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High winds bring down power lines and trees

By BRIAN BOHNERT and MORGAN MANNS STAFF WRITERS Nearly 200 AEP Ohio customers throughout Fostoria were without electricity Wednesday after high winds brought down power lines on the east side of town. According to AEP Ohio Spokesperson Fay White, as many as 195 AEP customers in...

Cochran named community development director

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria Economic Development Corporation has chosen its new face of community engagement, and it’s one people are likely to recognize. Michele Cochran, executive director of the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation, will now wear...
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Council moves to place 4-mill levy on fall ballot

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council’s decision to send a smaller tax levy to voters this fall could be seen as an obvious catch-22. On one hand, the move will reduce the burden on local taxpayers. But on the other, it could very well keep Fostoria...
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United Veterans are city’s ‘special forces’

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER For the men and women of the United Veterans of Fostoria, answering the call of duty extends far beyond their years of service. And from the 13 delicate folds of the American flag to the somber playing of Taps on a shiny golden trumpet, their...
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Free tax return help available

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Representatives of Regional Income Tax Agency will be in Fostoria this week to provide free assistance to those who need help filing their income taxes. RITA agents will be on hand inside the Municipal Building, 213 S. Main St., from 9 a.m. to...
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For Fostoria’s Fuerstenaus, Cub Scouts is a family affair

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Some families work together. Some families play together. Some families, like the Fuerstenaus, do both as dedicated members of their local Cub Scouts pack. On Feb. 9, the Fuerstenau family, of Fostoria, was presented with the 2016 Scout Family...
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Local business offering unique, sweet treats

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The treats being fried up at Fostoria’s newest doughnut shop are unlike anything you’ll find at a chain like Tim Hortons or Dunkin’ Donuts. Strawberry lemonade, maple bacon and s’more are just a few of the cakey...
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Fostoria union embezzler sentenced

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The former financial secretary of a local union was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in prison for embezzling more than $43,000 in union funds. U.S. District Court Judge James Carr carried out the sentencing of Aaron M. Contreras, 34, of...
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Four more financial plans offered

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Despite making more than $3 million in cuts, city officials will likely still be calling on voters to help get Fostoria out of fiscal emergency. Fostoria City Council was presented with four different versions of a financial recovery plan on...
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City focuses on getting out of the red

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER All the uncertainty surrounding Fostoria’s financial future came to a head in 2016 as a deficit eight years in the making caught up to the administration. A substantial shortfall in the city’s general fund forced State Auditor Dave...