Area Breaking News

Clerk: iPads sped up voting; only problem was unregistered voters

By Dave Taylor Ipad check-ins that were tested during Tuesday’s election passed muster, and voters can expect to see more of it next election, according to county clerk Trina Ogle. Two precincts used the computerized check-ins, where voters had the option to simply scan the back of their license to check in, rather than being…

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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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