Area News

Airport runway out for bid

By Dave Taylor Bids will be opened next week for the long anticipated runway extension at the Hancock County Airport, marking the beginning of the final stage of the approximately $2.5 million project. After years of delays and red tape, a request for bids was published May 23 for work that will add another 1,000…

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High-speed chase ends in Hancock field, suspects still sought

By Dave Taylor A high-speed chase that began on the interstate in Ohio County ended in a Hancock County field Monday night, where the suspects fled on foot and disappeared into the dense nearby woods. The chase, which reached speeds of 90 mph and involved three different police agencies, began at 6:43 p.m. on Interstate…

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Students ask board for nickel tax

By Dave Taylor The group of Hancock County Middle School eighth graders who have been pushing to convince the public to support a nickel tax for a new school made their case to the school board during Thursday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. The students from Josh Roberts’ civics class were broken into several groups that…

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Parked truck tumbles 200 feet over cliff

  By Dave Taylor When 19-year-old Bryan Barnett, Jr. and some buddies needed some drinks before going fishing last Wednesday, they knew that Bill’s IGA, or Bill’s on the Hill, would have exactly what they needed. What Barnett didn’t count on, though, was how big a role the “hill” was going to play in ruining…

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Wet-dry petitions tentatively have enough signatures

By Dave Taylor After months of gathering signatures, the two petitions being circulated to force wet-dry votes in the city of Hawesville and in Hancock County as a whole have twice the number of signatures required to put the questions on the ballot in November, but those numbers must be certified first. See this week’s…

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Baseball building collapses Friday

By Dave Taylor Even with all of the attention on the baseball and softball district tournaments at Vastwood Park this week, one of the biggest events took place without a crowd, when the practice building at the high school baseball field collapsed when no one was around Friday. See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the…

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Lewisport growth means tax rates could fall, revenues could still rise

By Dave Taylor Recent growth in the city of Lewisport has officials there facing the unfamiliar problem of rising property tax assessments affecting the tax rate, and what they can do to take advantage of the potential increased revenue. In a lengthy discussion during Thursday night’s city council meeting county property valuation administrator Karen Robertson…

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Jeffrey’s Cliff now open by appointment

By Dave Taylor Preparation work on Jeffrey’s Cliff is progressing, with a team of helpers working Saturday to clean up the area and mark off boundaries, but recent vandalism exemplifies why the nature area isn’t yet open to the public without a guide. A total of 53 volunteers from Domtar and the Student Conservation Association…

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