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Learning Is an Art at Oakwood
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:57 PM
Sixth grader Allyssa Switzer is poised and ready to end the evening with a flute solo. Photo by Bill Sherry/Paulding County Progress

OAKWOOD – The halls and classrooms of Oakwood Elementary School were filled with project work and art for their spring open house on Thursday evening, April 3, titled “Learning Is an Art.”

The evening featured musical performances, dances, educational games and project displays. About 300-500 people attended the annual event.

Below, fifth grader Kaitlyn Shaffer explains her poster about the branches of our government. Photo by Bill Sherry/Paulding County Progress

Burkley: Ohio House considering state budget review
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:50 PM

By State Rep. Tony Burkley

Over the past couple of weeks, Governor John Kasich’s Mid-Biennial Review (MBR) has been under consideration in the Ohio House. The MBR is a proposal the governor puts out the year following passage of the state’s operating budget, which is passed and signed every two years. Basically, it gives legislators an opportunity to look at the most recent budget and assess what areas could be improved.

This year’s MBR totaled upwards of 1,600 pages, so to ensure that every part of the bill received the attention and scrutiny it deserves, the House decided to split it up into 14 different bills and send them to 11 different committees. A couple bills were delegated to committees that I serve on, and that impact our region of the state.

First, having recently been appointed to the House Education Committee, I was eager to work on part of the MBR that addressed K-12 learning, House Bill 487. Probably the most important education proposal was an effort to reduce the number of dropouts in Ohio’s public schools. Last year, 24,000 failed to complete high school, a staggering number that obviously has serious negative consequences when it comes to finding a job and pursuing a career.

The bill aims to help schools identify youth who are “at-risk” for not graduating, and then to initiate communication between parents, teachers and students to see what avenues could be taken to help prevent the student from dropping out. When testifying in committee, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dick Ross said, “A majority of dropouts’ parents were not aware of their child’s struggles in attendance and grades or that they were about to leave school.”

House Bill 487 passed out of committee and will be headed to the House floor for a vote.

Another item of great interest and concern to the people of northwest Ohio is agriculture, as well as the health of Grand Lake St. Marys. House Bill 490, which addresses topics related to agriculture and natural resources, also includes several items related to oil and gas regulation, as well as improving the state’s water quality.

Through this legislation, it is our goal to take a common sense approach to water quality. Currently under House Bill 490, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would continue to administer the existing manure handling, storage and application requirements within the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed for as long as it is still designated a watershed in distress, as well as other non-manure oversights.

House Bill 490 is expected to receive several hearings before being voted on in the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

Rep. Burkley may be reached by calling 614-644-5091, e-mailing Rep82@ohiohouse.gov or writing to State Representative Tony Burkley, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

PCH will use services of surgeons from Mercy Defiance
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:18 PM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The Paulding County Hospital (PCH) board met April 3 for a monthly meeting in the Paulding County Hospital Conference Room.

Chief Executive Officer Gary Adkins announced that effective April 2, Mercy Defiance Clinic general surgeons will be providing surgical services at the Paulding County Hospital.

There will be three general surgeons coming to Paulding to perform surgeries and have consultations in the medical office building.

The hospital is excited to enhance local services with this partnership and feel that there will be a greater variety of medical coverage with three individuals from Mercy providing surgical services.

Adkins also reported that the hospital has selected a new group purchasing organization and is expected to save about $45,000 annually without changing supplies.

Due to the hospital’s go-live date with a new computer system in June, Family Health Week has been moved to May for this year.

Patients have requested more opportunities to take part in the reduced fee blood draws so the health fair has also been expanded to six days. A new test for Vitamin D has been added to the test menu this year.

Beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing daily to Saturday, May 17, blood draws will be held in the medical office building. Preregistration packets are now available for pick up at your doctor’s office, at the hospital information desk or on-line at the PCH website, www.pauldingcountyhospital.com.

Chief Financial Officer Rob Goshia told the board that “Meaningful Use” of the Electronic Health Record is on target to go live on June 1. ICD-10 changes have been pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015. ICD-10’s are how healthcare entities code for healthcare episodes.

Goshia also reported that the PCH has experienced significant losses in January and February and a plan has been submitted to the board to insure hospital profitability. The month of March 2014 has seen an increase in volume of services.

Chief Operating Officer Randy Ruge reported that the volume for the new “open bore” MRI’s continues to increase. PCH has been working with Parkview nuclear medicine to discuss the feasibility of performing cardiolite studies at PCH. Parkview is now willing to perform those studies at the Paulding County Hospital due to equipment investments.

Ruge told the board that a hospital-wide guest relations program has been started. This program is presenting ideas on how to create a better experience for patients.

A preferred vendor has been selected in regards to a community pharmacy 340B program. This program should bring enhancements to the hospital’s bottom line.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. May 1, in the conference room.

Paulding Council hears plans for pool opening
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:16 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on April 7 and heard and approved a report from village pool manager Kelly Gaston outlining items related to the upcoming opening of the Paulding Pool.

Bloodmobile visits Antwerp School
Friday, April 04, 2014 2:32 PM
Matt Reinhart and Jacob Patterson

ANTWERP – The Antwerp chapter of the National Honor Society sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile on Friday, April 4. The Red Cross set a goal of 30 units of blood, and Antwerp students and staff surpassed this goal by two units.

Thank you to everyone who donated blood. A single blood donation has the potential to save several lives.


Senior Matthew Reinhart and junior Jacob Patterson restore their energy with a snack and drink after donating blood.

Junior Maggie Reinhart prepares for her blood draw.

Zero deaths on Interstate 75 during ‘The I-75 Challenge’
Friday, April 04, 2014 9:57 AM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge on March 28 -30. This high visibility enforcement initiative resulted in zero people killed along I-75.

During the effort troopers in Ohio handled out 102 safety belt violations, 642 speed citations and made 18 OVI arrests.

“Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride. “But we still have work to do – there are far too many people losing their lives on our roadways.”

The I-75 Challenge was spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

In 2014 the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide. #StayingAliveon75 #Drive2SaveLives