Court reverses murder conviction

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A new trial may be possible for a Fostoria man sentenced in a fatal 2014 arson after the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals reversed one of his convictions. Charles V. Schaeffer, 46, was found guilty of complicity to aggravated arson,...

City among costliest for renters insurance

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria is among the costliest cities in Ohio for renters insurance, according to a recent report by a New York-based research firm. ValuePenguin.com ranked Fostoria as the 95th most expensive city in Ohio for renters to insure their house or...

Thieves pilfer autos on west side of town

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Several Fostorians paid the price of leaving their vehicles unlocked Wednesday morning after a string of break-ins were reported in the west side of town. Fostoria Police Department received seven calls of vehicle break-ins between 7:29-11:52...

Council OKs business loan

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council on Wednesday approved a $150,000 loan to the Mennel Milling Co. for upgrades to a once-empty industrial property the company purchased last year. The loan, granted to BMP Maintenance Group, LLC. on behalf of Mennel...

Most area tax levies see strong approval

By BRIAN BOHNERT AND JIM MAURER STAFF WRITERS Voters in Fostoria approved a 1 percent city income tax renewal Tuesday, securing roughly half of the city’s operating budget. Residents approved the levy with 2,079 votes in favor and 781 votes against, according to unofficial...

Councilmen vying for SSD position

By BRIAN BOHNERT senior STAFF WRITER Two members of Fostoria City Council are considering a run at the safety service director position as Mayor Eric Keckler makes plans to move forward without Allyson Murray. Both 2nd Ward Councilman Greg Flores and At-Large Councilman Brian...
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Officials voice concerns on Issue 3

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In just a few short days, voters all across the state will have the opportunity to decide whether or not marijuana should be legalized in Ohio. Ahead of Tuesday’s general election, several city officials weighed in this week on the...

Fate of tax renewal lies with voters

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Roughly half of Fostoria’s operating budget will rest in the hands of the people next week when a proposed renewal to a city income tax reaches area voters. A renewal to the city’s five-year, 1-percent Municipal Income Tax will...

Pact for cops in schools goes before council

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council gave a first reading Tuesday night to a contract between the city and the Fostoria City Schools Board of Education for the district’s two school resource officers. Fostoria police officers Travis Ricker and Justin...

Project Lifesaver to host fundraiser

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With just about $7,600 raised so far, Seneca County’s Project Lifesaver chapter is still well below the $20,000 it needs to get started. In an effort to meet that mark, the Bob Evans restaurants in both Fostoria and Tiffin will play host...