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Paulding Progress January 8, 2014

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Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Deitrick and Jano (right) graduated from a 15-week K-9academy course Friday morning at he Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne.
Sheriff’s K-9 unit tobegin duties next week
By DENISE GEBERSProgress Staff Writer
FORT WAYNE – Fifteen weeks of hard work have paid off for the newest member of thePaulding County Sheriff’s work force, K-9 unitJano. His first shift is scheduled to begin Jan.14.Jano and his handler, Deputy Gary Deitrick,graduated along with four other teams during a30-minute ceremony Friday, Jan. 3 in the AllenCounty (Ind.) Courthouse rotunda in FortWayne.Certification for Ohio was completed follow-ing several hours of appraisal at the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds on Jan. 4. This was over-seen by an Ohio Police Officer TrainingAcademy evaluator from Dayton.The pair received three certificates at Friday’sgraduation, signifying their completion of the police service dog team program through theAllen County Sheriff’s office.One indicates successful completion of 525hours of training in the basic K-9 academy. Thesecond and third provide accreditation as a po-lice service dog team and as a narcotic detectiondog team. These documents were through theInternational Police Work Dog Association,signed by Allen County Sheriff Kenneth Friesand certifying master trainer Tyler Harris, in-structor.Deputy Deitrick said testing was conductedduring the last weeks of December. They wereassessed in the areas of obedience, area search,article search, aggression control and buildingsearch.As a narcotics dog, Jano is trained to detectthe presence of marijuana, hashish, cocaine,heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine andecstasy.Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers saidDeputy Deitrick and Jano will be taking a well-deserved vacation until next week.He indicated the pair’s training had been ex-tensive, 15 weeks of daily training in andaround the Fort Wayne area. Nearly 9,000 mileswas put on the K-9 unit vehicle to accomplish
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Turtle Power at the library 
PAULDING – All chil-dren in grades 1-4 are invit-ed to Teenage Mutant NinjaTurtles Night at PauldingCounty Carnegie Libraryfrom 6-7 p.m. Thursday,Jan. 23.There will be pizza (of course), prizes, games andother fun.Please pre-register bycalling the Youth Servicesdepartment at 419-399-2032.
Blood drives set
PAULDING – ThreeAmerican Red Cross blooddrives are scheduled inPaulding County:2-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan.11 at Paulding VFW, 214N. Water St., in honor of Don Egnor.11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 16 at DivineMercy Catholic Church,315 N. Main St., Paulding.1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan.17 at Paulding CountyHospital, 1035 W. WayneSt., Paulding.To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcross-blood.org.January is NationalBlood Donor Month, cele-brated since 1970 to edu-cate Americans about theimportance of regular blooddonation. Every day, about44,000 pints of blood areneeded in the U.S. to helptreat trauma victims, sur-gery patients, organ trans-plant recipients, prematurebabies and cancer patients.Join the nearly four mil-lion dedicated Red CrossBlood donors across thecountry and make an ap-pointment to give by visit-ing redcrossblood.org.
Weather report
A summary of December’s weather highsand lows, as recorded atPaulding’s water treatmentplant:Maximum temperature:58° on Dec. 5.Low temperature: -2°on Dec. 13.Most rain/melted snowin a 24-hour period: 1.60inches on Dec. 22; mostice/snow: 3.7 inches onDec. 15.Total rainfall/meltedsnow for the month: 2.82inches; total ice and snow:6.2 inches.
2013 extremes:
Maximum tempera-ture: 98° on Sept. 11.Low temperature: -2on Dec. 13.Most rain/melted snowin a 24-hour period: 2.26inches on Aug. 3;Most ice/snow in a 24-hour period: 5.5 inches onMarch 25.
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county since that storm whichoccurred in late January of that year.Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said onMonday morning that thecounty was placed on a Level3 warning – the highest travelwarning level – late Sunday.He noted evaluation of thatstatus would be taking placeon a daily basis.
By JIM LANGHAMProgress Feature Writer
The worst snowstorm sincethe Blizzard of ’78 roared fullforce into Paulding County onSunday, closing most roads, businesses and county officesin its wake.Heavy snow blanketed thearea, combined with strongwinds and record-setting sub-zero temperatures. A winter weather warning was in effectfrom 1 a.m. Sunday through 4 p.m. Monday; a wind chillwarning was set to expire at 8 p.m. Tuesday.While it’s hard to tell be-cause of the drifting, mostareas received at least a foot of snow, with National Weather Service officials declaring that between 10 and 16 inches of snow fell over all of northwestOhio, northern Indiana andsouthern Michigan.At the Paulding Water Plant, workers recorded 9inches of snow fell from 7:30a.m. Sunday through 7:30a.m. Monday.Emergency ManagementAgency director RandyShaffer said that while thisstorm is not as bad as theBlizzard of ’78, he believes itis the worst one to hit the“The county highway plows were out Monday, butthey weren’t making much progress,” said Landers.“They were mainly workingon primary roads. There werea lot of really bad roads outthere.”Landers said that bySunday evening, all roads inthe county were drifted shutone place or another. He notedthat he called his guys off theroad for their own safety andso that they could be availableto help make special health or safety runs, if necessary.“We have numbers wherewe can call county and town-ship crews to help us get tocertain destinations in case of emergencies,” commentedLanders. “They will plow uswhere we need to go. In emer-gency situations, they can plow the EMS right to thefront door.”Landers said that a Level 3emergency means that the allroads are closed to non-essen-tial travel and open to onlyemergency personnel. He saidthat in addition to healthneeds, he also consideredheating needs to be an emer-
Near-blizzard conditions shut down county 
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Heavy snow fell Sunday, blanketing the area in about a footof snow, which later combined with strong winds and plum-meting temperatures. More than 40 readers have shared over 70 snowstorm photos with the
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, including this onefrom Jamie Knox Clark of the snow coming down. We’ve post-ed many on our Facebook page. Check our website atwww.progressnewspaper.org for a slideshow of these amazingimages from across the county.
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Paulding County remained under a Level 3 snow emergency from Sunday evening and wasstill in effect as the
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went to press at noon Tuesday. Drifting and blowing snow reducedvisibility and made travel extremely hazardous. Snow plows couldn’t keep up; the few that wereout were attempting to keep the main roads passable for emergency vehicles. Reader JessicaOsborn submitted this photo of a snow plow off the road on Ohio 637.
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By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
For many Paulding Countyresidents, the ominous bliz-zard-like weather events of the past few days are all-too-fa-miliar when they reflect onsnowstorms of the late 1970s,especially the infamousBlizzard of ’78. Others re-member a snowy blast thatclosed many county business-es in 1997.Cindy Peters, who works inthe Paulding County commis-sioners’ office, recalls that
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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.
Suspect in Grover Hill robbery appears in court
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 SeweCapital 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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, at the next council meeting.
Paulding Village’s income tax rate increases to 1%
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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JOHN PAULRITCHHART
PAYNE – John Paul Ritch-hart, 66, formerly of Payne,died Dec. 23, 2013 in Or-lando, Fla.He was the son of Edwardand Lavina Ritchhart.Surviving are two brothers,Carl of Payne and Rudy of Fort Wayne.He was preceded in deathby his parents and a brother,Robert.Military rites were held onJan. 7 in Florida.
SYLVESTER ANKNEY JR.1950-2013
CECIL – Sylvester D.Ankney Jr., 63, of Cecil, diedin an auto accident Friday,Dec. 27 on Defiance-Pauld-ing County Line Rd.He wasborn Jan.18, 1950 inDefiance,the son of the lateSylvester D. AnkneySr. and Ire-nia Lillian(Kittle)Ankney. On Feb. 14, 1972, hemarried Joann Buell, whosurvives. He was currentlyworking as a semi tractor trailer driver for Twin SticksTrucking. He had retired fromGM Central Foundry, wherehe had worked for over 30years. He was an active mem-ber of the Cecil CommunityChurch. He had many inter-ests, from playing instru-ments including the guitar,fishing, hunting, skating, racecars and woodworking. Heseemed to be busy all thetime. But most of all,Sylvester enjoyed helpingpeople.He will be greatly missedby Joann, his wife of 41years; a son, Dennis Ankneyof Cecil, a daughter, Amy(Shane) Flohe of Hicksville;two brothers, Jack (Char)Rock of Defiance and EugeneAnkney of Defiance; a sister,Ruth (Bob) Smallwood of Paulding; four grandchildren,Adam Silvers, Dylan Fox,Ashley Flohe and BaileyGraber; and nieces andnephews.He left this earthly fleshand went to meet his maker greeted by his parents.Funeral services wereThursday, Jan. 2, in the Law-son-Roessner Funeral Home,Defiance. Burial was in Ken-tucky in the Buell familycemetery.Suggested memorials are tothe family.Condolences may beshared at www.defiancefu-neralhome.com.
CHARLIE NEACE1967-2013
ANTWERP – CharlieMack Neace, 46, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Dec.31 at Parkview RegionalMedical Center, Fort Wayne.
JERRY FOUST1952-2014
CECIL – Jerry L. Foust,age 61, died Thursday, Jan. 2at the Hospice of NW Ohio,Toledo.He was born July 4, 1952in Defiance County, the sonof Glenn B. and Ruth V.(Woodring) Foust. He was amember of Cecil Pres- byterianChurch. Hereceived his bachelor of science ineducationat BowlingGreen StateUniversityin 1975 and his master of artsin education from DefianceCollege in 1994. Jerry was em- ployed for a short time for Fairview School, but spent themajority of his employment for  North Central School Systemwhere he taught history, gov-ernment and social studies.He is survived by his mother,Ruth V. Foust, rural Cecil; a brother, Marvin (Margaret)Foust, Oregon, Ohio; a niece,Lisa (Steven) Dickens, Ore-gon; and a nephew, Michael(Niki) Foust, Chula Vista,Calif.He was preceded in death byhis father.Funeral services will be con-ducted at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 8at Den Herder Funeral Home,Paulding, with burial inRochester Cemetery, Cecil.Visitation will be one hour  prior to services.In lieu of flowers, the familyrequests donations made toHospice of NW Ohio.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
MARY ELLEN MORSE1936-2014
PAULDING – Mary EllenMorse, age 77, died Friday,Jan. 3 at the Paulding CountyHospital, Paulding.She was born Nov. 29, 1936in Brown Township, PauldingCounty, the daughter of Clarence J. and Roxie A.(Bosworth)Potts. OnAug. 26,1956, shemarriedGary M.“Jake”Morse,who sur-vives. Sheretired in 1997 from Diehl’sInc. of Defiance after 30 years.She was a member of thePaulding VFW Post #587 Aux-iliary.She is survived by her hus- band, Jake Morse, Paulding;and nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers,Elton and Hazen; and two sis-ters, Fairy Kennedy and JoyParson.Funeral services will be con-ducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan.9 at Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding. Burial willfollow in Paulding MemorialCemetery.Visitation will be 2:30-8 p.m. with a VFW #587Ladies Auxiliary service at7:30 p.m. today, Jan. 8 at thefuneral home, and one hour  prior to services on Thursday.In lieu of flowers, Jake re-quests donations made to theAmerican Cancer Society.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
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had to wait to frost them untilthey were cooled off enough.After the frosting was setenough, I put them in Ziploc bags so they would be readyfor the children to take thismorning. Lovina and Kevinwill take their teachers’ cin-namon rolls to them tonight.Tonight is the elementaryChristmas program at theschool. We have only twochildren in it now. So hard to believe that only Lovina(third grade) and Kevin (sec-ond grade) are in elementaryschool.At first, all the older oneswere in the program while allthe younger ones sat with us. Now the older ones are back with us in the audience whilethe younger ones are in the program.On Sunday, Dec. 22, myhusband Joe will celebrate his45th birthday. Another re-minder that we aren’t gettingany younger.We had some excited chil-dren this past week when wewere dumped with somesnow. Not sure how manyAs I write this, Christmas issix days away. I do not needto look at the calendar toknow, as the children remindme every morning. Jesus isthe reason for the season. Letus rejoice on the day Christwas born. May each of your holiday season be filled withall the joy and peace on earth.My husband will have off work after today until Jan. 2.The school will give the chil-dren a two-week Christmasvacation. Daughter Elizabethisn’t sure if she will get oneor two weeks off yet. Any-ways, it looks like the nexttwo weeks will be lively hereat the Eichers.Today is laundry day again.I also have dough rising for  bread and cinnamon rolls. Imade two batches of cinna-mon rolls yesterday. The chil-dren want to give them totheir teachers for Christmas.Daughter Susan made all thefrosting for me for the rolls.She is always the one I get todo that for me.The last rolls came out of the oven around 8-9 p.m. Soinches we had total but it wasa beautiful sight to behold.The children have spent alltheir free time sledding downthe hill in the hayfield.Last night Kevin came inwith some very cold toes. Ithink he stayed outside a littletoo long without coming in-side to warm up. Our border collie is always by Kevin’sside and races him and thesled down the hill.During the holidays, maythere be peace on earth andgoodwill to all.Try this party mix over theholidays!
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12-oz. box very thin pretzels12-oz. bag Bugles10-oz. can cashews6-oz. box bite size cheddar cheese fish crackers.1 envelope ranch dressing mix1-1/2 teaspoon dill weed1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 3/4 cup vegetable oilMix snacks in large bowl.Mix remaining ingredients to-gether and pour over snacks.Bake at 200° for 1 hour, stirringevery 15 minutes.
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