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Should the county emergency management agency office duties be a separate office?
The ‘Nice’ story of ‘Married to Millie’
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:39 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – “Of all people, I feel so humble that you would do this. I’m a poor subject,” said Herb Monroe, as author Jane Nice was working on his biography. Almost everyone from Paulding is familiar with the name “Herb Monroe.” Those who knew Herb were impacted by his humility, compassion and sense of humor.

Nature collection on display
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:02 AM
From left are SWCD education specialist Mark Holtsberry; Carole Wood Overmyer of Paulding, a granddaughter of Homer Price; and Kim Sutton, historical society president. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress

Last week, a new display case was unveiled at the Black Swamp Nature Center building in Paulding. It contains a sampling of specimens from the collection of the late Homer Price, including bird nests, bird and reptile eggs, animal skulls and journals.

e spent most of his life studying and documenting Paulding County’s plants and animals. The bulk of Price’s collection is at the John Paulding Historical Society, including taxidermy specimens and journals covering insects, butterflies, snails, birds and more.

SWCD education specialist Mark Holtsberry built the cabinet for the display, which is a joint project with the historical society. Anyone interested in studying Price’s journals, records or specimens should contact the historical society.

Early voting begins April 1 for Ohio Primary Election
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:08 AM


COLUMBUS – Absentee voting begins Tuesday, April 1 for the 2014 Primary Election. Ohioans will vote on primary races for a number of statewide and local candidates, as well as decide the outcome of a statewide ballot issue and more than 600 local issues.

Voters can review the ballot language and summary for State Issue 1: Capital Improvements – General Obligation Bonds here. Information on the 614 local issues on the ballot, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments, is also available online at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

Voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until noon Saturday, May 3 to request an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.

Beginning April 1,  boards will mail out absentee ballots to those who have requested them. Voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election (May 16). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct and get other important voting information by visiting www.MyOhioVote.com.


Oakwood EMS getting new equipment
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:18 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – At its regular meeting March 24, Oakwood Village Council voted unanimously for the Oakwood EMS to acquire a stair chair and add a “no lift” cot to the main EMS squad.

Make-up days at Antwerp School are May 23, 27, 28
Monday, March 24, 2014 4:00 PM


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

ANTWERP – Last Thursday, March 20, the Antwerp Local School board met in regular session for their March meeting. Calamity days, after school tutoring program, and the virtual academy update were highlighted during the session.

Three directors re-elected at annual co-op meeting
Monday, March 24, 2014 3:32 PM

PAULDING – Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) celebrated a year of exemplary member service at its 2014 annual meeting, held Saturday, March 15 at PPEC headquarters in Paulding.

Three seats on PPEC’s board of directors were up for election at the annual meeting. Re-elected to the board were directors Gerald Sorg, Dr. John Saxton and Gary Hayden.

Sorg represents District 1, comprised of Marion, Madison and Monroe townships in Allen County, Ind.; and Preble and Union townships in Adams County, Ind.

Saxton – who also serves as board president – represents District 6, comprised of Auglaize, Brown, Latty and Washington townships in Paulding County and Defiance and Highland townships in Defiance County.

Hayden – who also serves as board treasurer – represents District 9, comprised of Pleasant, Union, Ottawa and Riley townships in Putnam County.

George Carter, CEO and general manager of PPEC, highlighted the cooperative’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable service at affordable rates. PPEC’s rates are the lowest of any electric cooperative in the state, and among the lowest of any electric utility in Ohio.

Carter credited this accomplishment to the cooperative’s outstanding employees.

“We have a great group of employees,” said Carter. “We only have 37 employees here. The average cooperative of our size has 46. We do a lot more here with less.

“Other utilities spend roughly 1.3 cents on their operating and maintenance expenses. Here at Paulding-Putnam, we spend 0.6 cents. That is attributable to our employees.”

Saxton encouraged PPEC members to become advocates for the cooperative. With the Environmental Protection Agency attempting to implement unfeasible regulations on coal-fired power, potentially driving the cost of electricity substantially higher in future years, Saxton implored members to send a message to the agency through two websites: www.action.coop and www.tellepa.com.

“I understand it can be hard to be an advocate when you get that electric bill,” said Saxton. “But when you understand what is driving the cost of that bill, hopefully you can become one.”

PPEC also celebrated outstanding area youth at the annual meeting. The cooperative announced the winners of its Children of Members and Touchstone Energy Achievement scholarships.

First place in the Children of Members scholarship competition went to Kaitlyn Roughton and Matthew Klopfenstein in the girls’ and boys’ divisions, respectively. Roughton is a senior at Paulding High School and Klopfenstein is a senior at Wayne Trace High School.

First place in the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship was awarded to Katrina Riepenhoff, a senior at Ottawa Glandorf High School.

The three first-place scholarship winners will compete for additional state-level scholarships next month at Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. in Columbus.

Also announced were PPEC’s representatives on the 2014 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Katherine Murphy, a sophomore at Hicksville High School, and Jacob Ellerbrock, a sophomore at Miller City-New Cleveland High School, will travel to Washington, D.C. in June to tour the nation’s capital, meet members of Congress and learn more about the nation’s electric cooperative system.