Armes: Cooper gets ‘no respect,’ but company plans more growth

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Chief Roy Armes thinks his company is “the Rodney Dangerfield of tires.” “Nobody knows who we are, and we get no respect,” Armes joked Friday during a Hancock County Republican Party lunch. Fixing that...

Health agency merger plan advancing

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council members will get their first look at a plan for a combined city-county health department before the year ends. Council will meet informally at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to hear details from Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer....

Shoppers line up for Black Friday sales

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Black Friday started Thursday night at several Findlay stores, but other retailers kept the year’s biggest shopping spree on the day after Thanksgiving. More than 100 people were lined up outside of Menard’s, a home improvement and general...

Thanksgiving Day deals lure shoppers

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER For shoppers such as Chad Leiter, trying to be in two places at once for “door-buster” deals is no longer a problem. Several big Findlay retailers began their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night, while other stores waited to open until...

Fire chief retiring, will take Marathon job

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo is set to retire from the department and will take a position at Marathon Petroleum Corp. Lonyo’s retirement will be effective Jan. 4, and he will then start a job pertaining to safety and fire protection at Marathon....

Candidates lining up for Findlay races

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER It’s less than three weeks since the last election, but candidates are already lining up for the next one. Incumbents and newcomers are taking out petitions to run for Findlay city offices in the May 5 primary. The filing deadline for the...

‘Butch’ Stark ‘was always a kid’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER James “Butch” Stark was a Peter Pan of sorts, a man who never fully grew up. Stark, 56, of Carey, was mentally disabled, making him more like a 10- or 11-year-old than a man in his 50s, his family said. “He was always a kid,” said...

Findlay income tax revenue falls

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay’s city income tax revenue is down more than $3.5 million as of October, but the city will still end the year with millions of dollars in reserves. A report showing the 16.21 percent decrease in tax revenue was presented to City Council at...

Solar farm paying off

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Cloudy weather is expected to slightly reduce Findlay’s energy savings this year from a solar panel farm provided by Marathon Petroleum Corp. But that hasn’t dimmed the enthusiasm of city officials. The solar farm off Broad Avenue helps power...

Armes family donating $1M toward new cancer center

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Roy and Marcia Armes understand the struggle that accompanies cancer and that’s why they want to make it easier for others to beat it. The couple was announced Friday as the lead donors for Blanchard Valley Health System’s new cancer center...