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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.


Former PEVS student alleges rape by teacher, requests memorial removal UPDATED
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:22 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – It was a very emotional night at the Paulding Exempted Village School board meeting on Tuesday, April 29. Oakwood Elementary School hosted the regular monthly meeting in the cafeteria before a large crowd, including two Fort Wayne television stations. Barry Vance, a graduate of PHS was given his allotted time to share a deep concern that he has been dealing with since 1982 when he was an eighth grader.

Vance stood before the school board and superintendent Bill Hanak and in detail graphically explained how one teacher allegedly attacked him.

'Music Blooms' to open chamber concert series
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:53 PM


By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – First in a series of free Friday night concerts in the Herb Monroe Community Park is set for May 2. Most will begin at 7 p.m.

Paulding Chamber of Commerce is hosting two groups, Resonance Collective and Restoration for this first concert, “Music Blooms.” The pair is known for folk, country and gospel music.

Those who attend will need to bring their own seating to the park, located off the northeast corner of courthouse Square.


The second concert will actually be a family music fest held in conjunction with John Paulding Days. It will feature numerous local artists who will not only play in the park, but also on a portable stage at the opposite side of the square.

Music will be made at both locations from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night of John Paulding Days. Multiple bands are expected to make appearances.

Organizers are looking for blues artists to come for a “Red, White and The Blues” event on July 11.

August will see a visit from Christian artist Bekah Bradley. She will play Aug. 4. It is anticipated that during her show donations will be sought for new Christmas decorations for around the Square.

Citizens are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, enjoy the concerts while taking in the beauty of the new park during each of these events.

According to Erika Willitzer, director of the chamber, the park is not yet complete but is very usable.

She said approximately $6,000 is still needed to complete the park project, which should be done this summer.

Unfinished projects in the park include the outdoor fireplace, the brick flooring in the pergola, setting more furniture, setting up a covering over the stage and constructing the grand entrance on the south side facing the courthouse.

Willitzer mentioned bricks can be personalized for inclusion in the pergola for $100. Anyone interested in doing so may get more information from Ron Williamson at 419-399-3650.

It is hoped the park will be completed about the same time Jane Nice’s book about Monroe, Married to Millie, comes out, sometime in late July or early August.

“We’d like to have a big celebration in honor of the book release and park completion,” said Willitzer. There are plans to invite Monroe’s family to attend.


Ohio offers Free Fishing Days May 3-4
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:51 PM

FINDLAY – Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of “Free Fishing Days” May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.