Rep. Sprague running for Ohio treasurer

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, is trying to go where no other Hancock County resident has gone before, a statewide elective office. Sprague announced Monday he is running for state treasurer in 2018. Current Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, also a...

Sprague: State investments can make a difference

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER As statewide offices go, state treasurer has generally been among the farthest from the limelight. But State Rep. Robert Sprague promises to change that if he’s elected. Sprague said he would use the office to fight radical Islamic terrorism and...

Republican council candidates spar at forum

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council president candidate Tom Ross said Friday he would change things at city hall: making people feel welcome there. His opponent for the Republican nomination on May 2, R. Ronald Monday, said Ross lacks the required experience. “A...

Business growth: Findlay stays on top

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER For the third straight year, Findlay ranked first for business growth among 575 small cities nationwide in 2016, according to Site Selection magazine. Findlay is the second community in the 29-year history of the award to be the top...

Marathon contributes assets to MPLX

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. is keeping its promise to take “bold, aggressive action” to lift its stock price: Wednesday it closed a transaction contributing some terminal, pipeline and storage assets to its energy and logistics subsidiary MPLX...

Findlay police: Car chases are challenging, even with policy in place

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The challenges police face in protecting people were underscored last week when federal agents’ chase of a man from Wood County ended in a rush-hour crash at Main and Sandusky streets in downtown Findlay. Before the crash Thursday, the pursuit went...

WITH VIDEO: Progress 2017: Beers and cheers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The seeds were always there. After all, Babe Ruth was legendary not only for hitting home runs. The Great Bambino loved his beer and hot dogs. It just took nearly a century of technology advances and the arrival of the millennials for capitalism to hit...

WITH VIDEO: Progress 2017: Marathon fuels a downtown boom

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER These days, Jody Combs is like a kid who delightedly unwrapped one present and is eagerly eyeing the bigger one across the room. Sales rose last year for downtown Findlay retailers and restaurants with Marathon Petroleum’s $100 million expansion of...

Progress 2017: McLane, Whirlpool completed big projects in 2016

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER McLane Co. and Whirlpool Corp. topped the list of major construction projects completed last year in Findlay and Hancock County. McLane last fall completed construction of its $119 million, 337,831-square-foot grocery distribution center on...

Progress 2017: Help available for small businesses

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Only 20 percent of business startups survive for five years. Much is at stake if a community is able to have a better survival rate. That’s because 80 percent of new jobs come from small businesses. So Findlay and Hancock County have thrown a lot...