Findlay Council takes steps to divide Schmelzer’s job

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The decades-old discussion about whether the Findlay service-safety director job is too much for one person reached a milestone Tuesday. “I can’t do everything anymore. It’s just worn me out,” Service-Safety Director Paul...

Proposed ban on downtown sidewalk bicycling tabled

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Tuesday tabled for further study a proposed ban on bicycling on Main Street sidewalks downtown. The legislation was sparked by complaints about bicyclists nearly colliding with pedestrians on downtown walks. The hazard seems to...

Children learn by making notes, not taking them

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Work that might otherwise become drudgery for kids — practicing communication and social skills, and even reading and math facts — gets transformed into fun by music therapist Amy Foley. She uses piano, drums, guitar, voice and other...

Barber hangs up his clippers after 50-year Findlay career

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Retiring barber Mike Wiechart, of Mike’s Barber Shop, 2606 N. Main St., gave his last haircut this week after 50 years in the business. The passage of time and arrival of retirement sank in the night before. “I laid in bed last night, trying...

State will spend $3.4M on Hancock road, bridge work

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Besides the widening and upgrade of Interstate 75, the state will be spending $3.4 million this year for improvements to bridges and roads in Findlay and Hancock County. The state will use $1.1 million of those funds to replace the driving surfaces of...

Part of big I-75 project will be done in a year

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Part of the Interstate 75 project in Findlay — widening the highway to three lanes in both directions from U.S. 224 to Hancock County 99 — is expected to be done and open by year-end 2017 or early 2018, state officials said Thursday. The...

Some business owners anxious

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The prospect of concrete barricades, orange barrels, ramp closings and traffic tie-ups on Interstate 75 is making some restaurateurs and retailers anxious. “We’re a little nervous,” said Jennifer Swartzlander, co-owner of...

County fire departments get state funds for more radios

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Eight Hancock County fire departments will receive $104,944 in state funds to pay for additional radios, equipment and fees to use a system which enables them to communicate with emergency agencies across Ohio. Winning funds are the fire departments for...

Local businessman creates customer feedback app

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Restaurants and stores are enlisting customers’ feedback on their operations through an app developed by Findlay businessman Mike Mallett. For doing requested tasks like using their phone to photograph the cleanliness of the business’s floor...

Council considers ban on bicycling on Main Street sidewalks

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Legislation before Findlay Council would ban bicycling on Main Street sidewalks downtown, but not in the entire downtown, city officials said Tuesday. Council gave the legislation the first of three readings Tuesday. Council listened as Service-Safety...