Since 1836, The Courier has been an essential part of Findlay’s daily life and history. At one time, Findlay had 11 newspapers, and only The Courier survives.

The Heminger family has been honored to be part of this history for five generations and 131 years.

We have watched Findlay grow during the gas boom in the 1880s, face challenges during the first half of last century, explode in growth after World War II, reported the news of corporate mergers, celebrated local schools bringing home state championships, and spotlighted our special citizens, young and old, who call Findlay and Hancock County home. Through it all, we’ve chronicled the good news and bad news, reported births and deaths and all the stories in between. We’ve delivered through blizzards and floods to bring the world to your doorstep and mailbox for 183 years. And we’ll be the first to admit we’ve made our fair share of typos and had too many papers end up in your shrubbery. But we’ve tried to live by this creed: “We can always do better, and we’ll do better tomorrow.”

The Courier has been the vital watchdog for our community since Volume 1, Issue 1. We’ve worked hard every day to make Findlay and Hancock County a better place to live, knowing the best decisions will be made when the community is fully and accurately informed.

There are not enough words for us to express our gratitude for the support from you, our readers, over the last 131 years. Through your letters to the editor and comments when we talk with you on the street, you’ve helped keep us mindful of the community’s viewpoint and proud to be the starting point of morning conversation at the coffee counters around town.

Today, we’re now at Volume 183, Issue Number 282. We’ve faced challenges since the first Courier issue and, as the newspaper industry evolves, it’s time to turn the responsibility over to a new steward with the size and scale to be successful. We believe Ogden Newspapers and the Nutting family share our commitment to the importance of locally focused community journalism, and we wish them only the best as they take over this paramount role in our community.

Words truly cannot express our heartfelt thanks to all our current and former employees. Without you, the past 131 years would not have been possible. You’ve taken us from typesetting one letter at a time to the internet, and we can’t thank you enough for your dedication and loyalty. You have been and will continue to be part of the extended Heminger family.

The family and Findlay Publishing Company aren’t going away. The family remains firmly committed to Findlay and Hancock County. We’ll continue to own and operate Findlay radio stations WFIN, WKXA and 106.3 The Fox as well as our four radio stations in Columbus, Indiana. Our mission and passion will continue to be dedicated to working hard to keep our communities the special places they are.

— The Hemingers