Review Category : Local News

Business is Booming in Findlay, So What’s Next?

04/06/15     12:25 p.m.

With investments from Cooper Tire, Rowmark, Marathon and more, Findlay has no shortage of positive business activity right now. But Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said despite all the good news, she doesn’t think we’ve peaked just yet.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said one of the major focuses to keep progress moving forward is the workforce. In order to fill all of the new jobs and many of the soon-to-be retired workers’ positions, she said training and education are key.

Additionally, there is the issue of competition.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Along with workforce development, Mihalik said one of the major areas of concern is the low median family income. She said there is an increasing number of children on free and reduced lunches in the local school systems, which is something the administration is working to address.

Mihalik’s full interview on Good Mornings.net.

 

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Natural Gas Prices in Ohio Continue to Fall Due to Increasing Supply

04/06/15     12:12 p.m.

Ohio Columbia Gas customers continue to see their natural gas cost decreasing.

Columbia Gas reports local customers spent $518.04 between the winter months of November and March of 2014-15, which is $53 less on average compared to winter 2013-14.

Natural gas spending will continue to drop for April due to increased supply. Columbia’s standard offer for April is 39 cents per 100 cubic feet, which is 20 cents less than last April. Bills should average $72.47, $10.86 less than April 2014.

According to Columbia Gas, prices are dropping because of increasing supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits, along with aggressive energy conservation programs to lower bills.

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Findlay Man Arrested Following Easter Bar Assault

34/6/15 – 7:27 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following an Easter assault at an area bar. The Findlay Police Department reports the victim of the assault reported the incident around 11:40 p.m. Sunday night. The man walked into the police station and told officers he had been attacked at Nicki’s Bar at 139 North Main Street.

The victim had multiple injuries to his face and body and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. He also had money taken during the assault in the bar.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Antonio Johnson at a different location a short time later. He is facing a robbery charge and was lodged in the Hancock County Jail.

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Monday Interview: Craft Brewing In Northwest Ohio

Craft beers continue to grow in popularity across the nation, but is there a limit to how popular locally made beers can get? One of the owners of the Findlay Brewing Company, Aaron Osborne, says he doesn’t see a limit in sight just yet…

Audio: Aaron Osborne

Osborne, says he still thinks there’s plenty of opportunity to grow, even in the city the size of Findlay…

Audio: Aaron Osborne

Osborne adds that tells him there’s plenty of market share available, even with several new upscale bars opening in downtown.

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Missing Tiffin Teen Found Late Last Week

4/6/15 – 5:28 A.M.
Update – 9:42 A.M.

A missing Tiffin teenager has been found safe in Indiana. Anderson, Indiana police say 14-year-old Madalyn Hiser was found in an apartment complex Friday. She had been missing since March 23. Hiser was held in a juvenile center on charges of inducing panic and will be returned to Tiffin today.

Media partner WTOL-11 reports an Hiser met an Indiana couple online and ran away to be with them.

25-year-old Nicholas Lawlar and 23-year-old Brittany Lawlar are charged with interfering with custody.

MORE: WTOL-11

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Historic F-Tower Closed In Fostoria

4/6/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A piece of Fostoria’s railroad history shut down for good last week. The Review-Times reports the historic “F-Tower” was closed by CSX. Employees at the tower operated track switches and signals at three railroad intersections in the city. The switches are now controlled remotely.

A February Blade article said the employees at the tower would be offered other operational jobs in the area.

MORE: Review-Times

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Gas Prices Down As We Start A New Week

4/6/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Area drivers continue to pay less for gas. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.21 for a gallon of regular. That’s down from $2.33 a gallon last Monday, and is the lowest prices we’ve seen since the middle of March.

Ottawa drivers are paying around $2.19 a gallon to start the week.

The statewide average is $2.24 a gallon, down 14 cents from a week ago.

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Findlay Woman Injured In Weekend Crash

4/6/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a Findlay woman Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 8:15 p.m. in the 100 block of East Sandusky Street.

18-year-old Rachel Phillips was driving east on Sandusky when she hit a car that pulled into the road from an alley. The second car was driven by 17-year-old Raymond Honeyman of Findlay. Phillips was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Honeyman was not injured. He was cited for failure to yield.

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Findlay Home Damaged By Weekend Fire

4/6/15 – 4:53 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a weekend fire. The Findlay Fire Department was called to 136 Orchard Lane around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. An electrical fire in the home caused around $7,500 in damage. The flames were contained to the attic.

Two adults and five children were at home at the time. They were able to get out of the house safely.

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Findlay’s Water Shut-Off Policy Expanded

4/6/15 – 4:46 A.M.

Findlay is expanding the enforcement of an ordinance that allows the city to cut off water service for enforcement reasons. The Courier reports the city can use the measure to entice residents to get rid of trash, junk, and broken-down vehicles in their yards. It can also be used to get people to fix dilapidated structures.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says this isn’t a new rule. He added, “There’s some perception that we’re somehow adding new rules and back-dooring a code, which is completely false.”

The decision to shut off water won’t be made by one person. A review board including Schmelzer, council members, and city residents will make the call. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische said more needs to be done to warn residents of the policy. She suggested noting the change on water bills.

MORE: The Courier

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