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Village moves closer on CDBG funding

NEW RIEGEL — Mayor Larry Bouillon appeared in good spirits Tuesday as he announced during the New Riegel Village Council meeting that everything is on schedule for the Community Development Block Grant proposal. Bouillon said he would be attending a meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday to determine if ...

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A firefighter walks near a burning barn at 1043 N. SR 635 early Tuesday morning.

Fire destroys Bascom barn

BASCOM — Fire destroyed a barn containing farm machinery early Tuesday morning. Firefighters from four departments — Bascom Joint Fire District, Kansas Volunteer Fire Department, NBS Joint Fire District and Washington Township Fire Department — responded to the fire at 1043 N. SR ...

County ponders budget changes

Seneca County commissioners hope state lawmakers will change their budget to make up for a loss in Medicaid sales tax funds that counties likely no longer will receive starting July 1. The change to the law would reduce Seneca County’s revenue by about $233,000 in 2017 and about $700,000 in ...

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Jerry (left) and Toby Rampelt celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary while participating in Great Ohio Bike Adventure Tuesday. To view more GOBA photos, visit
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Moving along

NEW RIEGEL — Jerry and Toby Rampelt celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with about 1,500 bicycling friends Tuesday. Jerry, director of Great Ohio Bike Adventure, and Toby, GOBA’s food stop coordinator, married June 20, 1992, in Columbus. Their GOBA supplies were packed in ...

Fostoria OKs change to ballot language

FOSTORIA — Fostoria City Council agreed Tuesday night to change the language of a 6-mill property tax levy to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. Law Director Timothy Hoover said two pieces of legislation must be approved to get a levy on the ballot. He said the first is to ask the county auditor ...

’Berg lands grant for emergency aid

Heidelberg University is to receive a $115,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to create and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants are to be integrated into Heidelberg’s overall student success strategy with the goal ...

Seneca unemployment rate rises slightly

Seneca County’s jobless rate increased in May from April, but is unchanged from last year. According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May, up 0.1 percent from April. According to statistics, there were about 26,500 ...

Village gets required surveys

REPUBLIC — Republic Mayor Jeff Larick said enough income surveys were returned by residents for the village to proceed with its application for a Community Development Block Grant for the American Municipal Power-Ohio proposed project to upgrade the village’s electric and water meters along ...

Green Springs declares necessity of levy

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members passed a resolution of necessity for a police levy during their meeting Monday night. Council members agreed at the previous meeting that a 6.7-mill property tax would be the fairest way to fund police coverage in the village, since many ...

Briefly, June 21

Heidelberg receives arts grant Heidelberg University School of Music and Theatre received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in support of the New Music Live series. The school is to receive $15,000 as part of NEA’s Art Works program. The 2017-18 academic year is the 28th year ...

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A tree rests on a South Washington Street house Monday afternoon.

Storm blows through Tiffin

A storm that hit the area about 4 p.m. Monday took down trees throughout Seneca County. The first call to Tiffin Police Department was at 4:10 p.m., and a person reported a tree was down and blocking Hedges Street, a spokeswoman said. A tree fell on a South Washington Street house just down ...

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Taking it all in

Bicycles are parked outside Bailiwicks Coffee Co. Monday as participants in the Great Ohio Bicycling Adventure take in Tiffin's local businesses. About 2,000 cyclists were in town on a layover. More pictures on Page 2A.

TiffinOhio.gov

Tiffin City Council members were impressed with the city’s new website after testing it Monday night, shortly before its launch.  Mayor Aaron Montz said personnel from Tiffin Ohio.org helped build the new site, www.TiffinOhio.gov. Mike Brown, of Tiffin Ohio.org, said the city’s new ...

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Dave Spridgeon, of The Renaissance Refined Spirits, prepares a cocktail.

Owner hopes Renaissance helps rebuild downtown

An entrepreneur from the Findlay area is looking forward to a new challenge, being a part of downtown Tiffin’s rebirth and revitalization. Dave Spridgeon, a partner in Findlay’s The Bourbon Affair, is to open The Renaissance Refined Spirits, a Roarin’ 20s-themed bourbon bar, at the ...

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Kent Cartwright (second from left) is surrounded by his sons, Brent (far left) and Nick, and his wife, Lynne. He died early Monday morning, three days after he watched Brent's wedding from his hospital room.

‘I know where I’m going’

A Tiffin man who had been hospitalized at Cleveland Clinic with pulmonary fibrosis caused by chemotherapy died early Monday morning, three days after he watched his son’s wedding from his hospital room. Kent Cartwright, who had lived with prostate cancer for 10 years, died about 3:30 a.m. ...

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Talking shop

U.S. Rep Jim Jordan (from left) speaks with Tiffin City School Board President Andrew Gase, Laminate Technologies owner Fred Zoeller and Ohio Rep. Bill Reineke at LamTech Monday morning. The four discussed tax and welfare reform. Jordan said he is working in Washington to reform the tax bill so ...

Several hurt in Ballville Township accident

A Tiffin man was treated at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Ballville Township Sunday evening. A release from the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol states Jamey L. Davidson, 24, was a passenger in a 2012 Kia Soul driven by Andrew J. Ravas, 25, of Fremont. The release states Ravas ...

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Participants in the Great Ohio Bicycling Adventure practice yoga at Hedges-Boyer Park Monday morning before a ride.

GOBAville

Bicyclists arrived in Tiffin Sunday and are to be leaving for the next leg of the weeklong bike ride today.

Man pleads guilty

A Tiffin man pleaded guilty to a sex-related charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Monday. Michael W. Heimrich, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fifth-degree felony. The case was referred for a ...

Man admits burglary

A man pleaded guilty to burglary during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Monday. Cody J. Huff, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, and the case was referred for a pre-sentence report. The sentence recommendation is he serve a ...