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House fire displaces family

A family was displaced after a house fire at 385 W. Market St. Saturday afternoon. Deputy Chief Rob Chappell of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said the owner and two sons lived in the home, but nobody was home at the time of the fire. He said a dog was in the house and a person was able to get ...

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation for third straight year

For the third year in a row, Downtown Tiffin has been recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community, according to a news release from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to ...

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NY City Council speaker wants apology for homophobic remarks NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.” A spokesman for Speaker Corey Johnson issued a ...

Board plans its first recovery house

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is making plans to run and own its first recovery house. Lotus Recovery House is to open July 1 and serve women with drug and alcohol issues. Mircea Handru, executive director of Mental Health and Recovery ...

Fostoria man sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison

A Fostoria man found guilty in January of assaulting a neighbor was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday afternoon. Joshua S. Chavez, 26, had been charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, after an incident at Hopewell Estates, 8702 W. SR 18, Feb. 3, 2018. The jury ...

Tiffin man found guilty of sex-related crimes

A Tiffin man was found guilty of sex-related crimes during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Friday afternoon. Craig R. Ranker, 34, entered no-contest pleas with a consent to finding of guilty to charges of sexual battery, unlawful sexual ...

T-shirt sale to aid Tiffin firefighter

Tiffin Firefighters Local 322 is selling T-shirts to benefit crew member Sean Tyler, who has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Firefighter/paramedic Nick Gosche of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said shirts are being sold for $10 and are available in sizes small to XXL. Shirts can be picked up at ...

Multiple reports of trees, lines down

There were multiple reports of trees and lines down throughout the county Thursday and Friday. A person reported a small tree was down and blocking the road on Riverside Drive Thursday evening, according to a report. Tiffin’s Public Works Department responded to the scene and was able to ...

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Columbus man admits community control violation A Columbus man’s community control was continued during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom. Charles T. Brantford, 27, admitted he violated the terms of his community control, and Kelbley ...

Seneca Wind hearing set for April 23

COLUMBUS — Ohio Power Siting Board has rescheduled a public hearing for 3-9 p.m. April 23 regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind-powered electric generation facility in eastern Seneca County. The meeting is to take place at Tiffin University’s Marion Center, 235 ...

River in action stage

Water flows in the Sandusky River under the Huss Street bridge Thursday afternoon. National Weather Service issued a flood watch until 4 a.m. today. According to the weather service, river flooding and flooding of low-lying; and poor drainage areas would be likely. The Sandusky River was at ...

Harrison chosen to fill job of county treasurer

Paul Harrison, of Jackson Township, is the new Seneca County treasurer. He was selected from a field of four candidates by the Republican Central Committee during a meeting Thursday evening. It took three rounds of voting before Harrison was chosen. The other three candidates who submitted ...

TU announces new name for department of acounting and finance

William F. Hertzer and his late wife, Jean Grady Hertzer (TU class of 1956), have given significant gifts to support Tiffin University. The most recent was a $1 million gift to name the Department of Accounting and Finance in his name. Mr. Hertzer is an alumnus, trustee, donor, and Tiffin ...

Commissioners hear reports about child protection

Seneca County commissioners heard a report from Kathy Oliver, director of Seneca County Job & Family Services outlining the number of children in kinship and foster care through Child Protective Services due largely to drug use among their parents. Because numbers are rising and some ...

Lawsuit filed against Sunny Farms LLC

Three people are suing Sunny Farms LLC for $4 million, alleging that noxious odors are invading properties. An attorney for Myra Spires of 11607 W. TR 108, Fostoria; Nikki Frisch, 1079 Columbus Ave., Fostoria; and Nathanael Heiser, 3580 Eagleville Road, Fostoria, filed the lawsuit in Seneca ...

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TU students to perform Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday Night Live in the National Theatre at the Ritz is to feature performers from Tiffin University. Those on the program include the TU Gospel Choir, Illumin8, Third Generation and Bryann Rogers. Tickets are $10 per person. Tong’s Air ...

Several indicted by grand jury

A Seneca County grand jury handed up indictments. Scyular D.J. Thompson, 25, of Tiffin, was charged with assault on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony. According to court records, Officer Brooks Hall of Fostoria Police Department was on patrol in Fostoria about 8 p.m. Dec. 29 when he saw ...

Bloomville council members asked about residential water billing

BLOOMVILLE — Bloomville Village Council met Wednesday evening with president pro-tem Joe Kelbley conducting the meeting in Mayor Dave Auble Jr.’s absence. Resident Barry Hassinger questioned the council as to why a single-family dwelling with one water meter pays less than a duplex with ...

Landfill forum location changed

Seneca County Health Department has changed the location for the Sunny Farms Landfill Public Forum to Columbian High School. The time and date remain 6 p.m. Wednesday. The original meeting date was changed because Fostoria High School was closed Jan. 30 because of cold weather, and the new ...

Driver cited after hitting pedestrian

The driver of a sport utility vehicle that struck a Tiffin University student crossing North Sandusky Street at Miami Street Monday afternoon has been cited. Ruth A. Scott, 65, of Tiffin, was driving a Kia SUV. She was turning left from Miami Street onto Sandusky Street when her vehicle ...