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Feds take step toward imposing tariffs on clothes washers imported from China

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Federal officials on Wednesday took a step toward imposing tariffs on clothes washers imported from China, which Whirlpool Corp. complained are underpriced and stealing customers. The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a preliminary ruling against...

City Council approves razing of former school

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council voted Tuesday to demolish a dilapidated former school at 1001 Blanchard Ave. for $58,888. The 101-year-old former Huber School, now a privately-owned property, will be razed by October by ALL Excavating & Demolition, McComb. The...

OSU president, faculty visit Cooper Tire

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Ohio State University President Michael Drake and other university officials visited Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on Friday for tire-related presentations. It was one of several stops this week for university leaders and faculty, who are taking their...

Elks Lodge plans second clubhouse

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay Elks Lodge will be adding a second clubhouse at 900 W. Melrose Ave., the former Northridge Swim and Tennis Club, by next April for Elks activities. At 6,935 square feet, it will be over twice the size of the existing clubhouse, said Kevin...

Engineers to evaluate flood-control plan

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Hancock County’s commissioners will seek a second opinion about a federal plan to reduce Blanchard River flooding by digging a diversion channel. Stantec, headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, will receive $100,000 to review the Army Corps of...

Marathon wins legal skirmish; battle continues

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The state of Kentucky on Thursday blinked before Marathon Petroleum Corp. did in a dispute over the state’s payment of an outside law firm. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is employing New York-based “powerhouse” law firm...

New Marathon joint venture: 120 travel plazas

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum continues its push to grow its steady-profit retail outlets. Its Speedway subsidiary has formed a joint venture with Pilot Flying J, consisting of 120 travel plazas, mainly in the Southeast. The new venture, PFJ Southeast, will...

Marathon loses ruling in lawsuit

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A federal judge has rejected Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the state of Kentucky, alleging Marathon illegally chokes competition and raises gasoline prices in northern Kentucky. The ruling last week by U.S. District...

Commissioner to visit river cleanup sites

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The contractor hired to clear the Blanchard River of 8,902 dead ash trees got a lesson in Hancock County politics on Tuesday. The Hancock County commissioners have no complaints yet with the work of H&H Land Clearing, Middlefield. But they want to...

Ohio mosquitoes unlikely to transmit Zika

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Memorial Day weekend starts mosquito season in northwestern Ohio. But with a few easy precautions, people can minimize their exposure to the nuisance. And generally speaking, mosquitoes are just a nuisance, said Craig Niese, registered sanitarian for...