Findlay fills engineer’s job

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Brian Thomas will become Findlay’s first city engineer since the beginning of 2012. “I’m looking forward to doing something new,” Thomas said. “I’m excited.” Thomas will start work Monday with an annual salary of...

11 city candidates unopposed

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Eleven candidates for Findlay city offices face no opposition in Tuesday’s primary, including the mayor and several City Council candidates. All but one of the unopposed candidates are Republicans. Republican Mayor Lydia Mihalik, 35, is running for...

In GOP country, big election is the primary

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Even Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Stephani admits it. “Getting a Democrat to run here is like asking them to flush $5,000 down a toilet,” she said. If Ohio’s metropolitans are where Democrats dominate, then Hancock County is where...

Levy campaigns file reports

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A committee supporting Blanchard Valley Center reports spending nearly $6,000 to promote its upcoming levy. Candidates and political organizations that spend or receive more than $1,000 during a campaign are required to file spending reports before and...

Recovery houses: new opposition

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The board trying to open two addiction recovery houses in Findlay is facing opposition similar to what it encountered before pulling out of a Greendale Avenue location. A house at 1030 Oakdale Drive was offered to the Hancock County Board of Alcohol,...

Recovery house rumors circulate

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services says it is not planning to open an addiction recovery house on Findlay’s Oakdale Drive. Although the board received an offer for a house on Oakdale Drive, it...

Incumbent challenged in 6th Ward

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Two Republican candidates are competing for Findlay’s 6th Ward council seat in the May 5 primary. Incumbent Jim Niemeyer was appointed to finish the council term of Andy Douglas, who vacated the seat in October, while newcomer Christina Muryn is...

Wobser outspends council opponents

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Jeff Wobser, one of four Republican candidates running for three at-large seats on Findlay City Council, has spent more on his campaign than all the other at-large candidates combined. Wobser has spent $5,085 on his campaign so far, while John Kovach...

Findlay auditor candidates match campaign spending

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The campaigns of Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak and his opponent in the Republican primary, Anne Spence, have each spent about $6,000 so far, campaign finance reports show. Staschiak, who is not accepting campaign contributions, has spent $5,991 so far....

Diversion channel plan causes concern

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Audience members at Wednesday’s Army Corps of Engineers meeting complained about how a planned Eagle Creek diversion channel could affect their properties. “We’re still going to oppose it,” Hancock County Farm Bureau President...