Hite facing primary challengers

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER A fundamentalist preacher and a constitutionalist who abhors federal government intrusion are challenging state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, in the May 6 Republican primary. It is Hite’s first contested race since he was appointed to the 1st Senate...

City judges: Treatment needed in OVI cases

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Rather than ordering drunken drivers to sit in jail, Findlay’s municipal judges want to sentence them to a place that treats them. “Everyone is in agreement that we should start on the OVI offenders and then expand to others. That’s a...

Findlay’s humans prove quite likeable

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Initiating conversations with strangers is something that Dave Morrow fears, which is partly why he began a photography project that requires him to do just that every day. “Stopping someone on the street, that terrifies me,” said Morrow. To...

Council considering street vacations

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council is methodically approving the closing of streets and alleys for projects that will eventually alter access and traffic patterns in three parts of the city. Council this week gave third and final readings to legislation to vacate...

City’s repaving plans advance

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER With construction season commencing, Findlay City Council on Tuesday agreed to accept state and county funding for some street repaving and curb projects. Separately, a resident expressed concern about the idea of enhancing existing building codes or...

Flood-control plans pushed back

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The final report detailing Blanchard River flood-control plans may not be complete until 2016, a year later than previously announced, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday. Corps officials blamed the delay on the complexity of the...

City hires human resources director

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER A longtime Fort Wayne city employee and U.S. Air Force veteran is Findlay’s new human resources director. Don Essex began working last week in a role that had not been filled since Jim Barker left two years ago. Hiring a replacement had been...

WITH VIDEOS: GOP candidates clash at city forum

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Two contentious Republican races were on display Friday at a Hancock County GOP lunch, where the candidates’ stances reflected the party’s ideological rift. State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, who has two challengers in the Republican primary...

City, county agencies developing active shooter response plan

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER First responders throughout Hancock County are developing plans for how they should react to a school shooting incident. According to Mayor Lydia Mihalik, a committee comprised of various emergency personnel has been meeting every two weeks since...

Marathon funding firefighter training

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, will be paying for three Findlay firefighters to attend a hazardous materials training course at a Texas academy in May. Tuition for Williams Fire and Hazard Control’s annual “Extreme...