Corps: Plan isn’t just for big floods

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer It’s not going to take a 100-year flood for the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed plan for the Blanchard River to make a difference. Officials say once in place, even moderate flooding, like Findlay endured in mid-June, could be lessened...

Using diversion channels goes back to 1800s

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The Army Corps of Engineers’ recommendation to build diversion channels at both Findlay and Ottawa has met with some public opposition, but the idea of using ditches to control water in northwestern Ohio is nothing new, said Michael Pniewski,...

Findlay’s holiday: Fireworks and parade

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER A weekend full of Independence Day celebrations in Findlay will get a star-spangled kickoff Friday night with the community’s fireworks show, set to begin at dusk. A Fourth of July parade and a “Spirit of 1776″ program will be held...

Agreement allows Hancock County to buy another Main Street building

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Another dilapidated building along North Main Street in downtown Findlay may soon be meeting with the wrecking ball. On Thursday, the Hancock County commissioners approved an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio...

Farm family’s video opposes corps’ plans

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER The Wise family of rural Findlay believes the flood-control plan for Findlay will ruin their farms, and they have taken the fight online. The family has posted a video and a petition on a website, asking the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw its...

More money sought for garage project

By DENISE GRANT Staff WriteR The new garage at the Hancock County Engineer’s Office may be getting a little more expensive. On Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed a letter from county Engineer Christopher Long, asking the county to pay TFC Architects/Engineers, Findlay, an...

Team effort needed for health merger

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER To say that combining the Findlay City and Hancock County health departments is going to take a team effort, may be something of an understatement. There are actually five teams of people, plus advisers and consultants, working to bring the...

Council candidates file finance reports

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay Councilman Tom Shindledecker, the top vote-getter in the Republican primary for three at-large council seats, spent less than $500 on his campaign. The Shindledecker for Council campaign filed a post-election finance report earlier this month...

Project to clear dead ash trees from Blanchard

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Leaders of the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project, a collaborative effort by Hancock and five other counties, agreed Thursday to invest an additional $941,500 in clearing the river of about 8,902 dead ash trees. Since the emerald ash borer was...

Officials assess Kalida damage

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Officials from the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency were in Kalida on Thursday, assessing damage from this week’s flooding. No damage estimates were available as the Putnam County village continues to dry out. Travel was becoming easier...