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The closing of Atlas

Thumbs down to Friday’s announced closure of the Atlas factory in Tiffin, which employed 60 people, and in Fremont, which employed 110 people. Our hearts go out to the workers at the plants and we hope they are able to find work elsewhere soon.

Thumbs up to Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, State Rep. Bill Reineke, Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Director David Zak for making the trek this week to Japan, where they join an Ohio contingent in business meetings. The group will check in with the management of Taiho and American Fine Sinter, which employ a combined 500 people, while also hopefully planting the seeds for new business relationships.

Thumbs up to the local sports scene. It’s one of the biggest weekend’s in Tiffin — The Cross-Country Carnival — which will bring racers to Hedges-Boyer Park from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. This year is special and bittersweet as it’s a chance to remember Norm Grimes, former Columbian cross-country coach and the father of the Carnival, who died in May.

Also, it’s the first football games of the season for Heidelberg University and Tiffin University, and you can read about a full slate of high school football games in today’s paper. Mixed with the accomplishment of local volleyball, golf, tennis and soccer teams, and you’re seeing a busy by enjoyable time for the A-T sports department.

Thumbs up to Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors, who was honored by Seneca County commissioners Thursday for 30 years of emergency management certification. Majors has been a medic for 30 years and a nurse for 20 years. “Taking care of people is what I do,” he said.Thumbs up to Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors, who was honored by Seneca County commissioners Thursday for 30 years of emergency management certification. Majors has been a medic for 30 years and a nurse for 20 years. “Taking care of people is what I do,” he said.

Thumbs down to the closing of the Seneca County driver exam station. Nearby exam stations are in Bucyrus, Findlay, Fremont, Norwalk and Bowling Green and those looking for a commercial, class D, motorcycle or moped license will have to visit stations in Athens, Ironton or Jackson.

Thumbs up to Downtown Tiffin, a place whose accomplishments were celebrated this week at the Main Street Celebration & Summit. Congrats to those receiving awards, including the Laird Arcade Brewery, Tiffin Capital Investments, Burns Electric and Brian Bilger.

Thumbs up to the community police officers in Tiffin, who can be proud that our community was recently ranked the 16th safest in Ohio by backgroundchecks.org. The study utilized violent crime rates and property crime rates, as well as ratio of law enforcement officers per 1,000 people to come up with its ranking.

Thumbs up to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who visited Seneca County this week to meet with officials about the PIVOT court program as well as those entrenched in the mental health and recovery service sector in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. We are happy to see our elected officials visit our area and hope the visit can help positively affect opioid and other drug abuse as well as the need for increased funding and attention on mental health.

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