How many regional jobs has CSX railyard created?

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Five years after CSX opened its North Baltimore freight railyard, more than a thousand jobs have been created in Hancock and Wood counties at companies that do business with CSX, a state agency says. But Hancock County and North...

Two downtown Findlay parking spaces become a 1-day minipark

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Conversion of two downtown parking spaces to a minipark, just for Friday, was a hit with downtown workers and residents. The little park was adorned with shrubs, small trees, benches and chairs, all on sod. Sharon Rooney and her daughter, Erin Poling,...

Wal-Mart training academy held here

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Wal-Mart’s Trenton Avenue store is housing the company’s 10th regional employee training academy in storage space converted to classrooms. The academy graduated 30 department managers and supervisors from its Trenton Avenue store in a...

Cooper reports big advance in rubber research

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s Findlay scientists have reached a milestone toward replacing Asian rubber now used in tires with rubber from a southwestern U.S. desert shrub, Cooper reported Thursday. The latest progress at Cooper’s Global...

2 named to tackle worker shortage

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay and Hancock County now have someone working full time to erase a worker shortage that threatens to cripple the local economy. Laurie Zydonik on Wednesday was introduced as director of Raise the Bar Hancock County, created to tailor future workers...

‘Baking with honey’ contest a sweet deal for local judge

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Thursday morning, long before happy crowds came to the Hancock County Fair, Dwight Wilson was at work, examining a honey pumpkin muffin on a paper plate. His briefcase was open and off to the side. Picking up a plastic fork, he cut off a piece of the...

A taste of honey

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Honey making became a competition at the Hancock County Fair for the first time Thursday. Novices got a lesson in exactitude and thoroughness from judge Dwight Wilson. Wilson lifted jars of honey up to the light. Particles in the honey, or fingerprints...

WITH VIDEO: Marathon celebrates big expansion

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER In a celebration of its century-old relationship with Findlay, Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Thursday opened its new MPLX headquarters downtown to private tours. The six-story, 120,000-square-foot MPLX headquarters is connected to Marathon Petroleum...

30 years ago: Image on tank attracted crowds to Fostoria

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Thirty years ago, an otherwise obscure soybean oil storage tank near Fostoria drew thousands of curious people over two months. Some people reported seeing a 15-foot-tall image of Jesus Christ and a small child on the side of the 40-foot-tall tank. The...

Hancock GOP supports Trump

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Republican chief Jim Baker on Tuesday blamed party factions and “conspiratorial” thinkers for a rumor that the county party is withholding support for Donald Trump. It is false, “absolutely not true,” said Baker,...