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Auditor presents 2017 budget report at meeting

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER City Auditor Steve Garner gave a presentation on the 2017 budget Tuesday night to provide a more simplified look at Fostoria’s finances. According to Garner’s budget projections for next year, the city is looking at an estimated...
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‘Contributing to a safer Ohio’

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER In an effort to keep Ohio’s communities safer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol made nearly 7,500 drug arrests throughout the first six months of 2016. From Jan. 1 through June 30, troopers made a total of 7,493 drug arrests all throughout...
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Zoning requests among council agenda tonight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER A local couple’s request to detach a property from the municipal boundaries of Fostoria will before city council tonight, one month after it failed to pass the first time. Robert L. Endicott and Nancy Mullholand, 817 Columbus Ave.,...
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Site approved for auto parts store

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria Planning Commission on Thursday approved the site plan for a 7,150 square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts store on North Countyline Street. Arizona-based real estate firm SimonCRE recently acquired five properties along the 400 and 500...
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Mow or owe

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER If the owners of Fostoria’s vacant properties don’t start mowing their lawns soon, the city will do it for them. But the city’s lawn care services do not come cheap. On April 21, 2015, Fostoria City Council adopted an...
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2 arrested on drug charges moved to Wood County court

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Two Fostoria men arrested on drug charges at Nye’s Trailer Park late last month had their cases bound over to Wood County Court of Common Pleas. Chester Pettaway Jr., 37, and Cedric L. Yarbrough, 34, were arrested June 16 after officers...
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Mind your beeswax

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER There was quite a bit of buzz about bees coming from the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library Wednesday evening. Fostoria beekeeper Sue Rhodes gave a presentation on the fuzzy little pollinators to a packed hive of more than 30 people in the...
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City council president resigns

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Longtime public servant Dave Clark resigned as president of Fostoria City Council Tuesday as he enters hospice care with stage 4 lung cancer. A native Fostorian, Clark was diagnosed with cancer on July 18, 2014. Just days later, he reluctantly...

Grievances many, but no solutions

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER When Mayor Eric Keckler proposed town hall meetings to gain public input on the city’s financial crisis, he hoped citizens would bring their own ideas to the table. And much like the first meeting two weeks ago, grievances were many but...
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2017 budget leaves city $1.6M in the red

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER According to the latest budget projections for 2017, Fostoria is slated to end next year about $1.6 million in the red. City Auditor Steve Garner presented Fostoria’s 2017 budget Tuesday night during a public hearing inside the Municipal...