Fostoria joins Ohio Checkbook program

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria became the first city in Seneca, Hancock and Wood counties on Thursday to join Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Ohio Checkbook program. City Auditor Steve Garner joined Mandel and Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg in...

Zac Efron delivers laughs in surprisingly good sequel

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER By now, we’re all used to seeing Zac Efron shirtless. But it wasn’t until the release of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” when we could witness a chiseled, bare-chested Zac Efron sniveling like a small child as he comes...

Officer Brian guilty on reduced charge

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A Fostoria police officer charged with drunk driving back in January was found guilty Wednesday on a reduced charge. Cory D. Brian was found guilty Wednesday on one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and one count of lanes of...

City under fiscal emergency

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A substantial deficit in the city’s general fund has forced the state to intervene, placing Fostoria in a state of fiscal emergency. Calling it a “painful moment in Fostoria history,” Mayor Eric Keckler announced Wednesday...

Arson suspect appointed new attorney

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER One of the four men linked to a string of late-March arson fires was appointed a new attorney Monday, roughly one week before his next pretrial. Santana M. Diliberto, 19, of Port Clinton, appeared before Judge Robert C. Pollex in Wood County...

Officer’s pretrial set Wednesday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The pretrial for a Fostoria police officer arrested for allegedly driving drunk earlier this year has been set for Wednesday. Officer Cory D. Brian will have his pretrial conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Findlay Municipal Court Judge...

City OKs plan to collect back taxes

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER While much of Tuesday’s Fostoria City Council meeting was spent henpecking, officials managed to greenlight a plan to collect back taxes owed to the city. With a 6-0 vote Tuesday night, council gave the OK to an agreement between the...

Chicken ordinance still running afoul

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After weeks of back-and-forth pecking with seemingly no clear resolution, Fostoria’s controversial “chicken ordinance” was again put in limbo by a flock of dissenting opinions. Fostoria City Council spent more than 40 minutes...

‘Bad Burrito’ heats up booth at annual Michigan comic con

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER NOVI, Mich. — A few years back, the creative minds behind Michigan-based Webb Comics were on a trip to an out-of-state comic book show when a friend suggested picking up some burritos at a roadside gas station. What came next was a chain...

‘Comic Book Men’ take center stage

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER NOVI, Mich. — In 1996, Ming Chen attended his first Motor City Comic Con as a wide-eyed fan at the Dearborn Civic Center. Twenty years later, he returned as a featured guest. “About two months after I started getting back into...