Turnout good at first Community Heart & Soul meeting

Turnout for the first Community Heart & Soul meeting is good, with 25 leaders from seven small towns in Hancock County attending to learn about the process this afternoon. The “pre-proposal” meeting, hosted by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, will...

Asian Carp DNA Found In Southwestern Michigan

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Officials say genetic material of Asian carp has been found in a river in the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced DNA from silver carp was detected in...

Early Voting Begins In Ohio Following Dispute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early voting has begun in Ohio. Residents could begin casting ballots Tuesday morning in the fall election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a dispute over the swing state’s voting schedule. Voters can pick their choices for the next governor along...

Nickel Plate 765 schedule uncertain

According to the Steam Locomotive 765 Twitter page, “We remain in Fitzwater with no firm departure plans.” It appears the Nickel Plate 765 schedule is uncertain at this point, but it is not expected to be in Fostoria today. We will update as we hear more.

Reports Show Ohio River Bridge Is Crumbling

CINCINNATI (AP) — Years of inspection reports obtained by a newspaper show that a high-traffic bridge over the Ohio River is deteriorating. The 51-year-old Brent Spence Bridge — which carries traffic on Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky — has received lower...

Job and Family Services to get new director

A new director for the Hancock County Department of Job and Family Services was appointed by the commissioners today. Diana Hoover was awarded a three-year contract with an annual salary of $66,000. Director Sheldon Bycynski is retiring on Oct. 31. Hoover holds two bachelor’s...

Hancock commissioners pay for river clean-up

Hancock County’s commissioners agreed today to pay the $9 maintenance fee for 32,065 Hancock County parcels that would have been assessed for the Blanchard River clean-up. The bill totals $288,585, and will be paid from the county’s flood control fund. Workers started in the...

Ohio Prison Workers Picket Over Safety Concerns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 100 Ohio prison workers have picketed outside Department of Rehabilitation and Correction headquarters claiming that staff shortages and other issues have made prisons more dangerous than ever. The prison workers, who picketed outside the DRC in...

Jury Recommends Death For Ohio Teen

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A jury in southwest Ohio has decided that a 19-year-old man should be executed for killing an 18-year-old U.S. Navy recruit. The jury in Lebanon that convicted Austin Myers of aggravated murder last week deliberated six hours Monday before recommending the...

Central Ohio Man Gets Life In Wife’s Killing

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he killed his wife and hid her body under some boxes in their basement. Prosecutors say 37-year-old David Shockey planned to kill wife Shelly in March so he could be with his...