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Hancock County Fiscal Court

Fiscal Court approves $3.2-mil emergency communications project

By C. Josh Givens Hancock County Fiscal Court has approved a project to replace the county’s outdated emergency communications system with a “gold standard” digital system which will cover the entire county. The approval took place at Monday’s meeting of Fiscal Court Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the current system is not reliable in several…

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Local government prepares for paving amid price increases

Anticipated pricing increases for materials for county and city roadway resurfacing will impact the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budgets locally, with leaders searching for ways to stretch budgeted dollars in the face of expected and continuing rising oil prices. Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said during Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting the county’s current contract with Yager Materials…

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County receives federal grant for Vastwood splash pad area

Hancock County Fiscal Court has received a $200,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to construct a splash pad and other improvements at Vastwood Park. Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the planned improvements are part of ongoing efforts to improve the county’s parks facilities, which also include South Hancock Park and the Lewisport Boat Ramp…

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Fiscal Court approves purchase of UTV for emergency response

Hancock County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of a side-by-side UTV for use by emergency medical services, giving first responders a reliable way to reach areas of the county which may be in rugged terrain. Fiscal Court met Jan. 10 in the first meeting of the new year. The need for the UTV was first…

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Roberts says ‘State of the County’ is strong

Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the state of Hancock County is very promising and the financial standing puts the government in a good position to tackle vital needs in the future. Roberts gave his “State of the County” comments at a breakfast meeting of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning at the Career…

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Farewell Hancock County

Farewell Hancock County, I am going to miss you. For those of you who have not heard, I am resigning my position at the Hancock Clarion and moving to Minnesota to be near my sister. She is the only immediate family I have left in the world, and I want to be by my family.…

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Jeffreys Cliffs; popular outdoor destination in Hancock County

Jeffreys Cliffs is proving to be a popular outdoor destination in Hancock County when considering the visitor numbers. Steve Caneperi, president of the Hancock County Heritage Commission, reports there were 2,396 visitors to the Jeffreys Cliffs Conservation and Recreation Area from the end of July through Oct. 25. Tabulating visitors numbers is accomplished with the…

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Hancock County Fiscal approves four-way stop at airport entrance



The intersection of Lee Henderson Road and Airport Road near Lewisport will become a four-way stop following approval by Hancock County Fiscal Court. Judge-Executive Judge-Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts, Jr., said the roads have become very busy recently with construction and industry traffic in the area. The hope is the four-way stop will slow down traffic…

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Report on the library taxing district’s tax rates for 2022

The Hancock County Fiscal Court held its monthly morning meeting on October 11 at 9 a.m. A light agenda greeted the magistrates Monday. Hancock County Library Director Tina Snyder appeared before the court to report on the library taxing district’s tax rates for 2022. Snyder said the real estate property tax and the personal property…

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Newton questions hiring meal driver for Hancock Senior Services

At Monday morning’s Hancock County Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate LT Newton challenged the proposed hiring of Darrell Forbes as a meal driver for Hancock County Senior Services. Newton said he thought current part-time workers at the Senior Services Center should get first crack at full-time jobs. Director Lona Morton said she agreed with Newton on…

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