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Region briefs, March 20

Mercy Health Tiffin, Willard Hospitals earn five-stars The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare data ranked Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health - Willard Hospital with five-star ratings. This rating places Mercy Health facilities in Tiffin and Willard ...

Lakota local schools prepare for fourth quarter

KANSAS — Administrators discussed student achievements, state testing and new programs coming to high school seniors during Monday night’s Lakota Board of Education meeting. With Friday marking the end of the third quarter for Lakota schools, board members received reports on how pre-K ...

Driver hurt when car strikes tree, rolls Tuesday morning

NEW RIEGEL — A New Riegel woman was hurt when her Chevrolet car struck a tree and rolled near West TR 108 Tuesday morning. Rachel Smith, 22, had non-life-threatening injuries and was being taken by Bascom EMS to Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s ...

Commissioners to hear update on Wolf Creek Ditch project

Seneca County Commissioners are to hear an update from county Engineer Mark Zimmerman on the Wolf Creek Ditch project during their meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at their office, 111 Madison St. The project, which was started through a 2012 petition, is to remove obstructions from the main ditch ...

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Man sentenced to community control A Bellevue man was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom. James M. Peak, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies. Shuff ...

Fostoria City Schools to change start times next year

FOSTORIA — Beginning next school year, some Fostoria students will have to change some routines to accommodate for a newly planned school schedule. Fostoria City Schools Superintendent Andrew Sprang announced a change in start times for the 2019-20 year during Monday night’s board of ...

Fostoria man dies Monday in crash at US 224, SR 587

NEW RIEGEL — A Fostoria man died and a Findlay man was hurt in an accident at US 224 and SR 587 Monday afternoon. Dustin B. Soals, 30, of Fostoria, was driving a 2003 Saturn Ion south on SR 587, and Brendan M. Valentine, 30, of Findlay, was driving a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta west on US 224, ...

Police ID man found in river

Tiffin Police Department found no evidence of foul play and had no suspects in the death of a man found in the Sandusky River Sunday, according to a release. The man was identified as Frederick N. Haudenshild, 53, according to the police department. Tiffin Police Department had received a ...

Man admits sex-related crimes

A Tiffin man pleaded guilty to two sex-related charges Monday morning. Joey F. King Sr., 34, had been indicted on charges of rape, a first-degree felony; sexual battery, a second-degree felony; and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to charges of sexual ...

Judge resets municipal court staff

Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp introduced a court-ordered reorganization for staff Monday during the Tiffin City Council meeting. Repp issued the order after his chief probation officer left for a higher-paid position. Repp said he first made contact with the council to ...

Assault trial gets underway

A trial started Monday morning for a woman accused of striking a man over the head with a beer bottle in May. Erica K. Showalter, 23, of Byesville, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. The two-man, 10-woman jury was seated in ...

New Riegel school board hears about esports leagues

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Board of Education Monday night learned about the introduction of esports in schools in Ohio. Information Technology Manager John Kramer explained that 13 colleges in Ohio have esports programs and 53 school districts are interested in developing teams since talks ...

Daily log, March 19

Tiffin report • A person reported Monday morning vandalism at Tiffin Pointe, 639 W. Market St. Fostoria reports • Lorraine A. Heft, 30, of Fostoria, was charged with disorderly conduct Friday. • An 800-block Woodward Avenue resident reported early Monday morning youths were ...

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TCS finance meeting canceled The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Finance Committee meeting has been canceled. The meeting has not yet been rescheduled. TCS program group to meet The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee is to meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the ...

Body found Sunday in Sandusky River

A man’s body was found in the Sandusky River Sunday evening. Detective Lt. Mark Marquis of Tiffin Police Department said the department had received a report of a missing person Sunday. Family members reported they hadn’t seen the man in a while and 406 Water St. was the last known ...

Findin’ o’ the green

Linda Rose (center), program director for Seneca County Park District, answers a participant's question about the remains of a grassland flower from last season during a St. Paddy's Day hike Sunday afternoon at Bowen Nature Preserve, West Lodi. About 15 people took part in the hike. During the ...

Tornado drill planned Wednesday

The Severe Weather Awareness Week is this week. According to a release, the week is just one of several awareness campaigns the Ohio Committee on Severe Weather Awareness puts on each year. The highlight of the week is the statewide tornado drill. Schools, homes and businesses are encouraged ...

Columbia Gas line replacements to take place this month

Columbia Gas will be working on gas line replacements on Sycamore Street and adjoining streets in Tiffin starting this month. According to information from Columbia Gas, residents should be prepared for digging and disruption as the company upgrades gas lines. All work is weather dependent. ...

Opportunity Center craft show

Visitors look at different items during the Seneca County Opportunity Center Craft Show Saturday afternoon. Craft Show Coordinator Amy Tripp said all proceeds from the show go to adult services and is used to do activities. Anyone can come to the show and sell their crafts, she said. Tripp said ...

Sunny Farms hires VP of environmental compliance

FOSTORIA — Sunny Farms Landfill has hired Brian Ezyk as its new vice president of environmental compliance and engineering. “Brian’s hiring adds special environmental expertise to the team,” said Gene Monteith, of Paul Werth Associates, Sunny Farms’ public relations firm. In this ...