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Cooper changes aimed at overseas sales

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gunning for overseas sales to someday match those in North America, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is bringing more talent to bear overseas. Chinese and European operations have generated 36 to 40 percent of Cooper Tire’s sales in recent years. To...

Findlay man brought out the best in people

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Toby Baumgardner was 7 when he suffered thigh and jaw fractures when a semi struck a Blanchard Valley Center school bus in 1976. Every day, his mother, Sondra, told Toby, “Mom can’t live without you.” Nine weeks later, he still was in...

Court: Putnam Road 5 widening was not lawful

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — An appeals court this week ruled that a Putnam County judge repeatedly botched rulings, enabling the county commissioners to unlawfully widen a road despite residents’ objections. But residents, who favored alternative routes for...

Cooper starts hiring for new center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is locating its $35.5 million Global Technical Center in Findlay because of the factory and regional technical center here, plus community and state support, company President Roy Armes said Monday. Hiring already has begun...

Restaurant closes, dealing a blow to North Baltimore

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Whistle Stop Inn restaurant, which drew out-of-towners to North Baltimore with its prime rib, steaks and burgers, closed this week. Residents fear it will not reopen, leaving the town starved for the traffic and money it has lured...

Becky’s School of Dance still in step after 50 years

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A group of 8- and 9-year-old skirted, budding ballerinas twirled on a recent afternoon. Music blared. An instructor’s hands cued the tenderfeet. They chassed, one foot chasing their other. They extended their arms. It was all practice for the 50th...

Marathon expanding service building, planning new gas station

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A plan to expand a 19,000-square-foot Marathon Petroleum service building at 119 E. Sandusky St. by 15,439 square feet was approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission. The existing service building houses equipment, and the expansion will...

3 drug treatment centers serving Hancock County

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER How serious of a drug addiction problem does Hancock County have? It recently added a third outpatient treatment center. Within months, one of the other outpatient programs will add a residential treatment center. Choices Behavioral Healthcare, which...

Kasich signs Hite’s crop nutrient bill

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Farmers squirmed Thursday and State Sen. Cliff Hite reassured them as Gov. John Kasich signed into law Hite’s bill targeting their use of crop nutrients. Hite, R-Findlay, said he balanced farm interests with those of Lake Erie charter fishing...

Chinese tire makers criticized by United Steelworkers union

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The union representing Findlay’s Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. factory workers has accused Chinese tire makers of unfairly stealing customers and asked the federal government to impose tariffs. United Steelworkers on Tuesday filed petitions with the...