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Hancock County Fiscal Court

Kevin Rates Day proclaimed for July 29

  By Jennifer Wimmer  Kevin Rates Day – July 29, 2022, was proclaimed by the Hancock County Fiscal Court, at their meeting on Monday, July 25, in order for the community to have a special day to honor him. This day is for celebrating his 30+ years of competing in the Special Olympics, as well…

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Fiscal Court holds short meeting following A/C malfunction

By C. Josh Givens Hancock County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday morning, though the meeting was cut short by Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts after the Administration Building’s air conditioning system failed. The system has been experiencing issues throughout the early summer as temperatures have soared well past 100-degree heat indices. During the shortened…

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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By C. Josh Givens Hancock County Fiscal Court has approved a project to replace the county’s outdated emergency communications system with a “gold standard” digital system which will cover the entire county.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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