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AEP Ohio warns customers about disconnect fraud
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:49 PM

Customers encouraged to call AEP Ohio for verification

GAHANNA – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, wants to warn customers about recent reports of potential phone utility fraud.

There are reports about callers claiming to be from the AEP Ohio Disconnect Department. The caller claims that the person or business owes money for past AEP Ohio bills and that service will be disconnected if not paid immediately. AEP Ohio enforces strict policies regarding customer interaction:

AEP Ohio does not call customers to demand immediate payment

AEP Ohio does notify customers with delinquent accounts via customer bills

AEP Ohio will contact non-responders via a recorded message and ask that the party responsible for the electric service call AEP Ohio

“AEP Ohio does not call customers threatening disconnection and demanding immediate payment,” said Terri Flora, director - Corporate Communications. “If customers have doubts about who they are speaking to, they should hang up and call AEP Ohio directly.”

Concerned customers can call AEP Ohio’ Customer Solution Center at 1-800-672-2231.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at

Video: PHS Band on Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:56 PM

Paulding High School Marching Band, under the direction of Don Clark, performs a selection of patriotic music for Memorial Day services at Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, on May 26, 2014. Video by Paulding County Progress.


Kayak/canoe safety training offered
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:50 PM

OAKWOOD - A kayak and canoe safety training program is being sponsored by the Oakwood Arbor #759 of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society as one of their Samaritan activities in the Oakwood community.

It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14 in a private pond located at 7092 Road 205, Oakwood. This is 1.1 miles south of the junction of Ohio 66 and Ohio 613 on the east side of the Auglaize River.

This will be a fine opportunity for paddlers of all ages to learn or brush up on their techniques before the kayak/canoe races on the Auglaize River sponsored by the Oakwood Development Company the following weekend. (See details at

Instructors will be Cory Hartman and Kim Sheets, Ohio DNR watercraft officer specialists.

Cory is out of the Maumee Bay Field Office. He has worked for the Division of Watercraft for 11 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor.

Kim is out of the Wapakoneta office. She has worked for the division for 10 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor.

There will be one instructor per four students for one-hour sessions in the water. Classes will cover basic equipment, safe carrying techniques, launching and landing the boat. Training in basic strokes including forward, reverse, stopping and maneuvering in order to control the boat will also be taught.

Safety components include information on hypothermia, basic clothing and fundamentals of the wet exit.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided by Auglaize Canoe & Kayak free of charge. Participants must wear sturdy shoes. Changing facilities will be available.

For further information about this training program contact Helen Maddock at or 419-594-2797.

To register go to

Klopfenstein wins prestigious state award
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:23 PM


Feature Writer

Wayne Trace senior Matthew Klopfenstein recently learned that he has been awarded the prestigious Engineering and Mechanical Science Award for the State of Ohio. As a result, Klopfenstein, the son of Roy and Deborah Klopfenstein, will be traveling to Atlanta later this year for the National 4-H Congress.

Klopfenstein received the coveted award as a result of the summation of many of his 4-H accomplishments including his success in such areas as state and national competition in welding and small engines and robotics, including county level achievements.

Relay For Life is May 30-31
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:20 PM


? WHAT: American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life annual fundraiser

? WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, May 30 through noon Saturday, May 31

? WHERE: Paulding County Fairgrounds

? WHO: Sponsored by American Cancer Society



Antwerp's Cleveland Street Rib Fest June 7
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:16 PM

ANTWERP – On Saturday, June 7, Antwerp’s Cleveland Street will transform into the rib capital of Paulding County if not the entire tri-state area. The small village, located on State Route 49 just north of the U.S. 24 exit will welcome visitors as they have opportunity to savor ribs of many varieties at the fifth annual Cleveland Street Rib Fest.

To be more exact, the Rib Fest will be held between the VFW and the Fire Hall and will tantalize the fest feasters    from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Joining forces in offering ribs will be Puckerbrush from Payne, Shigs N Pit from Fort Wayne, Archbold’s Stella Blue and from Garrett, Indiana Timmy’s BBQ.