Law director: Gun-toting mayor is legal in city building

By MAX FILBY and ALLISON REAMER STAFF WRITERS When Mayor Lydia Mihalik walked past a security checkpoint carrying her gun into the Findlay Municipal Building in June, a police officer raised concerns, sparking an inquiry that reached the Ohio Supreme Court. Police wanted to know...

Council OKs funding for workforce organization

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Tuesday appropriated $30,000 for the “Raise The Bar” workforce organization, despite a debate over funding nonprofits that has been going on for two years. The contribution, though, is contingent on City Council...

Hunting helps control region’s deer population, keeps highways safer

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Ohio drivers may not know it, but hunters are making their commutes a little easier and safer. Hunters in Ohio killed 165,361 deer in 2015. While the deer harvest was less than the 175,801 killed in 2014, hunting season serves as something of a...

Council committee favors giving $30,000 to workforce initiative

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee recommended Tuesday that the city contribute $30,000 to the “Raise The Bar” workforce initiative. The city has been asked to provide $30,000 a year for five years to help establish a...

Democratic volunteers harassed, feared for safety at county fair

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Flag City may not always be a friendly place for Democrats, but they haven’t felt unsafe in their own community, until now. Volunteers working at the Democratic booth at the Hancock County Fair last week said they were insulted, called names, and...

Council doesn’t rush medical pot ban

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council narrowly voted against hurrying passage of a city-wide ban on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday. The ban legislation, requested by Mayor Lydia Mihalik, received the first of three readings. An attempt by council to hurry passage...

Mayor’s pot proposal fires up online debate

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Mayor Lydia Mihalik’s proposed medical marijuana ban was widely panned online, before City Council decided against rushing its passage Tuesday. Citizens discussed the proposal on Facebook and Twitter and urged people to attend Tuesday night’s...

Mayor urges Findlay ban on growing, selling medical pot

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is asking City Council to ban the growing, processing and sale of medical marijuana in the city. House Bill 523, which legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, was signed by Gov. John Kasich earlier this summer and goes into...

County fair vendors serve up tons of food

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER That fluffy, crispy french fry may be one piece of more than 700 pounds of potatoes. Cindy Zaker, owner of Frank’s Famous French Fries, typically goes through 14 50-pound bags of potatoes a day at the Hancock County Fair, and has gone through as...

Overdoses killed 3,050 Ohioans in 2015

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Accidental drug overdoses took the most lives on record in Ohio and Hancock County in 2015. Ohio had 3,050 of its residents die of a drug overdose last year, an average of eight per day, according to a report released Thursday by the Ohio Department of...