Findlay may add police officers in 2016

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Findlay Police Department may add three officers next year at a cost of about $300,000 to the city. Additions to the Police Department were discussed during Findlay City Council’s annual budget hearing Thursday night. Council has final approval...

Arts center preview pleases donors

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Several hundred people filled the soon-to-open Marathon Center for the Performing Arts during a private open house for donors Wednesday evening. Visitors were able to walk out onto the theater’s stage, check out paintings in a gallery, and...

Council panel approves start-up funding for health dept. merger

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee approved a recommendation Tuesday to provide start-up funding for the Findlay and Hancock County Health Department merger. City Council will get the final say on the merger appropriation of $550,000,...

Flood-control project: D.C. gets update

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON — Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer discussed updates and funding of the Findlay flood-control project with officials in Washington this week. Mihalik and Schmelzer met with U.S. Rep. Bob Latta,...

Firefighters getting 2% pay increases

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council has approved a new three-year contract with firefighters that includes a “cost of living” pay increase each year. Council voted Tuesday to allow Mayor Lydia Mihalik to enter into the new contract with the firefighters...

Mihalik pushing ‘open checkbook’

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Mayor Lydia Mihalik has asked City Council members to consider passing a resolution in support of publishing Findlay’s financial information on the state’s “open checkbook” website, OhioCheckbook.com. If council members want to...

Wobser appointed to Findlay Council

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Jeff Wobser will be joining Findlay City Council a month early. Wobser was appointed Monday to fill a vacant at-large seat on council for the rest of this year. In January, he will begin serving a two-year term in the same seat. Wobser was elected to...

Findlay shoppers scoop up Black Friday bargains

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Aric Avery said he hated it, but he did it anyway. “I’m not a fan of the lines,” Avery said. “It’s been pretty lame and boring.” Avery, 17, of Van Buren, went on his first early morning Black Friday shopping spree and...

Findlay officials negotiating new contracts with 2 unions

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials are negotiating new contracts with police and firefighter unions. Current three-year contracts expire at the end of this year. Firefighter negotiations may wrap up before the end of the year, Mayor Lydia Mihalik said. Police...

Findlay eases proposed rules for tax returns

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A proposal to require Findlay teenagers to file city income tax returns, even if they didn’t have earnings, has been removed from a proposed ordinance. The city’s updated income tax ordinance would have required all city residents, including...