School playground work planned

By BRIAN BOHNERT FOR THE COURIER FOSTORIA — The playground at Fostoria’s Longfellow Elementary School will undergo a makeover thanks to donations from two organizations. Fostoria school board on Monday accepted a total of $15,000 that will go toward upgrading the...

Verna Catherine Gnew

Verna Catherine Gnew, 94, of Findlay, formally of Maple Heights, Ohio, died June 16, 2014. She was born May 6, 1920 in Wehrum, Indiana County, PA to the late Gordon and C. Elizabeth (Stewart) Francis. Verna was a graduate of Sagamore High School, Sagamore, PA in 1937 and Indiana...

Evelyn Marie Wittebort

Evelyn Marie Wittebort, 91, of Findlay, passed away on June 16, 2014 at Fox Run Manor, Findlay. She was born on October 20, 1922 in Troy, Kansas to the late Clyde and Belle (Smith) Dittenmore. On May 11, 1963, she married John B. Wittebort and he preceded her in death on April...

Don Clarence ‘Johnny’ Dietsch

Don Clarence “Johnny” Dietsch, 97, of Findlay, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Heritage Manor, Findlay. Johnny was born on June 29, 1916, to the late Charles and Margaretha (Gerber) Dietsch in Findlay. He first married Willa Gene Wright on...

Village gets grant for waterline work

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Bluffton has received a grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission for the Garmatter Street waterline project. Village Administrator James Mehaffie announced the grant at the Village Council meeting on Monday night. The $139,000...

Interstate 75 widening project scheduled to begin today

Construction of a third Interstate 75 lane between Perrysburg and Findlay begins tonight in Wood County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Through the next several weeks, crews will begin preparation work on the project, including pavement repairs, prior to the...

Darlene LeWayne Drager

Darlene LeWayne Drager, 71, of Findlay, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. She was born to the late Lawrence and Vera (Grover) Baker on Jan. 27, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio. On June 15, 1962, she married Evan William “Bill”...

Kraig D. Niswander

Kraig D. Niswander, 47, of Findlay, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was born on August 29, 1966 in Findlay to the late Terry F. and Frances K.(Swihart) Niswander. He married Lori J. Kuhlman on February 14, 1987 and she...

Hite, opponents file campaign reports

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, who defeated two opponents in the May 6 Republican primary, was outspent by one of them during the latter stages of the campaign, according to post-election finance reports. Hite spent about $18,389 late in the...

Financing sought for projects

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance Monday to submit a letter of intent to American Municipal Power, Columbus, to borrow $7 million to pay for electrical system upgrades. The projects include construction of a new 15-megavolt...