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Should the county emergency management agency office duties be a separate office?
Two vacant Paulding Council seats filled
Friday, January 24, 2014 5:48 PM


By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met Tuesday, Jan. 21, with four council members present.

In the general election, no one ran for the seats of Councilmen Mike Trausch and Randy Daeger, whose terms expired Dec. 31. Therefore, the seats were filled by council.

UPDATED: School bus, car collide; one minor injury reported
Friday, January 24, 2014 11:26 AM
Denise Gebers/Paulding County Progress

LATTY – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating an injury crash involving a Wayne Trace Elementary school bus that occurred at 9:40 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 on US 127, north of County Road 60 in Latty Township, Paulding County.

A 2002 Saturn, driven by Jacob Dingus, age 17, of Paulding was southbound on US 127. A 2004 Bluebird School Bus, driven by Vicky Etzler, age 45, of Payne was northbound coming from Wayne Trace High School on US 127.

Troopers said Dingus was distracted in the vehicle and drifted left of center. Etzler took evasive action and drove off the right side of the roadway in an attempt to avoid the Saturn. Dingus struck the school bus in the left side. The school bus became disabled across both lanes of US 127 and Dingus continued off the left side of the roadway coming to rest in a plowed field.

The Saturn sustained severe disabling damage and the school bus sustained moderate damage to the left side.

Dingus was subsequently transported to Van Wert County Hospital by Scott EMS squad and was treated and released. Side impact and front airbags were deployed in his vehicle during the crash.

Etzler and two students on the school bus were treated at the scene by volunteer squad personnel.

The use of seat belts along with the air bag deployment lessened the injuries sustained in this crash. The crash is still under investigation and additional information will be made available at a later date.

US 127 was temporarily closed during the investigation and scene clean up. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Scott Fire Department and EMS, Gideon’s Towing and Recovery, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Tank demolition started
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:22 PM

The last part of Paulding Village’s new water plant project started Tuesday morning, Jan. 21. Peterson Construction began the demolition of the 1964 one-half-million gallon finished water clear well storage tank, located next to the reservoir.

The original hope was to refurbish this tank. It turned out that there was too much age-related damage to the tank and it had to be replaced.

The replacement will match the new quarter-million-gallon tank that was just recently constructed as part of the new plant project. Construction of the newest tank is to be completed by July this year.

Staff Photo/Paulding County Progress

Burkley: Looking forward to a productive 2014 session
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:55 PM

By Rep. Tony Burkley

Last year featured many important policy issues in the state legislature, most notably the passage of the state’s two-year budget. As I enter my second year serving the people of Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties, as well as part of Auglaize County, I would like to inform my constituents of some of what they can expect to see in 2014.

One of the issues that we are currently looking at, addresses financing for infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and water storage facilities. Once the terms of the legislation is agreed to and passed by the legislature, the final say will be given to voters on the upcoming May ballot, where they will have an up or down vote on whether to approve funding the projects.

Another important subject includes a potential reduction or revenue neutral adjustment to the current severance tax, which is a tax on drilling for oil and natural gas. A bill brought before the House (HB 375) would assess a low, competitive severance tax that would fund the oil and gas regulatory program in the state, plug idle and orphaned wells and reduce personal income taxes for Ohioans.

Additionally, the issue of prescription drug abuse has become a serious problem throughout the state. Fortunately, as more people become aware of the problem, more ideas are being brought to the table to hopefully help reverse its effects and scope. The House study committees that were held last summer have resulted in a lot of great collaboration, and I look forward to continue working with this topic in the months ahead.

Finally, Governor Kasich will once again be introducing what is called the “mid-biennial review,” which gives legislators an opportunity to take another look at the budget bill that was passed last year and see where improvements can be made. To my knowledge, Governor Kasich came up with this idea during the last two-year cycle. While I was not a member of the General Assembly at that time, I support the concept and think it is a great way to find places where we can perhaps save taxpayer dollars.

This is obviously just a small sample of what might be ahead for legislators in Columbus. As always, I value your input on any or all of these matters, and I will do my best to keep you informed on the issues that are most important to Northwest Ohio.

Rep. Burkley may be reached by calling (614) 644-5091, e-mailing Rep82@ohiohouse.gov or writing to State Representative Tony Burkley, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Jr. fair board members attend state conference
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:52 PM
Four members from the Paulding County Junior Fair Board participated in the Step Beyond session with other junior fair board members from around the state. They are, seated from left – Kandee Manson, Olivia Cramer; back – Alec Kuhn, Justin Carnahan.

COLUMBUS – The Paulding County Junior Fair Board recently attended the Ohio Fair Managers Conference in Columbus during the Junior Fair Day.

The 14 members who attended began their day with the general session, which was an inspirational speaker and the crowning of the 2014 Ohio Fairs Queen.

After the general session, youths took part in a variety of different sessions. These sessions included learning about setting goals for themselves as well as the junior fair board, how to deal with challenging people, how to make a difference at your county fair as well as other topics.

The Paulding County Junior Fair Board had four senior members take part in an all-day session called A Step Beyond – Experienced JFB Members Explore the World of Entertainment Contracts. This session provided youths the opportunity to work with other junior fair board members from around the state to provide entertainment for their mock fair.

Youths were split up into groups where they got a specific budget and had to plan their entertainment for their fair. Youths got to work with trade show vendors, OFMA board members and OSU Extension professionals to explore the many aspects of the fair.

The purpose of this junior fair day was to allow junior fair board members to explore and generate ideas that they can bring back to the Paulding County Fair.

All the junior fair board members had a great time meeting new people from around the state as well as attending sessions to help better the Paulding County Fair.

Staci Hiler is 4-H program assistant and Tony Miller is junior fair board advisor.

WT hires tech coordinator
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:44 AM


DHI Correspondent

HAVILAND – Wayne Trace Local School Board of Education met for its annual organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 13. Lisa McClure was named board president, and regularly monthly meetings were set for the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m.