Downtown Fostoria getting fresh look

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Driving down Main Street, it may be easy for one to overlook the subtle changes beginning to take shape in downtown Fostoria. A fresh coat of stark white paint may not be much on the surface. But to several local business owners, it could be...

‘Shock and Awe’

Editor’s note: Review Times Senior Staff Writer and resident horror fanatic Brian Bohnert participated in an intense, hands-on new attraction at Fremont’s Haunted Hydro on Saturday. Below is a brief — spoiler free — account of his experience, as well as...

Bettenhausen withdraws from city council contest

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With a little more than a month before voters head to the polls, a longtime member of Fostoria City Council has withdrawn his candidacy for reelection. Much to the surprise of his peers, Dr. David Bettenhausen is no longer on the ballot for...

Police collecting unused, expired meds

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Fostoria Police Department will be collecting unused and expired medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. A 24/7 drop-box is located inside the entrance to the police station, 213 S. Main...

Haunted Hydro amps up fear factory

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Every fall for the last 25 years, the Haunted Hydro has been one of the top destinations for a frighteningly fun experience in northwest Ohio. And to celebrate the start of its 26th season, Fremont’s legendary dark attraction park will...

Ohio’s war on modern-day slavery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Ten years ago, a federal investigation into a massive sex slavery ring opened Pandora’s box, shedding light on a criminal underworld hidden in plain sight for decades across Ohio. More than 150 people — nearly 80 from Toledo alone...

Area shelters aid trafficking victims

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In October 2006, Sister Mary Kuhlman of the Tiffin Franciscans attended a leadership conference discussing the horrors of human trafficking in the United States and abroad. Less than a year later, the Sisters of St. Francis joined other area...

City finances put into perspective

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER When the general fund opened 2015 with a substantial negative balance, City Auditor Steve Garner told members of city council he anticipated it would return to positive numbers by mid-year. Delivering his financial report for July on Tuesday,...

Officials pay tribute to brave Fostoria teen

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With Christmas decorations illuminating the Municipal Building lawn, city officials on Tuesday honored the life of a Fostoria teen who fought valiantly against a rare form of cancer. During Tuesday night’s Fostoria City Council meeting,...

Trafficking humans through the web

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER With billions earned in revenue each year, it’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. And the same tools we use to reconnect with loved ones or purchase gifts for the holidays have made it easier and more profitable than...