Federal rules restrict use of volunteers at 50 North

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s senior citizens agency is having growing pains as it grapples with serving the expanding ranks of needy seniors. When 50 North generated $538,546 in revenue in 2015 from its various activities, fitness programs, chore assistance...

Former volunteers dismayed by changes at 50 North’s cafe

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Volunteering as workers at 50 North’s cafe gave Dorothy Harp, 82, and Belva May, 80, both widows, the activity and social connections they needed. Breakfast and lunch are served to senior citizens Monday through Friday at the cafe. Both women...

Property tax offsets financial losses for senior citizen services

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER It’s not just in the cafe where 50 North is generating more revenue, serving more needy seniors and losing more money. Each of 50 North’s other segments — activities, fitness programs and chore services — generates a loss....

Young Professionals plan kickoff event

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay Young Professionals, which offers social events, leadership development and community involvement for 21- to 45-year-olds, will hold its annual kickoff gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St. The event will...

U.S. puts tariffs on Chinese clothes washers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER U.S. officials on Tuesday voted to impose tariffs of up to 52.5 percent on clothes washers imported from Chinese factories, agreeing with Whirlpool Corp. that the appliances are unfairly underpriced. All six members of the International Trade Commission...

Economic development chief faces challenges

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The new point man for Hancock County economic development said Friday he is plugging away at the biggest threats: shortages of workers and buildings for industries. Tim Mayle, who succeeded Tony Iriti as director of Findlay-Hancock Economic Development,...

Rep. Sprague ready to override abortion bill veto

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Though he strikes a conciliatory note toward Gov. John Kasich, state Rep. Robert Sprague, like state Sen. Cliff Hite, is ready to override a veto of the heartbeat abortion bill. Sprague took a long pause after being asked about the “aura of...

Marathon Petroleum to consider separating Speedway subsidiary

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. said Tuesday it will consider separating its Speedway subsidiary from Marathon as part of an effort to boost its stock price, or “shareholder value.” A special committee of Marathon’s board of directors will...

Hite: Lame-duck governor will face challenges

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER After bucking his own party for years, Gov. John Kasich has an “aura of lameduckness,” state Sen. Cliff Hite said Friday. Look for the Legislature to flex its muscle in the coming months, perhaps overriding Kasich vetoes of abortion...

Ohio workforce goal to require more funding

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey and other higher education officials are campaigning for more state money to meet an ambitious goal of Gov. John Kasich. To help Ohio compete with other states, Kasich has set a target for 65...