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Paulding prohibits discharging grass clippings onto streets
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:18 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on Monday, June 2.

At the last council meeting, village administrator Harry Wiebe noted that Liz Keel of the Maumee Valley Planning Organization recently relayed the third round of mailings for the income survey. Keel has only received about half of the responses needed. On Monday, Wiebe advised council that it may have to consider another survey.

Relay For Life total exceeds $91,000
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 7:56 AM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

As of Monday morning, $91,199.82 had come in to the Paulding County Relay For Life as a result of teamwork and the annual Relay overnight at the Paulding County Fairgrounds May 30-31.

That amount is still waiting for additional funding to come from at least two major events that had to be rescheduled because of bad weather, plus pending gifts still coming to the fund.

Library supporters to meet June 4 regarding levy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 7:31 AM

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library Levy Committee – PAC will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the main library in Paulding and invites any supporters of the library to join.

The sole purpose of the levy committee is to advocate a “yes” vote for the library levy. With the recent levy not passing, we need to educate the community about the importance of our phenomenal countywide library system and re-strategize ways to best energize our fellow community members. There are many rules and guidelines that must be followed and we have that information to share with you. Activities may include fundraising events, yard sign distribution, newspaper ads, special events, letter to the editor, and door-to-door campaigns.

The board of trustees of the Paulding County Carnegie Library is responsible for establishing secure funding for Paulding County’s library system. With state funding shrinking, the library levy provides about half of all revenue for the library system. Because of the recent levy not passing, the board has listened to the community and reduced the millage requested. It is a five-year renewal with a decrease of an existing levy to provide stable funding for future generations. The library system includes the main historic Carnegie library in Paulding, branches in the villages of Antwerp, Oakwood and Payne, and a Bookmobile.

Changes with Payne EMS as Garmyn keeps job
Friday, May 30, 2014 1:52 PM


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAYNE – Payne’s EMS coordinator, Joe Garmyn, answered to the Payne Village Council in executive session on Tuesday night, May 26 after Mayor Terry Smith recommended he be released from his leadership position and demoted to that of an EMT.

1 killed in Paulding County crash on US 24 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 30, 2014 7:53 AM

UPDATE: Janice Lipp succumbed to her injuries on Friday, July 11, 2014.


CECIL – A Paulding man was killed and two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 on Thursday afternoon.

Dead is Karl Werling, 95.

According to the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at approximately 2:12 p.m. May 29 on U.S. 24 at the intersection of County Road 143 in Emerald Township.

A 2013 Dodge Ram 3500, driven by Harvey Bok, age 66, Defiance, was traveling southbound on County Road 143. A 2010 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Gary Lipp, age 66, Paulding, was eastbound on 24.

Troopers said Bok failed to yield the right of way while crossing 24 and pulled into the path of Lipp’s vehicle, at which time Bok’s pickup was struck on the right side.

Both vehicles continued to the south side of U.S. 24 before coming to final rest.

Lipp sustained serious injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Lipp’s front seat passenger, Janice Lipp, age 67, sustained critical injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Werling, a left rear passenger, sustained fatal injuries.

On Friday morning, Parkview reported that Janice Lipp was in critical condition and Gary Lipp was in serious condition.

Bok refused medical treatment at the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Fire and EMS, Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office, Paulding County Coroner’s Office, Parkview Samaritan Medical Transport, Gideon Wrecker Service, Ohio Department of Transportation, Defiance Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.

The crash remains under investigation.

This was the second serious crash at this intersection in less than two weeks. On May 18, three people were injured when a southbound pickup truck collided with an eastbound pickup.


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