Council reaches compromise on plan

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council appeared to reach a compromise on a financial recovery plan Thursday night, one that would increase both income and property taxes. Council was presented with three separate drafts of the city’s five-year fiscal...

Citizens voice concerns on tax increases, reciprocity cut

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Nearly two dozen people packed into the Municipal Building for Thursday night’s special Fostoria City Council meeting, though only six people actually stood up to speak. A familiar face at council meetings for the last year or so,...

City nears road to recovery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler knew resurrecting the city from financial hell wouldn’t be easy. But as the options for stopping the bleed grew fewer and fewer, it became clear the choice was either drastically increase revenue or potentially...

Fostoria ready to ring in the holiday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The city hopes to bring the community together this weekend to ring in the holiday spirit with Fostoria’s annual Christmas celebration. The 2016 Holiday Open House, “Christmas in Fosterville,” will take place throughout the...

Fostoria Learning Center to break ground Monday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After more than six years of preparation, construction on the Fostoria Learning Center is officially underway. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the FLC Board of Trustees will host state and local elected officials, business leaders and...

Agencies mobilize anti-opiate efforts

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER More than 100 people turned out for an emergency meeting on the heroin epidemic Tuesday night in Tiffin following a string of overdoses in Seneca County last week. The Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Opiate Task Force issued...

Davoli cut short on new presentation

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Timing was not on Councilman Mathew Davoli’s side Tuesday night as a prepared presentation was cut short before it could even begin. Armed with notes and a poster board, Davoli requested the floor at the end of Tuesday’s Fostoria...

Veteran to be honored

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER It was 1955 and although he’d only been in the military six months, Jim Rochester had found himself in a rather precarious situation. The harsh winter weather in southern Japan had caused the ailerons on the wings of his aircraft to...

Seneca County fighting infant mortality rates

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Seneca County General Health District is offering free Pack N Play portable cribs to new and expectant mothers in the area who meet income-eligibility guidelines. Since December 2014, the health district has partnered with the Cribs for Kids...

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...