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Paulding County Progress March 19, 2014

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Salute to Agriculture
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Special salesevents from ...Chief, Menards,Rural King 
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Health fair today 
PAULDING – The annu-al Health, Business andIndustry Fair, sponsored byPaulding County Senior Center, will be held from11 a.m.-2 p.m. today,March 19 at the county ex-tension building at the fair-grounds. Admission is free.
Exchange student to speak at JPHS
PAULDING – The JohnPaulding Historical Societywill hold its quarterly gen-eral meeting at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 25 at themuseum located acrossfrom the fairgrounds. Thepublic is invited and en-couraged to attend.The program for theevening will featurePaulding County’s foreignexchange students. Pleasecome and hear about their countries and find out whatthey like about ours. Re -freshments will be served.
Early childhoodscreening isMarch 21
PAULDING – A free de-velopmental screening for children from birth to age 5will be held from 11 a.m.-3p.m. Friday, March 21 atSt. Paul Lutheran Churchin Paulding.In case school is can-celed, the screening will beheld April 4.The early childhoodyears from birth to the startof kindergarten are an im-portant time of rapid learn-ing and growth. Earlyscreening is a quick andsimple way to identify, atan early stage, possiblelearning or health concernsso that children can getneeded help before startingschool.This screening will beused for checking age-ap-propriate development inthe areas of communica-tion, motor, cognitive, so-cial and adaptive behav-iors. The event is coordi-nated by Help Me Grow,Departments of Education,Paulding County Hospital,Ohio Department of Health, NOCAC, PauldingCounty EI/DD, Family andChildren First Council,Antwerp Local Schools,Paulding Exempted VillageSchools and Wayne TraceLocal Schools.Appointments are pre-ferred, but walk-ins will beaccepted. Call 419-399-4620 or 1-877-473-8166Ext. 41 for registration in-formation.
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and still family owned and runis an inspiration.“Ohio has these kinds of stories all over the state. It isimportant to let the publicknow that safe, affordable andwholesome foods are being produced in the state,” he con-cluded.Some of the highlights of the tour at Oakwood includedseeing the cooler where eggsare held until they are put inthe incubators, viewing a por-tion of the 95 incubators in thehatchery, watching a demon-stration of the egg candling process which takes place onthe 10th day of incubation, vis-iting the hatching room wherethe poult emerge from theeggs, and observing in the pro-cessing room where poults are prepared for shipment.Baby turkeys, or poults, arehatched from eggs from 10Cooper-owned breeder farms,eight of which are in PauldingCounty. The hatching processtakes 28 days. Eggs, about 1.5million each month, are incu- bated at specific conditions for a period of 25 days. Then theyare moved to the hatchers for three days.Once they have hatched, poults are prepared for next-day shipment, to customer specifications. They are“sexed” to determine if theyare toms or hens, beaks re-ceive an infrared treatmentwhile nails have a microwave procedure. These two preventthe birds from harming them-selves or other birds.Depending on the customers’requests, the young birds aremedicated to prevent diseasein transit.Part of the hatch is sent toFort Recovery to be grown outfor meat production within thecompany. Others are sold toother producers. In an averagehatch, 52 percent are toms and48 percent are hens. Seventy-five percent of the toms stay atCooper Farms. The remainder of the poults are sold acrossthe U.S., Canada and overseas.There are four divisions of the Cooper Farms turkey oper-ation: the hatchery atOakwood, brooder and growthfacilities at Fort Recovery, processing plant at St. Henryand the cooked meats plant atVan Wert.
By KEVINWANNEMACHER Sportswriter
BOWLING GREEN – Thechance was there for the tak-ing. But the Crestview defensekept Wayne Trace from grab- bing the opportunity.The top-ranked and unbeat-en Knights limited the Raidersto 27 percent shooting andmade just enough plays at piv-otal times to lift Crestview to a44-34 victory in the DivisionIV regional championship atthe Stroh Center on the cam- pus of Bowling Green StateUniversityFriday night.WayneTrace had op- portunities.The Raiderstrailed only 25-21 whenKnight headcoach Jeremy Best calledtimeout with 4:27 left in thethird quarter.After a Knight missed shot,a Raider turnover kept thelocal squad from getting clos-er. Following baskets byCrestview’s Damian Helm andWayne Trace’s Corbin Linder,the Raiders still were withinfour at 27-23.However, Wayne Traceclosed the quarter by missingits final three shots whileadding a turnover as the top-ranked team in the state addeda Cam Etzler basket to grab a29-23 advantage after threequarters. The Raiders wouldnever get any closer.“They play tremendous de-fense and it showed againtonight,” noted Raider headcoach Jim Linder of theKnights. “They force you outof what you want to do.”The Knights expanded thelead to 35-26 early in thefourth quarter on a pair of Tyson Bolenbaugh foul shots before two free throws fromEthan Linder pulled theRaiders within 35-28.A Helm bucket and twoJake Arend free throws keptthe margin at seven beforeBolenbaugh sealed theCrestview win.Two free throws by the sen-ior made it 39-30 before anold-fashioned three point play by Bolenbaugh extended thelead to 42-30.“The last time we playedthem, we felttheir guards re-ally hurt us,”continued theRaider mentor.“We wanted tolimit their scor-ing opportuni-ties and keepthem from getting open looksoutside. We did a good job of that I thought. But that openedup chances for their big kids(Helm and Bolenbaugh) andthey really hurt us. That teamhas every piece of the puzzle.”An early deficit didn’t helpWayne Trace.Crestview jumped in front13-2 after one quarter and led by as much as 16-2 after a 3- point play by Preston Zaleskiearly in the second stanza.The Raiders, though, would battle their way back.Wayne Trace got within 23-14 at the intermission behindfive points each in the periodfrom Devin Wenzlick andCorbin Linder.“I am proud of the way our guys battled tonight,” Linder added. “Our kids never gaveup and they gave it everything
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Boys’ Regional Final
Raider dream ends to rival Knights
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The Raiders’ Ethan Linder #15, takes a contested shot against a tight Crestiew last Fridaynight at Bowing Green.
State ag director’s visit highlightsimportance of Ohio agribusiness
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Ohio’s Department of Agriculture director David Daniels learned a bit about hatchling poultsfrom Cooper Farms hatchery manager Jim Meeks during a tour March 13 at the Oakwood plant.The director stopped at three Cooper Farms locations during the day as part of his observanceof Ohio Agriculture Week, March 10-14.
By DENISE GEBERSProgress Staff Writer
OAKWOOD – Nothingcould stop Ohio Departmentof Agriculture Director DavidT. Daniels from keeping hisappointments for visits withthree Cooper Farms locationsin northwest Ohio last week. Not eight inches of snow theday before. Not the below-zero temperatures couple withice-covered roads. They did,however, slow him down.Daunting weather aside, as part of the director’s observa-tion of Ohio AgricultureWeek, March 10-14, he touredthe Cooper Farms Hatcherynorth of Oakwood before trav-eling to the CF Cooked Meatslocation north of Van Wert andthe CF Feed and AnimalProduction facilities at FortRecovery.Joining him at Oakwoodwere State RepresentativeTony Burkley and Senator Cliff Hite. Representing theCooper family were CEO JimCooper, Cole Cooper andGreg Cooper.Following a brief videooverview about the Cooper Farms and a short history fromJim Cooper, hatchery manager Jim Meeks guided a tour of thefacilities.Just prior to the tour,Daniels thanked the Cooper family for allowing the visitand said, “Your family’s storyof growing from 300 birds for egg money during theDepression to the current op-eration, which is quite large
 
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Nearly 10,000 turkey eggs are in this incubator at the Cooper Farms Hatchery north of Oakwood. It is one of 95 such unitsthat allow the company to hatch 15 million poults (babyturkeys) annually. Ohio Department of Agriculture director David Daniels toured the facility March 13.
 
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By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
ANTWERP – Final ownership of the Antwerp ball fields moved a stepcloser at the Antwerp Village Councilmeeting on Monday. Also, councilheard Workers Compensation ratesdropped significantly, and new loca-tions for the police station and villagefiscal officer are in the works.On March 6, the ball fields went tothe auction block as a part of a sher-iff’s sale at the Paulding Countycourthouse. The ball fields were partof the collateral used for a loan to se-cure the old Antwerp School thateventually became an assisted livingfacility. The facility owners defaultedon their revolving loan and eventual-ly filed bankruptcy, forcing the prop-erty into a sheriff’s sale.The county commissioners pur-chased the property for $32,000 at thesheriff’s sale with the idea of turningthe property over to the village of Antwerp and remaining as ball fieldsfor the community and its young peo- ple to enjoy.In an interview earlier on Mondaywith Tony Zartman, the commission-er said, “Just about every young per-son has played on those fields at onetime or another. We (commissioners)wanted to do what we could to pre-serve the fields that would benefit notonly Antwerp, but the entire county.”Council passed a motion to acceptthe donation of the ball park propertyfrom the commissioners.The plan is for the village to set upa renewable lease of the property inorder for it to continue to be used for its intended purpose of playing base- ball.Fiscal Officer Loretta Baker re- ported that Workers Compensation inthe amount of $33,400 was paid outlast year. However, this year theamount the village will pay hasdropped to $8,565. “That’s somegood news. We first received wordthat our estimate would be $16,800 but it turned out to be much less,”said Baker.Police Chief George Clemensthanked Mayor Tom VanVlerah andthe council for working together to provide the new police station that islocated next door to its previous loca-tion. The old station will now be con-verted into a new office that will behome for fiscal officer Loretta Baker.A motion was made and passed tostart the process for renting the farmland located near the lagoon. Thelease for the 22.4-acre tract will ex- pire at the end of 2014. Competitive bids will be received at a later datewith January 2015 being the begin-ning lease date. For the past fiveyears, the lease has been with R andR Farms.Chief Clemens reminded the coun-cil that snow, leaves, sticks, or other materials are not to be placed in thestreets. “This winter, people haveused their snow blowers to put their snow in the streets and if that contin-ues to be done we will cite them,”Clemens said. Village Administrator Sara Keeranshared with council that two water services froze under Ohio 49 duringthe extreme cold weather. The lineswere thawed at the cost of $4,000.The second reading was heard of aresolution requesting the county au-ditor to certify to the village the totalcurrent tax valuation and the dollar amount of revenue that would begenerated by 1-mill for a renewallevy for current expenses.The following ordinance and tworesolutions were declared an emer-gency and were unanimously passed:An ordinance adding a section tothe personnel manual concerningcompensation when weather emer-gencies are declared for PauldingCounty.A resolution authorizing themayor to prepare and submit an ap- plication to the county commission-ers for fiscal year 2014 competitivecommunity development block grantcritical infrastructure program and toexecute contracts as required for wa-terline repairs and/or replacementalong West Woodcox Street located between Madison and Wayne streets.The grant would pay for 100 percentof construction in the amount of $145,063. The engineering work inthe amount of $26,250 would be paid by the village as a match. Work onthe project would begin in 2015.A resolution allowing the villageto purchase real estate adjacent to theMaumee Cemetery and enter into anagreement for cemetery purposes.The property value set at $13,000would be purchased by three parties(Village of Antwerp, cemetery board,Carryall Township) with each payingone-third the amount.Clemens gave his monthly reportthat included 129 calls for serviceduring February and 12 offenses re-ferred to Mayor’s Court.Mark Holtsberry was in attendanceand reported that he is running for county commissioner on the republi-can ticket. Holtsberry fielded ques-tions and asked for the council’s sup- port.
 
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worked and what they woulddo differently.Committee president MikeKauser said the group istweaking dimensions for  pens, determining new gates plus location for electricaloutlets and wash racks to as-sure there is no wasted spacein the facilities.Kauser said it is lookinglike outfitting the buildingsmay cost more than originallyanticipated. He gave an exam- ple.“We can expect to spend between $4,000 and $5,000on a new set of scales. Thestate won’t allow the old set to be used due to certifications,”he said, noting that the grouphad hoped to be able to reusethe scales now on the grounds.It is anticipated that thenumber of electrical outletswill be nearly double of thoseavailable in the current barns.Kauser said the committeewants outlets to be “beyondsufficient” without being ex-travagant. Next step in the process will be preparing a specification package for potential bidders.Bids are expected to be let inthe late spring or early sum-mer, according to Kauser.McClure said Spencer Beckman, a Paulding FFAalumni and former livestock showman, has been drawninto the project. His specialskills as a CAD designer withB.A. Beilharz, an architect outof Defiance, have been valu-able.“He has been attendingmeetings, interpreting thecommittee’s vision and put-ting it to paper,” she said.“He’s been instrumental inthis project and very accom-modating.”At a recent Monday nightmeeting, the group “…made alot of progress on interior pendimensions for the differentspecies and electrical needs.We are currently working onthe specifications of each building for the architects and bid package,” said Kauser.Once the details are set, thespec packages will be avail-able for contractors interestedin working on the project.Several have already ap- proached committee membersto express an interest. Thesewill be contacted.“We are in the process of fi-nalizing prints for permitswith our architect and creatinga spec package for bidding,”said McClure.Plans are in the works toconstruct two 60’x90’ and one40’x100’ pole barns. Thesmaller pair would house thesheep and goats in one and poultry in the other. Swine projects would go in thelonger barn.The new layouts will openup 1,400 additional squarefeet for use. Community support of the project is still being sought.“I feel pretty confident the$250,000 will be reached be-fore this year’s fair,” saidMcClure. “Most of what has been received were $1,000donations at a time from farmfamilies who have had kids or grandkids involved in 4-H or FFA. I think that speaks vol-umes about the support of our community has for our kids.”“We want to raise as muchas we can, because we don’tknow the costs of the interior work and storm sewer sys-tem,” she continued. “Anymoney raised over the actualcosts of the project will gointo a maintenance fund for the buildings.”McClure said this projecthas caught the eyes of other groups around the state.Several counties have been incontact with her to see howthe funding and building process is working here.Groundbreaking for the project is still projected for this fall after the Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival.“Attendance at the (com-mittee) meetings has beenfabulous,” concludedMcClure. “The fair will be an-chored by some really nice buildings. We are makingstrides. We should be really proud of our fairgrounds.”More information is avail-able by talking with a member of the Friends of the Fair’sBuilding for the Future Fundcommittee. People compris-ing this body, in addition toKauser and McClure, are:Rusty Rager, Spencer Beckman, Steve Sukup, Mark Spangler, Dan Howell, TimShafer, Mike Molitor, RyanMcClure, Roy Klopfensteinand Lonnie Miller.
By DENISE GEBERSProgress Staff Writer
PAULDING – Plans for thetrio of new animal barns for the Paulding CountyFairgrounds continue, as com-mittee members look to seethem in use at the 2015 fair.Members of the Friends of the Fair committee’s Buildingfor the Future Fund met inmid-February and again lastweek as part of their “researchand development” portion of their project.Fundraising efforts have produced $242,000 towardsan estimated $250,000 to putup the barns which will house junior fair swine, poultry andgoat projects.Currently, members are at-tempting to pin down particu-lars of the interior design.They have been in contactwith senior fair board depart-ment heads in those areas toevaluate and determine the best layouts for the barns.“We want to include what isnecessary,” noted LisaMcClure, executive director of the Paulding County AreaFoundation which is adminis-tering the funds for this proj-ect and a committee member.“We want to put the best buildings up for the money.These buildings will be long-lasting, used for generations.We want to get it right the firsttime.”She related committeemembers have been askingother county fair boards thathave completed their own building projects about theiexperiences of what hasthey had. We had some verytired kids out there at the end.”The contest brought to theend the careers of WayneTrace seniors Colby Speice,Devin Wenzlick and T.J.Blackmore. Speice posted four  points, three rebounds, a blocked shot and two assists inhis final game with Wenzlick recording seven markers, six boards and three blockedshots. Blackmore didn’t score but did see action in the re-gional championship as well.Corbin Linder led the localsquad with ten points whileEthan Linder added nine. JakeArend also had four markers.David Sinn and Corbin Linder also picked up six caroms eachfor the Raiders. Corbin Linder dished out three assists as well.Wayne Trace finished thenight 10 of 37 from the field(27 percent) while Crestviewwas 14 of 39 (36 percent). TheKnights converted 13 of 19free throws (68 percent) com- pared to the Raiders’ 12 of 14(86 percent). Crestview wonthe battle of the boards 30-28and committed fewer turnovers, 8-14.“We had an outstanding sea-son and this team has a lot to be proud of,” concluded theRaider head coach. “Thesekids played through a lot thisyear. Three of our four losseswere to the No. 1 team in thestate. It was a great year.”ANTWERP – PauldingCounty sheriff’s deputiesconducted a traffic stop in theVillage of Antwerp on Feb.19. During the traffic stop,deputies identified what they believed to be products for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in plainview.According to Sheriff JasonK. Landers, the investigationrevealed a mobile meth lab inthe vehicle.Deputies placed JonathonWells, 40, of Paulding, in cus-tody at the scene for illegal
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assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufac-ture of drugs.Deputies continued their investigation and eventually presented the case to thegrand jury, which returned in-dictments against Wells andthe passenger in the vehicle atthe time of the initial stop,Amber N. Clevinger.Clevinger, 26, of Antwerp,was charged with illegal man-ufacture of drugs.Sheriff Landers releasedthe information last week after the grand jury convened.
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PAULDING – A Paulding County grandjury returned indictments against nine personson Thursday, March 13.The individuals will be arraigned inPaulding County Common Pleas Court.Those indicted were:Dustin A. Wrobleski, age 25, address un-known, one count rape, felony of the first de-gree.Jonathan L. Wells, 40, of Paulding, onecount each illegal manufacture of drugs, sec-ond-degree felony; and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufactureof drugs, third-degree felony.Amber Clevinger, 26, Antwerp, onecount illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.Jonathon M. Villareal, 23, Cecil, onecount felonious assault, felony of the seconddegree.Jeffery P. Klender, 39, of Antwerp, onecount perjury, third-degree felony.Melinda Gonzales, 29, address unknown,one count failure to appear, fourth-degreefelony.Johnathan Coyne, 26, Van Wert, twocounts nonsupport of dependents, felony of the fifth degree.Eric D. Mason, 24, Paulding, one countforgery, fifth-degree felony.Fidel Gomez Gutierrez, 25, Paulding,one count forgery felony of the fifth degree.
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Jake Arend #25 drops in two on a rare uncontested shotagainst Crestview last Friday night in tournament play.ON STAGE THIS WEEKEND – Paulding High School Drama presents “The BeverlyHillbillies” this Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditeria. Seniorsin this year’s production are, standing – Guy Harder performing a cameo appearance of Jethrine and fireman, Chase Gideon as Brewster and detective Frank Richards, NickHitchcock as Jed, Kaity Roughton as Granny; and seated – Gerod Harder as Jethro andRachel Nicelley as cousin Perl. Tickets are $5 presale at the high school office and $8 at thedoor. Y’all come now! Ya hear!
Traffic stop nets mobile meth lab
Antwerp Council accepts ball field land donation
 
STEVE HILL1954-2014
A devoted husband and fa-ther, Steve Hill was married toJeri Hill for 35 years. They re-cently relocated to the Gulf Shores of Alabama where Stevewent home to be with Jesus,Sunday, March 9.Steve Hill was born inAnkara, Turkey in 1954 to amilitary family. Later theymoved to Huntsville, Alabama.In his early teen years, his strug-gle with drug addiction began,resulting in several run-ins withthe law.In 1975, Steve’s life took adramatic turn after a near deathexperience due to a drug over-dose. He had been suffering for three days with violent convul-sions when a Lutheran vicar visited his home and offered to pray with him. As Steve calledupon the name of Jesus, theconvulsions ceased and he washealed, delivered, and glori-ously made new.Shortly after his miraculousconversion, his past caught upwith him and he was arresteddue to several unlawful activi-ties prior to receiving Christ.Steve was facing serious felonycharges and should have beenincarcerated. However, God in-tervened and instead of prison,he was probated to the TeenChallenge drug and alcohol pro-gram. Upon graduating, he was se-lected to attend David Wilker-son’s Twin Oaks BibleAcademy in Lindale, Texas,where he met his future wife,Jeri Larson. They were marriedin 1979. The young couple soonentered into full time ministry,and began working with Out-reach Ministries of Alabamaunder the direction of Jim Sum-mers. From Alabama, they went onto serve as youth pastors inPanama City and Tallahassee,Florida. They soon began tosense a call to foreign missions,and doors opened for them torelocate to Argentina to plantchurches. In a span of seven of years,they planted seven churches inArgentina and held crusadesthroughout South America.Their ministry expanded to planting several churches andestablishing Teen Challengecenters in Granada, Spain andBaranovichi, Belarus. Stevewas preparing for a crusade inBelarus when his plans were di-vinely diverted. On Father’s Day 1995, hewas invited to preach a serviceat Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. Re-vival ignited, sparking whatsoon became known around theworld as the Brownsville Re-vival. This was the longest run-ning church revival in Americanhistory to date, drawing a cumu-lative attendance of over four million people from more than150 nations. Steve preached four nights aweek for five years during therevival, and hundreds of thou-sands came to Christ and re-ceived a fresh touch from God.He began holding arena cru-sades throughout America andacross the world. Burdened withthe desire to reach the multi-tudes who couldn’t come to therevival, in 2000 he relocated hisministry to Dallas, Texas, whereinternational travel would bemore easily facilitated. While at a crusade in Vienna,Austria in 2002, the Lord spoketo him, instructing him that itwas time to plant a church in theDallas/Fort Worth area. In 2003,he founded Heartland WorldMinistries Church and a year later established HeartlandSchool of Ministry. He servedas senior pastor until 2012,when his battle with cancer ren-dered him unable to continue. Despite the brutal affects of 
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melanoma, he continued tominister by launching severalInternet evangelism projects in-cluding ProdigalsOnly.com, awebsite that has helped to leadthousands of prodigals back home to Jesus. During this timeSteve also wrote several booksand numerous articles, in addi-tion to launching a television broadcast called From theFrontlines. Following the example set byhis own spiritual fathers DavidWilkerson and Leonard Raven-hill, Steve sought to invest him-self into the future generation of young evangelists and minis-ters. He spent hours pouringinto these upcoming leaders,training, discipling, and equip- ping them for the work of theministry, often disregarding hisown pain and physical limita-tions. Steve Hill has been hailed asone of the greatest evangelistsof this generation, knownworldwide for his passion for Jesus and his selfless dedicationto reach the lost. His message of revival and repentance has trulytouched the hearts of millions.Steve’s heart was always onreaching the lost whether  preaching to the multitudes or sharing Jesus with people one-on-one. Often times, he wouldstep away from the crowds thatcame to his meetings to give aword of encouragement to a lit-tle child or to spend a few min-utes praying with a drug addict,a prostitute or gang member. He preached with tears and regard-less of the occasion, whether awedding, graduation services,or funerals, was poised to givean altar call to the lost. His greatest desire was to seeJesus one day and cast thecrown of his rewards at the feetof his Lord. His family mournshis loss but is filled with joyknowing that Steve is now faceto face with the One he loved sodearly. Finally he has heardthose long awaited words,“Well done, my good and faith-ful servant.”Steve gave everything he hadto whatever the Lord asked of him. Nothing was ever donehalfheartedly but with completededication. He was meticulous,always striving for excellence inevery detail. He lived life withintense passion, giving his heartand soul to everything he did,which is why in 34 years of ministry, he accomplished thework of several lifetimes.He is preceded by his father Frederick Whiting Hill and hismother Ann Eskelinen Hill. Heis survived by his wife, Jeri Hill;son, Ryan Hill; daughter,Shelby (Aaron) Levy; anddaughter, Kelsey Hill; sister,Marcia (Daniel) Pate, George(Lynné) Hill, and Susan (Fred)Pieper. Funeral service was held Fri-day, March 14 at BrownsvilleAssembly of God Church.Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy 29S, Canton-ment, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. You may expresscondolences online atwww.fcfhs.com.
DeWAYNEWARNER 1952-2014
PAULDING – DeWayne H.Warner, age 61, went to hisHeavenly home on Sunday,March 9.He was born June 1, 1952 inAlma, Mich., the son of BretHunt and Loretta Jean (Hagen)Warner. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years andwas a member of the VFWPost #587.He leaves behind his lovingwife, April (Dix) Warner;aunts, uncles; nieces andnephews.He was preceded in death byhis parents; stepfather, Frank Warner; a sister, Debra; andtwo brothers, Rusty and an in-fant.Funeral services were heldFriday, March 14 at St. PaulEvangelical Lutheran Church,Paulding. Burial will be at alater date. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was in chargeof arrangements.Donations may be made inlieu of flowers to the family c/oDen Herder Funeral Home.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
DANEBUDD1932-2014
OAKWOOD – Dane C.Budd, 82, of Oakwood, died at6:17 a.m. Wednesday, March12 at Defiance Area In-patientHospice Center.He was born Jan.28, 1932 inDupont tothe lateWilliamand Thelma(Rambo)Budd. OnJune 11,1955, he married Alice Weber,who died Dec. 3, 2009. Daneretired from General Motors in1989, after working there over 37 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dane was amember of the UAW #211, Ea-gles, Defiance VFW Post3360, Amvets and the Moose.He was an avid clock collec-tor, turtle trapper and enjoyedmetal detecting. Dane andAlice enjoyed traveling thecountry on bus or train trips.Dane is survived by twosons, Lonnie (Rhonda) Buddand Jeff (Marie) Budd, all of Oakwood; four grandchil-dren, Rachel (Rob) Vance,Brandy Spice, Jeffrey Buddand Rochelle Budd; fivegreat-grandchildren and oneon the way; three brothers,Donald (Jean) Budd of Kun-kle, Homer Budd of Lima andRonnie Budd of BowlingGreen; a sister, Judy (Marv)Brenzo of Norwalk; manynieces and nephews and manyspecial friends, too many toname.Dane also was preceded indeath by four sisters, FernCrampton, Dolly Luderman, Nancy Myers and Pat Wilson;and three brothers, John,Robert and David Budd.
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ANNA FREE1963-2014
PAULDING – Anna MariaFree, age 50, died Thursday,March 13, at her residence. She was born March 29,1963 in Paulding, the daugh-ter of William and Martha(Reinhart) Wilhelm. On July19, 1985, she married Alan R.Free. She was employed bythe former Patrick YoungLaw Office assecretary/bookkeeper. Shewas a member of DivineMercy Catholic Parish,Paulding.She is survived by her hus- band, Alan Free, Paulding; adaughter, Elizabeth “Beth”(Mark) Barnes, Lees Summit,Mo.; two brothers, Randy(Vicki) Wilhelm and Mitch(Amy) Wilhelm, both of Paulding; a sister, Angie(Tim) Bostelman, Payne; andnieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister,Deborah Ann Wilhelm.A Mass of Christian Burialwas held Monday, March 17at Divine Mercy CatholicParish, Paulding. Burial wasin St. Paul Cemetery, Pauld-ing. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was incharge of arrangements.Donations may be made toMasses or the Paulding VFWPost #587 Women’s Auxil-iary.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
DELANE SCHMIDT1935-2014
PAYNE – Delane Schmidt,79, of Payne, passed awayFriday, March 14.
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VAN WERT – Doris R.(Smith) Scott, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:05 p.m.Sunday, March 16 at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.
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VAN WERT — The Vantage Career Center Board of Education appropriated the last of the construction funds from the school’s budget. District Treasurer Lori Davis pre-sented a list of additions to the appropriationlist for fiscal year 2014 which included an ad-ditional $20,000 in revenues appropriated andover $111,000 more in expenses. Davis notedthat this zeroed out several accounts related tothe renovation project, but that money should be used by the end of the school year.Davis also noted that Vantage received morethan $200,000 as part of the district’s share of the payments made from Blue Creek WindFarm. From Paulding County, $82,000 wentto Vantage while from Van Wert County thedistrict received $141,000. That money was part of the payment in lieu of taxes presentedto each county treasurer.Vantage is still waiting for final confirma-tion on the green energy status of the buildingfollowing the renovation project. Superintend-ent Staci Kaufman reported that the district isassured of at least a gold LEEDS rating, butmay have enough points from its solar field toqualify for platinum. The rating signifies howenvironmentally efficient the building is. Finalnotification on the building is expected anyday.Board members approved new contracts for a few staff members: MaryAnn Hall, PetePrichard, Adelina Alvarez, Lucas Compton,Lori Gunderman, James Martin, John Ring-wald, and Jourdan Tomlinson. The retirementof Kent Taylor, electricity instructor was ac-cepted as of May 31. Ben Winans was ap- pointed as the district’s homeless liaison.In other action, the board approvedovernight field trips for FFA, BPA, SkillsUSA, and FCCLA, approved the 2014-15school calendar, the Van Wert CommunityReinvestment Agreement with Rhodes Invest-ment, and the reinvestment area tax exemptionwith Justin and Amber Huff of Continental.The board also accepted donations fromMiller’s Textile Services, Advanced Chassisof Antwerp, Ottawa Gladorf Rotary Club, andthe Hicksville Rotary Club.

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