Company OKs Marathon’s $10 billion bid

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER MarkWest Energy Partners’ unitholders on Tuesday approved their company’s $10 billion purchase by MPLX, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s pipeline and logistics subsidiary. About 80 percent of the units voted were in favor of the deal, which...

Homemade gifts gaining favor

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Homemade gifts will be more common for Christmas this year, though their rival, the gift card, is still far more popular, said consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow. Millennials, those 18 to 34 years old, will be more into giving an experience, like tickets...

Black Friday shopping blitz again starts on Thanksgiving

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The Black Friday shopping blitz in Findlay will again start on Thanksgiving as shoppers hunt for big discounts and giveaways. Before the turkey and pumpkin pie are digested, long lines will start forming outside several stores Thursday afternoon. It all...

Hot seller: Coloring books for adults

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Coloring books — once the province of children — have become a hot seller for adults. “Oh my word, yes,” said Janet Wibright, assistant manager of Books-A-Million at Findlay Village Mall. “It’s our most popular item to...

Marathon again boosts bid for processor

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER For the second time in a week, Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday boosted its purchase offer for MarkWest Energy Partners, this time by about $200 million in cash. The deal, which MarkWest unitholders will vote on Dec. 1, is now valued at about $10.65...

Forum discusses pay-to-participate fees

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Area school officials offered arguments Monday for and against a potential state ban on pay-to-participate fees for public school extracurricular activities. Comments made at a Findlay forum, led by state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, will be considered by...

New Findlay building to house Penske Logistics

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot truck maintenance building will be built on Findlay’s northern end and completed in March. Penske Logistics will be operating out of the building and will employ 32, Chuck Bills, president of Ohio Logistics, said...

Marathon ups offer for gas processor

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. has boosted its purchase offer for MarkWest Energy Partners by $400 million, to $15.1 billion. MarkWest unitholders will vote Dec. 1 on whether to approve the deal. Marathon’s improved offer comes as the proposed purchase...

Hite: Legislature may consider medical pot

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Despite a resounding defeat at the ballot box on Tuesday, marijuana legalization efforts in Ohio may keep smoldering. State Issue 3, which voters rejected Tuesday, would have allowed both medical and recreational use of marijuana in Ohio. State Sen....

Proposals for kids, seniors and mental health approved in Allen

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Allen County voters resoundingly approved tax proposals Tuesday for senior citizens, mental health and recovery, and children services. In Bluffton, Judy Augsburger became the first woman elected mayor. Village residents also elected Richard Johnson and...