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Home court celebration

OLD FORT — When Seth Miller gets his basketball schedules for Seneca County Opportunity Center games, his family has to make more copies. “He wants everybody to come watch him play,” said his mother, Laura Miller. Seth Miller, an Old Fort High School sophomore with autism, got the ...

No longer forgotten: Stone now marks grave in Republic

REPUBLIC — People drove past and mowed over an unmarked grave in Farewell Retreat Cemetery. They didn't know a man was buried there. But after nearly 40 years, that’s no longer the case. A stone now marks the burial plot for Julian B. Bordner, a Republic native who also lived in ...

Men admit cemetery marker theft, break-in

Two men admitted Monday they stole grave marker vases from Seneca Memory Gardens and broke into Mack’s Trucking. Jacob F. Kendrick, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of safecracking, grand theft and three counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies; and theft and two counts ...

Mohawk board hears Ratliff’s last report

SYCAMORE — In his final report to Mohawk Board of Education before he retires, Ken Ratliff recognized elementary and junior high teachers who exceeded expected growth in their classrooms. Ratliff thanked the board for the opportunity of leading the district for the last nine years. In his ...

Fostoria schools intervention specialist indicted

A Fostoria City Schools intervention specialist has been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury. Brandy L. Madden, 38, of Tiffin, was charged with assault, a fourth-degree felony, court records state. Madden allegedly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to a functionally impaired ...

Local briefs, Dec. 11

Comprehensive plan public input meetings planned Seneca Regional Planning Commission has scheduled three meetings in mid-January to enable county residents to give input on the comprehensive community plan underway for Seneca County, Tiffin, Fostoria and the Seneca County Park District. A ...

Dutro is TSEP’s new development manager

Nick Dutro has been hired as development manager for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. Dutro, who starts his new job Jan. 2, is leaving The Advertiser-Tribune after 10 years. He was chosen for the position after a three-month national search, according to a TSEP news release. “Dutro is ...

Kids and cookies

Juaquin Garcia (right), 6, and Emiliano Garcia, 4, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday afternoon during the Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus event at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Santa was portrayed by the Rev. Frank Murd and Mrs. Claus was portrayed by Sister Rosann Morman. ...

Veterans stocking program back with change

While the name may be different, the “Stockings for Veterans Plus 10” program maintains the goal it always has had. Beth Walliser, a member of Tiffin VFW Post 2858 Auxiliary, said the goal of the program is to provide a stocking full of items and a bag of fruit and snacks to every Seneca ...

Briefly, Dec. 9

Commission on Aging plans special bingo Seneca County Commission on Aging has planned its annual Christmas Bingo Special for Monday. Doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6:30 p.m. at the commission, 382 S. Huron St. The first 100 people can receive a tote bag and additional doors. Prizes ...

County firefighter takes part in oil, gas incident response training

A Seneca County firefighter-paramedic recently took part in free training on oil and gas incident response. According to a release, Kyle Blausey, a firefighter-paramedic for Fostoria Fire Division, took part in the two-day training in October that provided Ohio firefighters with best ...

Local briefs, Dec. 8

Mohawk school board to meet Mohawk Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Mohawk Community Center, 295 SR 231, Sycamore. For more information, call (419) 927-2414. Tiffin Jeepers hosting convoy Tiffin Jeepers is hosting a Parker Foundation Convoy in remembrance of Daniel ...

Two charged with burglary

A Tiffin man and a Fostoria man were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury in connection to a report of a robbery and theft in Fostoria. Tyrone L. Taylor, 20, of Tiffin, was charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and having weapons while under disability, a third-degree ...

Toledo man cited after accident

A Toledo man was cited after an accident at US 224 and CR 23 Wednesday afternoon. Trooper Donte Hanns of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Alec Tippin, 21, was traveling west on US 224 in a 2018 Kia Rio. Tippin went to make a right turn on CR 23 when his vehicle went off the road ...

Council hears RITA concerns

BLOOMVILLE — Bloomville residents have received information from the Regional Income Tax Agency regarding the 1-percent income tax the village has instituted. Landlords should receive their material next week. Resident Theresa Maxhimer questioned clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner about a ...

Briefly, Dec. 7

Deputy found guilty A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputy originally accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was found guilty of a lesser offense in Sandusky County Court District No. 1 Thursday. Richard Best, 46, of Republic, had been charged with OVI and failure ...

Regional planning board deals with billing

Seneca Regional Planning Commission’s board voted to change the way it bills property split fees to townships at its meeting Wednesday, and approved a 2019 budget of $258,793. The billing change is the result of a dispute with Adams and Pleasant township trustees regarding a $481 bill to ...

Fishing, tax collections top business

BETTSVILLE — Bettsville Village Council met Tuesday, hearing upcoming youth event plans, committee updates and the continuation of Regional Income Tax Agency collections. The meeting began with guest Ed Dow discussing a youth program called “Passport to Fishing.” The program, ...

Fostoria council purchases more salt

FOSTORIA — Due to a salt mine leak under Lake Erie near Cleveland – the city of Fostoria has been forced to find another salt supplier for the winter season. Fostoria City Council Tuesday passed an ordinance to allow the purchase of 1,000 tons of rock salt from Holcomb Materials of Port ...

Panel approves capital improvements spending

Seneca County commissioners Tuesday voted to approve nearly $2 million in capital improvements for 2019. Included in the $1,999,046 capital budget are 1,065,746 for equipment, $300,000 for the Jobs & Family Services complex, $16,000 for the Agriculture Center, $50,000 for the jail, ...