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Schools announce free & reduced meal guidelines PDF Print E-mail
Monday, July 14, 2014 1:24 PM




Paulding Exempted Village, Antwerp Local and Wayne Trace Local Schools have announced their 2014-2015 program year policy for free and reduced meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.


The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.


Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. A complete application is required. Households which currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households which do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.


FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.


The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.


Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.


Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact the school for more information.

Under the provision of the policy, the building principal will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis. If a formal appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing from:


Paulding: William Hanak, Superintendent             Wayne Trace: Steve Arnold, Superintendent

405 N. Water St, Paulding, OH 45879 4915 US 127, Haviland, OH 45851

Paulding Phone: 419-399-4656 Phone: 419-399-4113

Oakwood Phone to Paulding: 419-594-3309


Antwerp: Patricia Ross, Superintendent

303 S Harmonn Rd, Antwerp, OH 45813

Phone: 419-258-5421


The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.


Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.


The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the HYPERLINK "" \o "Opens in new window." \t "_blank" USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at HYPERLINK "" \o "Opens in new window." \t "_blank", or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at HYPERLINK ""


Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



JPHS to hold chicken BBQ, tractor show PDF Print E-mail
Monday, July 14, 2014 10:28 AM


PAULDING – The John Paulding Historical Society will be hosting its annual Chicken BBQ by Port-A-Pit and Antique Tractor show on Saturday, Aug. 2. Serving and/or pickup will begin at 4 p.m. and continue to 7 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the museum on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or from any director. Or, call Angie Pollock at 419-393-2876 or Patti Boundy at 419-399-4120 to purchase tickets.

Tickets are $7.50 for a half chicken dinner and $4 for a quarter chicken dinner. Sides include baked beans, applesauce, and choice of cole slaw or fresh vegetables.

The Flat Rock Gas & Steam Association and the Black Swamp Tractor Club will be displaying some of their antique tractors during this event. Anyone interested in showing an antique tractor is invited to call Dave Stouffer at 419-670-3869 or Randy Goyings at 419-399-2889.

For those who a little earlier, the Van Wert Tractor Club will be displaying their tractors at the museum from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The museum is located across from the fairgrounds in Paulding. Please help support the John Paulding Historical Society in its mission of preserving the past for the future.


Summer lunch menu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:51 PM

NOCAC Summer Food Service Program for children served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at LaFountain Park in Paulding:

Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25

MONDAY – Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots and celery, banana, milk.

TUESDAY – Ham, red skin potatoes, applesauce, cornbread, milk.

WEDNESDAY – Baked potato with beef and cheese, cinnamon peaches, muffin, milk.

THURSDAY – Chicken and rice soup with vegetables, melon, crackers, cookie, milk.

FRIDAY – Beef Manhattan, mashed potatoes, fruit cup, slice of bread, milk.

Sheriff to host public meetings to gather input on reopening jail
Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:12 AM


First meetings set for July 17

PAULDING – Over the next couple of weeks, Paulding County Sheriff Jason K. Landers will be conducting town hall meetings throughout the county to seek the public’s input in regards to placing a jail operating tax levy on the November 2014 ballot.


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.