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,...

City among costliest for renters insurance

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria is among the costliest cities in Ohio for renters insurance, according to a recent report by a New York-based research firm. ValuePenguin.com ranked Fostoria as the 95th most expensive city in Ohio for renters to insure their house or...

Thieves pilfer autos on west side of town

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Several Fostorians paid the price of leaving their vehicles unlocked Wednesday morning after a string of break-ins were reported in the west side of town. Fostoria Police Department received seven calls of vehicle break-ins between 7:29-11:52...

Council OKs business loan

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council on Wednesday approved a $150,000 loan to the Mennel Milling Co. for upgrades to a once-empty industrial property the company purchased last year. The loan, granted to BMP Maintenance Group, LLC. on behalf of Mennel...

Most area tax levies see strong approval

By BRIAN BOHNERT AND JIM MAURER STAFF WRITERS Voters in Fostoria approved a 1 percent city income tax renewal Tuesday, securing roughly half of the city’s operating budget. Residents approved the levy with 2,079 votes in favor and 781 votes against, according to unofficial...

Councilmen vying for SSD position

By BRIAN BOHNERT senior STAFF WRITER Two members of Fostoria City Council are considering a run at the safety service director position as Mayor Eric Keckler makes plans to move forward without Allyson Murray. Both 2nd Ward Councilman Greg Flores and At-Large Councilman Brian...