City nears road to recovery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler knew resurrecting the city from financial hell wouldn’t be easy. But as the options for stopping the bleed grew fewer and fewer, it became clear the choice was either drastically increase revenue or potentially...

Fostoria ready to ring in the holiday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The city hopes to bring the community together this weekend to ring in the holiday spirit with Fostoria’s annual Christmas celebration. The 2016 Holiday Open House, “Christmas in Fosterville,” will take place throughout the...

Fostoria Learning Center to break ground Monday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After more than six years of preparation, construction on the Fostoria Learning Center is officially underway. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the FLC Board of Trustees will host state and local elected officials, business leaders and...

Agencies mobilize anti-opiate efforts

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER More than 100 people turned out for an emergency meeting on the heroin epidemic Tuesday night in Tiffin following a string of overdoses in Seneca County last week. The Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Opiate Task Force issued...

Davoli cut short on new presentation

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Timing was not on Councilman Mathew Davoli’s side Tuesday night as a prepared presentation was cut short before it could even begin. Armed with notes and a poster board, Davoli requested the floor at the end of Tuesday’s Fostoria...

Veteran to be honored

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER It was 1955 and although he’d only been in the military six months, Jim Rochester had found himself in a rather precarious situation. The harsh winter weather in southern Japan had caused the ailerons on the wings of his aircraft to...

Seneca County fighting infant mortality rates

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Seneca County General Health District is offering free Pack N Play portable cribs to new and expectant mothers in the area who meet income-eligibility guidelines. Since December 2014, the health district has partnered with the Cribs for Kids...

Seneca County garners $4M to demolish blight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Seneca County Land Bank has received more than $4 million in federal funding to demolish blighted homes within the county. There are 161 properties throughout Seneca County identified for demolition thanks to a $4,025,000 award from the...

Mayor gives update on budget recovery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Time is almost up for the city to find a solution to Fostoria’s budget crisis, and officials have put in no shortage of hours to do so. With just about a month until the 120-day deadline, Mayor Eric Keckler delivered an update to...

Rail park rezoning on track

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Plans for short-term camping near the rail park have officially derailed, but the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society still wants its Columbus Avenue property re-zoned for future development. Fostoria City Council heard a first reading Tuesday...