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Paulding County Progress January 15, 2014

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Election boardclosing five days
PAULDING – ThePaulding County Board of Elections office is closedJan. 14-17 for OAEOConference.The office also is closedJan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Feb. 5 by 4 p.m. is thefiling deadline for declara-tion of candidacy for parti-san candidates and localquestions and issues for theMay 6 Primary Election.
Council to meet
ANTWERP – AntwerpVillage will hold itsJanuary council meeting at5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 15,at the town hall.
Wiffleball eventfor WT baseball
HAVILAND – OnSaturday, Feb. 8, the WayneTrace baseball team willhost an indoor wiffleballtournament at Wayne TraceHigh School.The tournament is around-robin formatted tour-nament consisting of seven-person teams. All partici-pants must be high schoolage or older. Entry fee is$140 per team and includesa T-shirt for all team mem-bers. More information re-garding the tournament, in-cluding the registrationform, can be found by visit-ing the Wayne Trace base-ball Facebook page, or byvisiting http://bit.ly/wtwif-fleball.Balcony level seating andconcessions will be avail-able for participants andspectators. All proceeds goto the Wayne Trace baseballteam.
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 VOL. 139 NO. 21PAULDING, OHIO 419-399-4015www.progressnewspaper.orgWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 ONE DOLLARUSPS 423620
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future brings us challengesthat we all need to face to-gether and head on with a pos-itive attitude and energeticspirit.“The ODC’s main objectiveis to immortalize Paulding
By NANCY WHITAKER Progress Staff Writer
PAULDING – The JohnPaulding Historical Societywill hold its annual meeting at2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at themuseum, located across fromthe Paulding CountyFairgrounds.The keynote speaker will beDamien A. Morales, execu-tive director of the OakwoodDevelopment Company.Morales will share what theupcoming year will bring andwhat direction the OakwoodDevelopment plans on takingto highlight the strengths of Paulding County.He is a degreed sociologistfrom the University of Texasand has spent the past eightyears assisting franchisors inreplicating their businessmodels across the country.“I’m humbled to share our development plan with theleaders of the Paulding com-munity,” Morales said. “TheCounty’s rich tradition andmerge it with our fast movingworld, avoiding at all costs,sacrificing the county’sunique personna.”JPHS president Kim Suttonsaid, “I hope everyone willcome out and listen to whatDamien has to say about hisvision for the county.“He is like a breath of freshair with his enthusiasm andhis positive attitude on whatPaulding County has to offer.”Everyone is welcome to at-tend the annual membershipmeeting as it is an event which brings together members,friends and family to share inthe excitement of a brand newyear.For more information onthe meeting or speaker, callKim Sutton at 419-399-2388.For more information aboutthe historical society, visit itswebsite at www.johnpauld-inghistoricalsociety.org or visit their Facebook page.
By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
A big snow event is muchmore than snow removal for local street workers saidPaulding street supervisor Jerry Smith and village ad-ministrator Harry Wiebe re-garding the recent mega stormwhich dumped between 10and 12 inches on the commu-nity and surrounding county.“We have to deal with water main breaks, service lines andother stuff besides snow re-moval,” said Smith. “Thereare calls coming into the utili-ty office concerning water shutoffs, water leaks andsewer problems.“Unlike some larger com-munities that have a dedicatedstaff, this is a small communi-ty with a larger spectrum of responsibility. I do not enjoysnowstorms,” said Smith.Wiebe said that one of theconcerns city officials sharedgoing into last weekend’smassive snowstorm was exist-ing piles of snow still in exis-tence from several inches of snow that had fallen the previ-ous week.“We were wondering howthis predicted big storm wasgoing to add to what was al-ready there,” said Wiebe.Although most plowing andsnow removal was taken careof by local plowers, Kauser Trucking assisted in removinglarger piles that needed to behauled out of the village.“One of their truck driverstold me that they hauled out100 loads,” said Smith.“There was a lot of snow.”“The village crew did anexcellent job in maintainingroad access,” Wiebe said.Smith noted that local offi-cials used 30 tons of salt anddrew from 56 hours of over-
By JIM LANGHAMFeature Writer
The recent snowstorm that sweptthrough Paulding County last week left county officials with 444.75 lesstons of grit and lots of manpower hours exhausted into the extensive plowing and clearing demanded bythe event.Aaron Timm, superintendent of thePaulding County Engineer’s Office,said that workers combined 600 to 700tons of salt with number nine stone toarrive at the formula normally used for county roads.“Right now, we have a three-year supply of salt on hand, at least for what we would normally expect,” saidTimm.According to Timm, local docu-mentation for the long-term address-ing of the recent snow event actually began on Jan. 2, when local officialsasked for a full callout to addresswinds and light snow all day. On Jan.3, most roads were cleaned up fromthe light snow that had fallen on thatday.Saturday, Jan. 4, local officials de-cided not to run, but rather prepare for the predicted large event that was pre-dicted to strike the area on Sunday.Although the snow started a littlelater than anticipated, things started to pick up by noon on Sunday. At 1 p.m.,a 12-truck team began to role in an at-tempt to stay ahead of the increasingsnowstorm. Timm said that with 322combined miles to cover, each routeaveraged 27 miles per route. Plowswere eventually pulled at 8 p.m. onSunday evening.On Monday, in spite of the moder-ate drifting going on, workers re-sponded to a full callout at 3 a.m. andcame off the roads at 5 p.m.“Tuesday, we told the drivers tostart at 7 a.m.,” said Timm. “Tuesdaywas a 12-hour day; the last truck camein at 8 p.m.”Once again on Wednesday, therewas a full callout at 3 a.m. Once roadswere in better condition, machinerywas redirected to push snow back.Timm said that last week wasrounded out by running eight trucks togrit roads and especially intersectionson Thursday and four trucks to dotouch up on Friday.“Obviously when things start outthis way, we have to keep a closewatch to see what will happen, even if it is only watching for patchy ice or scattered snow on the roads,” ob-served Timm. “We are grateful for thecooperation of the public in staying in
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MOUNTAINS OF SNOW – Last week’s winter storm dumpednearly a foot of snow on the area. Around the courthousesquare, clearing the roads meant huge piles of the white stuff,which nearly buried light posts.
Big snowstormmeans more thansnow removalfor village crews
Top 10 online stories of 2013
By MELINDA KRICK Progress Editor
Listed below are the top 10 viewed storiesread on the
website, www.progress-newspaper.org, during the past year. The number of pageviews was calculated by GoogleAnalytics. See the website to view stories intheir entirety.The total number of hits was current as of Dec. 31, 2013.During 2013, our website received 100,975visits with 252,475 pageviews – the most sincewe first launched our website. The peak number of visits on a given day was 2,180 on Oct. 17; the previous high was 2,029 on Feb. 5.Most of the top stories were breaking news, published prior to the regular Wednesday publi-cation date of the
. Three of the 10 in-volved coverage of a huge traffic accident onU.S. 24 that included 11 semis and three passen-ger vehicles.Two of the top stories were archived articlesrelating to the year’s No. 1 most popular story.
10. Video: US 24 crash scene
Hits: 861 Date: Feb. 5A one-minute video of a 14-vehicle crashscene Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5, on U.S. 24, asresponders worked to clean up the scene.
9. Nancy Eagleson Part 5
Hits: 865 Date: 2000Part 5 of a series originally published Aug. 30,2000Sheryl Eagleson Schooley, the younger sister of slain teen Nancy Eagleson, is a wonderfulgrown-up who still has memories of her older sister. Sheryl was only 5 years old at the time of her sister’s murder, but her memories will beetched in her mind forever.The night of Nov. 13, 1960, is a night she willnever forget. “We had went to the movies. Nancy always held my hand when we walked places. This night was no different. We leftJohnson’s Restaurant [on the square], andwalked past Pelok’s building [at the corner of East Jackson Street and Flat Rock Drive].“Yes, we went up to Pelok’s window and peeked in. I don’t know why we did, but now Ithink Nancy may have been stalling and thoughtthen that we were possibly being followed.”
8. ALCO store in Paulding to close
Hits: 912 Date: Oct. 17ABILENE, Kan. – ALCO Stores Inc. has an-nounced today it will close its ALCO store inPaulding.In making the announcement, RicardoClemente, sr. vice president for store operations,said, “The decision to close the store in Pauldingwas a difficult one. We have valued the opportu-nity to be a part of this community, but unfortu-nately the store’s performance does not meet our financial requirements. The economy has clear-ly had an impact on store sales, and we’ve madethe very difficult decision to close.”
7. Driver identified in fatal US 24crash
Hits: 992 Date: Feb. 6CECIL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’sVan Wert Post is investigating a multiple vehiclefatal crash that occurred on Feb. 5, 2013 at ap- proximately 7:59 a.m. on U.S. 24 at CountyRoad 87 in Crane Township, Paulding County.Fourteen vehicles were involved in the crash-es; 11 commercial vehicles, two passenger carsand a pickup truck hauling excavating equip-ment.At the time of the crash, visibility was report-ed to be less than 100 feet due to the heavy fog.
6. Two injured in crash near  Antwerp
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PAULDING – A PauldingCounty grand jury returnedindictments against four per-sons on Thursday, Jan. 9.The individuals will be ar-raigned in Paulding CountyCommon Pleas Court. Thoseindicted were:Aaron S. McMillan, 31,of Paulding, one count eachtrafficking in drugs and pos-session of heroin, bothfelonies of the fourth degree.Jennifer L. McMillan,29, of Paulding, one counteach trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin, bothfelonies of the fourth degree.Donald E. Hammons III,36, address unknown, onecount complicity to robbery,felony of the third degree.Scott J. Collins, 36,Paulding, one count sexualoffender registration, third-degree felony.
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
PAYNE – The PayneVillage Council met for itsfirst meeting of 2014 onMonday evening, Jan. 13.Boards and committees wereselected, the council presidentwas approved, and resigna-tions were heard. New committees andboards were approved as fol-lows:Sidewalks, signs, alleycrossings - Chairman KathyFeasby, Bill Childs, RonSchoenauer Fire, police, lights -Chairman Schoenauer, RonEtzler, Ray SpeiceLaws, contracts, ordi-nances - Chairman Etzler,Speice, ChildsFinance, claims, assess-ments - Chairman RandyMiller, Schoenauer, Etzler Public grounds, build-ings, refuse, park - ChairmanChilds, Miller, FeasbyStreets, alleys, ditches -Chairman Speice, Feasby,Miller.The resignation of GregBollenbacher as EMS coordi-nator was accepted. The coun-cil tabled a new appointmentfor the position.Ron Etzler also submittedhis resignation as administra-tive secretary. Etzler, who isnow a member of the villagecouncil, is not permitted toserve as a council member and be a village employee.Etzler was appointed byMayor Smith to serve on theretention schedule projectcommittee and zoning boardas a volunteer.Ron Schoenauer received aunanimous vote to serve as thecouncil president.Police Chief Rodney Miller reported to council that he re-ceived one estimate for a new police cruiser in the amount of $30,183 on a three-year lease.Mayor Terry Smith will look into the possibilities of a five-year lease on another vehicle.Two ordinances were unan-imously passed. Ordinance2014-01 makes appropria-tions for current expenses andother expenditures for the vil-lage during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2014.The second, Ordinance2014-02, fixes the compensa-tion, bonds and benefits of of-ficers, clerks and employeesof the village and repealingordinance 2013-03 and all prior inconsistent ordinances.PAULDING – Severalmembers of the PauldingCounty Sheriff’s office re-ceived recognition at the de-partment’s banquet dinner onFriday, Jan. 3.Awards were given to vari-ous officers-of-the-year, alsofor safe driving and lifesavingactions, plus one promotionwas recognized.All 23 full-time membersof the department voted onwho they felt should be cor-rections officer-of-the-year,communications officer-of-the-year, reserve deputy-of-the-year, deputy-of-the-year and employee-of-the-year.Awards were presented toCharmayne Haller in correc-tions, Beth Derck in commu-nications, William Lyons roaddeputy, Jennifer Wiswell asemployee and ChrisRobinson in the reserve posse.Buckeye State Sheriffs’Association uniform ribbonswere available for Haller andLyons.Plaques for each categoryhave been hung in the sher-iff’s office hallway. Tabs withannual recipients’ names anddate will be added each year.Tyler Stork was promotedto lieutenant and beginningJan. 6 is the third shift super-visor. He has been with thedepartment since 2007.Deputies Nick Mendez andWilliam Lyons each receiveda first-time lifesaving awardfor action they took June 13following a semi/motorcyclecrash on Ohio 613.“Action they took that dayallowed this individual to sur-vive,” said Paulding CountySheriff Jason Landers.Eight personnel memberswere honored for their safedriving, on and off duty. Toqualify, deputies had to haveat least five years of servicewith no citable incidents.These awards went toSheriff Landers, Chief Deputy Mark Butler, Capt.Shane Dyson, Lt. BrionHanenkratt, Lt. Tyler Stork and the following roaddeputies: Gary Deitrick, RobGarcia and Dog WardenMark Rassman.time manpower in order to ac-complish what was needed.Smith said that there is a pur-chase order for 200 tons of salt for an entire winter usage.About half of that has already been used, said the supervisor.Smith thanked those whostayed at home and were pa-tient with street crews to ac-complish their task. However,Smith said, there were resi-dents who became impatientand actually slowed up the en-tire process with the way inwhich they handled their frus-tration.“When we plow streets, wedon’t go out of our way to plow somebody’s drivewayin,” said Smith.Smith said that many resi-dents who are frustrated be-cause some snow has been plowed in front of their drive-way actually snow blow or simply push the snow back out in the streets, forcing vil-lage crews to re-plow the en-tire street and cause the cycleto occur all over again.“People who see us plow-ing come out and ask us to plow out their driveway. Wesimply can’t do that, for manyreasons,” said Smith. “Some people get frustrated and yellthings at our workers. Whenwe have this much snow, weare simply trying to do the best job we can. We’re tryingto help, not cause problems.”Wiebe emphasized thatthere are four regular villagesnow plows. He noted that ittakes a good five to six hoursto make successful passesthrough all of the streets intown. Normally, plows at-tempt to start working uptownat 2 a.m. in order to get the vil-lage ready and available for use.“We appreciate all of thecooperation we can get,” saidSmith. “It makes it easier andmore efficient for everyone if we all work together in coop-eration during these times.”“Our workers are very ded-icated and did a great job of doing what they were sup- posed to do through thisstorm,” said Wiebe.and giving us plenty of timeand room to clean things up.“This was a strong snow-storm, but it’s not the worstI’ve ever seen around here bya long run,” continued Timm.“This wasn’t even a compari-son to the Blizzard of ’78. Butit was one of the strongeststorms we’ve had in sometime. I want to thank our fel-lows for the hard work andspirit of cooperation for allthat they put into this.”On the state level, officialRhonda Pees from the ODOTLima office noted thatPaulding County used 1,069tons of salt, 12,803 tons of  brine, drove 251,959 stormmiles over 391 lane miles andcost $290,688 for the period of Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.Last year, on a districtwide basis, 5,850 tons of salt wereused over the eight-countyarea, compared to 28,228 thisyear so far.In addition, last year’s totalexpenditure was $1,012,000on removal compared to$3,638,262 so far this season.“What a difference in ayear’s time,” said Pees. “You just never know what can hap- pen season to season.”
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By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
OAKWOOD – Oakwood VillageCouncil met Monday, Jan. 13. Prior to the meeting, Mayor Erhard “Bud”Henke administered the oath of of-fice to two council members, JenAshbacher and Vicky Long, whowere re-elected in last fall’s election.Two council members, ToddDangler and Phil Stucky, had notfiled for re-election, so the first order of business was to determine how tofill the remaining two vacant seats.Dangler was in attendance be-cause he was still willing to serve oncouncil. Dangler stated that he hadjust missed the filing deadline so hewas not on the ballot. Council unan-imously voted to appoint Dangler tofill one of the vacant seats.They will fill the other seat at thenext council meeting.Mayor Henke and council extend-ed a big thank-you to the village em- ployees for their good job of plow-ing snow and keeping the villageopen for EMS and fire equipment.Village administrator John Keyesnoted that they were able to borrowa grader from Brown Township andthis helped them immensely withsnow removal.It was suggested that Keyes obtainthe price of a grader for the village asit could be used to grade alleys aswell as remove snow. Keyes told council that the villagehad experienced its largest use of water during the storm due to a cou- ple of homes having water pipes break, and many people runningwater to prevent lines freezing dur-ing the extreme cold.Keyes stated that the highest water usage was 190,000 gallons onFriday, Jan. 10.Mayor Henke commented thatseveral area villages were unable to produce water fast enough to meetdemand and some water towers haddropped dangerously low. There was a lengthy discussionconcerning village employees’ med-ical insurance. Council unanimouslyvoted to table a motion to make achoice on the carrier for the medicalinsurance. Council will be working with FireChief Kenny Thomas and EMS co-ordinator Chad Brown regardingrates and renewing various contractsfor the Village of Melrose andWashington and Brown townships.The decisions and procedure will befinalized at the next council meeting.Thomas informed council thatthey would be taking down theChristmas lights soon.Thomas requested that he be ableto go through each of the assets of the fire department and authenticatethe value and insured amount withan insurance representative. VillageFiscal Officer Susan Barron will setup the meeting.Council voted unanimously tosuspend the rules, declared an emer-gency and unanimously passedOrdinance 14-02 setting wages for the fire chief at $4,200 per year, payable monthly.Mayor Henke announced thatthere would be a representative fromthe Central Collection Agency(CCA) available for taxpayer assis-tance from 3-7 p.m. Monday, March17 at the village clerk’s office to as-sist taxpayers with preparing their Oakwood Village income tax return.For anyone unable to attend, theCCA representatives will be avail-able from 1-7 p.m. Monday, March10 in Paulding.Bill Sherry announced to councilthat there would be free basic tax fil-ing provided by the Ohio BenefitsBank this year to area residents.Anyone whose individual income is$65,000 or less could qualify for thisfree tax filing.A Benefit Bank counselor can as-sist with filing 2014 federal, stateand school district taxes. There will be no fees or charges and e-filing isavailable. Free direct deposit of taxrefunds is also available. The loca-tions for tax preparation and filing inPaulding County will be thePaulding Senior Center and theMiddle Creek UMC. To schedule anappointment, call 419-784-2150 ext.1100.The next regular council meetingis scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.
Oakwood Council fills vacant council seat
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RIBBON CUTTING – The Paulding Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting onTuesday, Jan. 14 for REAL Waste Disposal LLC. The company has open an office at 106 E.Jackson St. on the square in Paulding. REAL Waste Disposal LLC, a family-owned and op-erated business, services Paulding County and surrounding areas with residential and com-mercial waste removal. Among those who attended the ribbon cutting were, from left – AnneThomas and Dianne Jones, chamber members; owner Ryan Lassiter; chamber member Sonya Herber; and owner Jack Lassiter.
New year brings new boardsand committees at Payne
Sheriff’s employees honoredat annual office banquet
Grand jury indicts 4
Hits: 1.153 Date: Dec. 29ANTWERP – TwoPaulding County men wereinjured, one seriously, follow-ing a two-vehicle motor vehi-cle crash on Sunday afternoonsouth of Antwerp.The Ohio State HighwayPatrol’s Van Wert Post is in-vestigating an injury crashthat occurred at 3:13 p.m.Dec. 29 on Ohio 49 at CountyRoad 162 in CarryallTownship, Paulding County.
5. One arrested inlatest meth lab bust in Antwerp
Hits: 1,204 Date: May 21ANTWERP – On Mondayevening, May 20 at approxi-mately 9 p.m., AntwerpPolice Officer Michael Kirschwas answering a routine callfor a domestic issue when hediscovered what appeared to be remnants of a meth lab.
4. Nancy Eagleson Part 1
Hits: 1,218 Date: 2000Originally published Aug.2, 2000It was Sunday, Nov. 13,1960. It was a typical fall day,and Paulding County seemedat peace. The church bellsrang the same as usual, folkswere looking forward toThanksgiving and upcomingholidays. However, before theday would end, there would be a crime committed so hor-rendous that it would shakePaulding County to its roots.
3. 2013 General  Election Results
Hits: 1,457 Date: Nov. 5
2. Large multi-vehi-cle crash on US 24Tuesday morning with slideshow
Hits: 1,875 Date: Feb. 5CECIL – A multiple-vehi-cle crash on U.S. 24 near Cecil on Tuesday morning re- portedly claimed the life of one person and closed thehighway for several hours dueto a chemical spill.U.S. 24 likely will remainclosed until at least 9 p.m.tonight as crews work to re-move semis from the scene.They also must clean up thechemical spill at the site.
1. Shoe unearthed inold jail could be from Eagleson case
Hits: 3,028 Date: Oct. 11PAULDING – A small-sizeladies black shoe has been un-covered at the old PauldingCounty Jail site. Could it bemissing evidence from the un-solved Nancy Eagleson mur-der case, supposedly stored inthe old jail?A shoe, along with the slainteen’s dress, scarf, purse andher personal belongings, dis-appeared after her November 1960 death and have not beenfound.Recently, the owners of AllTrades Restoration Company,Jeff and Cassie Hollis, have been working on restoring theold jail, which they purchasedfrom the county earlier thisyear. When speaking withHollis about their plans, he re-vealed some of the things hehad unearthed in the base-ment.
JEAN ANKNEY1939-2014
DEFIANCE – Former Paulding resident Iona Jean(Wolford) Ankney, 74, of De-fiance, died Thursday, Jan. 9at Parkview Regional Hospi-tal, Fort Wayne. Survivors in-clude a daughter, Laurie(Thomas) Sinn of Latty. Serv-ices will be held Jan. 30 atSchaffer Funeral Home, De-fiance.
ANTWERP – Phyllis“Jeannie” Gerken, 77, of Antwerp, passed away Fri-day, Jan. 10 at Parkview Re-gional Medical Center.
CECIL – Thomas J. Howell,77, of Cecil, passed away Sat-urday, Jan. 11 at his residence.Tom was born in FortWayne onJune 22,1936, theson of thelate Josephand Ruth(Whippert)Howell. OnJuly 6, 1957, he married BarbaraGlass. He worked at Schwer-man Trucking and also farmed.He always enjoyed his timeaway camping and fishing atMorrison Lake.He will be sadly missed byhis wife, Barbara; children,Karen (John) Baldwin of Cecil,Amy (Mark) Rager of Pauldingand Brock (Shelly) of Cecil;grandchildren, Jeremy, Gina,Kevin Jr., Shanna, Justin, Sky-lar, Connor and Kaylin; andgreat-grandchildren, A.J.,Cameron, Colton, Summer,Brooke, Joey, Henry andRoman.His son, Kevin, preceded himin death in 1999.His service is at 11 a.m.today, Jan. 15, with visitationone hour prior to the service atDooley Funeral Home,Antwerp. He will be laid to restat Rochester Cemetery.Memorials are to Cecil FireDepartment.Condolences and fond mem-ories may be shared atwww.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
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The Amish Cook
By: Lovina Eicher
wrapping clutter, and washlaundry. Next week on New Year’sDay we will get together withsister Emma, Jacob, and fam-ily and sisters Verena andSusan and our family andTimothy and Mose at Jacob’shouse. The 21 of us ex-changed names for a gift ex-change that day.On Sunday our church willhave the annual Christmas potluck so the holidays arestill in full swing for us.My husband Joe is smok-ing deer jerky in the smoker right now. He mixed up 16 pounds of it yesterday. Healso mixed up 25 pounds of summer sausage from thevenison meat. Mose boughtus the deer. It was the 4th onehe shot this season. We reallyappreciated the meat. Joe hascut up a lot of nice steaksfrom the deer. Son Benjamin,14, was along when thedeer’s were shot so he was pretty excited. He said theysaw a lot of deer. Mose’s fam-ily live on a big farm so thereare a lot of deer.Daughter Verena leftaround 8 a.m. with somefriends to go to a friend’shouse in a community aboutan hour and a half from here.They plan to stay until Sun-day and possibly attendchurch in that community. It’sstill hard to believe she is oldThis is my final column of 2013. This is Friday after Christmas. We had a very niceenjoyable Christmas Day. Wemade a big breakfast casserolethe night before with the ingre-dients being scrambled eggs,shredded potatoes, onions,green peppers, diced cheese, bacon, ham, and then toppedwith sausage gravy.On Christmas morning we put it in the oven to heat whilewe opened gifts. Everyone wasvery happy and excited for their gifts. Although it is excit-ing to open presents at Christ-mas time, may we alwaysremember the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus, our Savior,was born! After all the giftswere opened we ate breakfast,or more like brunch. Then thedishes were washed whileChristmas carols were sung.The rest of the day wasspent playing games, enjoy-ing new gifts, and just relax-ing. What a nice family day toall be together. Snacks werealso enjoyed and goodiesgiven from the neighbors.Later we had a light supper of grilled cheese sandwiches.Around 8 p.m. Timothyand Mose left for their homes bringing the well-spent day toa close here at the Eicher household.The following day every-one was home to clean up thehouse, burn the boxes andenough to be with the youthgroup. The youth from our church plan to go Christmascaroling tomorrow night.My good friend Lucillefrom Dayton, Va., sent me acookbook from their commu-nity for Christmas. I was ex-cited to receive it as I lovelooking through cookbooksgetting new ideas for recipes.Try this recipe on one of thesecold winter days!
2 cups water 2 cups diced potatoes1/2 cup diced carrots1/2 cup diced celery1/4 cup chopped onion1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper Combine all ingredients in alarge kettle. Boil 10 to 12minutes. Meanwhile makewhite sauce. Stir sauce intoundrained vegetable mixture.Heat throughout.
White Sauce
1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 2 cups grated cheddar cheese1 cup cubed ham or fried bacon crumbsIn a small saucepan meltthe butter. Add flour and stir until smooth (about 1minute). Slowly add milk while stirring. Cook untilthickened. Add grated cheeseand stir until melted. Toss inham or bacon.
The family of Den Adams would like to thank everyone forthe love and support shown to us during the loss of our lovedone. Words cannot express our appreciation to those of youthat brought food, sent beautiful cards, flowers and other me-morial tributes, monetary donations for Den’s favorite chari-ties, also many prayers, phone calls, and visits. Many thanksgo out to the ladies of Harvest Life Fellowship of Defiance andthe First Christian Church of Paulding who provided a deli-cious dinner after the service. Thank you to our Pastor, TimHacker, whose words were divinely inspired and comforting.A special thank you goes out to Den Herder FuneralHome and staff for all of their wonderful assistance inpreparing the arrangements for the funeral. He will be for-ever missed, but we know that he is in Heaven and hewill live on in our hearts and memories.
The family of Den Adams  Judy, Dennis, John, Tracy and families
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would like to offer our sincereanks for all of the cards, gis, flowers, food and for all the expressions of sympathy and prayers offered to the family. A Special ank You to the Staff at the Gardens of Paulding who took care of Jim and to Den Herder Funeral Home for their kind words and guidance. To all of our wonderful family and friends, we thank you for your love and support.
Pat Buchman ~ Bob, Eric and Scott BuchmanLiz and Steve Pessefall ~ David Walker Sherri and Jack Hounshell 
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This is to make Public Noticethat there is to be no trespassing, dumping, huntingor cutting of trees on the property known as PleasantValley, situated in BentonTownship, section 16,Paulding County, OH.Violators will be prosecuted to the fullestextent of the law.
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 In Loving Memory of 
Pearl (Pete) Childs
Passed Away 11 Years AgoJanuary 10, 2003
You were taken from us so suddenly. We still wonder why. Our hearts still ache as each day passes by. How long will thisemptiness inside us remain? We miss you so much, long to see you again. You left and dwell withthe Lord up above, but the memories of you are filled withsuch love. We’ve said our  goodbyes and in faith we stand,  for one day in heaven, we’ll walkhand in hand. You are always in our hearts. In time we will see each other again.
Deeply missed by:Bill & Julie, Jennifer & Jessica,  Jarrod & Jorddan
Paulding Village Coun-cil passed ordinance1468-13 on December 30, 2013, to increasethe village income taxfrom 0.5% to 1.0%.This increase takes effect January 1, 2014.
QUESTION: How can I tellif Facebook and socialmedia are negatively im-pacting my marriage? Idon’t think this is the caseat present, but I don’t wantto be taken by surprise ei-ther.JIM:
Even the best mar-riages can fall prey to subtlethreats posed by social media,so you’re wise to be on guard.If you’re spending more timeon Facebook than you are in-teracting with your spouse, or if online “relationships” aremore satisfying than your marriage, this is a definitesign that something isn’tright.Secrecy in any form is an-other danger signal. Do youlog off or minimize the Face- book window when your spouse walks into the room?If so, you need to ask yourself why. Transparency is thefoundation of trust, and trustis essential to every success-ful marriage.In connection with this last point, there are several other questions to ask yourself about your interactions withonline friends, especiallythose of the opposite sex.Do your conversations in-clude things that should bekept between you and your spouse? Do you find yourself daydreaming about any of these people? Do you look for excuses to visit them online?Do you share thoughts, feel-ings or problems with themthat you don’t reveal to your mate? Are you convinced thatthey understand you better than your spouse does? If so,there’s a danger that these re-lationships may be crossingthe line between the platonicand the romantic.If you are seeing any of these red flags, I’d urge youto sit down with your spouse
By Jim Daly
and take a very close look atyour situation. It might be agood idea to do this with theassistance of a trained coun-selor. You can locate one bycalling Focus on the Family.
QUESTION: What can I doto help my spouse overcomehis pornography addiction?He knows it’s killing ourmarriage and has tried tostop, but it seems to be alosing battle.Dr. Greg Smalley,
vice president, Family Ministries:Sadly, sexual addictions of allkinds have become wide-spread in contemporary soci-ety. It affects men and womenfrom all walks of life. Be-cause it is rooted in the basichuman craving for relation-ship, sexual addiction is tena-cious and progressive innature. Porn is powerful be-cause it offers a counterfeitform of intimacy and attach-ment. It’s important to keep thisin mind, and to understandthat your role is not to keephim accountable. You can pray for him, love him andask what he needs from you, but you cannot control his be-havior. Instead, it’s criticalthat you begin to do what youcan to care for your ownheart, and find help for howhis addiction has hurt and im- pacted you. The good news is that ef-fective help is available. Wesuggest that you begin byseeking professional counsel-ing, and we highly recom-mend that you do thistogether. The most successfulapproach involves an initial program of intensive therapy,followed by regular and on-going counseling sessions.Also key to recovery isidentifying a trusted friend or group of people who will pro-vide an environment of sup- port and accountability.Focus on the Family can pro-vide you with referrals tohelpful programs of this kind.In the meantime, you andyour husband might consider installing some accountabilitysoftware on your computer.Software programs of thiskind aren’t the ultimate an-swer to the serious and com- plex problems like those your spouse is facing, but they can play an important role inhelping you keep tabs on theentire family’s online activi-ties.
ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO PURCHASE DOG TAGS – Pur-chasing the first permanent tag in the county was Danny Bustosas a Christmas present for “Lacey,” owned by granddaughter Kaeli Bustos. It’s not too late to purchase a 2014 dog tag withouta penalty. Tags are available at the Paulding County Auditor’sOffice, first floor of the courthouse, 115 N. Williams St., Paulding.Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (payment bycash or check), by mail (enclose a self-addressed stamped en-velope), or visit the website at www.pauldingcountyauditor.com.Deadline for dog tags is Jan. 31.
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‘Winning the Battle for a Generation’
By Rick Jonesexec. director, DefianceArea Youth for Christ
What are you dreaming about for 2014?The New Year that is before us will repre-sent an opportunity for many to dream whatmight be or ponder what will be. What are youdreaming about for 2014?In light of this moment to reflect on possi- bilities, Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton in his book 
 Horns and Halos
tells about one of the weird-est auction sales in history.The auction was held in Washington, D.C.,in 1926, where 150,000 patented models of old inventions were declared obsolete and placed on the auction block for public auction.Prospective buyers and onlookers chuckledas item after item was put up for bid, such asa bedbug buster or an illuminated cat that wasdesigned to scare away mice. Then there wasa device to prevent snoring. It consisted of atrumpet that reached from the mouth to the ear and was designed to awaken the snorer andnot the neighbors. Then there was the ad- justable pulpit that could be raised or loweredaccording to the height of the preacher. Needless to say, this auction of old patentmodels was worth at least 150,000 laughs; butif we would look into this situation a littledeeper, we would discover that these 150,000old patent models also represent 150,000 bro-ken dreams. They represented a mountain of disappointments.The important thing to remember in light of all this is to continue to dream or as Solomon puts it in Proverbs 29:18, KJV; “Where thereis no vision the people perish.”
 For more information about the work oYouth for Christ, you may contact Youth for Christ at 419-782-0656, P.O. Box 111, 210Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512, or email to: defyfc@embarqmail.com

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