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Fifth year for ALS Miles for Mills
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:22 PM


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PAYNE – For the past five years, members of the Mills family in the Payne area have spearheaded fundraisers to assist in research for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Several members of the family have died from the incurable disease over the years.

Edie Mills, who helps distribute the donations, said that the fundraisers have averaged $5,000 a year and has collected over $25,000 in a five-year period. Of that amount, $12,000 has gone directly to research and the rest has gone to purchase supplies and assist with needs of those who are currently sick with the disease.

American Red Cross honors volunteers
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:21 PM

VAN WERT – The American Red Cross in Paulding and Van Wert counties recognized volunteers for their wonderful support of the Red Cross mission at the 2014 Volunteer recognition banquet on Thursday, June 26.

Those recognized include volunteers who help with blood drives and blood transport, assist at fundraising events, volunteer at the hospital, help in the office, and are on the scene assisting disaster victims, locally and nationally. In total, Van Wert volunteers gave nearly 10,000 hours in volunteer service to the American Red Cross in 2013.

Hands of Hope 5K set for July 19 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 12:58 PM

PAULDING – Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services will hold its second annual 5K and family fun walk on Saturday, July 19.

The 5K will begin and end at the Paulding County Fairgrounds. Sign-in begins at 7:45 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be trophies for the top male and female finisher and medals for each age group.

The family fun walk registration will be at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. and taking place inside the fairgrounds. Registration is going on now.

The fun walk will include snacks, balloons, and face painting for the kids. This fun event benefits Hands of Hope, which provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, prenatal classes and parenting classes. Hands of Hope is located at 1030 W. Wayne Street, Suite A, Paulding. Call 419-399-2447 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Look for them on Facebook or visit for more information.

Postal system financial woes will impact local post offices PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:45 AM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Correspondent

The United States Postal System has been struggling with financial woes for quite some time. According to a notice sent to the Scott and Latty Post Offices, meetings are scheduled to access their situations and possible solutions. Can these long time post offices survive with shorter hours or should there be a discontinuance study done?

Postal customers received surveys with questions on them about the current situation and the options available. If any resident did not get one, they are still available at the post offices.

The Latty and Scott Post Office meetings are on July 15. Latty’s meeting is scheduled for noon and Scott’s for 2 p.m.

If residents want to be heard, please attend these meetings and help decide the best solution.

Local management officials will be there to explain the survey results and said, “We will not make a final decision until after the public meeting.”

According to the notices, which are posted at the post office, there are four options available.

Option 1: Keep the post offices open based on the actual office workload. The hours for Scott would be cut from 7.5 hours per day to four hours. The current Saturday hours would be the same and the access to the local receptacle would not be impacted. In Latty, the hours would be reduced from 7.75 hours down to two hours.

Option 2: Do a discontinuance study and offer roadside mailbox delivery and a rural carrier will handle the retail and delivery.

Option 3: Have a discontinuance study and see if a local business would meet the criteria. These local establishments would be contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and would offer stamps and mail supplies.

Option 4: Do a study on discontinuance and relocate the P.O. Box services to another nearby location.

In May 2012, plans were announced that would hopefully achieve significant cost savings to get the organization back to financial stability. At that time, following meetings and research, it was disclosed that offices in Paulding County would be affected by the cost savings. Receiving cuts were Grover Hill, Haviland, Melrose and Cecil. They had modified retail hours to match customer use.

At the same time, the U.S. Postal Service announced it would be modifying retail window hours in some locations. At that time, Latty and Scott were listed as under consideration for reducing daily window hours – Latty from eight hours to two, and Scott from eight hours to four; however, they kept the same hours.

The postal system has been suffering from financial difficulties for a number of years. With online bill pay, online banking, email, online shopping, greeting cards and much more, customers do not use the postal service as often as they once did.

The U.S. Postal Service maintains a retail network of more than 31,000 post offices and is the only delivery system that reaches every address in the nation which is 151 million residences, businesses and post office boxes.

The Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe said, “The job of postmaster general was once one of the country’s most politically powerful. It is also one of the oldest; a version of the position existed before the Declaration of Independence.”

But today, Donahoe finds himself continually caught in the political crossfire. Donahoe is wrestling with how to manage the Postal Service’s future as it faces huge losses, dwindling mail volume and ballooning costs. It may seem strange now, but Donahoe was originally drawn to postal work by the money. He saw his salary rise from $4.76 per hour as a postal clerk 37 years ago to $245,000 annually in his current office.


Vacant hotel lot in Paulding to go up for sale again
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:28 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The old Hotel Barnes property has been an item of concern and controversy for some time now, but soon the property may actually get sold.

Grover Hill Summerfest parade is July 26 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, July 07, 2014 8:02 PM

GROVER HILL – The 2014 Grover Hill Summerfest is just around the corner. The annual event is slated for July 25-27. The summer outing brings the Grover Hill community together to help raise funds to support the Welcome Park.

A highlight for the annual Grover Hill gathering is the parade which is a long standing tradition for the community. The parade participation has decreased over the past few years but the Summerfest committee wants to make this event grow for the future generations of the community.

A hearty Grover Hill welcome invites Paulding County residents and surrounding communities to participate in the 2014 parade on Saturday July 26 at 10:30 a.m. There is no entry fee for the parade. Lineup will begin at Grover Hill Elementary School at 10 a.m. The theme for the Grover Hill Summerfest is “It’s a Carnival.”

Those who plan to be in the parade are encourage to be creative in their entries and spotlight on the carnival theme. The parade marshal will be leading the group, followed by the parade of players and the royalty. This is a great way to promote your business or your local organization to the community.

Contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673 or Staci Hiler at 419-769-1658 for any questions about the Summerfest Parade.