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Stykemain Chevrolet to host open house
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:48 PM

PAULDING – Stykemain Chevrolet will be holding a grand opening event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the new dealership located at 1255 N. Williams St.

During the grand opening event there will be a car show, door prizes every half hour, facility tours, food, drinks, disc jockey, a bounce house for kids and carnival games.

Basketball Marathon raises $9,000
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:47 PM


Feature Writer

PAYNE – At least $9,000 will be placed in the Paulding County Society for Crippled Children and Adults as a result of money raised at the 36th annual Basketball Marathon held this past weekend, April 18-19 at the Payne Elementary School.

Chad Benschneider, who once again spearheaded the event, said that 118 teams participated in this event.

Divine Mercy is ‘Battle of the Books’ champ
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:31 PM
Members of this year’s “Battle of the Books” winning team from Divine Mercy Catholic School includes, front from left – Cameron Cox, Catie Strable, Kaden Sutton; back – Carson Rupp, Jacob Graham, Allison Dyson and Treyton Banks. Jim Langham/Paulding County Progress

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – It came down to the final question between Divine Mercy and Grover Hill in this year’s “Battle of the Books” county championship last week at the Paulding County Fairgrounds Youth Leadership Building.

With the score tied at 12-12 in a nail biting match, Catie Strable, spokesperson for the Divine Mercy team, answered correctly to give the school this year’s trophy.

There was a brief hesitancy, then suddenly, team members erupted with the realization that they had just correctly answered the question that had won them the championship.

“That question was the same as last year,” said Strable, whose squad lost to the same Grover Hill squad in 2013. “Allie (Dyson) and I were shocked.”

“I was happy, surprised and all excited,” observed Dyson. “I couldn’t believe that it was the same question that was the final question last year. This year we got it right.”

Dyson said that she loves the “Battle of the Books” concept because it enables her to concentrate more in her reading.

“I like this. It’s the first year I’ve done it,” said team member Treyton Banks.

Library director Susan Pieper explained that the “Battle of the Books” program is literary competition involving Paulding County schools and home-schooled children that is sponsored by the Paulding County Carnegie Library system.

“This is the 23rd year that we have done this,” said Pieper following the event. “We want to encourage the children to read quality literature and find it exciting.

“We want to make reading really fun,” continued Pieper. “There are a lot of good old books out there. Some of them are 100 years old. Paulding County is very unique these days. There are still a lot of very young readers. We want to encourage them to become lifetime readers.”

“I like this because it keeps kids encouraged,” commented team member Jacob Graham. “It’s amazing what we learn about the books.”

“I like it because it makes us all work together,” commented Kaden Sutton. “Not one person does all the work. You have to do it as a team. You can’t rely on one person.”

In the opening round of competition, Antwerp defeated Paulding, 15-9; then, Divine Mercy defeated Payne, 20-15; Grover Hill bested Oakwood, 22-16 and Divine Mercy defeated Antwerp, 22-9, to set up the championship match.

“This is a lot of fun,” observed Carson Rupp, of the winning team. “It teaches us how to read and know what we read.”

“I was nervous when they asked the last question,” commented Cameron Cox. “I like the whole idea. This is the best day of my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

Fifty books are chosen by the staff of the library for each year’s battle. Staff of the library read the books and compile the questions. All of the schools receive the books at the same time each fall. Home schooled children use the collections at the main and branch libraries.

The slate for the final competition is determined by competition at each local school, with the winning team advancing to the finals.

Each year, 25 titles are kept on the list, and 25 new titles are added. Occasionally, all 50 titles are replaced.

Park cleanup in Oakwood
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:55 PM
Photo by Bill Sherry/Paulding County Progress

OAKWOOD – Recent flooding of the Auglaize River left huge piles of debris in the Oakwood Community Park.

On Friday, April 18, a group of about 40 local residents that included Gleaners, Scouts, 4-Hers and children home from school spent most of the day loading the trash in a truck and hauling it to the village compost site.

Here, workers cut up the bigger pieces before hauling them away.

Until the cows come home...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:46 PM
An unidentified man who helped keep escaped cattle off a roadway made friends with one of the more curious animals.

There was a bit of a rodeo in Paulding Township on Monday, April 21 after part of a herd of cattle escaped their enclosure, possibly during an unloading procedure.

This group of 14 bovines was kept off Ohio 500 southwest of Paulding by passersby until the owners could collect them. Additionally, a handful of steers could be seen from afar, gathered outside nearby woods.

Here, an unidentified man who helped keep the animals off the roadway made friends with one of the more curious animals.

Photos by Denise Gebers/Paulding County Progress

Author to speak at library Thursday
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:25 PM
An art exhibit at the Paulding County Carnegie Library. Late 1950s.

The Paulding County Carnegie Library will present a special visit from local author, Alice Gerber All the Mommies Would Go Painting Together: The Art of Art in Paulding County, Ohio at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the main historic Carnegie library in Paulding.

Come reminisce and listen to the stories about how mothers of the Baby Boom generation gathered together to share inspiration and vision through art in Paulding County.

Space is limited, so call ahead to save your spot. Call 419-399-2032 to register.