County fire departments get state funds for more radios

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Eight Hancock County fire departments will receive $104,944 in state funds to pay for additional radios, equipment and fees to use a system which enables them to communicate with emergency agencies across Ohio. Winning funds are the fire departments for...

Local businessman creates customer feedback app

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Restaurants and stores are enlisting customers’ feedback on their operations through an app developed by Findlay businessman Mike Mallett. For doing requested tasks like using their phone to photograph the cleanliness of the business’s floor...

Council considers ban on bicycling on Main Street sidewalks

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Legislation before Findlay Council would ban bicycling on Main Street sidewalks downtown, but not in the entire downtown, city officials said Tuesday. Council gave the legislation the first of three readings Tuesday. Council listened as Service-Safety...

City income tax revenue down

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s city income tax revenue is down nearly 11 percent from a year ago. At $5.1 million as of last Friday, that’s about $600,000 less than the same time a year ago. With it lagging that much 11 weeks into the year, the revenue slide...

New Cooper CEO sees 62 percent increase in compensation in 2016

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Brad Hughes, who became chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. last September, earned $4.2 million compensation in 2016, a 62 percent increase from 2015. His predecessor, Roy Armes, who retired Aug. 31 after nearly 10 years at the helm,...

City may prohibit bicycling on downtown sidewalks

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A proposed ban on bicycling on downtown sidewalks will get a first reading before Findlay City Council today. City officials for years have been receiving complaints about bicyclists nearly colliding with pedestrians on sidewalks, said Paul Schmelzer,...

JCPenney closing Findlay Mall store

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The JCPenney store at Findlay Village Mall will be one of 138 Penney stores closing over the next few months as the company adapts to the rise of online retailers. The Findlay store expects to close June 18, said Jonathan Davis, store manager. He...

Marathon CEO’s compensation declines

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gary Heminger, Marathon Petroleum Corp. chief executive officer and chairman, earned $16.6 million in 2016, or 11 percent less than in 2015, the company reported. Heminger’s salary increased by $12,500 to $1.6 million, Marathon Petroleum reported...

Developer makes deal with port authority to reduce taxes on apartments

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A developer will avoid $337,500 in sales taxes by temporarily ceding ownership of the proposed site of 64 luxury apartments and a clubhouse, west of Findlay, to the Blanchard Valley Port Authority. Government bodies like the port authority do not pay...

Whitsons plan to build $12M hotel in Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A $12 million, 112-room Holiday Inn Express will be under construction by Whitson Properties by June. The new Findlay hotel will be just south of the company’s Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive. Whitson Properties, which owns an existing...