Councilman to propose sweeping changes to charter

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Councilman Mathew Davoli will propose sweeping changes to the city charter early next year, including a call to merge the positions of mayor and safety service director. Davoli announced the trio of suggested charter amendments during Tuesday...

Recovery plan signals tax hikes

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council came to an agreement Tuesday on a financial recovery plan that will send two tax levies to voters in the upcoming election. A 6-mill property tax increase and a quarter percent income tax hike will likely be on the ballot...

Citizens voice concerns on tax increases, reciprocity cut

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Nearly two dozen people packed into the Municipal Building for Thursday night’s special Fostoria City Council meeting, though only six people actually stood up to speak. A familiar face at council meetings for the last year or so,...

Council reaches compromise on plan

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council appeared to reach a compromise on a financial recovery plan Thursday night, one that would increase both income and property taxes. Council was presented with three separate drafts of the city’s five-year fiscal...

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...

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...

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...

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...