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Large turnout for LEPC training exercise
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:26 AM


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LATTY – In excess of 86 people turned out last Saturday for a full scale Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) exercise.

Following a briefing at the operation’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the exercise split up into different phases including the Mercer Landmark (Latty facility), Nazarene Church (blood draws) and Paulding County Hospital (to receive the injured).

Adopt a Dog: Ben is still available PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:17 PM
Adopt Ben today!

Hi, friends! Remember me, Ben? It’s hard to believe, but I am still here at the kennel waiting for my forever family to come and adopt me!

I am such a handsome and sweet guy, I will be a great addition to your family! I am a Mastiff mix and am about a year and a half old. I get along well with my doggy friends and love to run and play. I am a real lover boy and just want to be your buddy!

Please come by the kennel and visit me .... I’ll be waiting! For more information about me, please contact the Paulding County Dog Kennel at 419-399-3791.

PHS grad faces long road to recovery PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:10 PM
THE PAULDING COUNTY PROGRESS GOES ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY – The Paulding Progress went to the Ohio Health Rehab in Columbus with Derric Brown and he would like to thank everyone in his hometown for their continued prayers as he recovers from a massive stroke.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Sue and Bob Brown of Oakwood shared with us the following story about their son, Derric  Brown, a Paulding High School graduate, who is currently recovering from a stroke.

On April 12, we got the devastating news our son, Derric, was being taken to Riverside Hospital via an EMS. He had suffered a stroke at his son’s baseball game. On Sunday, he was very talkative, but it was evident he had aphasia. On Monday, his church family called together a prayer service to be held at 7:30 that night; later, the priest told me had never seen this done and for 75 people to show up was amazing.

What was truly amazing, divine intervention I would say, is that late Monday afternoon Derric went into a coma and his brain began to swell. So at the time his church family was praying, he was being wheeled into surgery for an emergency craniotomy. We were told without the surgery he had maybe six hours to live. The next few days are a blur that I don’t want to remember. We spent 10 days at Riverside with NO idea what the future held.

On April 21, he was moved to the Ohio Rehab facility, where for the first time, we were given hope. Derric does have aphasia, meaning the words do not come, and he is right side weak. He virtually has no use of his right arm, but is able to walk a short distance with a quad cane. We are cautiously optimistic that he regain use of his right side and his speech will return. We are blessed that he understands us and has not lost his incredible sense of humor.

During our weeks at rehab, when he was napping, I would try to catch up on reading the newspapers. Several times I noticed him looking at the paper and I would ask if he wanted to see it, and he would say no. Then it dawned on me – he was looking for the Progress! So I asked him, and yes, that is what he wanted. I always saved them and he would read them when he came home.

So he was looking at the Progress when Darsi FaceTimed him and she jokingly said we should send his picture in reading it.

There is a carepage online for Derric that at last count had 784 signed up and many of them are from Paulding County, if not now, but originally. So I thought I would send you this short synopsis and perhaps you would want to print it.

We brought Derric back to his home in Marysville on May 31, finding his street lined with over 100 people. The Marysville Journal Tribune did an article on him. Derric was within weeks of buying the funeral home that he has worked at for 18 years, so he has touched many people in that capacity, as well as being very involved with Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Hospice, and other organizations as well as sports. But he has lots of friends and family here, too.

The Marysville Kiwanis had a benefit for him Saturday, June 14. They stood, along with Noah’s baseball team and friends, for six hours at the main street intersections in Marysville and collected money. We are so humbled by the outpouring of love and support and will forever be paying it forward.  He saw the surgeon last Friday, who was amazed at how far he has come. Derric is scheduled for surgery Wednesday, June 25, to replace the piece of skull removed.

We have been amazed at the generosity shown him. In reality, the future is very scary now since he was the principle bread winner. We just take it one day at a time and pray God has another great plan for Derric.

Cards and well wishes may be sent to Derric Brown at 1170 Bay Laurel, Marysville OH 43040. A bank account has been set up at Fifth Third Bank in Derric’s where donations can be directed.




Derric Brown’s homecoming

By Corinne Bix • Special to the Progress

MARYSVILLE – Some would say any sporting event is a metaphor for life. You win some, you lose some and you learn to rely on your teammates because as the old adage goes, “there is no ‘I’ in team.”

Growing up my father would talk about the “Church of Baseball”, a reference from the 1988 movie “Bull Durham.” Annie Savoy (played by Susan Sarandon) said she had tried all the major religions, “worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahman, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan.”  However, it is baseball that “truly feeds the soul, day in and day out.”

While Church is a lofty term for anything other than a true House of God, perhaps Annie was on to something. If we look at life as our Church, and find God anywhere and anytime, we won’t be limited to communing with God just on Sundays.

I find it interesting that I connect Derric Brown and his family with the game of baseball as it has been through baseball that I have learned so much about Derric, his family, and their journey back from a life altering event.

About a year ago I had the opportunity to chat with Derric Brown as we watched our daughters play softball. Derric is a funeral director at Mannasmith Funeral Home and while I have known Derric, Dee and their two children, Noah and Leah since 2007, I had always been curious about why anyone would choose mortuary science as their career path.

Derric said it was simple... “I was led.” Led to do something that makes so many others cringe, led to do something that is a part of life that can’t be skipped. People don’t ask obstetricians why they like delivering babies, but the idea of willingly consoling grief-stricken families who have lost loved ones, not to mention preparing corpses for viewings and burial. Well, that is something most people would do anything to avoid.

At another ball game, this time for Noah and my son, I noticed a man and boy walk by. After the man passed Derric, he promptly turned to the boy and said, “That guy there (gesturing towards Derric)…he’s a good guy.”  I inferred that Derric had no doubt consoled this anonymous man at a time of grief, and Derric’s kindness would never be forgotten.

On Saturday, May 31 at 1:45 p.m., Derric Brown came home to Bay Laurel Drive in Marysville filled with family and friends celebrating his homecoming. On April 12, seven weeks prior, Derric suffered a massive stroke at his son’s 12U Mitts baseball game.

His son, Noah, had just hit a game-saving triple allowing play to continue as the team was in danger of being run-ruled. Had Noah not hit that double, Derric would have been driving home alone at the time of his stroke. His wife credits Noah, and in part the game of baseball, for saving her husband’s life.

Derric Brown loves his wife, loves his children, family and friends. That was evidenced the last weekend of May as Derric made his way down the sidewalk greeting, hugging, and kissing so many who have followed his amazing journey, prayed and cheered on his successes.

Annie Savoy would tell you sometimes you make a bad trade but “bad trades are a part of baseball.” The stroke on April 12 was a bad trade, but Derric is strong and I believe his wife may be even stronger and this “bad trade” is but a detour that has already brought about great things.

Derric was led to his career, led to his family and now led to inspire and motivate so many as he has come back so valiantly from a life-changing event.

“It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ’em all. I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the church of Baseball.”           – Annie Savoy, “Bull Durham.”

Corinne Bix is a writer from Marysville.



Citizens’ group to hold meeting on factory farms PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:35 AM

Note: The following was submitted as a letter to the editor to the Progress:

Citizens’ group to hold meeting on factory farms

Dear Editor,

A new factory farm will soon break ground on Paulding County Road 95. The people of Paulding will be downwind and the farm will be 1.5 miles southwest of their reservoir. There are 17-20 more of this type of farm in the planning stages for Paulding County. We currently have at least 25.

Also, people in other counties are now building lagoons in our county and are trucking manure in from their county.

A concern for the health, air and water quality in Paulding County has risen to a new height in regards to this additional farm. Residents of Paulding County, including area villages, should be concerned with the lack of local control and state policy to limit the number of “factory” farms and disposal of manure in our county.

Ohio legislatures and Ohio Department of Agriculture have failed to address issues to protect our air, our water, our health and our property rights.

Our county is rural with a proud tradition of agriculture. Factory farms are not agriculture but industry and should be regulated as such. All towns and villages in addition to our rural areas in Paulding County are affected.

Since it is urgent that we act immediately, a meeting for all concerned citizens in Paulding County is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 in the Paulding Eagles Hall.

Elected officials and candidates are especially urged to attend.

— Citizens Concerned for Quality Health, Water and Air in Paulding County

The following are the subscribers to the Letter To The Editor by Citizens Concerned for Quality Health, Water and Air in Paulding County: Barb Helle Morris, Linda Holt, Jody Hook, Steve Holt, Allan R. Helle, Cynthia Helle, Brad Davis, Michelle Davis, Debra Stout, Rex Feasby, Diane Gerber, Jim Leverton, Brad F. Kauser, Ronnie Mapes, Mary Mapes, Lonnie Schooley, Donna R. Schooley, Mary Lou Colley, Doug Morris, Christopher Allan Helle, Anthony E. Wannemacher, Maria R. Noddy, Shawn Collins, Lewis Wannemacher, Carol Wannemacher, Jonathon Carter, Mindy Carter, David Laukhuf, Nancy J. Laukhuf, Floyd W. Lee, Challis J. Lee, Jean Schooley, Sue Clark, Genny Martinez, Rosario Martinez, Liz Ankney, Mari A. Ivan, Carol Lamb, Simon Lamb, Viola Schlatter, Connie Gordon, Kelly Combs, Patricia A. Paulus, Dennis Price, Kathie Roth, Matt Strayer, Suzanne H. Strayer, Becky Fishbaugh, Ann Walker, Holly Rupp, Terry Buehler, Marlene Buehler

Paulding County Bookmobile announces summer schedule PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:51 AM

The Paulding County Carnegie Library Bookmobile has released the 2014 summer schedule for mobile library service:

• Monday: 1:30-2:30 – The Gardens of Paulding; 2:45-3:30 – Country Inn and Assisted Living

• Tuesday: 12:30-1:30 – Scott (Lions Club); 1:45-3:15 – Haviland (Community Park on 114); 3:30-4:15 – Latty (Township Hall); 4:30-5:30 – Briceton (Lutheran Church)

• Wednesday: 12:30-1:30 – Melrose (United Methodist Church); 1:45-3:15 – Grover Hill (Elementary School Parking Lot); 3:30-4:30 – Broughton (Across from the Town Hall)

• Thursday: 12:30-1:45 – Junction (Look for us at one of the churches!); 2:00-3:00 Brentwood Mobile Home Park (CR 424 West of Vagabond Restaurant); 3:45-4:30 – Cecil (In front of Harts)

• Friday: 11:30-12:30 – Visit to Branch Libraries; 2:00-2:30 – Mandale (Church on SR 66); 2:45-4:00 – Blue Water Camp Ground; 4:15-5:30 – Woodbridge Camp Ground.

The Bookmobile travels over 4,000 miles per year delivering library service to rural and isolated populations who do not have easy access to a branch library location. In 2013, almost 15,000 items were loaned from the Bookmobile and over 1,500 children and their parents attended programs sponsored by the Bookmobile. The same library card used for any branch or the main library in Paulding is also used on the Bookmobile.

For more information contact the library at 419-399-2032 or call the Bookmobile directly at 419-670-3761.

Will Paulding County see any more new wind farms?
Friday, June 20, 2014 4:25 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING — Within the past few days, the future for wind energy in Paulding County and neighboring Van Wert County will most likely take on a new look. Two recent changes from Columbus may reverse the future countryside scenery for several proposed wind farms in Paulding County.