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...

Officials preparing for 16.5-foot flood

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay and Hancock County officials are still preparing for a 16.5-foot Blanchard River flood crest, despite the National Weather Service’s lower official prediction. As of Friday afternoon, the weather service’s Ohio River Forecasting...

‘Major’ flood in the forecast

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The Blanchard River in Findlay is predicted to reach major flood stage and crest at 16.5 feet overnight Sunday, the National Weather Service said Thursday. A storm front moving from the southwest will bring heavy rain on Saturday night and continuing...

City Council agrees to pay freeze

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER With other city employees facing pay freezes and layoffs, Findlay City Council members decided Tuesday not to approve raises for themselves and the city treasurer for the next two years. Facing a final reading on legislation that, if passed,...