Hancock County, Fostoria join financial website

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Hancock County became the third county in northwestern Ohio and the 18th county in the state to join OhioCheckbook.com on Thursday. State Treasurer Josh Mandel joined Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg at the Hancock County commissioners’...

Mandel criticizes Findlay auditor over ‘checkbook’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Treasurer Josh Mandel criticized Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak on Thursday for “blocking” the city from joining the state’s “open checkbook” website. Mandel made the comments while in Findlay to announce that Hancock...

WITH VIDEO: Mayor says federal funds seem unlikely

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The proposed Eagle Creek diversion channel is unlikely to receive any federal funding, the city administration told Findlay City Council at a special meeting Wednesday morning. “The level of national interest in the Blanchard is just not...

‘Good Samaritan’ bill approved

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague’s “Good Samaritan Bill” is heading to the governor’s desk. House Bill 110, which would grant a person immunity when seeking emergency medical services for somebody who is overdosing, unanimously passed...

Need for noise wall discussed

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Residents in the neighborhood along Western Avenue near Ohio 15/U.S. 68 have until June 20 to tell state officials whether they want a noise wall built. More than 50 percent of residents who would benefit from the wall have to support it for the Ohio...

City may join Lake Erie project

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The city may join a project with the state and Lucas County to help keep the Maumee River and Lake Erie clean. If Findlay City Council approves, the city will administer a $355,000 grant to help obtain, install and run a sediment collector in the...

Weekend: Valravn swoops into Cedar Point

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER It’s a cross between a queasy kid’s worst nightmare and Evel Knievel’s best dream, with a name from the Middle Ages. Valravn, Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster, opens this season. The first hill of the latest coaster is unlike...

Panel favors Miracle Park contribution

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER In a 3-1 vote Tuesday, Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee approved a request to contribute another $50,000 to the Miracle Park project at the Marathon Diamonds. At-Large Councilmen Tom Shindledecker and Grant Russel, and 3rd Ward...

Ohio House OKs medical marijuana bill

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio was approved by a 71-26 vote Tuesday in the state House. Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, voted against it. House Bill 523 would bar patients from smoking marijuana, but does allow them to use it in vapor form,...

City permits needed when adding outdoor structures

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials are asking people to get permits when adding outdoor structures to their yards. Permits must be obtained for pools, sheds, porches and fences, among other structures. Patios, mailboxes, swing sets and other playground equipment do not...