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LIMA – What can a girldo? A world of good! It’s GirlScout cookie time, and girlscan’t wait to show you howthey run their own cookie business.Beginning Friday, Jan. 10,girls will begin taking GirlScout cookie orders. GirlScouts of Western Ohio will be offering customers a pre-mium selection of the best-selling Girl Scout cookies. Atotal of six Girl Scout cookiesare offered: Thin Mints,Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils,Do-Si-Dos and SavannahSmiles. Girl Scout cookies aremade by Little BrownieBakers and cookies are sell-ing for $4 a box.The Girl Scout CookieProgram is the largest girl-run business in the world, andit empowers girls with thestrength, abilities and drivethey’ll need to become ac-complished women who ben-efit themselves, their familyand the world.Through the cookie pro-gram, girls are presented op- portunities to learn goal set-ting, decision making, moneymanagement, people skillsand business ethics.Additionally, girls help earntheir own way for activitiesand service projects theychoose to do for the year. AllGirl Scout Cookie Program proceeds stay in the commu-nity.In addition, there’s stilltime to be a Girl Scout thisyear. Girls wishing to join arewelcome and can also partic-ipate in the Girl Scout CookieProgram. For informationabout joining, visitwww.girlscoutsofwester-nohio.org.keeping, registration andmaintenance had to either stayat the hospital, if they didn’tlive in town, or had to live intown to get there.” “Winter is usually not oneof my favorite seasons, butSunday night I couldn’t helpfeeling overwhelmed by theamazing beauty the Lord wassprinkling down on us,” com-mented Antwerp’s CaseyHathaway. “We woke up thismorning to all of our shovelingwork completely covered blown over.“We have two dogs and onMonday we had go outsidethree times to re-open their area,” continued Hathaway. “Itwas so cold you could hear thetrees creaking because theywere frozen. Thankfully, welive in town and aren’t seeingthe full fury of this. I consider the cold to be the worst of allof this.”For one area resident,Monday’s blizzard was an un-forgettable way of celebratinga special occasion in her life – her birthday.Jan Comers, who works inthe election office in down-town Paulding, didn’t have togo to work, but she spentmuch of the day answering birthday wishes she receivedon Facebook, through phonecalls and texts.“I am trying to answer eachof them, because each one of them is from a special personthat has touched my life,” saidComers. “I like snow, so I amenjoying it. I went three hous-es down to my niece’s tospend some time with myyoungest great-nephew. He is17 months old and everythingis new to him.“Watching him look out thewindow at the snow became aspecial memory for me. Thiswill be a birthday that is hardto forget,” added Comers.Paulding’s Kim Suttonseemingly summed up thespirit shared by many countyresidents when she said, “I amso grateful that we live in theday and age that we can bealerted to the coming weather.We had plenty of time to pre- pare and we did. We stockedup on food, bought keroseneand propane for our heaters incase the power goes out andalso gas for the generator.“I am so thankful for thosemen and women who are outthere working to keep us safeand warm in our homes.Mother Nature has a way of ‘humbling’ us and making usacutely aware of how vulnera- ble we really are,” addedSutton.
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PAULDING – James R.Reynolds, 34, of FortJennings, was arraigned inPaulding County CommonPleas Court recently for ag-gravated robbery (F2) after being arrested on an October warrant on indictment.Reynolds is charged in con-nection with the Oct. 4 rob-bery at Ross’s Gas Station inGrover Hill.Court dates were sched-uled for a Jan. 27 pretrialconference and a Feb. 19 jurytrial.Reynolds is being held on$100,000 bond with no 10percent privilege. people know when you areleaving and when you arrivethere.”As always, Shaffer said,don’t hesitate to call 911 in thecase of emergency.Shaffer said that sometimeago, he and ODOT officials inLima had worked out a dealwhereby ODOT emergencyequipment will come off of state roads on to county roadsto assist when an emergencyis involved.“If we call their supervisor,he will authorize them tocome off of state roads on tocounty roads and assist our EMS in the case of an emer-gency,” said Shaffer.The storm started buildinginto the county on Sundaymorning. By noon, heavier snow had moved in, whichcontinued to drop one to twoinches an hour most of the af-ternoon. Things worsenedquickly near evening when a powerful cold front enteredthe county with high winds,which immediately causednear-blizzard drifting.gency call.He noted that nearly all businesses in Paulding andsurrounding area appeared to be closed on Monday. Also,all county schools and county-level government offices con-tinued to be closed throughTuesday.Paulding Mayor GregWhite said he believes that atleast 12 inches of snow fell onthe village. White said that,like the county, PauldingVillage was also operatingunder a Level 3 alert, meaningthat no one but emergencytraffic should be on the streets.“The guys are out workinghard plowing the streets,”White said on Monday. “Their first priority is going to makesure that emergency vehiclescan get through.“Right now they are pilingsnow up on corners. Once thecrisis has passed, we willwork with Kauser (Excavating) to get the snowremoved,” White said.“Our first emphasis is thatvillage residents are as safe asthey can be,” added White.Shaffer, EMA director, praised county residents for using a lot of good commonsense. He noted that during a period on Monday, he only passed two cars on the road.“It’s extremely quiet every-where,” said Shaffer onMonday. “It’s extremely quietat the hospital. People arewisely not taking any chances.“I was in Fort Wayne onFriday night; it was crazy upthere. Meijer’s was out of hamburger. One of our localstores was out of bread andmilk on Sunday,” said Shaffer.Shaffer recalled a series of storms in the late 1970s be-sides the “Great Blizzard.” Hereferred to one storm when hewas running a shelter inAntwerp in 1977. On that oc-casion, he said, an entireGreyhound Bus of travelerswere stranded at the shelter.“People need to continue touse common sense,” saidShaffer. “If you have to getout, take all of your emer-gency supplies with you. LetPhotography, Betty’s MedicalMassage Therapy, Citizen’s National Bank, DeShia, Dr.Jennifer Hohman, EdwardJones - Ryan Lindemann, FirstFederal Savings & Loan,Gaylord E. Leslie WellnessCenter, Hillside Bed andBreakfast, Home Health CareSolutions, Maurices, Northwest Ohio WelchTrophy,
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,WERT/WKSD Radio,YMCA, and YWCA.The couple was very appre-ciative for the basket they re-ceived.Van Wert County Hospitalwould also like to acknowl-edge the generous individualsand businesses who con-tributed to the 2014 Van WertCounty Hospital New Year’sBaby.VAN WERT, OHIO – For the Obstetric Department atVan Wert County Hospital, thearrival of the first baby born of the new year is always an ex-citing time. “the new year is asymbol of renewal and whatcould be better than welcom-ing a new baby. We look for-ward to sharing this specialmoment with our families andbabies each year,” said SammiJoseph, director of medical/surgical services, pe-diatrics and obstetrics. To their amazement, AudreyChavez and Isaac Chavez-Ibarra gave birth to the VanWert County Hospital’s firstbaby of 2014. They welcomedtheir son, Cruz Lee Chavez,into the world at 1:18 a.m.Wednesday, Jan. 1. Dr. CarrieHuber delivered the baby, whoweighed 8 pounds, 2 ouncesand measured 20 inches long.Baby Cruz was welcomedhome by a brother, Zaden, anda sister, Brisa.Maternal grandparents areDeb and Stan Pratt from Scott.Maternal great-grandmother isJean Zartman of Payne.For having the first baby of the year, the couple received agift basket valued at over $1,300 worth of gifts fromarea businesses.Generous supporters in-clude Amy HoldgrevePhotography/Furleythe task.“That’s a huge commitmentfrom his normal schedule,”said Landers. “I appreciatethat.“We’re excited to get themin action and get Jano work-ing. We’ve probably had 10traffic stops in the past fewweeks that we would have brought him in on. To havethat resource will be real nice,”continued the sheriff.“It’s a lot to put on his shoul-ders, but he accepts the factthat he is the person to prove tome and the county that this is a beneficial resource,” saidLanders of Deitrick. “I’ve got-ten nothing but good feedback from the community about this program. With Gary settingthe bar for us, I can seriouslysee us adding a second K-9down the road.”Community support has been considerable, accordingto Sheriff Landers. He men-tioned Baker and Shindler pro-vided materials and fees to pour the kennel while Taylor Brothers provided equipmentto accomplish the task of com- pleting the concrete work.In the area of food andhealth care, the IAMS plant inLeipsic is donating all Jano’sfood. Dr. Missy Bowman andher staff at Paulding AnimalClinic are committed to Jano’scontinued healthcare needs.The sheriff is also apprecia-tive of the monetary donationsthe department has receivedfrom almost 30 individuals,families, businesses and or-ganizations, including mem- bers of his own staff.
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Payne couple welcomes Van WertCounty Hospital’s new year baby
By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
PAULDING – Paulding VillageCouncil adopted an ordinance rais-ing income tax rates when it met inspecial session on Dec. 30.Council heard the third and finalreading of Ordinance #1468-13amending Ordinance #1239-00 (in-come tax ordinance), suspended therules, declared an emergency andunanimously passed the measure.The new ordinance will increase thevillage income tax from .5 percent to1 percent.The ordinance sets the limits of al-locations of the Income Tax Fund asfollows; emergency services, 35 per-cent; debt reduction/capital improve-ments, 25 percent; parks and recre-ation, 10 percent; and the remaining30 percent shall remain in theIncome Tax Fund until council deter-mines how it should be transferredand/or expended.Also, council passed by unani-mous vote Ordinance #1465-13, toamend appropriations for 2013, andOrdinance #1466-13, permanent ap- propriations for 2014.The total appropriation for 2013was $13,901,834 while the amountappropriated for 2014 was$5,879,528. The large difference be-tween the two budget amounts can be attributed to the cost of the newwater plant and the sanitary/stormsewer separation projects.Listed below are the amounts list-ed by fund appropriated for 2014 andthe final 2013 (reappropriations or actual expenses in parenthesis):General Fund $507,000($485,840); Income Tax Fund$460,000 ($465,600); Street LightLevy Fund $85,000 ($85,000);Street Construction Fund$805,000 ($676,850); StateHighway Improvement Fund$12,000 ($4,000); Drug LawEnforcement Fund $100 (-0-);Indigent Drivers Alcohol Fund $100($400);Police Pension Fund $13,530($14,000); Mayor’s Court Computer Fund $2,100 ($800); Police Fund$410,925 ($384.969); VILPermissive Tax 1 Fund $67,000($300); CO Permissive License Fund$75,000 (-0-);EMS Fund $125,500 ($129,875);Village Permissive Tax II Fund$67,000 ($300); Fire Levy Fund$28,000 ($27,000); PoolMaintenance Fund $68,000($57,000);EMS Village Levy Fund $19,250($19,250); EMS Contract Fund$46,000 ($11,250); Police Dept.Cont. Officers’ Training $200 (-0-);Rehab Grant Fund $15 (-0-);Cemetery Perpetual Trust Fund$100 (-0-); Pool Bond Levy Fund -0-(-0-); Cap. Improvement Fund$5,500 ($11,500); CherryStreet/North Drive Project Fund -0-(-0-); Multi-Street Improvements -0-(-0-); Electric Generator -0- (-0-);WTP Construction $5,500,000($4,825,000); WW Pump Station(grant) -0- (-0-); WW Lagoons -0- (-0-); WW Sewer Separation -0-($3,925,000);Water Fund $695,000 ($692,600);Sewer Fund $591,000 ($580,000);Water Cap. Improvement Fund$367,000 ($436,000); Sewer CapImprovement Fund $561,000($617,100);WTP Cap Improvement Fund$1,000 ($91,000); Solid Waste Fund$160,000 ($154,000); Curbing$40,000 ($52,000); Water SecurityDeposits Fund $10,000 ($13,000);Water Tower Fund -0- (-0-);Multiple Street ImprovementFund -0- (-0-); Sewer Separation CapImprovement $20,000 ($19,000);Cemetery Trusts Fund $8 (-0-);Mayors Court Fund $18,000($25,000) Multiple Street Imp -0- (-0-); PCFA Fund $70,000 ($71,000);PCFA FEMA Grant -0- (-0-).GRAND TOTALS: $5,879,528($13,901,834)Councilman Tom Diaz remindedcouncil that there were several vil-lage streets that were developing pot-hole problems and would need someattention as soon as the weather breaks.Fiscal Officer Melissa Tope re-quested and council unanimously ap- proved the following money trans-fers:•Water Fund $29,721.33 toWater Capital Improvement Fund.•Sewer Fund $145,000 to Sewer Capital Improvement Fund.•Income Tax Fund $25,000 toPolice Fund.•General Fund $15,000 to PoliceFund.Village solicitor Mike Jones askedthat council remember the late Jack Palmer and his family. Mayor GregWhite noted that there would be amoment of silence in remembranceof Palmer, a writer for the
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Cruz Chavey was born Jan. 1, making him Van Wert CountyHospital’s first baby of the new year. His parents are AudreyChavez and Isaac Chavez-Ibarra of Payne.
1997 event that closed thecourthouse. But this is extraor-dinary, Peters admits.“Even the dog doesn’t wantto go outside,” said Peters. “Iam just hoping that peopledon’t lose their power, thatthey stay safe and warm andthat outside animals are brought in and taken care of.“My son and I made twosnowmen yesterday (Sunday) before it got too cold,” Peterssaid. “We also had a snowballfight and while Dad was blow-ing the drive, threw snowballsat him. We all had a blast. Bestof all, I was glad to spend anentire day with the entire fam-ily this bitter and coldMonday.”Many of the area’s youthsnoted that they had never seensuch a large amount of snow atone time.“I think it’s really cool. Ihave never seen this muchsnow before,” said WayneTrace student Alicia Williams.“I want to thank the many peo- ple who are working so hard tomake sure that everyone issafe. I’m hoping to play morein the snow with my familyand friends. I wish it wouldsnow more.”Stacy Thomas, who alongwith her husband, Ben, andchildren live in a countryhome southwest of Payne,waxed poetically as she de-scribed the fields around their home as looking like a “sea of snow waves over the country-side.”“Drifts are probably three tofour feet high in front of thehouse,” said Thomas. “Wehave loved our time at home.I’m a homebody anyway. Benand I watched a movie and played board games with thekids.“It’s nice to be stuck insideand having a special familytime that the hustle and bustleof life sometimes takes awayfrom us. We are glad to bewarm, but we are praying for those who have to be outside braving the elements,” addedThomas.“During the first day of thestorm it was still warm and Iwas able to send my kids outto build forts and have snow- ball fights,” commentedPayne’s Amber Schuerman.“We love our neighbors,Tammy, Meghan and Kirsten,so we had them all over for supper. We enjoyed hangingout and listening to the windand snow blowing. Most of all, we enjoyed being togeth-er.”Other residents that stayedin until late Monday wereshocked when they steppedoutside the door and were blasted with the brutally coldair. Darnell Goings said that hehad layered with clothes but hehad no idea what was comingwhen he stepped into the coldair.“I was shocked; I couldn’t believe it ... it was so cold,”said Goings. “I thought that Iwas dressed warm enoughuntil I opened the door.”A majority of county resi-dents stayed in, tried to keepwarm and tried to keep their pipes from freezing. Many,like Broughton’s Beth Offerle,spent much of the day curlingup to a good book or crochet-ing.“It is very windy, the snowis blowing around somethingterrible. I can’t see very far; itlooks pretty much like a white-out looking north,” saidOfferle on Monday.Michelle Waggoner, wholives north of Payne, wouldhave normally spent her Monday getting up early anddriving to the office where sheis an administrator atHicksville CommunityHospital. However, this dayshe didn’t attempt to get out of her driveway; that was con-firmed to be a good decisionwhen a snowplow was stuck in the drifts in her drivewayand around the house.Like Paulding CountyHospital and other area health-care agencies, Waggoner saidthat Hicksville had special plans it implemented in suchtreacherous circumstances.“Our administrative offices, business office, medicalrecords, fitness center, rehabdepartment and physician of-fices have closed today andwill be closed tomorrow,” saidWagonner on Monday. “Our nurses, lab staff, radiology,respiratory, dietary, house-
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