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Area voters head to polls Tuesday

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County voters on Tuesday will decide a Republican county commissioner race, and help determine the winner of a three-way Republican contest for state senator. Residents of the Van Buren School District will vote on a 6.9-mill, 37-year bond issue....

Cooper Tire profits fall, but impress stock market

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted first-quarter profits of $45.4 million, a 19 percent decline compared to its record-setting results a year earlier, the company said Friday. Earnings amounted to 71 cents per share, down from 87 cents per share in the...

Refinery work hurts Marathon profits

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Scheduled maintenance idled Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s two largest refineries, causing profit to plunge 73 percent last quarter to $199 million, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the January-March quarter amounted to 67 cents per share,...

State Legislature seats up for election

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Voters in Hancock and neighboring counties will nominate candidates for one Ohio Senate seat and six Ohio House seats in the May 6 primary. There are primary election contests for four of these seven seats. State senators serve four-year terms and House...

ADS planning initial public stock offering

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Advanced Drainage Systems, the world’s largest producer of corrugated plastic pipe, plans to make an initial public offering of stock. The company, based in Hilliard, employs 212 at its Findlay offices and factory. About $300 million would be...

Iriti says Findlay not in Target’s sights

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Shoppers’ protracted pining for a Target store in Findlay won’t end anytime soon, Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said Monday. Iriti and his predecessors have been asked for over a decade about when Findlay...

Bluffton teen enjoyed making others laugh

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER In his 19 years on earth, Kyle Trentman liked to laugh and to make others laugh. One of his favorite shticks was impersonating ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s characters. He was protective of his younger sister, Cathy. He liked to fish, golf and hunt....

French-American alliance strong, ambassador says

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The storied French-American alliance, which helped America win independence and rescued France in World War II, is better than ever, French Ambassador Francois Delattre said Wednesday in Findlay. That’s quite a turnaround from 10 years ago, when...

Mental health levy on primary ballot

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Allen County voters will consider an additional 1-mill, five-year tax in the May 6 primary election to offset $3.2 million in lost revenue per year for mental health and recovery services. More than $3 million of the reduction came from state cuts in...

$300K grant helps fund treatment center

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A proposed residential treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction in Findlay won a $300,000 state grant Monday, enabling it to open in January 2015. With 3,750 square feet at 2627 Crystal Ave., the center will fill a need for more intense treatment...