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Correspondents needed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:57 AM

Do you like meeting new people and sharing new experiences? Do you enjoy a challenging, thought-provoking pastime? Do your written communications skills need polishing? Could you use some extra cash?

The PAULDING PROGRESS is seeking some motivated, enthusiastic, dependable individuals who enjoy writing to cover the following meetings:

•    Oakwood Village Council (second Mondays of each month)

•    Wayne Trace school board (second Mondays of each month)

•    Paulding school board (third Tuesdays of each month)

•    Paulding County Hospital board (first Thursdays of each month)

If you are interested in joining our award-winning team, send a copy of your resume or qualifications and a writing sample by email to or by mail to Paulding County Progress, PO Box 180E, Paulding OH 45879. No phone calls, please.



Payne addresses fireman suspension, EMS pager problems PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:05 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAYNE – At the Payne Village Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, a proactive way of collecting outstanding EMS debt was discussed, a fireman was suspended and pager problems in the EMS department continue to be an issue.

Mercy Defiance Clinic warns of fraudulent phone calls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 25, 2014 7:48 PM

DEFIANCE – Mercy Defiance Clinic is warning patients and community members of fraudulent phone calls being made by scammers claiming to represent the clinic.

“We want to emphasize that our patient records are secure—there has been no breach. These scammers are making random calls in the community claiming to be a collection agency working for Mercy Defiance Clinic,” explained Chad L. Peter, Mercy Defiance president and CEO.

“They insist that the call recipient has an overdue account balance and claim they need the call recipient’s Social Security number to resolve the issue. Do NOT give your Social Security number or any other personal information to these callers; no one calling from Mercy about an account balance would ever ask you for your Social Security number,” Mr. Peter continued.

If patients should receive such a call and want to be sure that they do not have an overdue balance, they should call Mercy Defiance Clinic at 419-784-1414 or 800-925-4642 and ask for Patient Services.


Grand jury indicts 26 in August PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 25, 2014 7:15 PM

PAULDING – A Paulding County grand jury returned indictments against 26 persons on Thursday, Aug. 21.

The individuals will be arraigned in Paulding County Common Pleas Court. Those indicted were:

United Way 2015 goal set at $75,000 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 25, 2014 7:13 PM


By JIM LANGHAM • Feature Writer

PAULDING – After successfully topping off the 2014 campaign goal by $8,000, local United Way director Sonya Herber announced at the kickoff breakfast this past week that the campaign goal for this coming year is $75,000.

Herber said that as of June 30 of this year, the 2014 giving had reached $68,000, $8,000 above the original goal of $60,000. With that kind of vision coming from Paulding County residents to support the local agency, Herber said that local officials decided to raise their sites to a new challenge by the $15,000 increase in goal over the last campaign.

“With that kind of funding to work with, the Citizens Review Committee was able to grant $40,000 to agencies in the brochure,” said Herber.

“It’s not easy sorting through the requests,” said Herber. “We can’t grant you everything. Some requests have much greater needs than others.”

United Way of Paulding County current partners include American Red Cross of Paulding County, Paulding County Senior Center, West Ohio Food Bank, Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission, Community Health Professionals, 4-H County/OSU Extension, CPC Women’s Health Resource, The WELL Garden, Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission and Lily Creek Farms, Serving Paulding County.

This year’s campaign co-chairs are Tony and Kay Langham. The theme, “Move Forward Together,” is based on the action of making an impact in Paulding County.

“We are so thankful for the people of Paulding County and how they rise to the challenge,” commented Kay Langham in opening remarks. “Thank you for all you do.”

Tony Langham explained that the national committee continues to emphasize the need to become “proactive” in addition to “reactive” to the needs of the people.

“Becoming proactive,” said Langham, “involves educating and preparing people for disaster in the event of its arrival rather than just reacting to the consequences.”

“United Way is unique. No other organization does what United Way does,” said Langham. “United Way coordinates and supports the most powerful organizations in Paulding County.

“The organizations they support bring millions of dollars in grants and assets to the citizens of the county,” continued Langham. “It’s one of the best kept secrets in the county and it shouldn’t be that way. A lot of us think that things are good and going smooth, but that can change in a hurry through a sudden illness, death in the family, fire, or other sudden acts of devastation.”

Langham asked those present at the breakfast held at the senior center to think of those people that mean the most to them, family, friends and other community members and realize that it is United Way that will be there for them in their time of need.

Several representatives from local agencies gave meaningful examples of how they have personally witnessed the work of United Way in times of need in people around them.

“To see family become close in times of need is priceless,” described Melissa Hale, supervising nurse with Visiting Nurses. “To see how close they become is so moving, even where there might have been estrangement before an illness or crisis.”

Campers of 4-H Camp, Megan Reineck, Tori Bradford and Sydney Reineck described how funds from United Way made it possible for them to attend camp through 4-H.

A total of 62 camp scholarships are made possible through the work of United Way.

Local board members include George Carter, Pam Miller, Bill Shugars, Erika Willitzer, Megan Clark, Harvey Hyman, Megan Meeks, Cheryl Eddy and Jill Cook.



3 sustain injuries in crash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 25, 2014 7:00 PM


JUNCTION – Three county residents were transported to area hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Sunday at the intersection of two county roads in Emerald Township. Two of the victims were later transferred to Fort Wayne via Lifeflight.

The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which occurred at 9:10 a.m. Aug. 24 on County Road 143 at County Road 232 in northeast Paulding County.

A 1998 Ford Windstar minivan driven by Lewis Belcher, age 72, of Paulding, was westbound on Road 232. According to troopers, Belcher failed to yield and collided with a 2002 Chrysler minivan driven by Shirley Hunsaker, age 72, of Grover Hill.

The Chrysler spun off the west side of the roadway, overturning into a cornfield before coming to rest on its side in the ditch. Belcher’s vehicle slid off the northwest side of the intersection coming to rest in the cornfield.

Hunsaker was transported to the Defiance Regional Medical Center prior to being transported to a Fort Wayne area hospital for treatment of her life-threatening injuries. A front seat passenger, Dewayne Hunsaker, also was transported to Defiance Regional Medical Center and on to Fort Wayne for treatment.

Belcher was transported to Paulding County Hospital, where he was treated and then released.

Seatbelts were in use by all individuals involved in the crash and airbags were deployed in both vehicles.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding EMS and Fire Department, Gideon’s Towing, and J&R towing.

Note: The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges all drivers to use caution at intersections. Stop at all pavement markings indicating the location of the stop point. If there are no pavement markings, be sure to stop prior to the sidewalk or crosswalk. In the absence of pavement markings, sidewalks or crosswalks please stop prior to entering the intersection where oncoming traffic can be seen clearly. Drivers approaching intersections should always drive defensively and be prepared to take evasive action.




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