Pepper says Dems pointing toward ’18

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Election Day is still four months away, but Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper is already preparing for 2018. Pepper told the Hancock County Democratic Party on Tuesday that the state party will take campaign infrastructure from 2016 and continue to...

Findlay school board president injured in Florida

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay school board President Jane Robertson was struck by a vehicle on July 5 in Florida and suffered injuries that will prevent her from returning to Findlay for up to three months. Robertson is in stable condition in the intesive care unit at Blake...

Findlay Council OKs appropriations

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council appropriated $240,000 on Tuesday for projects and equipment replacement as part of the city’s capital improvement plan. Council appropriated $30,000 to the Fire Department to replace equipment; $20,000 to the Findlay Municipal...

Kotlarczyk was modest despite significant golf achievements

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Edward Kotlarczyk taught thousands of people how to golf, but that was not something golfers at his course would hear him talk about. “I think he really just liked the people,” said his daughter, Lynne Kotlarczyk. Kotlarczyk, a co-owner of...

Drain found competent to stand trial for murder

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Joel M. Drain, 34, has been found competent to stand trial for the aggravated murder of a Findlay man. Drain pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity earlier this month to killing Randy L. Grose, 56, in Grose’s Sherry Street home in May. Drain...

Rep. Latta: Opioid epidemic is ‘right here’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Seeing children taken from their home on Christmas Eve because their parents were using drugs was the “worst day” Bob Latta ever had on the job. It was an incident that occurred years ago, when Latta was interning at the Wood County...

Findlay Council OKs 3-year police pact

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay police can look forward to getting a 2 percent raise each year for the next three years. City Council approved a new contract for police Tuesday. The pact is retroactive to January. Each raise will cost the city an additional $100,000 per year,...

Kasich signs ‘Good Samaritan’ law

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Nearly seven years after Tony Grotrian’s grandson died of a drug overdose, a bill that may have saved his life has become law. “It means an awful lot,” Grotrian said. Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 110, also known as the “Good...

Council cautious on school demolition

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council decided Tuesday not to rush action on razing a dilapidated former school at 1001 Blanchard Ave. Findlay City Schools has asked City Council to tear down the former Huber School, now a privately-owned property. (READ MORE: Some former...

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’...