Construction, both on Interstate 75 and in downtown Findlay, took the top two spots on The Courier’s list of the 10 most newsworthy of 2017. Those stories earned those places by being the ones that affected people the most, as drivers dealt with closed exits, lane closures and restrictions and traffic cones as they navigated the highway and Main Street.
In third place was the resignation of Cliff Hite from his Ohio Senate seat after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him.
The failure of the proposed 0.25 percent, 20-year sales tax in November took fourth place.
Findlay’s fifth-highest flood took fifth place along with flood control efforts, including the unveiling of Stantec’s recommendations.
A variety of economic development news together takes the sixth spot.
The seventh story is the death of five members of the Rainey family in a house fire in October.
Findlay had three police chiefs this year: Greg Horne, briefly, before his retirement in January; Sean Young, who was acting chief until he was put on leave after a domestic violence incident and who was later fired; and John Dunbar, who was the next acting chief and then became the permanent chief. This story was number eight.
Gavin Creel winning a Tony Award for his performance in “Hello, Dolly!” takes the ninth spot.
Finally, St. Wendelin High School closed at the end of the 201602017 school year after more than 140 years in operation.
Linked here are some of the biggest or most recent stories on each topic, but a search of The Courier’s website will turn up more stories from throughout 2017 as many of these stories developed over time.
I-75 construction – U.S. 224 ramps reopening today
Downtown Findlay roadwork, improvements and construction
Downtown roadwork – Downtown construction project to start
Marathon hotel – Marathon says Hancock Hotel downtown will welcome locals
Dorney plaza – Upgraded downtown Findlay plaza rededicated
Cliff Hite resigns – Complaint spells out Hite sexual harassment
Hancock County sales tax failure – \Hancock County voters reject new sales tax
Flooding – Heavy rains leave Findlay awash
Flood control – WITH VIDEO: Diversion channel not recommended
Economic development – factory expansions, new jobs, etc.
Campbell Soup warehouse – Campbell Soup warehouse will create 160 jobs
Holiday Inn Express – Whitsons plan to build $12M hotel in Findlay
Autliv – Plans for new Findlay factory, warehouse win city’s approval
Whirlpool – Big plant addition creates 354 jobs at Whirlpool Corp.
Low-income housing – City approves apartment complex plans
Seneca County fatal fire – Five family members perish in Seneca County house fire
Findlay Police chief developments – Findlay fires police captain
Gavin Creel wins Tony Award – Creel reels in his 1st Tony
St. Wendelin School Closing – Saint Wendelin High School will close doors in Fostoria