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Putnam voters to decide village, school, township races

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Races will be decided for several village, township and school board seats in Putnam County on Nov. 7. Pandora-Gilboa School District has two school board seats up for election and five people running for them: Zachary Maag, Dawn Schulte, Kris Sherer,...

Rep. McColley plans to seek Senate seat

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert McColley, R-Napoleon, said Thursday he plans to seek the 1st Senate District seat which Cliff Hite resigned from this week. State Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, is thinking about it. State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, will not seek...

Hite admits ‘inappropriate behavior’ contributed to resignation

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Former state Sen. Cliff Hite admitted Wednesday that “inappropriate behavior” with a female state employee contributed to his abrupt decision to resign. Senate President Larry Obhof said Wednesday he had “strongly suggested” to...

Hite steps down from Ohio Senate seat

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, resigned Monday evening, effective immediately, citing personal and family health problems. “We’ve got numerous health problems right now, all piling up at the same time. I just feel I need to be home,”...

CSX to scale back operations at NB railyard

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER CSX is planning to scale back operations at its big North Baltimore railyard, which has never generated the surge in Hancock County employment that was predicted when it opened six years ago. The railroad opened the $175 million “hub” in...

Low-income apartment complex planned in Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A $9 million, 46-unit low-income apartment complex will be built on East Melrose Avenue by April 2019, starting to fix Findlay’s housing shortage, which contributes to its worker shortage. It’s a “workforce housing” concept, said...

Big plant addition creates 354 jobs at Whirlpool Corp.

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Whirlpool Corp.’s Findlay plant has added 354 employees this year since opening its $40.6 million, 86,400-square-foot addition, Scott Osborn, continuous improvement lead for the company, said Monday. The Findlay plant, which produces 15,000...

$2.5 million grant meant to boost Leipsic industries

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Leipsic has won a $2.5 million federal grant to help fund about $10 million in water system additions meant to boost industry and spark new jobs, starting in 2019. Construction of a pump station at the Blanchard River near Gilboa and a...

Husted touts endorsements

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Republican gubernatorial candidate Jon Husted stumped in Findlay on Wednesday, touting endorsements and promising career opportunities for Ohio’s youth. The 2018 primary election is seven months away, but the field is getting crowded with four...

Farmer living his dream for 50 years

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER For the 50th straight year, Hancock County farmer Steve Oman is behind the wheel of a combine, harvesting crops and roiling the country air with dust. “I love running (the combine),” Oman, 68, said recently. “As long as I can run it, I...