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...

Progress: Park district to encourage boating on river

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER The Hancock Park District is floating a plan to encourage more boating on the Blanchard River. This month, the park board approved a resolution to seek a grant for construction of two concrete canoe and kayak launch/landing areas at Liberty Landing and...

Progress: Design work underway on new Carey school

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — Design of a pre-kindergarten through senior high school building in Carey is continuing by personnel from Fanning/Howey Associates, a Celina architecture company. The structure is expected to be finished by fall 2016. Architect Doug Rich...

Progress: Seneca officials considering justice center

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — The Seneca County commissioners have made no decision about constructing a building to replace the former county courthouse, but additional funds have been set aside for a potential project. In October, the commissioners agreed to put...

Rising sewer rates concern officials

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER NEW RIEGEL — A nearly 30 percent sewer rate increase for New Riegel got the attention of about 25 village, county, state and federal officials Wednesday who held an hour-long meeting and conference call to discuss possible solutions. Quarterly...