New Marathon joint venture: 120 travel plazas

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum continues its push to grow its steady-profit retail outlets. Its Speedway subsidiary has formed a joint venture with Pilot Flying J, consisting of 120 travel plazas, mainly in the Southeast. The new venture, PFJ Southeast, will...

Marathon loses ruling in lawsuit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A federal judge has rejected Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the state of Kentucky, alleging Marathon illegally chokes competition and raises gasoline prices in northern Kentucky. The ruling last week by U.S. District...

Commissioner to visit river cleanup sites

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The contractor hired to clear the Blanchard River of 8,902 dead ash trees got a lesson in Hancock County politics on Tuesday. The Hancock County commissioners have no complaints yet with the work of H&H Land Clearing, Middlefield. But they want to...

Ohio mosquitoes unlikely to transmit Zika

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Memorial Day weekend starts mosquito season in northwestern Ohio. But with a few easy precautions, people can minimize their exposure to the nuisance. And generally speaking, mosquitoes are just a nuisance, said Craig Niese, registered sanitarian for...

Minimize exposure to mosquito bites

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER You will never eliminate pesky mosquitoes, but you can minimize your exposure with a few easy precautions. Mosquitoes breed in water. So one easy measure is to scan your yard for water in birdbaths, buckets and tires. Dumping out the water, or replacing...

Pension rescue plan rejected

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The U.S. Treasury Department earlier this month spared retired unionized truck drivers from a proposed 50 to 70 percent cuts in their pensions. Retired truckers of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters opposed the “pension rescue plan,”...

Wagner Mazda now Mazda Direct

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER FOSTORIA — Wagner Mazda, in Fostoria, has been sold to William Gaietto, John Coppus and Stephen Hook, and is now Mazda Direct. Gaietto is running daily operations at the dealership, at 1600 N. Countyline St., Fostoria. It will be increasing its new...

‘It just kind of broke her’: Rape changed woman’s life

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER People were drawn to Tracy Jo Basil Leliaert, her contagious smile, sparkly eyes, bubbly friendliness. “If you’ve seen pictures … Tracy was a beautiful girl,” said her friend, Jill Kin of Arlington. “It was always her outer...

Open Arms ‘always here’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Rape survivors in Findlay and Hancock County can get help from Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services. The agency responds to an average of 30 reported rapes per year. “And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Those are just people...

Addiction a ‘physiological problem’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It is by altering the brain, so that it views a drug as necessary for survival — alongside food, water and sex — that addiction destroys lives, said Brad Lander, clinical director of Addiction Medicine at Ohio State University’s Wexner...