Findlay’s finances not on ‘checkbook’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay was supposed to be one of the first cities on Ohio’s “open checkbook” website, but the city’s financial figures were absent when the state site launched last week. Financial numbers from more than 100 cities and school...

Councilman plans run for commissioner

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Fifth Ward Findlay Councilman John Harrington has taken out petitions to run for Hancock County commissioner. Harrington said Tuesday he plans to run for Commissioner Brian Robertson’s seat in next year’s Republican primary. Robertson and...

Sprague pans State Issue 3

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State Rep. Robert Sprague on Monday spoke out against State Issue 3, the November ballot issue that would allow both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana in Ohio. Addressing the Findlay Rotary Club, Sprague said he is “personally...

City may increase capital improvements allocation

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay will likely carry forward about the same amount of cash into 2016 as it did going into 2015. Findlay is on track to carry around $10 million into next year, Auditor Jim Staschiak told council members during a committee-of-the-whole meeting...

BGSU board votes to keep WBGU on air

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Area residents will still be able to watch WBGU-TV, but they’ll be tuning in to a different channel. The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees agreed Friday to sell its 600 MHz UHF spectrum, which it uses to broadcast programming, in an...

Council OKs parking lot appropriation

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay will pay $255,000 to help construct 86 parking spots at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Findlay City Council approved the appropriation Tuesday that will open up the spots to people in the downtown area between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m....

Local officials visiting Japan this week

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay area officials are visiting with leaders in Japan this week as part of an “economic mission trip.” Mayor Lydia Mihalik along with University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Director of Findlay and Hancock County Economic...

Three officials lobby against pot proposal

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Hancock County Republicans on Friday heard from three area officials who oppose a ballot issue that would legalize marijuana in Ohio. State Rep. Robert Sprague, Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller and county Sheriff Mike Heldman asked members of the...

Crawford Street parking plan an ‘experiment’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Proposed changes to parking and traffic on Findlay’s Crawford Street could only last a year if they don’t seem to be working. City Council’s Streets, Sidewalks and Parking Committee met Tuesday to discuss the issue, and the full council...

Demand on the rise for Confederate flags

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Confederacy fell 150 years ago, but its flag still flies at the Hancock County Fair. One sits atop Wayne Gordon’s fair booth. Anyone against the sale of the flag is “just stupid,” he said. Gordon and his partner, Deb Gordon, have...