City banking on new law to help ease blight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In the continued effort to eliminate blight within the city, officials recently approved an ordinance giving banks more “incentive” to get foreclosed homes back on the market. Fostoria City Council voted last week to adopt new...

Fostorians voice budget concerns

Below is a continued report of discussions between citizens and elected officials at Tuesday night’s Fostoria City Council meeting. By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Krysten Bercaw spent much of Tuesday’s city council meeting silent as nearly half a dozen of her...
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Keckler, Davoli spark heated debate at council

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A heated crowd of approximately 30 Fostorians packed inside council chambers Tuesday night to voice concerns over a roughly $500,000 deficit officials expect to face next year. But what officials hoped would be an opportunity for open dialogue...

Spread the wealth, spread the shortfall

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The local firefighters’ union has spoken out against potential cuts to Fostoria’s safety forces, saying the fire department should not be solely responsible for a nearly $500,000 deficit facing the city next year. Earlier this...

City withdraws tax credit legislation

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler announced Tuesday the city is withdrawing its plans to do away with the income tax credit given to Fostorians who work out of town. Keckler made the announcement Tuesday afternoon via his personal Facebook page. The mayor...

City tax credit plan panned

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Despite outrage on social media, Mayor Eric Keckler said he has only been contacted by two citizens regarding a plan to eliminate a tax credit for a portion of Fostoria’s workforce. Currently, anyone who lives in Fostoria but pays income...

City eyes dropping income tax credit

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With the only source of funding for several Fostoria firefighters expiring next year, Mayor Eric Keckler found himself staring down a very large shortfall with very few options. “We have thought for quite some time about what would be a...

Ekleberry named city’s interim SSD

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The search for Fostoria’s interim safety service director came to an end this week as Mayor Eric Keckler named an Upper Sandusky man as Allyson Murray’s successor. Lewie Ekleberry officially started the job as supervisor of...

Schaeffer to appear in court next month

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A Fostoria man sentenced in connection to a fatal 2014 arson will return to court next month to face a charge recently overturned by Ohio’s Third District Court of Appeals. Charles V. Schaeffer, 46, will go before Seneca County Judge...

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,...