GN credits employees, community for growth

By Dave Taylor When Gary Nugent, Jr. was just a teenager, he began doing dirt work after school with his father’s equipment to earn some money. Through hard work he grew that side business into a successful company, GN Excavating & Trucking, and he ran everything himself. Now at age 29, after buying out his…

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Johnny Roberts wins judge/exec seat; Newton rejoins court

By Dave Taylor The record-breaking, longest running judge/executive tenure in Hancock County’s history is coming to an end after voters chose magistrate Johnny “Chic” Roberts to replace five-term incumbent Jack McCaslin Tuesday. See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the full story

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LIHEAP funds available now for heating assistance

By Dave Taylor As cold weather looms, so do the bills associated with staying warm, but there’s help for county residents through a program designed to ensure that low-income households don’t lose heat this winter. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began Monday, and offers emergency funds for people who are either struggling…

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Voters choose new senator, magistrates

By Dave Taylor Tuesday’s election shook up more than just the judge/executive’s seat in Hancock County, but it also will mean new leadership in several city, county and state offices, while some incumbents held onto their seats by narrow margins.  Turnout Tuesday might have seemed high, but it was actually lower than other recent elections,…

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Hawesville woman facing charges in rape of foster child

By Dave Taylor A Hawesville woman is facing 10 counts of rape after police say she had repeated sexual contact with a boy she had taken in as a foster child.  Shannon S. Sanders, 36, of Paul Baker Lane in Hawesville, was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on Friday, October 25, after initially…

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Voting process secure, county says

By Dave Taylor With the mid-term election coming up Tuesday, governments across the country are assuring voters that their votes cannot be tampered with by outsiders intent on havoc, and Hancock County is no exception. County Clerk Trina Ogle explained that the voting process here is secure from distant saboteurs simply because the ballots are…

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State pressure on billboards worries Lewisport council

By Dave Taylor The Lewisport City Council debated changes to its outdoor sign ordinance, which will allow more billboards on state roads in the city, although the directive seems to have come down from the state and sign owners. See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the full story

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New faces, close races expected in Tuesday’s election

By Dave Taylor Several races in next week’s midterm election will be closely watched, with some seats guaranteed to see new faces, and others pitting long-term incumbents against tough competition. See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the full story

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Man tased after short chase Thursday

By Dave Taylor A short, slow-speed chase ended in dramatic fashion last Thursday, when a sheriff’s deputy had to tase an uncooperative suspect who’d threatened to kill the officer. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy B.J. Burton said the incident began around 5 p.m. Thursday, when he noticed Bruce Gray driving erratically westbound on Highway 60 entering…

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