WITH VIDEO: ‘Mahjong!’ Ancient game enjoys continued popularity

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER There’s humor and friendship at the Friday afternoon mahjong group at 50 North, but also a strong sense of concentration. After all, this is a game that takes skill and strategy — as well as luck. Mahjong is a rummy-like game played with...

WITH VIDEO: CSI: Findlay — Camp teaches students forensic science

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It was a grisly scene: A man lay dead on the ground, the victim of an unknown assailant. But the teenage girls clustered around him were unfazed. The man, after all, was a mannequin, and their job was to investigate as part of the forensic science...

War memorial visit ‘really hit home’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s been 60 years since Gay Jones’ military service ended, and many of her friends here in Findlay didn’t even know she served. But on Tuesday, Jones was among 84 veterans honored for their service through Honor Flight. Jones was...

‘Called and empowered’: City pastor ordained

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer The Rev. Laurie Beaty felt called to the ministry at a young age but resisted it, pursuing a 20-year career as an elementary school teacher before working at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Findlay. She was recently ordained as an elder in...

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has doctors ‘nervous’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It may be tempting to ask for antibiotics every time you’re sick, but in light of a recent scientific discovery, this could ultimately do everyone’s health more harm than good. In May, the Department of Defense’s Multidrug-resistant...

WITH VIDEO: Album ‘Long Ago’ was a long time coming

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER CYGNET — Donnie Baney, better known as Donnie Dark, has released his third CD of his compositions, “Long Ago,” but it’s just the latest in a 40-year journey of making music in northwestern Ohio. Baney, 63, lives in Cygnet. He...

WITH VIDEO: What’s next for retiring bishop? ‘Only God knows’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Rev. Dr. Marcus Lohrmann said serving as a bishop requires moving from one thing to another at about 100 miles per hour. So he looks forward to retirement, but at the same time describes the role he’s held for the last 18 years with...

Drawing Findlay’s art, faith communities together

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Art and faith will come together at an event Monday at CrossPoint Church of God. The Rev. Jim Klausing, pastor of the church, said the point is to open dialogue between the art community and the faith community “and get them kind of...

WITH VIDEO: Council provides unified voice for vets

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER There’s an increased momentum around local veterans issues, with veterans of all ages getting to know each other and the broader community eager to support them, said William Johns. Johns is president of the Hancock County Veterans Council, made...

WITH VIDEO: ‘God made them; I just take care of them’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Along Greystone Drive in Findlay this time of year, a visitor can spy many colorful rhododendrons and azaleas in front of the home of 85-year-old Richard Billings. Worldwide, about 9,000 varieties exist. But many are not available commercially, since...