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Former dog warden files as independent commissioner candidate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:44 PM

PAULDING – Monday, May 5 was the deadline for individuals to file petitions as independent candidates in the General Election on Nov. 4.

Georgia Dyson, of Payne, has filed to run for county commissioner for the full term commencing Jan. 1, 2015. She will be a nonpartisan candidate vying against Republican primary winner Mark Holtsberry and Democrat Bob Burkley for the seat currently held by Commissioner Fred Pieper.

Last July, Dyson, a U.S. Army veteran and sheriff’s reserve deputy, was fired from her position as county dog warden by the county commissioners.

Cecil woman injured in one-car crash
Monday, May 05, 2014 6:48 AM


CECIL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating an injury crash that occurred at 10:13 p.m. Sunday, May 4 on County Road 230 near County Road 105, north of Cecil in Crane Township.

A 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Janice S. Carlisle, 53, of Cecil, was traveling eastbound on Road 230. The driver lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a curve. The driver drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a traffic sign, crossed Road 105, and struck a ditch. The vehicle came to rest in a field. The driver was injured in the crash, and she was taken by EMS to the Paulding County Hospital.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Cecil/Crane Township Fire Department, Antwerp EMS, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and Gideon Wrecker Service.

The crash remains under investigation. The driver was not wearing her seatbelt during the time of the crash. Seatbelt use may have reduced the driver’s injuries.


New report on scientific breakthroughs from USDA
Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:16 AM

New USDA discoveries led to 180 new inventions, include flour that prevents weight gain, protections from disease for U.S. troops, turning grass clippings to energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth.

Innovations included in the report range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling, efforts to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from diseases carried by sand flies, new processes for turning grass clippings and raked leaves into bioenergy, and many more.

"Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to the economy. We have accelerated commercialization of federal research and government researchers are working closely with the private sector to develop new technology and transfer it to the marketplace," said Vilsack. "USDA has a proven track record of performing research that benefits the public."

USDA reports receiving 51 patents, filing 147 patent applications, and disclosing 180 new inventions in the last fiscal year, which are detailed in the Department's 2013 Annual Report on Technology Transfer. Helping drive these innovations, USDA has 259 active Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with outside investigators, which includes Universities and other organizations, including 117 with small businesses. The USDA's technology transfer program is administered by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency.

Discoveries from USDA's 2013 Technology Transfer Report include:

A new kind of flour made from chardonnay grape seeds that can prevent increases in cholesterol and weight-gain (the Mayo Clinic is currently conducting human clinical trials on the product);

New ways to turn lawn clippings and tree leaves from cities into bioenergy;

An enzyme compound that can be used to develop insecticides to combat sand flies, a disease spreading insect that poses a major problem for U.S. military in Iraq and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of childhood deaths in Africa;

A computer-based model of the fluid milk process to lower greenhouse gas emissions (the model has been distributed to more than 100 processors in the United States and should help the dairy industry realize its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent per gallon of milk by 2020);

Oat concentrates, a digestible, functional food from oats licensed for the production of Calorie-Trim and Nutrim;

A new process for turning old tires into zinc fertilizer;

A handheld device that uses gold nanoparticles to detect West Nile virus (and potentially other diseases) in blood samples;

Window cleaners that use a biodegradable solution of nanoparticles that prevent water-beading that are superior to current cleaners;

A small packet that when inserted in small fruit containers releases an antimicrobial vapor that helps keep fresh fruit from rotting on the shelf.

Over the years, USDA innovations have created all sorts of products Americans use every days, from cosmetics, to insect controls, leathers, shampoos, and of course food products. Here are just a few examples of things USDA research is responsible for:

Frozen orange juice concentrate;

"Permanent press" cotton clothing;

Mass production of penicillin in World War II;

Almost all breeds of blueberries and cranberries currently in production, and 80% of all varieties of citrus fruits grown in the U.S.;

"Tifsport", a turf used on NFL, collegiate, and other sports fields across the country, specifically designed to withstand the stress and demands of major team sports. Tifsport is also used on PGA and other golf course fairways, while its sister turf, "Tifeagle", specially designed to be mowed to one-tenth of an inch daily, is used on PGA putting greens.

More information about the USDA innovations contained in this year's report, as well as a look at previous USDA research discoveries is available here: Ann Rpt .pdf.

Grandma’s love is heartbeat for Parkway senior prom date PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 02, 2014 2:10 PM
Parkway senior Austin Dennison attends prom with his great-grandmother, Delores Dennison, who was unable to attend her high school prom when she was younger. (Photo courtesy N. Fox Photo)

By Jim Langham, DHI Correspondent

ROCKFORD — When Delores Dennison of Hartville received a phone call a couple of months ago from her great-grandson, Austin Dennison, asking her to be his date to the Parkway High School prom, she couldn’t believe that he meant it.

“He said, ‘Grandma, I want you to go to the prom with me’,” observed Delores Dennison. “I had a bad heart attack and stroke. ‘I’m not that good on my feet,’ I told him. Finally I said that if I was able to go at that time, I would.

“He said again, ‘Grandma, I want you’,” said Dennison.

For Dennison, her grandson’s phone call was the first time she had ever been invited to a prom in her life. She had attended school in West Virginia and didn’t graduate at the time. However, she later picked up her education through various outreach opportunities.

“I live in Hartville with my daughter; I haven’t had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him,” noted Dennison. “I stayed at his house. We both got dressed and went to Bob Evans in Celina and then we went to the prom.”

Austin Dennison said that the idea to take his great-gragrandmother to the prom was sown by government teacher Lucas Minnich.

“Mr. Minnich told me that his older brother had taken his grandma to the prom,” said Dennison. “I asked Grandma if she would be my date to the prom and she said that she would be honored. I told her that it would be my privilege.

“I’ve been blessed with grandparents and great grandparents that know as much as they do,” continued Dennison. “They have so many stories to tell. All I have to do is ask.”

Dennison said his great grandmother went shopping for a special dress for the prom. The day before the prom, he purchased her a pearl necklace. Before the prom, he played his guitar and sang the song, ”Iris,” to her. Prior to the event, Dennison took his grandmother to Bob Evans in Celina (one of her favorite restaurants) for supper. Then they returned to Parkway High School to have their pictures taken for the prom. At the promenade, Dennison and his grandmother took the short cut through the balloons to take their place.

“She is so funny. She was hitting the balloons with her cane,” observed Dennison. “She is really neat.

“When the music started to play, we danced on the floor,” continued Dennison. “They played the Frank Sinatra song, ‘I love the kisses of Delores.’ Her husband (Edward) used to sing that song to her. There was a standing ovation when we came out.”

Following high school graduation, Dennison plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and take a pre-med course. His chief goal is to continue a career as a firefighter and possibly get into exercise science.

“That would put in a situation where I could train to be a doctor, chiropractor or nurse practitioner,’ commented Dennison.

Dennison already serves as a volunteer fireman with the Chattanooga Fire Department. He is also an Eagle Scout. At Parkway, Dennison has played football, baseball and basketball.

“We got home shortly after 9 p.m., later than I go to bed these days,” Delores Dennison said. “He was so good; he got me a pearl necklace.”

When asked how he felt about the evening, Austin Dennison replied, “I feel stupendous. I know this helped her out. When you help others, in some way you help yourself. She means so much to us. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

Injury crash in Paulding: Troopers release report
Thursday, May 01, 2014 4:19 PM

PAULDING – Thursday afternoon, May 1, at least two persons were injured in a crash on Flat Rock Drive (County Road 111) east of Paulding. (CLICK to view video)

Many tax-exempt organizations must file with IRS by May 15 to preserve tax-exempt status PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:17 PM


WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a key May 15 filing deadline facing many tax-exempt organizations, the Internal Revenue Service cautions these groups not to include Social Security numbers (SSNs) or other unneeded personal information on their Form 990, and consider taking advantage of the speed and convenience of electronic filing.

Form 990-series information returns and notices are due on the 15th day of the fifth month after an organization's fiscal year ends. Many organizations use the calendar year as their fiscal year, making Thursday, May 15 the deadline for them to file for 2013.

Many groups risk loss of tax-exempt status

By law, organizations that fail to file annual reports for three consecutive years will see their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked as of the due date of the third required filing. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that most tax-exempt organizations file annual Form 990-series informational returns or notices with the IRS. The law, which went into effect at the beginning of 2007, also imposed a new annual filing requirement on small organizations. Churches and church-related organizations are not required to file annual reports.

No Social Security numbers on 990s

The IRS generally does not ask organizations for SSNs and in the form instructions cautions filers not to provide them on the form. By law, both the IRS and most tax-exempt organizations are required to publicly disclose most parts of form filings, including schedules and attachments. Public release of SSNs and other personally identifiable information about donors, clients or benefactors could give rise to identity theft.

The IRS also urges tax-exempt organizations to file forms electronically in order to reduce the risk of inadvertently including SSNs or other unneeded personal information. Details are on

Tax-exempt forms that must be made public by the IRS are clearly marked "Open to Public Inspection" in the top right corner of the first page. These include Form 990, 990-EZ, Form 990-PF and others.

What to file

Small tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of $50,000 or less may file an electronic notice called a Form 990-N (e-Postcard), which asks organizations for a few basic pieces of information. Tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts above $50,000 must file a Form 990 or 990-EZ depending on their receipts and assets. Private foundations file a Form 990-PF.

Organizations that need additional time to file a Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-PF may obtain an extension. Note that no extension is available for filing the Form 990-N (e-Postcard).

Check tax-exempt status online

The IRS publishes the names of organizations identified as having automatically lost their tax-exempt status for failing to file annual reports for three consecutive years. Organizations that have had their exemptions automatically revoked and wish to have that status reinstated must file an application for exemption and pay the appropriate user fee.

The IRS offers an online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find key information about the federal tax status and filings of certain tax-exempt organizations, including whether organizations have had their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked.