Incorrect posts scare parents in Wood County

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER CYGNET — Facebook posts Tuesday and Wednesday reported that a girl’s death was likely caused by contagious meningitis. The posts were incorrect, and put a scare into Cygnet area parents. Privacy laws prevent the Wood County Health Department...

Marathon may set top sales mark for Ohio companies

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum’s $2.87 billion purchase of Hess Corp.’s retail business in September could soon make it Ohio’s largest company by sales. It already ranked second in 2013 with $100.25 billion in sales behind pharmaceutical and...

Rowmark adding new building, jobs

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Rowmark, a Findlay maker of plastic sheets for signs, plaques and other uses, plans to add 50 or more employees and construct an additional 65,302-square-foot building. Construction, on Hamlet Drive just south of Hamlet Protein, and north of Guardian...

Taylor touting Ohio job growth

  By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor trumpeted Ohio’s reduced unemployment rate and Gov. John Kasich’s support of small business while lunching with 14 Republicans Tuesday at Wilson’s Sandwich Shop in Findlay. The Republican Kasich-Taylor...

Hancock Historical Museum dedicates Oxley Center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock Historical Museum dedicated its Michael G. Oxley Government Center on Monday in a private ceremony attended by the former U.S. representative and other dignitaries. Oxley, 70, a Findlay native, was joined by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and...

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...