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For the love of reading

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER KANSAS — When Megan Downs first began planning Lakota Elementary School’s Literacy Fair, her hope was to have participation from at least 20 students. In the end, she had 43. “I was so excited,” said Downs, a Title I...
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Best in flight

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Decades before Rex Damschroder ever set foot inside the Ohio Statehouse, he was a 16-year-old boy piloting a Cessna 150 on an 800-mile solo flight from Wichita, Kansas to Fremont. At a time when most of his friends had yet to even get behind...
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Wood county arson suspects indicted

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Four area men face arson and burglary charges in connection to a series of fires set late last month throughout Wood County. A Wood County grand jury handed down indictments Wednesday against Nicholas C. Hackworth, Todd A. Bollett, Santana M....
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Nine arrested in arson outbreak

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Wood County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Fostoria man as one of four adults charged in connection to a string of arsons throughout the area late last month. Nicholas C. Hackworth, 18, of Fostoria, faces a charge of felony arson for...
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Sunday blaze ruled arson

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER RISINGSUN — Risingsun police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office have launched an investigation into a Sunday morning house fire they’ve officially ruled an arson. According to Risingsun Police Officer Kevin Osborne,...
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Police thwart suicide attempt

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria police on Monday managed to safely apprehend a teen who threatened to harm himself with a machete in the 300 block of East Fremont Street. Several police responded to 326 E. Fremont St. at approximately 2:38 p.m. Monday for a reported...
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‘Batman v Superman:’ A fight no one needed

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER “Nobody cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman.” Those words, uttered by the hard-nosed editor of The Daily Planet in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is an ironic summation of the latest cinematic outing from...
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The truth about artificial sweeteners

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Lately, the buzz surrounding “fake” sugar hasn’t been all that sweet. As consumers across America continue to buy up everything from diet soda to light yogurt in hopes of cutting calories, some have suggested artificial...

Familiar face returning to chamber

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After months of searching, Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce finally found the new face of its operations. And it’s one people are likely to recognize. Sarah Stephens-Krupp was officially hired as chamber/small business director Monday,...
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City budget approval still on hold

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Before members of Fostoria City Council could confidently approve the nearly $6.5 million in general fund spending estimated for this year, they had some questions for City Auditor Steve Garner. There was just one problem — he...