30 years ago: Image on tank attracted crowds to Fostoria

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Thirty years ago, an otherwise obscure soybean oil storage tank near Fostoria drew thousands of curious people over two months. Some people reported seeing a 15-foot-tall image of Jesus Christ and a small child on the side of the 40-foot-tall tank. The...

Hancock GOP supports Trump

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Republican chief Jim Baker on Tuesday blamed party factions and “conspiratorial” thinkers for a rumor that the county party is withholding support for Donald Trump. It is false, “absolutely not true,” said Baker,...

Zika virus not likely to have impact here

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Zika virus has grabbed worldwide attention, but the risks of Hancock County residents getting it appear to be low, infectious disease specialist Dr. Nathaniel Ratnasamy said Monday. Zika virus can cause birth defects. It is transmitted by infected...

Wilson’s Sandwich Shop: 80 years of feeding Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The secret is the meat. Wilson’s Sandwich Shop, a downtown Findlay landmark for eight decades, boasts of not buying its hamburger meat from anyone else. Instead, it orders beef with the bones removed, and then grinds and blends it in-house, making...

Findlay man running as write-in candidate for U.S. Senate seat

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay businessman and former school board member James Stahl has filed to be a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate on Nov. 8, running against Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Ted Strickland. Stahl, 58, of 2516 S. Main St., filed his declaration of...

Tradition of surly service now a thing of the past

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Time was, getting yelled at by a Wilson’s Sandwich Shop worker, or watching some other poor soul get scolded, was part of the experience. People who quietly placed an order at McDonald’s or Burger King were in for a surprise at...

Cooper Tire earnings rise in 2nd quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling high-profit tires and benefiting from lower raw material costs, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. grew profit by 18 percent last quarter from a year earlier to $71 million. Earnings in the April-June quarter amounted to $1.27 per share. Sales...

Cooper chief ends ‘on a high note’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Roy Armes said he was proud to “end on a high note” Thursday as he presided over his last Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. quarterly earnings conference call. Armes, 63, will retire Aug. 31 as chairman and chief executive officer. His successor...

Fuel surpluses trim profits at Marathon

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Industry-wide fuel surpluses reduced Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s profit by 3 percent from a year earlier to $801 million in the April-June quarter, the company reported Thursday. “Most of the refiners including Marathon have increased, stepped...

Charge reduces MPLX earnings

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Profit fell about 63 percent last quarter for MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s logistics and natural gas processing subsidiary. But company officials and analysts agree it has made it through a difficult time. Its $19 million profit in the...