Sprague retains state House seat

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague has retained his seat in the Ohio House. In Tuesday’s general election, the Findlay Republican won with 19,720 votes or 74 percent of the vote. He received 14,021 votes or 75 percent of the vote in Hancock County, 4,526...

Council members push for citywide Block Watch

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay could have a citywide Block Watch starting in 2015. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische and 4th Ward Councilman Tom Klein want to expand the Block Watch program that is already going on in their wards. “We need to build this together if...

One candidate has applied for council vacancy

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Only one person has applied to fill a Findlay City Council seat vacated by 6th Ward Councilman Andy Douglas in October. Anyone interested in filling the vacant council seat can contact Hancock County Republican Chair Jim Baker at 419-889-5447 through...

Volunteer leaf pickup planned

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay residents will be getting some “leaf relief” from area volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 15. Volunteers will pick up bagged leaves. To participate, residents must have bags by the curb no later than 8 a.m. that day. Leaves in both...

Jordan challenged by schoolteacher

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A battle of political ideology and differences on hot issues could make the difference in a race for Ohio’s 4th District seat in the U.S. House. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, 50, of Urbana, faces Democratic schoolteacher Janet Garrett, 61, of...

Three candidates seek Ohio House seat

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Three candidates are vying for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House, but none is a Democrat. District voters can choose between incumbent Rep. Robert C. Sprague, a Findlay Republican; Libertarian Greg Norris of Rushsylvania; and independent Kevin...

Summer too cool for the pool

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER For the second year, cooler summer weather caused a decline in attendance at Findlay’s Riverside Park Pool — almost a 12,000-person drop. During a hot summer, the pool welcomes close to 30,000 visitors, but in the summers of 2013 and 2014,...

Resurfacing begins in 2015

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER All of U.S. 224 and Ohio 568 within the City of Findlay will be resurfaced, starting in the spring of 2015. Findlay and the state will jointly foot the $687,500 bill with the city paying $550,000 and the state paying $137,000. In an 8-0 vote, city...

Few utilize panhandling law

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER James Adkins thinks more restrictions on his work will help “keep the drunks and criminals” from getting involved. “They’re the ones giving us a bad name,” Adkins said. “They cause trouble.” Adkins, who said he...

City may resume leaf pickup in ’15

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay may resume leaf pickup services in the fall of 2015, city officials say. The last time city workers picked up leaves was 2008. Volunteers have collected leaves in the years since. Officials are currently looking at the options, Safety-Service...