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Deputy’s wife admits 12 burglaries

A Republic woman admitted Tuesday afternoon that she committed 12 burglaries over the past three years. Angela M. Best, 45, is the wife of a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputy. One of the burglaries was committed at a fellow deputy’s home, and another was committed at a deputy’s ...

AFS growing

American Fine Sinter announced Tuesday afternoon the company is to make a $20 million expansion.  According to a Seneca Industrial and Economic Corp. release, the company, 957 N. CR 11, is adding two production lines which are to require new equipment and create 25 jobs. Tiffin’s ...

Driver rolls truck reaching for drink

BETTSVILLE — A man was hurt when the Gibs garbage truck he was driving rolled on SR 12 Tuesday afternoon. Sgt. Matt Davis of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Eric J. Winland, 39, of Fostoria, was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital with non-life-threatening ...

Cornerstone event scheduled

Seneca County commissioners announced a date Thursday morning for a cornerstone ceremony at the Seneca County Justice Center. Commissioner Holly Stacy said the ceremony, which will be performed by Masons from across the state, is at noon Sept. 15. The ceremony will include the laying of a ...

Unemployment up to 5.5 percent in July

Seneca County’s jobless rate increased in July over June and is higher than estimates from last year. According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in July, up 0.5 percent from June. It was 4.9 percent in July ...

Parent: Welcome message sets good tone

With the school year beginning, a Tiffin resident addressed the board with appreciation Tuesday evening during Tiffin City Board of Education’s regular meeting. Carissa Allen said she appreciated the HoneyWell school alert from Superintendent Gary Barber welcoming the start of the upcoming ...

Region briefs, Aug. 23

Squires to play Columbus Buckeyes at home Sunday FREMONT — The Spiegel Grove Squires are to play the Columbus Buckeyes at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rutherford B. Hayes Residential Library & Museums. Small Business Basics set for September FREMONT — The Ohio Small Business Development Center ...

Man indicted on more charges

A man whose rape trial ended with a deadlocked jury has been indicted on additional charges. Jaron M. Burns, 19, of Tiffin, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of rape, a first-degree felony. In July, a six-woman, six-man jury was unable to reach a verdict, and Seneca ...

Briefly, Aug. 23

Woman pleads guilty to trespassing charge A woman pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom. Alexis M. Mesnard, 22, pleaded guilty to trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, ...

Viewing

Students and families gathered to watch the solar eclipse, which cast it's shadow across the width of North America the first time in close to a century. Story on Page 2A.

Road to progress

Tiffin City Council approved the dedication of two new roads Monday night that will connect a 60-acre site to US 224. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said one road is to be named Progress Parkway. “We wanted something uplifting and fun,” he said, after telling council the name was developed ...

In memory

A Fraternal Order of Police rifle squad fires during a service at St. Mary Cemetery in memory of Shawn M. Correll, 36, of Tiffin, who died Thursday. Correll worked for Seneca County Youth Center, Attica Police Department and Tiffin Developmental Center and served as police chief for New ...

Fostoria approves pay, duties for overseer

FOSTORIA — Fostoria’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission approved the duties and costs associated with its financial supervisor Monday morning.  Belinda Miller, a representative from State Auditor Dave Yost’s office, is the supervisor and was assigned to the city after it ...

Man injured in accident near Republic

REPUBLIC — A Tiffin man was hurt in an accident on TR 122, near SR 19, Monday afternoon. James Phillips, 91, was driving a 1999 Buick Century west on TR 122, according to State Highway Patrol. Trooper Jake Mellinger of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said it appeared the vehicle ...

Family settles in at Habitat home

NEW RIEGEL — Fitch family members have settled in their newly remodeled home, a residence provided to them through Seneca Habitat for Humanity. The family, Dan and Amanda Fitch, along with their five children, now are home owners. The family was displaced due to the flood that occurred in ...

Old barn headed to California

This barn on Township Road 18, owned by Jane Kinn Davis, can be seen from US 224. Renegade Reclaim of Alvada is salvaging the barn with plans to ship it to California for reconstruction. Davis believes it was built in the 1820s. She is keeping artifacts the crew discovered, including a sliding ...

Officer struck by vehicle’s mirror

A Tiffin Police Department officer was struck by a vehicle’s mirror when he was directing traffic for road construction at North Washington Street and Frost Parkway Monday morning. The officer was not injured. About 10:15 a.m., Officer Scott McDole advised the dispatch center he had been ...

New London man dies in crash

A State Highway Patrol trooper said Monday he thought a medical condition caused the crash of a New London man whose vehicle struck a ditch Saturday afternoon; the man later died. Trooper Jake Mellinger of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Alvin Gamble, 82, was pronounced dead at ...

Monday storm knocks out power

A storm that rolled through Seneca County Monday afternoon left homes without power. A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Republic, which supplies its own power, was without electricity for about an hour. A person reported CR 38 in the Republic area also did not have power, ...

Three generations of Kelbley family in NR, Bloomville rescue services

One local family is proud to have three generations involved in fire rescue services. Four members of the Kelbley family are involved in local departments. Jim Kelbley, 70, of Tiffin, has been a firefighter with NBS Joint Fire District for 45 years and McCutchenville Volunteer Fire Department ...