McLane’s planned distribution center gets big tax breaks

By JOY BROWN and LOU WILIN STAFF WRITERS McLane Co., which will open a grocery distribution center on Findlay’s north end in 2016, eventually employing 425, will benefit from two large tax breaks, state and city officials announced Tuesday. The business won a $3.6 million...

Service-safety director again Findlay’s top-paid employee

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Paul Schmelzer, Findlay’s service-safety director, retained the top spot on city government’s top-paid list for 2013. He earned $120,016, which is $2,219 more than he did during his first year as an administrator in 2012. Mayor Lydia Mihalik...

Terms of lawsuit settlement in Reeg case kept confidential

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Terms of the settlement in the Carla Reeg civil rights case were “confidential,” but Findlay government’s monetary payments and attorney fees in the case are public matters, according to legal precedents. On April 8, Law Director Don...

City settles lawsuit over officer’s conduct

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The City of Findlay last month settled out-of-court a civil rights lawsuit stemming from a police officer’s misconduct during a routine call in 2012. The city agreed to pay $15,000 to Carla Reeg, said city Law Director Don Rasmussen. The city also...

Council stubs out e-cigarette ban

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council decided Tuesday to not consider banning e-cigarettes in indoor public places where cigarettes have already been prohibited. The ban was proposed by Findlay City Health Department personnel and a pulmonary specialist last week, but a...

Bluffton district renews, increases levy

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Bluffton School District residents on Tuesday resoundingly passed a renewal and increase of a 4.9-mill, five-year levy for operations. Unofficially, 953 voters, or 71 percent, voted for the levy, and 382 voted against it. It’s a renewal, in that...

Nine area candidates unopposed in primary

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Nine local or regional candidates are unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election in Hancock County. Four of them won’t face opposition in November, either, unless an independent candidate suddenly appears. Today is the deadline for independent...

Findlay Council asked to consider e-cigarette ban

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The Findlay Health Department is hoping government officials “air” on the side of caution by banning electronic cigarettes in indoor public places where smoking has been prohibited. Findlay would be the first municipality in Ohio to do so....

City officials quarreling about emails

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay administrators and city Auditor Jim Staschiak are quarreling again, this time over emails. City administrators obtained certain auditor’s office emails directly from the city’s computer personnel, without consulting Staschiak. That...

WITH VIDEO: Ooh La La lunch!

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The servers wore white gloves and tuxedos sporting French Republic colors, the guests were chimed in to be seated, and the guest of honor’s work requires him to attend events ranging from White House state dinners to galas for fashion greats. No...