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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...

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...