Learning center could get $800,000 boost

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) announced Tuesday the introduction of a bill funding community improvement projects, including $800,000 to the Fostoria Learning Center. Senate Bill 310, also known as the “Capital Budget Bill,”...

Make a date with Dillinger

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Legend has it on May 3, 1934, notorious outlaw John Dillinger and his band of thieves stormed the First National Bank of Fostoria with one goal in mind: Cold, hard cash. The Dillinger Gang unleashed a hail of gunfire on both police officers...

For the love of reading

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER KANSAS — When Megan Downs first began planning Lakota Elementary School’s Literacy Fair, her hope was to have participation from at least 20 students. In the end, she had 43. “I was so excited,” said Downs, a Title I...

Wood county arson suspects indicted

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Four area men face arson and burglary charges in connection to a series of fires set late last month throughout Wood County. A Wood County grand jury handed down indictments Wednesday against Nicholas C. Hackworth, Todd A. Bollett, Santana M....

Best in flight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Decades before Rex Damschroder ever set foot inside the Ohio Statehouse, he was a 16-year-old boy piloting a Cessna 150 on an 800-mile solo flight from Wichita, Kansas to Fremont. At a time when most of his friends had yet to even get behind...

Nine arrested in arson outbreak

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Wood County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Fostoria man as one of four adults charged in connection to a string of arsons throughout the area late last month. Nicholas C. Hackworth, 18, of Fostoria, faces a charge of felony arson for...

Police thwart suicide attempt

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria police on Monday managed to safely apprehend a teen who threatened to harm himself with a machete in the 300 block of East Fremont Street. Several police responded to 326 E. Fremont St. at approximately 2:38 p.m. Monday for a reported...

Sunday blaze ruled arson

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER RISINGSUN — Risingsun police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office have launched an investigation into a Sunday morning house fire they’ve officially ruled an arson. According to Risingsun Police Officer Kevin Osborne,...

‘Batman v Superman:’ A fight no one needed

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER “Nobody cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman.” Those words, uttered by the hard-nosed editor of The Daily Planet in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is an ironic summation of the latest cinematic outing from...

The truth about artificial sweeteners

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Lately, the buzz surrounding “fake” sugar hasn’t been all that sweet. As consumers across America continue to buy up everything from diet soda to light yogurt in hopes of cutting calories, some have suggested artificial...