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Corps program: Not so speedy?

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The Army Corps of Engineers and others tout the benefits of the Blanchard River flood study being in a new “fast-track” corps program, but officials in two of three other speeded-up areas say they haven’t seen any difference in the...

Mihalik lists city’s accomplishments

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Balancing last year’s city budget went better than expected, but it wasn’t easy, Mayor Lydia Mihalik admitted Friday. “We improved our financial picture. We went from facing a $4 million deficit in 2012 to seeing a $1.6 million surplus...

City outlines capital improvement plans

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER An expanded capital improvements list for this year is awaiting Findlay City Council’s approval. Proposed at a Thursday meeting of council’s Appropriations Committee, the administrative wish list, if approved, would allow for nearly $4...

Findlay officials to unveil project list

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Making good on a pledge to focus more on capital improvement projects, Findlay administrators today are expected to present a plan that would more than double last year’s spending. The proposal calls for City Council to approve more than $8 million...

Cat rescued from drainage pipe at school

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER “Piper” is the fitting name given to a cat that spent a cold three days refusing to leave a drainage pipe near Donnell Middle School. When he was finally lured out Friday morning, he was hypothermic, emaciated and covered in mud. “If...

Plans for Lye Creek buffer modified

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER A plan to return a small portion of Lye Creek in Findlay to a more natural state was modified Thursday after residents expressed concerns about the effect on flooding, maintenance, and what some perceived as an intrusion of big government. It was decided...

City budget allows fire, police hiring

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Thursday approved a $64.3 million overall budget for 2014 that makes possible key staffing increases, a jump in capital improvement funding, and a higher reserve amount. The total reflects a $3 million increase from the amount...

Most schools to reopen

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The extreme cold snap finally loosened its grip on the region Wednesday. The temperature rose to a high of 15 degrees in Findlay, after record-setting cold on Monday and Tuesday, the Water Pollution Control Center reported. A high of 18 was recorded...

Level 3 decision explained

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman’s decision to declare a Level 3 road emergency, the highest level, at 6:15 a.m. Monday prompted questions about such alerts, and what influences the decisions to declare them. Here’s what the sheriff had...

The top 10

  By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The region’s top news stories in 2013 included two double murders, a corporate takeover battle, plans for a $10 million performing arts center, and a story about a dead man who wasn’t. These are the region’s top 10 stories of the...