WITH VIDEO: Board gets public comments on plans for recovery house

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A decision on whether plans for an addiction recovery house near Wilson Vance Intermediate School in Findlay will move forward could come Feb. 24. The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services announced the decision date...

‘State of city’ speech may grow

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Mayor Lydia Mihalik’s annual “state of the city” address may encompass more than Findlay this year. Mihalik has asked the Hancock County commissioners if they would like to do a joint address this year. “I just reached out to the...

Mayor unopposed in Republican primary

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will be unopposed in the May 5 Republican primary election, but City Auditor Jim Staschiak will face two GOP challengers. Republican voters also will decide a four-way primary race for three at-large seats on Findlay City...

Recovery house opponents use signs to protest

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A group opposing a planned addiction recovery house in an east side Findlay neighborhood is distributing yard signs condemning the project. The signs, which started going out Wednesday, are blue and white and say “Save Our Neighborhoods!” The...

Big general fund balance a safety net

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER If the economy takes a nosedive again, Findlay will have a safety net: $10.4 million. That’s how much was in the city’s general fund at the start of the year. The general fund provides money for operations at several city departments,...

Mayor Mihalik: $250 million invested in Findlay last year

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Last year “was a banner year for investment in Findlay,” Mayor Lydia Mihalik told the Findlay Rotary Club on Monday. Marathon Petroleum’s campus expansion and McLane’s distribution center at the city’s new industrial park...

Officials wage battle against e-cigarettes

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The West End Tavern in Findlay may be a trendsetter by banning one of the latest fads — e-cigarettes. The bar and restaurant posted a sign nearly two years ago prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes at the business. “We would see it...

Mayor Mihalik files petitions for 2nd term

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik has filed petitions to run for a second four-year term. So far, Mihalik, 35, a Republican, is facing no challengers from her party in the primary election but that could change by the Feb. 4 filing deadline. “I am proud...

Recovery house may prompt zoning change

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A controversial addiction recovery house for women at 1900 Greendale Ave. could be the first and last home of its size allowed in a Findlay neighborhood zoned for single-family housing. Findlay officials are starting to re-evaluate city zoning ordinances...

Rep. Latta pans president’s proposals

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER More government, more regulation and more taxes. That’s what President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but it’s not what people wanted to hear, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, said Wednesday....