Putnam County voters pass bevy of levies

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Tax proposals for Putnam County senior citizens and for health programs coasted to passage in Tuesday’s general election. A 0.6-mill, five-year replacement tax to keep free transportation, chore assistance and other services for Putnam County...

Findlay business damaged, but owner ‘blessed’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anythin...

Some city businesses hope to reopen quickly

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Several Trenton Avenue businesses in Findlay are hoping to reopen soon after sustaining damage from a storm on Sunday. One that will not reopen that soon is Miller’s Meats, 400 W. Trenton Ave. Owner Jeff Miller estimated he will not reopen for a...

Busy ballot before voters Tuesday

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County residents will vote on one proposed sales tax increase, two state issues, and races for city, school board and village offices on Tuesday. This will be a weird election in one way. Ballots will show two countywide sales tax issues....

GOP challenger criticizes Mandel

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons dismissed his GOP opponent, Josh Mandel, on Friday as unable to beat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in 2018, and not ready for the Senate. “I don’t think the guy can win,” Gibbons said...

Muddy River plans to close temporarily

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Muddy River Bicycle Co., at 403 S. Main St. in Findlay, will be temporarily closing by about year-end, co-owner Eric McKee said Thursday. “We have some family health issues that need to be dealt with,” he said. “I have to kind of step...

More ‘me’ gifts

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER From: Me To: Me It’s an unspoken conspiracy between shoppers and retailers: People are increasingly shopping for themselves during the holiday season, said Kit Yarrow, author of “Decoding the New Consumer Mind: How and Why We Shop.”...

Will holiday shopping be mellower?

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The calendar will help procrastinators take their time in the upcoming Christmas shopping season, according to a consumer psychologist. It also will be a “mellower” shopping season for everybody, said Kit Yarrow, author of “Decoding the...

Cooper profits rise in third quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Reduced charges for product liability costs inflated Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s profit during an otherwise difficult third quarter, with earnings rising 25 percent from a year earlier to $62 million. Earnings translated to $1.18 per share in...

Complaint spells out Hite sexual harassment

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, repeatedly propositioned a woman working for the state until she filed a sexual harassment complaint on Oct. 11, leading to Hite’s resignation five days later. The Courier on Friday obtained a copy of the...