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Schmelzer: City deficit not likely

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The City of Findlay began 2017 with something of a gamble, as City Council adopted a budget showing expenses outpacing estimated revenue by about $1.2 million. Findlay Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said Friday it’s not an ideal...

Marathon’s 2016 profits fall $1.68B

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Wednesday reported lower earnings in 2016, but a stronger fourth-quarter finish than in 2015. As U.S. fuel prices remained low, Marathon’s full-year earnings were down $1.68 billion when compared to...

Marathon plans 50-mile pipeline

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER A new project by Marathon Pipe Line, an MPLX subsidiary, is about to get a lot more visible. Crews are beginning to clear the right of way for construction of a 12-inch-diameter, 50-mile pipeline, which will stretch between Harpster in Wyandot County...

Artist dedicates coming works to ‘patriotic dissent’

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Don’t expect the art community to fall neatly in line with President Donald Trump’s vision for the United States of America, said Philip Sugden, chairman of the art department at Bluffton University. In fact, Sugden has vowed to dedicate...

Mayor: Pairing I-75, channel projects possible

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER There is still a chance excavation of the Eagle Creek diversion channel could line up with the Interstate 75 widening project, providing a ready spot for tons of dirt expected to be displaced by the channel, Mayor Lydia Mihalik told the Findlay Rotary...

Report issued on delayed tax payments

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council reviewed its first report from the city tax administrator Tuesday on the number of individuals and businesses that are delaying payment of estimated taxes. According to the report, two individuals and 54 businesses were allowed to...

‘Right-to-try’ law received local support

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER House Bill 290, Ohio’s “right-to-try” legislation, was signed into law this month by Gov. John Kasich, making Ohio the 33rd state to adopt a bill to benefit the terminally ill. State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, and Rep. Marlene...

Study of city street conditions proposed

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay administrators want a citywide study of street conditions to be put on the “to do” list in 2017. However, at least one council member is questioning the cost. The study, which would cost about $100,000, would evaluate all public...

Findlay Council approves $27.6 million city budget

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay Council voted Tuesday to adopt a $27.6 million budget for the city’s operation in 2017. Approval of the budget ordinance, which was scheduled for the first of three readings on Tuesday, was hurried by council. Council voted unanimously...

Flood control efforts top 2016 regional news

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Flood control continued to dominate The Courier’s regional news coverage in 2016, with frustration over delays reaching a tipping point. Coverage of the Hancock County commissioners’ decision in June to take local control of the flood...