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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
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
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
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.

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.