UW hopes for magical year

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The United Way of Fostoria hopes to make a little magic this year with its annual fundraising campaign. The organization kicked off its 2014 effort — “Your Gift Works Magic” — Wednesday morning to a crowd of city officials,...

Hip to be T-Square

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Twice a month, people from across the tri-county area lace up their dancing shoes and do the old do-si-do in the gymnasium of the Tiffin Developmental Center. Since its very first assembly more than 55 years ago, the Tiffin T-Squares has been a...

Ogg pleads guilty to role in Mauricio shooting death

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The Mauricio family left a Seneca County courtroom with somber hearts Monday morning as one of their daughter’s closest friends pleaded guilty in connection to her murder. Tyson J. Ogg, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of complicity to aggravated...

Rail Fest rumbling success

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Fostoria’s 13th Annual Rail Festival was a runaway success. The yearly celebration of all trains drew a large crowd Saturday, welcoming people from as far away as the Big Apple to Fostoria Junior/Senior High School. Entitled “Planes,...

In pursuit of tougher texting laws

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A local lawmaker will soon seek support for a stronger stance on Ohio’s texting-while-driving ban. State Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) said he plans to introduce a tougher ban on texting while driving sometime in the next week with hopes of...

Salaz pleads guilty in Mauricio homicide

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER One of the three men charged in the late-May homicide of a 20-year-old Fostoria woman pleaded guilty to several felony charges Wednesday. Dallas A. Salaz, 19, of Fostoria, pleaded guilty to complicity to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony;...

Schaeffer maintains innocence in arson

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A Fostoria man charged in connection to a fatal Memorial Day house fire maintained his innocence Wednesday. Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, will stand trial Oct. 27-30 for his role in a May 26 arson that took the lives of Daniel Marker Jr., 48, and Tara...

Hall gets 30 months for role in fatal fire

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The second of three suspects charged in a fatal Memorial Day house fire was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Tuesday. Timothy D. Hall, 20, of 126 Findlay St., was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges stemming from the May 26 blaze...

Warning, warning

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER While fall is just around the corner, severe weather is still a very real possibility. In order to ensure residents of Seneca County remain safe and well-informed during potentially dangerous weather events, emergency management officials have...

Talking fuel

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER An executive with POET Biorefining met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the role ethanol plays in reducing the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. Mark Borer, general manager of POET’s Leipsic plant, visited Washington,...