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Summer lunch menu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:51 PM

NOCAC Summer Food Service Program for children served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at LaFountain Park in Paulding:

Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25

MONDAY – Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots and celery, banana, milk.

TUESDAY – Ham, red skin potatoes, applesauce, cornbread, milk.

WEDNESDAY – Baked potato with beef and cheese, cinnamon peaches, muffin, milk.

THURSDAY – Chicken and rice soup with vegetables, melon, crackers, cookie, milk.

FRIDAY – Beef Manhattan, mashed potatoes, fruit cup, slice of bread, milk.


Sheriff to host public meetings to gather input on reopening jail PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:12 AM


First meetings set for July 17

PAULDING – Over the next couple of weeks, Paulding County Sheriff Jason K. Landers will be conducting town hall meetings throughout the county to seek the public’s input in regards to placing a jail operating tax levy on the November 2014 ballot.


Fifth year for ALS Miles for Mills PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:22 PM


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PAYNE – For the past five years, members of the Mills family in the Payne area have spearheaded fundraisers to assist in research for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Several members of the family have died from the incurable disease over the years.

Edie Mills, who helps distribute the donations, said that the fundraisers have averaged $5,000 a year and has collected over $25,000 in a five-year period. Of that amount, $12,000 has gone directly to research and the rest has gone to purchase supplies and assist with needs of those who are currently sick with the disease.

American Red Cross honors volunteers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:21 PM

VAN WERT – The American Red Cross in Paulding and Van Wert counties recognized volunteers for their wonderful support of the Red Cross mission at the 2014 Volunteer recognition banquet on Thursday, June 26.

Those recognized include volunteers who help with blood drives and blood transport, assist at fundraising events, volunteer at the hospital, help in the office, and are on the scene assisting disaster victims, locally and nationally. In total, Van Wert volunteers gave nearly 10,000 hours in volunteer service to the American Red Cross in 2013.

Hands of Hope 5K set for July 19 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 12:58 PM

PAULDING – Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services will hold its second annual 5K and family fun walk on Saturday, July 19.

The 5K will begin and end at the Paulding County Fairgrounds. Sign-in begins at 7:45 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be trophies for the top male and female finisher and medals for each age group.

The family fun walk registration will be at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. and taking place inside the fairgrounds. Registration is going on now.

The fun walk will include snacks, balloons, and face painting for the kids. This fun event benefits Hands of Hope, which provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, prenatal classes and parenting classes. Hands of Hope is located at 1030 W. Wayne Street, Suite A, Paulding. Call 419-399-2447 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Look for them on Facebook or visit www.handsofhopepaulding.org for more information.


Postal system financial woes will impact local post offices PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:45 AM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Correspondent

The United States Postal System has been struggling with financial woes for quite some time. According to a notice sent to the Scott and Latty Post Offices, meetings are scheduled to access their situations and possible solutions. Can these long time post offices survive with shorter hours or should there be a discontinuance study done?

Postal customers received surveys with questions on them about the current situation and the options available. If any resident did not get one, they are still available at the post offices.

The Latty and Scott Post Office meetings are on July 15. Latty’s meeting is scheduled for noon and Scott’s for 2 p.m.

If residents want to be heard, please attend these meetings and help decide the best solution.

Local management officials will be there to explain the survey results and said, “We will not make a final decision until after the public meeting.”

According to the notices, which are posted at the post office, there are four options available.

Option 1: Keep the post offices open based on the actual office workload. The hours for Scott would be cut from 7.5 hours per day to four hours. The current Saturday hours would be the same and the access to the local receptacle would not be impacted. In Latty, the hours would be reduced from 7.75 hours down to two hours.

Option 2: Do a discontinuance study and offer roadside mailbox delivery and a rural carrier will handle the retail and delivery.

Option 3: Have a discontinuance study and see if a local business would meet the criteria. These local establishments would be contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and would offer stamps and mail supplies.

Option 4: Do a study on discontinuance and relocate the P.O. Box services to another nearby location.

In May 2012, plans were announced that would hopefully achieve significant cost savings to get the organization back to financial stability. At that time, following meetings and research, it was disclosed that offices in Paulding County would be affected by the cost savings. Receiving cuts were Grover Hill, Haviland, Melrose and Cecil. They had modified retail hours to match customer use.

At the same time, the U.S. Postal Service announced it would be modifying retail window hours in some locations. At that time, Latty and Scott were listed as under consideration for reducing daily window hours – Latty from eight hours to two, and Scott from eight hours to four; however, they kept the same hours.

The postal system has been suffering from financial difficulties for a number of years. With online bill pay, online banking, email, online shopping, greeting cards and much more, customers do not use the postal service as often as they once did.

The U.S. Postal Service maintains a retail network of more than 31,000 post offices and is the only delivery system that reaches every address in the nation which is 151 million residences, businesses and post office boxes.

The Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe said, “The job of postmaster general was once one of the country’s most politically powerful. It is also one of the oldest; a version of the position existed before the Declaration of Independence.”

But today, Donahoe finds himself continually caught in the political crossfire. Donahoe is wrestling with how to manage the Postal Service’s future as it faces huge losses, dwindling mail volume and ballooning costs. It may seem strange now, but Donahoe was originally drawn to postal work by the money. He saw his salary rise from $4.76 per hour as a postal clerk 37 years ago to $245,000 annually in his current office.




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