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Winter weather advisory issued

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory. The advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. today until 4 a.m. Thursday. As of Tuesday evening, National Weather Service was predicting heavy snow for northwest Ohio, with snow accumulation of 3-6 inches. The weather service’s ...

Board hears updates in various areas during meeting

Tiffin City Board of Education was provided with several updates throughout the district Tuesday evening during its regular meeting. James Craycraft, education consultant provided the board with an update on the proposed bond issue campaign. Signs have been placed around Tiffin and Letters ...

Award-winning sports columnist speaks at HYPE presentation

The importance of following your dreams, no matter who tries to tell you otherwise, was the topic of discussion Tuesday morning at the Heidelberg University HYPE Career Ready program. Christine Brennan, award-winning national sports columnist for USA Today, commentor for ABC News, PBS ...

Swan swims

A swan swims in Rock Creek near CR 15 on Tuesday evening.

Thomas visits Seneca East students

Ohio State Representative candidate for the 88th District Shayne Thomas visited Seneca East Local School to talk to Greg Hendrix’s high school history class. Thomas talked about the ins and outs of the Republican Party and his journey to public office. Thomas is a 1986 Seneca East High ...

Fostoria man’s death determined to be a homicide

FOSTORIA — A man’s death has been determined to be a homicide, according to Fostoria Police Department. The man was identified as Larry Cole, 66, who lived at the residence at 707 Circle Drive. About 3 p.m. Friday, a person reported to the police department that a woman who only was ...

Bloomdale woman sentenced to prison

A Bloomdale woman was sentenced to three years in prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom. Leane M. Schock, 41, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. She also ...

Man cited after box truck strikes viaduct

A Columbus man was cited after a box truck struck the North Washington Street viaduct Monday afternoon. According to a Tiffin Police Department report, Jerome Alexander Lyles, 31, was driving a 2020 International box truck south on North Washington Street. Lyles failed to obey the 11-foot ...

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West Independence to host Ash Wednesday service today WEST INDEPENDENCE — West Independence UMC is to host a Holy Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. today, 22876 US 224. There will be a thanksgiving over the ashes for God’s love and work and the opportunity to receive Holy ...

Commissioners to hear from CCAO energy program representative

The Seneca County Board of Commissioners is to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at its office, 111 Madison St. Amy Hoffman, of Palmer Energy, is to address the board at about 10 a.m. Palmer Energy partners with the County Commissioners Association of Ohio to help manage a natural gas and electric ...

New gas pump stickers give fuel tax breakdown

A new sticker is to be affixed to most gas pumps in the county, which inform consumers by itemizing the taxes included in the price of a gallon of fuel, according to Seneca County Auditor Julie A. Adkins. The stickers are required by last year’s state transportation budget, which also ...

State Highway Patrol announces contributing factors to fatal crashes in 2019

FREMONT — The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced five contributing circumstances which accounted for 74% of Ohio accidents in 2019. The major determined factors are as follows: driving off the road, unsafe speed, left of center, failure to yield and following too close, according to a ...

Annual legislative breakfast

Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas speaks Monday morning to attendees at Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative breakfast at The Chandelier Community Event Center. Thomas presented the county’s 2019 year in review report and looked ahead to the rest of 2020. He ...

FedEx driver pleads guilty to physical control charge, sentenced to jail

A FedEx driver who had been arrested when he made a delivery to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and told a deputy he had used cocaine was sentenced to 10 days in jail Monday afternoon. Matthew S. Carmel, 40, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of physical control, a first-degree ...

Shed burns on East SR 162 property Sunday night

Scipio-Republic Fire Department responded to a call about a “fully-engulfed barn fire” at 10769 E. SR 162 at 9:11 p.m. Sunday, a report from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office states. “When we got there, it turned out to be more of a shed, or a chicken coop that was on fire,” Chief ...

Fremont woman accused of theft of lottery tickets

A Fremont woman has been accused of stealing lottery tickets from a Green Springs business. Abigail C. Schratt, 21, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records. The alleged theft involved lottery tickets with a value of ...

Deadlines approach for farm program signup

Farmers who wish to sign up for federal farm programs should schedule an appointment this week with the Farm Service Agency by calling (419) 447-7071. Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program general signup is Friday, and the deadline to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage, or ARC, ...

Kidd to retire from Gillmor Financial, Old Fort Bank

George W. Kidd Jr. is retiring as vice chairman and director of Gillmor Financial Services Inc. and the Old Fort Banking Co. March 20 after more than 30 years as a bank director. He most recently served on the bank’s audit, compliance and technology committees and served as chairman of the ...

Guardianship program receives grant funding

Seneca County Public Guardianship Program has received $55,000 in grant funding from Allen Eiry Fund for 2020. The program provides 24/7 services for people 55 years and older who live in Seneca County, are indigent and have been declared legally incompetent or suffer from a disability, ...

Man identified in Fostoria death investigation

FOSTORIA — Fostoria Police Department identified a man who was pronounced dead at his residence Friday. About 3 p.m. Friday, a person reported to the police department that a woman who only was wearing a pair of pants was throwing items outside at 707 Circle Drive. Officers talked to a ...