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Matthew A. Keckler leaves the courtroom after announcement of the verdicts Wednesday afternoon.

Man cleared of rape, guilty of gross sexual imposition

A jury found a Tiffin man guilty of one sex crime and not guilty of two others Wednesday afternoon. In August, Matthew A. Keckler, 32, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree ...

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A Mack truck, the first truck that started the towing portion of John’s Welding and Towing, is parked in a grassy lot near Hoffman-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home and Crematory Wednesday afternoon.

‘Big, mean Teddy bear’ remembered

A co-owner of a multi-generational welding and towing business is being remembered by his family as a “big, mean Teddy bear.” Joseph F. “Joe” Keller, 51, of Tiffin, died Saturday at Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center, Columbus. He had been co-owner of John’s Welding and ...

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Police seized marijuana, about $10,000 in U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools during execution of a drug-related search warrant in the 100 block of Frost Parkway Wednesday morning.

$10,000, suspected pot found in search

A drug-related search warrant executed Wednesday morning uncovered suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $10,000 cash in the 100 block of Frost Parkway Wednesday morning, a release from Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit stated. Myles A. Jackson, 22, of Tiffin, ...

Clyde-Green Springs seeks renewal levy

Voters are to decide on the renewal of a 0.7-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy for Clyde-Green Springs Schools May 2. The levy originally was passed in 1992 at 1.5-mills, said Superintendent Dennis Haft. The levy generates $200,000 a year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $70 ...

Sycamore pool back in spotlight

SYCAMORE — Resident Rick Dawson attended Tuesday’s council meeting in response to newspaper articles regarding a possible closure of the community swimming pool. “What are (local) youth worth?” he asked council. “There isn’t that much to do here, and some kids can’t get to Upper ...

Commissioners to discuss grant

Seneca County commissioners are to meet at 10 a.m. today at the commissioners’ office, 111 Madison St. In old business, the board is to discuss a $50,000 Ohio Historical Connection grant. Commissioners anticipate making a decision on what to do with the funds, which were given to the county ...

Briefly, April 30

Man admits community control violation A Fostoria man admitted he violated the terms of his community control. Kegan W. Woodland, 25, had been convicted of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and was sentenced to three years of community control last year. He admitted he ...

WSOS heating program helped 360 in Seneca County in winter

The WSOS Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program helped more than 360 Seneca County residents with utility assistance last winter. According to a release from WSOS, the program provided help for more than 1,700 residents total in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties. For more ...

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Matthew Keckler spends time on the witness stand in his own defense Tuesday afternoon.

Keckler testifies girl is lying

A Tiffin man accused of committing sex crimes involving a girl took the witness stand in his own defense during his trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Tuesday. In August, Matthew A. Keckler, 32, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two ...

$50,000 grant decision delayed

Seneca County commissioners delayed a decision Tuesday on how to spend $50,000 in grant funding. The money, awarded to Seneca County after Rover Pipeline personnel destroyed a historically significant house in Richland County, must protect or preserve a historical site or further historical ...

Board wrangles over school calendar

Tiffin City Board of Education voted 4-1 not to pass the 2017-18 calendar during its April meeting Tuesday. A committee had presented the board with three calendar proposals and members heard feedback during a public hearing. Board President Chris Widman said he developed a calendar from ...

Opportunity Center levy on May 2 ballot

Voters are to consider a 0.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for the Seneca County Opportunity Center on the May 2 ballot. The renewal levy is not a new tax, Opportunity Center Superintendent Lew Hurst said. “We are not asking for any new money,” he said. The levy originally was on the ...

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Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Jay Meyer Judge Jay Meyer (right) presents Kaleigh Concepcion a Youth Asset Builder Award Tuesday at the Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium.

Assets of youth

More than 40 youths and adults were honored Tuesday afternoon for being leaders in the 40 Developmental Assets during the annual Celebrate Youth Luncheon. Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Jay Meyer delivered the address and presented honorees with plaques. Meyer said year ...

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak at TU commencement

Students are to hear inspiring words from a nationally syndicated columnist during Tiffin University’s 2017 commencement ceremony. Connie Schultz, who is a columnist for Creators Syndicate and professional in residence at Kent State University, is to deliver the commencement address ...

Mom helps create program to assist students’ transition to high school

One mom recognized her son had a need and, two years later, the Tiffin Tornadoes continues to grow. Hope Boes, parent liaison for children with special needs for Tiffin City Schools and mother of a son with autism, helped develop the program with other mothers. The program is for children ...

Children, dirt naturally go together

Don’t the two just go together? Children love to play in the dirt, so why not introduce them to gardening at a young age. There is so much for children to learn in a garden! Children have a natural curiosity. You can provide many hours of inspiration and learning opportunities through ...

Seneca jobless rate down in March

Seneca County’s jobless numbers decreased in March from February and also are lower than numbers from March 2016. According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March, which was 0.8 percent lower than February. The rate ...

Student talks about Costa Rica trip

CLYDE — Clyde-Green Springs School district treasurer Meghan Rohde administered the oath of office to newly appointed board member Mike Cleveland Monday. He is a 1971 graduate of Clyde High School, served 20 years in the Air Force and retired from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is a substitute ...

State to change gifted program

ATTICA — Superintendent Laura Kagy informed the Seneca East Board of Education Monday that the state is changing the way it rates schools in how it serves “gifted” students. The new rules state that the teacher has to undergo 30 hours of additional training, which could create an issue ...

Briefly, April 26

Man sentenced to prison  A man was sentenced to prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom. William L. Baumgardner, 27, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of failure to provide notice of residence address change, a ...