New business lights downtown

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER This weekend, a new business will look to brighten your day and warm your heart. The Crafty Cottage, LLC., a new retail store specializing in homemade, hand-crafted candles, incense, diffusers and other home accents, will open the doors of its East...

On your mark, get set…

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER To his family and closest friends, Jeff Shiff was always active. An avid runner, he could often be found jogging at local parks, city reservoirs and at the community YMCA. So when Jeff lost his battle with colon cancer in 2008, the Shiff family...

Council backs FEDC

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Economic development was the top priority Tuesday night as Fostoria City Council approved two ordinances aimed at bringing more jobs to the city. Council suspended the three-reading rule and approved a $50,000 loan from the Revolving Loan Fund to...

Energy option gets final reading

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council will host a public hearing this evening to gain input regarding the use of wind energy systems within the city. Up for a third reading is an ordinance that, if passed, would establish a section in the city’s codified...

Suspect pleads not guilty to store robbery

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The man accused of robbing an East Lytle Street convenience store at gunpoint last month entered a plea of not guilty out of Seneca County Common Pleas Court Friday. Dakota M. Sharninghouse, 19, appeared before Judge Michael P. Kelbley Friday...

An illness that goes ‘mump’ in the night

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER While central Ohio is swelling with an outbreak of mumps, the Fostoria area remains free and clear, health officials said Thursday. An outbreak of the viral illness originated from the Ohio State University campus in Columbus and has recently spread...

Mediator: Firefighters to get raises

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER More than four months after contract negotiations between the city and Fostoria Fire Division went to conciliation, the dispute has been settled. Mayor Eric Keckler announced Wednesday a third-party mediator ruled in favor of the International...

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The alleged accomplice in the late-February robbery of an East Lytle Street convenient store has entered a plea of not guilty. Zachary T. Spires, 19, 343 Watson Ave., pleaded not guilty to the first-degree felony charge of complicity to aggravated...

Council eyes downsizing

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A number of city officials have proposed a governmental downsize that would likely see voter input this November. Several members of Fostoria City Council are seeking the removal of one at-large position, reducing council’s roster size from...

Fostoria family of four displaced by evening fire

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A family of four was displaced Thursday evening following a fire at their East Center Street home. Fostoria Fire Division and Fostoria Police Department responded to 317 E. Center St. shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday upon receiving a report of a fire...