Review Category : Local News

Election Results: Gazarek Reelected Hancock County Commissioner

11/8/16 – 11:47 P.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek won reelection Tuesday. 61 percent of Hancock County voters cast ballots in Gazarek’s favor. He talked about the issues he thought helped push him through…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek added he felt the vote was a referendum on flood mitigation. He said he believes it means people want to see the issue pushed past the finish line.

Gazarek also said his opponent William Bateson ran a strong race.

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Findlay State Trooper Recognized With State Award

11/08/16 – 6:00 P.M.

A trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay post received an award. Trooper Matthew Cook won the Criminal Patrol Award. The achievement is given for excellence in felony enforcement in the third quarter of 2016. Cook will receive a certificate and a uniform ribbon as the award.

He received the award during a ceremony held at the Patrol’s Training Academy on Tuesday.

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Blanchard River Watershed Partnership Joins With Ohio State University Student For A Survey

11/08/16 – 5:40 P.M.

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is working with a doctorate student from the Ohio State University. Watershed Coordinator Phil Martin said that the student is looking to survey area farmers and rural citizens.


Martin said that the trading system could help farmers and municipalities.


The goal is to see how much support the trading system would receive if implemented.

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Hancock Moving All Operations To One Office

11/8/16 – 10:12 A.M.

Hancock Public Health is consolidating all its services into one office at the end of this week. A release from the agency says all operations are moving to 7748 County Road 140. It’s the former location for the Hancock County Health Department, and is on the west side of the old county home.

To help with the move, both Hancock Public Health Offices are closing at 1 p.m. Thursday. They’ll be closed all day Friday, and will reopen on Monday with all services at the County Road 140 office.

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Pay Raises For Carey Council Members Discussed

11/8/16 – 5:34 A.M.

Discussion about a potential pay raise for Carey village council members started Monday night. The Courier reports council members gave first reading to an ordinance that would eventually give them a $2,000 increase. Council voted 4-2 in favor of the ordinance. Lois Kurtz and Robert Styer voted against it. They had previously said a pay increase is unnecessary.

If approved the increases won’t take effect until the next term for each council seat.

Council tabled a measure to give the mayor a $3,000 pay increase.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County Land Bank Gets Grant To Demolish Blighted Homes

11/8/16 – 5:23 A.M.

An effort to demolish blighted properties in Seneca County got a shot in the arm this week. The Review-Times reports the Neighborhood Initiative issued the Seneca County Land Bank more than $4 million in federal funding for the project. The program has identified 161 properties throughout the county for demolition.

The goal of the county land bank is to return properties to productive use. It also aims to increase property values and improve the quality of life for people living near blighted and abandoned homes.

MORE: Review-Times

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Arlington Council Talks About Vandalism At Park

11/8/16 – 5:12 A.M.

Arlington officials have concerns about an uptick in vandalism in the village park. The Courier reports council members are talking with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about shifting patrol hours in the village. While council decided against renewing a $30,000 contract with the office for extra patrols, the vandalism issue has some members reconsidering.

Council’s finance committee will talk about the contract again during a Wednesday night meeting at 7 p.m.

Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said, “a foot patrol is really needed as much as we can.”

MORE: The Courier

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Early Voting Proves To Be Popular Option For Local Residents

11/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Early voting was a popular option in Ohio this election season. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office reports more than 660,000 people cast absentee ballots in person during the early voting period this year. Voters requested a total of 1.9 million absentee ballots and returned nearly 1.8 million by Monday.

In Hancock County, more than 11,600 people voted early through absentee ballots. That includes more than 6,600 who voted in person at the board of elections.

Putnam County voters also took advantage of early voting. The Secretary of State’s office shows nearly 3,000 people voted early in person in Putnam County. Of the more the 5,500 absentee ballot voters requested, only five weren’t returned by Monday.

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