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...

Support urged for rape survivors

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Rape changes a person for life. So survivors need lots of support and acceptance, according to counselors and other professionals who work with survivors. “Survivors are likely to suffer from depression and suicide (thoughts) and a slew of mental...

Program offers summer jobs to area youths

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Qualifying 16- to 24-year-old Hancock County residents from low-income households can get summer jobs paying $10 an hour through the WSOS Community Action Commission’s Youth Employment Program. The agency, at 7746 Hancock County 140, tries to match...

Daniel Clinger receives regional honor

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Longtime Findlay architect, businessman and civic leader Dan Clinger has been named “Architect of the Year” by the Toledo chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The former co-owner of RCM Architects won the award for his commitment...

Cooper Tire profits grow by 45 percent

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. profit grew by 45 percent last quarter from a year earlier to $59 million, as the company sold more high-profit tires and benefited from low raw material costs. Earnings in the January-March quarter translated to $1.05 per...

MPLX posts loss after writedown

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Low prices for natural gas and natural gas liquids forced a writedown in the value of assets, causing a $60 million loss last quarter for Findlay-based MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s logistics and natural gas processing subsidiary. The loss in...