Seneca County garners $4M to demolish blight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Seneca County Land Bank has received more than $4 million in federal funding to demolish blighted homes within the county. There are 161 properties throughout Seneca County identified for demolition thanks to a $4,025,000 award from the...

Mayor gives update on budget recovery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Time is almost up for the city to find a solution to Fostoria’s budget crisis, and officials have put in no shortage of hours to do so. With just about a month until the 120-day deadline, Mayor Eric Keckler delivered an update to...

Rail park rezoning on track

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Plans for short-term camping near the rail park have officially derailed, but the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society still wants its Columbus Avenue property re-zoned for future development. Fostoria City Council heard a first reading Tuesday...

Kids Council shows adults how to get things done

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER If you ask Paige Curlis what the best part is about Risingsun Kids Council, her response might include a lesson many adult politicians could learn from. “The best part is we’re still teenagers,” Curlis said Tuesday....

Council support of park levy blocked

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER While many members of city council have publicly endorsed a levy supporting area parks, the group’s joint endorsement was blocked Tuesday when two councilmen voiced opposition. With a vote of 5-2, Fostoria City Council could not reach an...

Officials respond to controversial BGSU report

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mathew Davoli apologized Tuesday night for blindsiding his fellow councilmen two weeks ago with a review of the city’s finances conducted by Bowling Green State University students. But, as it became evident, the damage may have already...

Firefighters determine cause of home explosion

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Area firefighters have determined the cause of an explosion that destroyed a Loudon Township home Wednesday evening. Mark DeVault, acting chief for Bascom Joint Fire District, said the explosion inside 2207 S. Ohio 587 was caused by an...

Pantry Plus prepares for holiday giveaway

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Pantry Plus of Seneca County is hoping to provide hundreds of local families with food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays this year. Applications to receive a holiday food basket for both Thanksgiving and Christmas will be taken at...

Pizza Hut for sale

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The building housing Fostoria’s Pizza Hut is officially up for sale, but it remains to be seen if the restaurant will close its doors anytime soon. According to a listing with Century 21 Koehler & Associates, 893 N. Countyline St. is...

Organizer gearing up for Fostoria 5K Turkey Trot

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Heather Bond knows what it means to be thankful. After losing her job at a local manufacturer several years ago, she was able to rebound and find another job before having to worry about how her family would make ends meet in a dismal economy....