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Shifting focus

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Georgianna Widmer is a teacher at heart, but the impact she has had on the community stretches far beyond the walls of a classroom. For nearly two decades, Widmer has been a devoted member of Fostoria City Council, striving to improve the...

FEDC, chamber fortify alliance

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Beginning next year, Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce will begin the latest chapter in their partnership by implementing a new management structure with one official overseeing both groups....

Schaeffer rejects plea agreement

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — It had been 14 months since Charles Schaeffer last went before a judge in Seneca County. In fact, the last time Schaeffer appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court, he learned he would likely be spending the rest of his life...

Council OKs expenditures

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The final Fostoria City Council meeting of the year closed the books on 2015 without a hitch as the group left no loose ends when it came to official business. A unanimous 7-0 vote Tuesday night approved two annual financial measures —...

$15K loan to aid business in expansion

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A local environmental services company will soon complete an expansion thanks to support from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund. Fostoria City Council on Tuesday granted a seven-year, $15,000 loan to BoJhun Environmental Services LLC for...

City banking on new law to help ease blight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In the continued effort to eliminate blight within the city, officials recently approved an ordinance giving banks more “incentive” to get foreclosed homes back on the market. Fostoria City Council voted last week to adopt new...

Fostorians voice budget concerns

Below is a continued report of discussions between citizens and elected officials at Tuesday night’s Fostoria City Council meeting. By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Krysten Bercaw spent much of Tuesday’s city council meeting silent as nearly half a dozen of her...

Keckler, Davoli spark heated debate at council

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A heated crowd of approximately 30 Fostorians packed inside council chambers Tuesday night to voice concerns over a roughly $500,000 deficit officials expect to face next year. But what officials hoped would be an opportunity for open dialogue...

Spread the wealth, spread the shortfall

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The local firefighters’ union has spoken out against potential cuts to Fostoria’s safety forces, saying the fire department should not be solely responsible for a nearly $500,000 deficit facing the city next year. Earlier this...

City withdraws tax credit legislation

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler announced Tuesday the city is withdrawing its plans to do away with the income tax credit given to Fostorians who work out of town. Keckler made the announcement Tuesday afternoon via his personal Facebook page. The mayor...