City finances put into perspective

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER When the general fund opened 2015 with a substantial negative balance, City Auditor Steve Garner told members of city council he anticipated it would return to positive numbers by mid-year. Delivering his financial report for July on Tuesday,...

Officials pay tribute to brave Fostoria teen

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With Christmas decorations illuminating the Municipal Building lawn, city officials on Tuesday honored the life of a Fostoria teen who fought valiantly against a rare form of cancer. During Tuesday night’s Fostoria City Council meeting,...

Trafficking humans through the web

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With billions earned in revenue each year, it’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. And the same tools we use to reconnect with loved ones or purchase gifts for the holidays have made it easier and more profitable than...

Living, breathing merchandise

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Growing up, Theresa Flores was the typical American teenager. She was an avid track runner, a sister to three younger brothers and a dedicated student with a bright future. But when her father’s job relocated the family to an upscale...
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City finance records to appear on state database

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In an effort to promote continued transparency within City Hall, Fostoria will soon join a host of other Ohio cities by participating in the state’s online checkbook program. The checkbook, spearheaded by state Treasurer Josh Mandel, is...

FCS chief touts new school for less tax

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Schools Superintendent Andrew Sprang has been on the campaign trail this week, spreading the word about the district’s plan to put all students on one campus by the year 2019. Sprang spoke at Fostoria Kiwanis Club Tuesday...

UV lights upgrade water treatment

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Keeping in compliance with state guidelines, the city will soon begin nearly $750,000 in updates to the Fostoria Wastewater Treatment Plant’s UV disinfection system. Fostoria City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to allow City...

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...