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Pieper runs for re-election as commissioner
Friday, April 11, 2014 9:16 AM


PAULDING -- Fred Pieper, current Paulding County commissioner, announces his campaign for re-election.

He wants to continue the work he has started during his first term for the citizens of the county. "Being a commissioner is an honor for me," shares Pieper. "I am in the office many times per week and on the phone daily trying to improve our county and make life safer for our citizens."

Pieper serves on the boards of Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) in Defiance, Area Office on Aging in Toledo and was appointed by Governor Kasich to serve on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. While actively serving on these Boards, Fred represents the best interests of Paulding County’s citizens.

Testimony Pieper gave in front of the Gaming Commission and the Senate Oversight and Reform committees in Columbus resulted in the procurement of one-million dollars from Racino revenues for state-wide distribution to county fair harness race purses.

“Commissioners work as a team and at times there are difficult decisions that have to be made, but the decisions are made for the good of the entire county in mind. Decisions made by the Commissioners in the past three years of my term have resulted in better services and a stronger county.

“When I campaigned for my first term I set goals that I would work for transparency, advocate for citizens and be a ‘watchdog’ for tax dollars. Unless the commissioners have to meet in executive session, all meetings are open to the public. For the first year, information was shared via a local radio station. Currently, information about commissioner sessions is reported online and via area newspapers. I am also available five days a week if a citizen wants to meet with me at the courthouse or anytime via my home phone which is listed.

“I have been an advocate for the citizens of Paulding County and continue to speak out for all citizens but especially for our senior population who are such an important part of our lives and communities. All of your commissioners are watchdogs for your tax money. We take our jobs seriously, looking for the best price, lowest and best bid on projects and prudent expenditures to make our county strong.”

My top three goals if I am elected to a second term will be:

Upgrade the Paulding County Sheriff's office radio system in order that first responders will be able to reliably communicate from anywhere in the county. I have been working daily with the Governor's office, State Senators, State Representatives, State Fire Marshall, Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) personnel and grant providers to secure funding and lobby for the “discontinuing of cost prohibitive monthly user fees” as an attached amendment to House Bill 375. (Hopefully this will be accomplished in 2014.)

Continue the restoration of the courthouse in order to protect and preserve this historic building by allocating tax dollars wisely to assure availability of funding.

Develop the US 127/US 24 interchange by working with Jobs Ohio, the Governor's office and grant providers to secure funding for development of infrastructure and development.

“I would like to continue the work that I have started on behalf of Paulding County and its citizens. I have always kept the best interest of the citizens in mind with every decision I make. I have worked hard to address Paulding County's needs to lawmakers in Columbus and have established beneficial working relationships that will provide better communication for our county’s needs.”

Fred Pieper is a lifelong resident of Paulding County except for the times he served the country in the military and when he was attending college. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Pieper was assigned to the S-3 Viking jet for Russian submarine reconnaissance. He holds a BA in religious studies and the Bible from Anderson University (IN) and a masters in business administration from the University of Toledo. He has experience as a small business operator having owned and managed Pieper Wood Processing and worked for 17 years as a lineman for Paulding Putnam Electrical Cooperative. For relaxation Pieper restores his 1967 Olds 442 and enjoys sport shooting.


Straight A fund gets schools and businesses together at Vantage
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:28 AM

By ED GEBERT, Times Bulletin Editor

VAN WERT — Educators and businesspeople came together April 8 at Vantage Career Center to capitalize on Straight A Grant funding won by a consortium of Van Wert and Paulding county entities with the goal of teaming high schoolers and recent graduates with local manufacturers and businesses.

Around 60 people gathered for roundtable discussions on job and career readiness and information on possible methods of readying students for available jobs in the area. The symposium was proposed as part of the “Beyond the Classroom,” project.

“This was one of the initiative that the grant committee had, and that was to have a business symposium. This brought together to school districts that we included in that grant and local business and industry from both Van Wert and Paulding counties,” explained Cindy Leis, the community development director for Van Wert.

Businesses and teachers were able to exchange information which could prepare students for work and to get the business representatives to offer positions that will appeal to potential employees.

Leis said, “What the teachers are trying to do is to get through to the students what skills are needed to get either an entry-level job at the businesses or go to college then come back and see what kind of positions are available… The business representatives are trying to suggest what teachers should be teaching their students in an effort to get them either job-ready or career-ready.”

Overall the local consortium won just over $1.57 million through the Straight A Grant program from the Ohio Department of Education. The consortium consisted of the school districts of Paulding, Wayne Trace Crestview, Lincolnview, Vantage Career Center and Western Buckeye ESC, as well as Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation, Paulding County Carnegie Library, Northwest State Community College, Paulding County Economic Development, Van Wert Economic Advisory Group, and the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce.

Happiness is... your public library
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:36 PM

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library system will be celebrating National Library Week with the theme of “Happiness is ... Your Public Library” the week of April 14. Each year, during the third full week of April, public libraries throughout the United States celebrate what is great about America’s public libraries.

“It has been a long, cold winter,” shares Susan Pieper, library director. “We have watched as people visited their public library trekking through the snow and the cold and entering with frowns on their faces. But, they left happy; with books, movies, magazines and other free library materials. Their children left happy after attending fun story times or choosing books or movies to watch at home.”

Area holy week services
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:36 PM

Next week is Holy Week and Easter is April 20. Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and attend the church of your choice. Special services will be held the following churches:

Sunday, April 13

The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert invites the public to the third and final Lenten Vespers program series with “The Confession Stone – The Songs of Mary.” It will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the sanctuary. Join Sheila Chilcote-Collins and David Van Tilburg, in the presentation of Robert Fleming’s 25-minute song cycle. After Lenten Vespers, a supper will be served at 5:30 in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy. All activities are free of cost and everyone is welcome. The church is located at 110 W. Crawford St. in Van Wert.

Langhams to serve as honorary UW chairman
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:34 PM


Feature Writer

Well-known residents Paulding County Tony and Kay Langham have been selected as the 2014 United Way Campaign chairmen for Paulding County. The Langhams succeed last year’s chairmen, Stan and Barb Searing.

“We were pleased to be asked to serve in this fund-raising co-chair position,” said Tony Langham, “We know how much good that United Way does in Paulding County. We feel like this was an opportunity for us to help others and we were eager to get involved.”

EMA going to local areas with severe weather concerns
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:04 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – Paulding County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be visiting various communities in the county to answer questions about spring severe weather, provide instructional material and advise community residents about radio and cell phone information about weather warnings.

“We’re going to come out to communities on Saturdays and answer severe weather questions,” said EMA director Randy Shaffer. “We’re going to tell people where they can get information about severe weather.”

They also will be assisting people with programming NOAA weather radios. “We have a lot of people who say, ‘The kids got me a weather radio and we don’t know how to operate it,’” said Shaffer.

The schedule of appearances include:

April 12 – Riverside Market in Antwerp

April 19 – Super Value in Payne

April 26 – Chief Supermarket in Paulding

May 3 – Rhees’ Market in Oakwood.

“We will answer questions about severe weather and take suggestions as to how we can better serve the community,” said Shaffer.

In addition, on April 16, there will be a countywide tornado drill at 1 p.m.

“I highly suggest that people take time to review their own severe weather plans with their families and coworkers and make sure that they have their disaster kits ready,” said Shaffer. “They need to know where they are going to go in case of severe weather.”

Shaffer said that those having cell phones are likely programmed to receive Nixle alerting service.

“We use it; the sheriff’s department uses it, it allows us to send out a message that the public needs to know,” Shaffer said. “It doesn’t cost users; it doesn’t cost people that receive messages anything unless the phone company changes service. There’s no junk advertising; it goes by the ZIP code. In addition to weather, users can also be alerted to road closing, accidents and other emergencies.”

Go to www.nixle.com to register your device(s). Or, simply text the word YES to 888777 and respond to the reply message asking for your ZIP code.

Shaffer said that more than 1,100 users in Paulding County are signed up to use it through texting and 350 recipients use emails.