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...

Superintendent discusses state assessment test

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER FOSTORIA — Fostoria Schools Superintendent Andrew Sprang focused on the switch to a new state assessment test during his “state of the schools” address Tuesday during the school board’s regular meeting. The Partnership for...

New Riegel sewer bills to increase

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Property owners in the New Riegel Sewer District will see about a 30 percent increase in quarterly bills, beginning next month, as increased expenses and lower revenues have forced Seneca County to raise rates. The Seneca County commissioners will...