It’s Finally Here!!

   Findlay, Ohio got a Chick-fil-a on September 6, 2018. Many people have been waiting for this,especially students from Findlay High School.

   Students at Findlay High School really like that we’re getting better restaurants in Findlay. “I’m glad they opened, we’re finally getting better places to eat.” said Jeremiah Richard Tatum, sophomore.  Many students from Findlay High School agree. “Eat more chicken! I’m so excited to eat Chick-fil-a!”said freshman Jessica Collins.

   They are open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 10pm.  It is a family restaurant and they have an indoor play area for children. They have many seats for everyone who comes in, indoor and outdoor seating. About 5,000 square feet, placed between Panera Bread and McDonalds on Tiffin Avenue.

  When Chick-fil-a opened the wait was 1-2 hours, they were packed and the line was out the door! Findlay is coming up, getting new restaurants and stores. Hopefully students get to Chick-fil-a and see their own opinions on it.

Club of the week: Books and Brownies

   Books and Brownies is a book club that meets once a month and talks about the book they are reading while eating a brownie. They meet after school once a month in the Findlay High School library.

   Students who are involved choose what they read then share about what they are reading, and explain the story and their opinions on the book. “We read, meet once a month, then explain the book you’re reading and eat brownies at the end.” Mrs. Brasfield explained how books and brownies works.

   It’s simple on how to get in and join the club. You get into books and brownies by coming into the library after school on scheduled meetings. “You come in and introduce yourself, enjoy yourself and explain your book.” Mrs. Brasfield said.

   Books and brownies is creative because you don’t get assigned a book, you choose what you read and explain your point of view on the story.

   Findlay High School has many different clubs, students can join to see if they would like to make that a priority to them. It’s easy to get in, and students are very accepted in books and brownies. If students enjoy to read, eat brownies or even to make friends, join books and brownies!


Two Trump Team Members Found Guilty

   On August 21, Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, plead guilty to 8 charges, including campaign finance crimes.

   Mr. Cohen admitted to paying Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 for her silence. He also coordinated a $150,000 payment by the National Enquirer to former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story.

   He claimed that both payments were made with the intention of influencing the election and they were made at the direction of the, then presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

   This claim implicated the president in a federal crime and goes against previous claims from the President that he was unaware of the payments at the time they were made.

   The plea deal doesn’t require Cohen to cooperate with prosecutors, though he still has the option of providing information to Robert Mueller’s investigation.The deal also states that Cohen will serve four to five years in prison and must pay a $20,000 to $1 million fine

   Within minutes of the Michael Cohen pleading guilty in Manhattan, the first trial of the Robert Mueller probe came to an end in Alexandria, Virginia. The jury found Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign, guilty of 8 out of 18 counts, including five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on the last 10 counts.

   The Manafort trial did not address reports of Russian collusion, the main focus of the Mueller probe, that will be covered in a second trial set to start September 24 in Washington DC. The August trial instead focused on Manafort’s personal finances, including the millions he made advising a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine. The prosecution displayed the lavish lifestyle Manafort lived, including a $15,000 Ostrich Jacket, $1,500 dress shirts, and a flowerbed in the shape of an “M” at his Hamptons estate.

   Prosecutors also had to prove that Manafort has concealed $60 million in 31 foreign bank accounts that he lied to the US government about.

   Witnesses included Rick Gates, a long time business associate of Paul Manafort who served as a deputy under Manafort while he was chairman of the Trump campaign, and accountant Cynthia Laporta.

   Gates was on the stand longer than any other witness. The defense tried to discredit him and paint him as the mastermind behind the crimes.

   Gates also testified that Manafort approached him with the idea of making Stephen Calk, the founder and CEO of Federal Savings Bank, Secretary of the Navy, along with other favors. Federal Savings Bank gave Manafort a sizeable loan during the period in 2016 when Manafort was working pro-bono for the Trump campaign and had no income.

   The prosecution claimed that banks like Federal Savings Bank gave Manafort these loans, adding up to around $20 million, because he added millions of dollars in fake income to his financial statements. The defense denied this, claiming that banks knew of Mr. Manafort’s net worth of over $20 million and that his valuable real estate served as a form of collateral.

   Cynthia Laporta, an accountant for Mr. Manafort who was granted immunity, also testified that she was forwarded documents from Paul Manafort to bank loan official, even though she believed they were falsified.

Ex-Findlay Pitcher onto the MLB

Photo taken by: Austin Steele Billings Gazette

   First Roethlisberger and now another former Trojan looks to put Findlay on the map by displaying his athletic talent on the major league level.

   On June 6th Findlay High School alumni and Ohio State pitcher Connor Curlis was drafted in the 24th round and 709th overall out of Ohio State by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft. “It has been a dream of mine since I was young so to get your name called in the draft was just amazing. For myself to know about how all of my hard work paid off in making my dream come true.

   “It was good to see an area team draft me because they have three teams close or closer to Findlay than most teams do. The Reds obviously being in Cincinnati, the Louisville Bats in Kentucky and then the Dayton Dragons in Dayton. I was in Montana this season which was hard since it’s so far away so my parents only made one trip to see me pitch.” Curlis said in response to if being drafted by the Reds excited him knowing his parents could watch him pitch.

   In his last season at Ohio State Connor was 7-4 with a 3.55 ERA (earned run average) 1.33 WHIP (with hitters in scoring position) in 88.2 innings pitched while striking out 77 and walking just 31 batters.

   When asked about what made him decide to forgo his senior season Connor said, “There was lots of talking between my family and my agent on which was my best choice or opportunity. We all decided that I had three good years at Ohio State and it was time to make my dream a reality and take it to the next level and see what the game of baseball has to offer me. It was very tough decision but I think I made the decision which was best for me and my family.

   Throughout his four years of high school Connor was on the Varsity baseball team for three of them. His Sophomore season he pitched 30 ⅓ innings with a 1.61 ERA, his Junior season he pitched 35 ⅔ innings with a 2.74 ERA, and in his Senior season he pitched for 48 innings and had an ERA of 0.43.

   “It was a good four years representing the blue and gold. I still remember us getting picked to finish last our senior year and we worked hard together and lost in extra innings in the district finals and that game still stings a little bit knowing you were a couple games from state which Findlay has not been to in forever” said Curlis.

   Currently Connor is on the Reds rookie minor league team Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. The offseason is fast approaching and he awaits where his career will take him. Connor has a big potential and even if he doesn’t make it to the majors he has still made Findlay proud of him.