Chamber narrows search for new leader

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce narrowed its search for a new executive director this week — more than one month after its previous leader announced her resignation. Ryan Smith, chamber board chairperson, said the selection committee...

Bringing business back to Fostoria

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler envisions a bright future for his hometown — complete with bustling tourism and booming economic growth not seen in decades. To make his dreams of a revitalized Fostoria a reality, the mayor will partner with Fostoria...

Call to arms

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER and other staff reports Legend has it that on May 3, 1934, notorious outlaw John Dillinger laid siege to the First National Bank of Fostoria, escaping a hail of gunfire with thousands of dollars in cold, hard cash. In response to the robbery,...

City seeks street sign subsidies

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler is warming up to the idea of returning to his former life, so to speak. During Fostoria Finance Committee’s Tuesday night meeting, the mayor said he has spent much of the past few weeks reflecting on Councilman Jon...

Council OKs utility rate changes

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Property owners throughout Fostoria can expect to see a change on their water and sewer bills next year, thanks to city council action Tuesday night. Fostoria City Council Tuesday unanimously approved adjustments to the city’s sewer...

Brace yourself … Winter arrives early

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER While Father Time doesn’t have Old Man Winter scheduled to show up for another month, Mother Nature invited him to town a little early this year. Northwest Ohio received as much as 4 inches of accumulation in some spots Sunday night into...

UAW strike averted

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER United Auto Workers Local 533 avoided what would have been its first strike in nearly 30 years this morning after reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract with Autolite. As of 12:20 a.m., UAW 533 President Skip Angles said the 80...

Heroes etched in stone

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Born into a family rich in military history, Brody Walters has always had a deep appreciation for the men and women of the armed forces. With both of his grandfathers serving in World War II, and his father fighting to protect the stars and...

City seeks EPA grant

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria is hoping to upgrade its testing equipment for harmful algae. Fostoria City Council passed a resolution Wednesday allowing city officials to apply for a state Environmental Protection Agency grant to purchase equipment for monitoring...