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TCS panel sets meeting

The Tiffin City Board of Education Business Advisory Council is to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

Lakota board meets Monday

KANSAS — Lakota Local Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the staff dining room, 5200 County Road 13.

Workshop at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

OAK HARBOR —  Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a cavity-nesting birds workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 25. Participants can learn about topics such as how to attract birds to their yards, the best time to put up bird boxes, what to do about house sparrows, best practices ...

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A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado (left) snapped a telephone pole at SR 53 and CR 592 after it slid off the road Thursday afternoon.

Truck snaps pole on SR 53

A vehicle crashed into a telephone pole, snapping it, at SR 53 and West CR 592 Thursday afternoon. Brett A. Burcher, 28, of Toledo was southbound on SR 53 when his 2006 Chevy Silverado slid out of control on ice and crashed into a telephone pole, said State Highway Patrol Fremont post ...

Costs down for office updates

Seneca County commissioners’ plan to move the board of elections next door into a larger space in the County Services Building gained momentum Thursday. Seneca County Administrator Stacy Wilson said an updated quote for the project from Encompass, the project’s architect-engineer, was ...

Future of police department discussed

BETTSVILLE — Bettsville Police Officer Melissa Mason addressed council stating she is interested in the chief position and retaining a community department. “I care about this place,” she said. Mason has served the village for six years and participated in many programs with ...

Home track meets in the future

BASCOM — At a Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Superintendent David Alvarado updated the board on progress for a new athletic track. Shaving an initial proposed cost of $812,000 down to $640,000, progress continues in phases, with a practice track anticipated to be ...

Briefly, Feb. 10

Tiffin woman injured in accident A Tiffin woman was injured in a rollover accident at CR 50 and CR 15 early Thursday morning. Abigail L. Huffman, 28, of Tiffin, was driving a Chevrolet when it rolled over at CR 50 and CR 15, a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman ...

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Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner (left), seated with commissioners Holly Stacy (center) and Shayne Thomas, discusses the possibility of a countywide EMS system during a meeting with township leaders at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners Office Wednesday evening.

Townships offer EMS views

Seneca County township leaders met Wednesday evening to update county commissioners on the state of their EMS systems. Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner said the county’s long-term goal is to create a countywide EMS system. Until then, he said it’s important to keep an ear ...

Snyder

Teen pleads guilty to rape

A Tiffin teenager pleaded guilty to a sex charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Wednesday morning. Bryce J. Snyder, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of rape, a first-degree felony, for behavior involving an 11-year-old girl. It ...

Koppus

Lincoln principal tenders resignation

The principal of Tiffin City Schools Lincoln Pre-K Elementary School Building submitted his resignation, effective by the end of the school day Wednesday. Jeremy Koppus, principal of the Lincoln building and special education supervisor for the district for the past three years, submitted ...

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Seneca County Board of Elections Director Jim Ehrman (left) listens to a presentation from Mark Radke of Electronic Systems & Software. Radke presented the Windows-based ExpressPoll Tablet, which is an electronic poll book.

Candidates, issues cleared for vote

Seneca County Board of Elections certified candidates and issues for the May 2 primary election Wednesday evening. Republicans Steve Lepard and Tyler Shuff and Democrat Mark Hayes were approved for three at-large Tiffin City Council seats. Third Ward Councilwoman Dawn Iannantuono, a ...

18 seek job leading county park district

Seneca County Park District has received 18 applications for director so far, and is expecting to receive a few more before the Feb. 17 application deadline. Board member Bill McAllister, chairman of the hiring committee, said one or two applications are from people outside of Ohio and the ...

Two indicted in connection to break-ins

Two men who were arrested in January in connection to a break-in at Viaduct Bar & Grill were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury. Johnny R. Smith, 24, of Alvada, was charged with six counts of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies. He is accused of trespassing ...

Council hears about grants

REPUBLIC — Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlene Watkins addressed Republic Council members Monday evening about possible grants available to upgrade Town Hall. Rod Miller, a Scipio Township trustee, attended the meeting representing the township as the owners ...

Woman pleads guilty to aggravated assault

A woman pleaded guilty to an assault charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Wednesday morning. Levi M. Crotinger, 23, and Justina R. Mullholand, 30, of Tiffin, were charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, after a man was beaten ...

Green Springs approves two-year fire contract

GREEN SPRINGS — Green Springs Village Council members approved a new two-year fire contract during their meeting Monday night. Mayor Adam Greenslade said he and the council members had been researching the costs associated with housing the fire department, EMS and other departments in ...

Briefly, Feb. 9

Fostoria man pleads guilty A Fostoria man pleaded guilty to two charges in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom. Michael St. Clair III, 22, had been charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree ...

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Paul Fortney (left), Tiffin Community YMCA’s director of operations, and Anthony Traxler, a lifeguard, install a flood-prevention gate at the facility Tuesday evening.

Rock Creek overflows

Flood waters from Rock Creek flooded the lower level of Hedges-Boyer Park Tuesday, forcing early closure of Tiffin Community YMCA. The water moved 20 to 25 feet closer to the building between 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A crew installed flood-prevention gates around the facility’s ...

County ponders office dilemma

Seneca County commissioners are to meet with Seneca County Board of Elections officials today to discuss a new location for the election panel, following a significantly higher estimate for planned work. Seneca County Administrator Stacy Wilson said Tuesday morning that elections board ...