Bettsville home destroyed Thursday in explosive fire

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Bags of charred family photos are all that remains of a Bettsville home Thursday after an early morning explosion reduced the 58-year-old structure to nothing more than ashes and rubble. Built in 1956 by the late Page Mader, 101 Monroe St. was...

Bettsville BOE probes treasurer allegations

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER For the second time in four months, the Bettsville Local Schools Board of Education has placed its treasurer on paid administrative leave. During its regular board meeting Wednesday night, the board unanimously passed a resolution placing treasurer...

One hurt in blaze

By BRIAN BOHNERT staff writer One person was hurt when fire broke out at 533 S. Main St. Tuesday evening. Representatives from Fostoria Fire Division and Fostoria Police Department responded to the residential structure fire. The blaze started shortly after 7 p.m. in the kitchen...

City gets grant to demolish blight

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The city of Fostoria has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grant money for neighborhood improvement through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. During Tuesday’s Seneca County commissioners meeting, Commissioner Fred Zoeller announced...

Helpful neighbor in need of help

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A Risingsun man who has spent a lifetime helping his neighbors is now in need of help himself. “He’s a really good guy,” said Tammy Dean of her husband, Tim Dean. “He’s really kind and he always puts everybody before...

Gasoline leak evacuates homes

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER A number of McCutchenville residents were evacuated from their homes Wednesday evening after a report of a gasoline leak at a South Ohio 53 fuel station. Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, said the leak occurred at the...

Stearns project gets on the road

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The long-awaited Stearns Road improvement project got one step closer to commencement Tuesday night as Fostoria City Council gave first reading to a contract between the city and Perry Township. The improvement and maintenance agreement between the...

City ends year in the black

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The city budget was the key focus of Tuesday night’s meeting of Fostoria Finance Committee as the books were officially closed on 2013. City Auditor Steve Garner gave his report for the 2013 year Tuesday, presenting his analysis of the annual...

Drug task force gets $112K grant

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services will award the METRICH Enforcement Unit more than $100,000 in grant money Monday for the 2014 calendar year. A check for $112,500 in Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice...

School safety strategies

By BRIAN BOHNERT STAFF WRITER Student safety was the topic of discussion Thursday as more than 40 people, including police officers, firefighters, city officials and educators gathered under one roof to discuss the Safe Schools Initiative. Representatives from Fostoria City...