Fewer ambulance districts in Seneca County proposed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Ken Majors, director of Seneca County Emergency Medical Service, recommended Tuesday the county reduce the number of ambulance districts but increase the manpower to provide for better coverage. In a presentation to the Seneca County...

Sewer rate increase for New Riegel OK’d

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — New Riegel Sewer District customers will see a $20-per-month increase per dwelling unit on their next bill. The Seneca County commissioners approved the increase Thursday. The cost will be $264 per quarter, up from $204 now, but less than...

Joint justice center plan discussed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Seneca County Commissioner Jeff Wagner supports the idea of a joint city/county justice center, but he wants to wait longer before construction begins. But Commissioner Fred Zoeller said Tuesday he wants to move ahead to avoid higher...

Ohio helping build a better bean

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Northwestern Ohio is leading the way in development of a new variety of “high oleic” soybean, one with an oil quality that can be used in motor oils and other lubricants. William “Bill” Bateson, a member of the...

Carey considers security cameras

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Closed circuit television cameras at village entrances are being considered by Carey Council after a bank robbery earlier this year in the village. Councilman Chad Kin made the suggestion during council’s meeting this week. He said...

Teacher to spend year in China

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER FOSTORIA — Tara Slagley, a teacher at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, received a one-year unpaid leave of absence from the Fostoria school board Monday so that she can teach in China. Slagley, a math, science and technology teacher, and her...

Four join Hancock Agriculture Hall of Fame

 By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Rex Cunningham and Fred Mengert, both vocational agriculture teachers and farmers, were inducted into the Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame during ceremonies Thursday at Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Burnette “Buzz”...

$8.5 million proposal would move courts into one building

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — A “one-stop shop” would be created for Seneca County Common Pleas Court and Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court if a proposed $8.5 million combined court building is constructed where the former county courthouse was located in...

Carey can spread out payment for high electric bill

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — American Municipal Power will allow the village of Carey to spread its February billing over six months after a 35 percent increase caused by cold temperatures, high electric use and congestion on the American Electric Power grid, village...

Progress: Merger of farmers’ cooperatives looms

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The merger of two farmers’ cooperatives, and approval by Congress of a federal farm bill are among the top developments for regional farmers this year. The merger of Blanchard Valley Farmers Cooperative and Deshler Farmers Elevator Co. was...