POET touts economic growth

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER An independent study released by POET Biorefining says the ethanol producer generated $13.5 billion in sales for U.S. businesses last year while supporting nearly 40,000 full-time jobs. The company — headquartered in Sioux Falls, South...

Council amends income tax measure

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Before a proposed renewal to a city income tax reaches voters this fall, Fostoria City Council came together for a brief emergency meeting Sunday to amend changes to the legislation’s language. With Councilman Brian Shaver’s...
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Wagner celebrates 30 years in Fostoria

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After three decades, Rick Wagner is just as passionate about the car business today as he was on Aug. 15, 1985. “It was the blink of the eye,” Wagner said. “I can’t believe how fast it went. What has made it go even...

Plastics company takes over former factory site

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER It’s been two years since InterMetro Industries left Fostoria, leaving nearly 100 blue-collar Ohioans in need of a job to support their families. And until recently, the 180,000 square-foot facility that once housed the company sat...

Elchert heads ‘home’ to Lakota

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The domino effect of personnel changes in area schools continued Thursday as Norman Elchert announced he would be resigning as treasurer of Fostoria City Schools to accept the same position at his alma mater. During an emergency meeting...

CAUTION: Road work ahead

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Another year, another cluster of city streets up for improvement. Fostoria City Council on Tuesday approved the 2015 street program, giving City Engineer Dan Thornton the green light to advertise for bids for the project. Sections of eight...

Ohio sales tax holiday slated Aug. 7-9

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Ohio will offer its first-ever sales tax holiday next week in an effort to help reduce the financial burden caused by back-to-school shopping. From Aug. 7-9, shoppers throughout the state will have the opportunity to get their kids ready for...

Shaver out as parish director

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After four years, Brian Shaver is no longer director of parish and school at St. Wendelin. The announcement was made in the St. Wendelin church bulletin Sunday. According to the parish website, Matthew Meyers was recently named the new...

Rain puts damper on Stearns Road deadline

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER As the old adage goes, “When it rains, it pours.” And for the last couple weeks, that pouring has thrown crews working on the widening of Stearns Road off schedule. Mayor Eric Keckler on Tuesday told members of Fostoria City...
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‘We did what we thought was right’

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With no order coming from the president or the governor, the city of Fostoria lowered the American flag to half-staff Monday in honor of the five military servicemen killed last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lt. Jason Root of Fostoria Fire...