McComb school tax renewed by voters

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER For the third time since 2004, McComb voters have renewed their school district’s half-percent income tax. On Tuesday, the issue passed with 373 votes, or 71.6 percent of the vote, in favor, to 148 votes against it. In Hancock County, the tax was...

School districts develop own policies on suicide prevention

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Classmates and parents were stunned when an 11-year-old student at Bigelow Hill Intermediate School committed suicide in his Findlay home in March. Findlay City Schools knew the student was at risk, but the school district could only do so much,...

UF board chair presiding over last graduation

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER C. Richard Beckett has heard “Pomp and Circumstance” on many a May day. On Saturday, Beckett, 79, the outgoing chair of the University of Findlay’s board of trustees, will preside over commencement for the last time. Beckett has served...

Findlay City Schools asking voters to make 5.9-mill levy permanent

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER If voters renew a 5.9-mill operating levy for Findlay City Schools in May, they’ll never be asked to renew it again. That’s because the levy is up for renewal on a continuing basis, meaning it will last forever, as opposed to the five-year...

Wittwer taking new job

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Dean Wittwer, outgoing superintendent of Findlay City Schools, will continue his career in Allen County. The Allen County Educational Service Center board unanimously voted Tuesday to hire Wittwer as its next superintendent. Wittwer, who is retiring for...

Embrace diversity, ‘Titans’ coach urges

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER It was a time when someone could be arrested or even killed just for getting a cup of coffee at a restaurant of their choice. That may seem like something out of a History Channel program, but it’s the tension and the time period through which...

School income tax on ballot

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER On the May 6 ballot, McComb residents will decide whether to renew their school district’s half-percent income tax. If voters approve the five-year income tax, it will be the third time they’ve done so since 2004. The tax brings in about...

Findlay plans final secure school entrance

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Findlay school board accepted a bid Monday to construct the district’s final school security entrance. The entrance, which will be a small addition to the front of Jacobs Primary School, will cost the district $161,850. “We think...

UF replacing downtown mural

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Work will begin Monday on a new mural, to be painted on the side of First Federal Bank on South Main Street in downtown Findlay. The University of Findlay is in charge of the project. The mural will feature images of the university’s Old Main...

Arcadia seeks income tax renewal

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Arcadia School is asking its community to continue supporting it through an income tax. The school district placed a 1 percent income tax renewal on the May 6 ballot. The tax has been in place since 2004, said Laurie Walles, superintendent. The new tax...