores. That is because of a PED virus that hit the hog industry last year. The virus caused about 5 million fewer pigs to be brought to market, or 10 million hams.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said we will be paying more for hams this year to make up for that loss. And finding a smaller ham may also be difficult this year. Lentz said the producers also kept pigs longer to make up for the loss, resulting in larger hams.

The virus has worked its way out of the pigs after a six to nine-month recovery period. But Lentz said we aren’t out of the woods yet.

Audio: Ed Lentz

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Hancock County Unemployment Rate Among Best In State

12/23/14 – 10:46 A.M.

Unemployment rates for stayed steady in our region for November. New numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock and Putnam Counties continue to have some of the lowest jobless rates in the state. Hancock County’s unemployment stood at 3.3 percent last month. Putnam County was at 3.5 percent.

Hardin and Wyandot Counties are both under 4 percent unemployment as well. Hardin was at 3.9 in November while Wyandot was at 3.7.

Elsewhere, Henry County’s unemployment rate was 4 percent, Seneca and Wood Counties were at 4.1, and Allen County was at 4.4 percent.

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Search Warrant Leads to Drug Bust in Van Buren

12/23/14     10:48 a.m.

A search warranted led to a drug bust and an arrest in Van Buren Monday.

Law enforcement searched 109 1/2 S. Main St. around 5:30 p.m. They found heroin, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles. Additionally there was a large amount of cash, criminal tools and a firearm in the home.

The only arrest was an occupant of the home. The Hancock METRICH Drug Task Unit said criminal charges are forthcoming following an investigation.

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Local Home Sales Flat In November

12/23/14 – 7:31 A.M.

Home sales were relatively flat in our area last month. The Ohio Association of Realtors says 109 homes were sold locally in November, compared to 114 last year. While that’s only five less homes sold, it follows a trend of slower home sales for the year.

The number of homes bought this year is down 8.5 percent locally compared to 2013. The number for the entire state is down only 2.6 percent.

There is good news if you’re trying to sell your home. The average sale price remains up for the year. Local homes have been selling for $126,000 on average, up 4 percent over 2013 numbers.

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Year In Review: Hancock County Open New Engineer’s Garage

12/22/14     5:30 a.m.

A project that was originally expected to cost Hancock County more than $5 million ended up finishing at just over $2.8 million. As part of our year in review, we take a look at the opening of the Hancock County engineer’s garage, which opened in November.

Audio: Brian Robertson

The project was a long time coming after the old garage was destroyed by the Derecho that hit Findlay in 2012. The new building at 1900 Lima Ave. had its opening delayed following a failed water flow test in July. They were able to open temporarily in October, but were without a gas meter and heat until recently.

The garage is now open and fully operational.

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Rollover Crash Reported In Northern Seneca County

12/23/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A rollover crash remains under investigation in northern Seneca County. Emergency responders were called to an area near Township Road 103 on State Route 12 around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Witnesses say the car went off the road and “somersaulted” in the air. The vehicle flipped many times before coming to rest in a field.

No other details on the crash are available yet.


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Car Hit By Train In Fostoria

12/23/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A man was injured in Fostoria when his car was hit by a train Monday night. The accident happened just before midnight at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Town Street. The Fostoria Police Department reports the driver of the car ignored a crossing gate and was hit by an eastbound train.

The driver’s identity hasn’t been made public yet. He was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger was not injured.

A citation in the crash is pending.


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McComb Officials Applying For Grant

12/23/14 – 5:09 A.M.

McComb officials are throwing their hat into the ring for a competitive grant. The Courier reports village council has submitted paperwork to apply for a $138,000 grant from the Orton Foundation. Other Hancock County villages and townships are also competing for the money. The award helps fund community improvements.

Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said McComb is also looking into doing market analysis to see if the village could support more housing. The study would look into the housing market and see if more apartments or townhouses are needed. It would come at no cost to council.

MORE: The Courier

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