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Report: More Ohio children in foster care

Economic and drug problems in Seneca County and Ohio have led to more children in foster care. According to a Public Children Services Association of Ohio report, 1,000 more Ohio children are expected to spend the holidays in foster care compared to figures from 2016. The report states that ...

Two indicted in robbery investigation

Two men were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury Wednesday in connection to a robbery investigation. Nicholas R. Butler, who is known as “Bishop,” 28, of Clinton Township, Michigan, was charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony, court ...

Man indicted after pursuit

A New Riegel man was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury Wednesday in connection to a pursuit with law enforcement officers Dec. 4. Robert L. Norville Jr., 41, was charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; assault, a fourth-degree ...

Electrical issue displaces 4

FOSTORIA — A family has been displaced after an electrical issue in a trailer at Poplar Village Mobile Home Park, 12400 W. Axeline St., Lot 300, Thursday morning. Training Officer Garry Ruble of Bascom Joint Fire District said crews responded to a call of smoke in the residence. Crews ...

Committees provide updates

BLOOMVILLE — Bloomville’s newly formed revenue research committee consisting of Councilman Dave Auble, Councilwoman Carol Adams, street superintendent Rick Dentinger, water and sewer superintendent Darin Brown and Ben Blaser have met and are collecting information for water, sewer and ...

Donations sought for justice center statue

Tiffin Historic Trust and Seneca County residents have teamed up to raise $30,000 for a statue that is to be placed atop Seneca County Justice Center. To raise money, Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff said a GoFundMe page has been started for the Lady Justice statue. The ...

Man sentenced to 24 months in prison

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced a Fostoria man to 24 months in prison during a hearing Thursday morning. In September, a jury found Rodney D. Hampton, 48, guilty of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and not guilty of obstructing ...

HPLM closed Christmas holiday

FREMONT — All facilities at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums are to be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular hours are to resume Tuesday. For more information, call (419) 332-2081, visit rbhayes.org or follow HPLM on Facebook ...

Council OKs $12.5M budget

Tiffin City Council approved a $12.5 million General Fund budget for 2018 Wednesday night. Under the plan, General Fund expenditures would be about $12,516,351 with revenues at about $11,639,759, leaving a General Fund deficit of about $876,500 or 7.5 percent. Projected carryover from 2017 ...

Tiffin council approves tax funding plan for development

Tiffin City Council suspended the three-reading rule and approved an ordinance Wednesday night, allowing Tax Increment Financing to fund about $4 million in infrastructure improvements. For the 60-acre site across from Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital to be viable for development, ...

Panel members conclude terms

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Village Council met Tuesday evening and bid farewell to members Lenny Theis and Rick Kessler and thanked them for their service to the village. Theis has been on the council for 12 years and Kessler for eight years. The village is seeking two volunteers to fill ...

Republic to cover power fees

REPUBLIC — Republic Mayor Jeff Larick offered residents an early Christmas gift during the council meeting Monday night. He proposed the village offer households a one-month forgiveness of electric fees for December. Larick plans to donate his billing amount to Republic’s EMS toy drive and ...

Commissioners to gather today

Seneca County commissioners are to meet at 1 p.m. today at the commissioners’ office, 111 Madison St. During the meeting, the board is to discuss the General Fund budget and the non-General Fund budget for 2018. In new business, commissioners are to consider: • A $3,872.09 ...

Passing it on

Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate Logan Frank takes time Tuesday morning with fourth- and fifth-grade classes to teach them about chemical reactions during a STEM program. She is a senior at Ohio University studying chemical engineering.

County backs transportation survey

Seneca County commissioners agreed Tuesday morning to contribute funding for a study to create a public transportation plan for the city of Tiffin and surrounding areas. Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlene Watkins, who is spearheading the effort, said the plan will ...

Spec building planned

Plans for a new speculative building, which could bring more industrial business to Tiffin, were announced Tuesday. According to a release from Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., a speculative industrial building — a structure built to provide an empty facility ready to move ...

TCS approves renewal levy for May ballot

Tiffin City Board of Education members moved to place a renewal tax levy on the May ballot during their regular meeting Tuesday. The levy would generate $1.6 million a year for five years. In addition, the board approved a compensation agreement with the city of Tiffin for public ...

Fostoria OKs temporary budget

FOSTORIA — City Council approved temporary budget appropriations Tuesday for the beginning of 2018. Belinda Miller, a representative from Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Office who is helping Fostoria work through its fiscal crisis, said the budget’s temporary status is to give city and ...

Pet lover uses her birthday to help Humane Society

A young pet lover decided to use her birthday as a way to give back to the local Humane Society. Fern Garrabrant, 9, of Tiffin, had a birthday in October and instead of asking for birthday presents, she asked for donations that could be made to the Humane Society of Seneca County. Her friends ...

Stocking up

PHOTO SUBMITTED Jen, Eric, Troy and Camryn Shook pose with the more than 1,100 Christmas stockings — some handmade by women at Kiwanis Manner — which then were placed in boxes donated by Seneca Medica. This year, the Shooks received donations to help pay for shipping them to troops ...