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$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...

Donations to help pay for Ohio 53 study

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller said donations have been secured for a portion of the county’s share of an Ohio 53 safety study, which is being conducted by the state Department of Transportation and DLZ, a Toledo...

School’s drainage system detailed

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER CAREY — A detention pond will slow the release of stormwater from property where the new Carey school will be located, architects and engineers told about 35 Carey residents who attended an informational meeting about the plans Monday. The school...

Housing demolition funds sought

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — The Seneca County commissioners have approved seeking a $280,000 grant to demolish dilapidated housing in Fostoria. Jill Griffin, executive director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission, will apply for the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant...