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Payne Chamber involved in numerous projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:08 PM


PAYNE – Following the election of new officers in January, and the anticipation of having another great year, most everyone’s attention was diverted to dealing with the harsh winter weather. However, with spring’s arrival last week, we’re not only anticipating an increase in temperatures, but an increase in activity within the Payne Chamber of Commerce and the community.

The new Antwerp Exchange Bank’s Payne Banking Center construction is in full force – vault is in, walls are up, roof is on.

Denning’s Drive-In has opened; Meno’s House of Pancakes has reopened with a brand new menu under the new name of Sam’s Café; and the Puckerbrush Pizzeria and Good Times Saloon continue to provide daily lunch and dinner specials.

Easter and the Charity Basketball Marathon are just a few weeks away and the opening ceremonies for this 36th annual event will begin on Good Friday, April 18. In addition, events planned by the chamber for the year include the Payne Relief 5-K on July 26 and something new – an independent consultant open house. Stay up to date on plans for these events by following the chamber’s Facebook page.

Construction is quickly progressing on Antwerp Exchange Bank's new Payne Banking Center. Staff Photo/Paulding County Progress

To date, the Payne Chamber has 110 members and appreciate each and everyone of those members for their continued support. Most of these members have had a direct impact on the transformation of the downtown during the past few years.

When the construction of AEB’s Payne Banking Center is complete, the Village of Payne’s administrative offices and police department will move to the building currently occupied by the bank leaving, their former building vacant and available for purchase.

Anyone interested in this building is encouraged to contact chamber president Chad Benschneider for more information and/or a tour. He may be reached at 419-263-2277 or 419-769-4708.

In similar news, residents may recall that the chamber purchased and then demolished the former Billy-Jo’s (green awning) building early last summer. Until such time as this vacant lot is utilized for further economic development purposes, the chamber has considered several ideas on how the lot can be used . The most interesting idea that they are pursuing right now is that of allowing the lot to be used as a community garden – one that could be used for or by community members, or for 4-H projects, or for FFA projects, or for the enjoyment of, or by a garden club.

Items grown could possibly be used as local restaurant fare, or food for the local food pantries. While the lot is not huge, chamber leaders feel that a garden could be a very valuable asset to the look and feel of the downtown landscape.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the chamber for guidance and expertise in making this happen in our community.

For up-to-date information on the upcoming Payne Relief 5-K, independent consultant open house, available commercial space and the potential community garden, message them through Facebook, email at paynechamber@gmail.com, or phone Benschneider at 419-769-4708 or 419-263-2277 or chamber secretary Ashley Doctor at 419-406-0911.


Brigner watches governor sign bill into law PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:33 PM


Wayne Trace eighth grader Owen Brigner was invited by State Rep. Tony Burkley to witness Governor Kasich signing Rep. Burkley's House Bill concerning school calamity days on Wednesday, March 26.

This is a dream come true for Owen, as he loves politics, and wants to someday become governor of The State of Ohio.

Pictured below are Ohio Governor John Kasich, Owen Brigner, and Rep. Tony Burkley.



‘Point In Time’ survey: Area homeless numbers on the rise PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:28 AM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

Every winter, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) picks a night in January for a survey of the nation’s homeless. On Jan. 28, NOCAC and the Northwest Ohio Housing Coalition conducted the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

Paulding County had a total of nine people considered homeless.

They included: one adult male, one adult youth male, and a family consisting of a man, woman and a youth. Also homeless in the county on that PIT were three Paulding County veterans.

Those falling in the “at risk” category in Paulding County included: 13 adult men, 22 adult women, 18 male youth, 16 female youth and 40 families consisting of 29 men, 40 women and 49 youth.

On that day alone, there were 144 homeless persons seeking assistance and another 602 persons identified to be at risk of losing their housing within the next 4-6 weeks.

The number of veterans in the six county regions currently at risk of homelessness totaled 18, with Paulding County having three.

Families at risk increased significantly from 2012 and 2013, going from approximately 93 families to 181 families.

Also included were the total number of families and individuals who were being assisted for one night only (in hotels or motels) due to the weather which totaled 26.

As frigid winter weather descended on much of the region in January, there were serious concerns for the many people at risk of physical harm from the “polar vortex” cold.

In northwest Ohio homeless shelters were operating at capacity according to reports. This forced those who couldn’t get in to try to find alternate shelter or to seek shelter all night in a 24-hour truck stop to stay warm.

The PIT purpose is to take a statistical sample of what housing and homelessness looks like on a single day in communities throughout the United States.

This year’s PIT count day was the coldest on record for the region. The unexpected and unprecedented adverse conditions appeared to not only increase the awareness of the homeless in the region, but also served as a catalyst for communities to seek out the most vulnerable of those.

In addition, some agencies that have usually participated in the count could not this day due to counties issuing snow emergency level 2.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, there are 3.5 million homeless Americans, and on any given night, over 700,000 people are without a home.

Approximately 700 of these homeless people will die from hypothermia every year. Those deaths tend to occur in the East Coast and in the Midwest. Temperatures in the region have repeatedly stayed below freezing this winter leaving thousands of homeless people in danger.

Although homeless people living in rural areas tend to be less visible than those sleeping on city streets, curling up in doorways or under bridges, they are not invisible. They are sleeping in storage units, stores, unlocked vehicles, in tents, or their cars. Shelters are often harder to access, and too far away to walk.

As it has been in years past, the 2014 homelessness count is an effort to shine a stark light onto what, on any given day, is the reality of the “invisible” and very present problem of the homeless population of northwestern Ohio.


Number of Homeless:

County            Totals

Defiance            92

Fulton            26

Henry            77

Paulding            9

Williams            72

Van Wert            24

Overall            302

Number at Risk:

County            Totals

Defiance            258

Fulton            178

Henry            256

Paulding            187

Williams            260

Van Wert            168

Overall            1,307


Van Wert County Foundation scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 31, 2014 6:03 PM

VAN WERT – The Van Wert County Foundation is proud to announce that scholarship applications for the 2014-15 school year will be available beginning April 1.

Students currently on a scholarship and students who applied as high school seniors in the spring of 2013 will automatically be sent the necessary application form. Other students who are finishing their freshman, sophomore or junior in college in the spring of 2014 may contact The Van Wert County Foundation at 138 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891, call 419-238-1743, or email info@vanwertcountyfoundation.org for an application.

For a student to be eligible for a scholarship grant, they must be a graduate of one of the high schools serving Van Wert County residents including: Spencerville and Parkway, a graduate of Delphos Jefferson or Delphos St. John’s, or a graduate of Antwerp, Paulding, or Wayne Trace High School serving Paulding County residents.

The student must have completed their freshman year in college with at least a 2.75 grade accume. At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter the student must have a 3.0 grade accume. Grants are made for no more than three years.

The exception are those courses of study requiring five years to earn a baccalaureate degree a fourth grant may be made. No grants are made beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Scholarships are based on residency, college grade point average and financial need and are available for any recognized field of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.



Eight area contestants vie in Peony Pageant on Friday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 31, 2014 5:59 PM

VAN WERT – Eight young ladies will be competing for the title of Queen Jubilee XXXIX Friday night, April 4. The Peony Pageant will be held once again at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Queen Jubilee candidates are senior girls from Van Wert County and immediate surrounding high schools. Queen Jubilee has reigned at every Peony Festival starting with the very first festival in 1932.

Tickets for reserve seats are on sale at Once I Was, located at 121 S. Washington St., Van Wert, for $8.

Chelsea Hancock is representing Crestview High School. The daughter of Eric and Danielle Hancock, Chelsea is involved in several different extracurricular activities including Pleasant View Youth Group, 4-H Ohio Challengers, Grand Lake Orchestra where she plays violin, cross country, Knight Vision, National Honor Society and band. In her spare time she enjoys painting, cooking and watching movies. After high school she plans to attend the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacy.

Mackenzie Haney, the daughter of Jeff Haney, is representing Wayne Trace High School. Mackenzie enjoys jazz dance at Kim Homan Dance Works, cheer, National Honor Society and isinvolved in 4-H. In her spare time she enjoys reading and going to the movies with her friends. After high school she plans to attend Miami University for pre-med.

Tori Suever, daughter of Matt and Terri Suever, is representing Delphos Jefferson High School. Tori enjoys jazz dance at Dancer by Gina and is involved in Delphos United Methodist Youth Group, cheerleading, and Junior Optimist Club. In her spare time she likes to go to the movies with her friends. After high school she will attend Otterbein for early childhood education.

Rachel Nicelley, daughter of Roger and Jenifer Nicelley, is representing Paulding High School. Rachel is a 4-Her, Science Olympiad competitor, varsity golfer, scholar athlete and is in the drama department. She likes to watch movies, sew, and bowling. After graduation, she will attend Ohio State University in pre-med.

Cheyenne Stant is the daughter of Shad and Dawn Stant and is representing Parkway High School. Cheyenne dances at Kim Homan Dance Works, her favorite is clogging. She is a National Honor Society reporter, works at Kroger, and enjoys shopping with her friends. After high school she plans attending Ball State University majoring in special education.

Amberlyn Miller, daughter of Amos Miller and Verna Landwehr, is representing Lincolnview High School. Amberlyn is involved in Firehouse youth group, cheerleading, select choir, Beta Club, and French Club. She loves to read, sing, and work at Subway. After high school she plans on majoring in early childhood education.

Elizabeth Griffin, the daughter of Robert and Janis Griffin, is representing Spencerville High School. Elizabeth is involved in her youth group and praise band at Spencerville Nazarene Church. She also is in the pep band, track, SADD, student council, and choir. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, and crochet. After high school she plans on attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University majoring in early childhood development with a minor in voice.

Claire Gamble, daughter of Jay Gamble and Tibia Gamble, is representing Van Wert High School. Claire is the president of her 4-H Club the Clever Clovers. She also plays volleyball and piano, she likes to read and hang out with her friends. After high school she plans on majoring in finance.

Paulding Council hears AEP’s tree trimming plans PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 31, 2014 10:20 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on March 17 and heard a presentation by Richard Bosse and Keith Chapman from American Electric Power (AEP) regarding the trimming of trees in the village.

Bosse noted that the tree trimming/cutting process will not be as extreme as it was in 2010, and expects his crews to be in and out of the village with trimming completed in four days.

He said approximately 300 trees will be addressed (down from the 1,100 that were cut down and 650 trimmed in 2010). He did note two potential areas of concern at 303 E. Caroline St. and at 114 W. Caroline St.

Bosse also noted the ash trees in Live Oak Cemetery will not be addressed by AEP. They will be the responsibility of the village.

AEP intends to perform the tree trimming in May or early June and the trimming will need to be completed about every four years depending on the type of trees.

Village officials said Liberty Power had the lowest bid for the village electrical power. Continued discussions and approval are pending.

Village administrator Harry Wiebe reported that the village has incurred approximately $21,000 in expense for snow removal this winter – roughly $10,000 in salt and $11,000 in snow removal assistance – along with approximately 380 hours of overtime removing snow and ice from the roadways.

Expenditures and overtime hours are up approximately $15,000 and 290 hours from last winter.

Wiebe had met with representatives of Jones & Henry Engineers regarding moving forward with Phase 2 of the sewer separation project as ODOT has moved up its repaving project. Wiebe noted he would rather the sewer separation project precede the resurfacing project to avoid damaging the roadway within a year. He also noted that he would like to see the Williams Street waterline be replaced prior to the resurfacing project to avoid a similar situation.

Solicitor Mike Jones recommended scheduling a committee of the whole meeting in the near future.

He also noted the village opened solid waste bids on March 5 with Werlor Waste Control being the lowest bidder at $9.59 per month. Council voted unanimously to extend the village solid waste contract to Werlor. Casey Wertz of Werlor was present to thank the village for its past years of using Werlor Waste Control for the village.

Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 1288-14 amending the holidays section of the village personnel policy and procedures manual.

Mark Holtsberry was present, seeking support at the May 6 primary as he runs for Paulding County commissioner.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.


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