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Snowy owls in Paulding County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:43 PM

According to the Ohio Ornithological Society, usually rare sightings of snowy owls are on the increase in Ohio this winter. Evidence of the fact has shown up in Paulding County.

Earlier this month, these pictures of snowy owl were taken in Emerald and Paulding townships. The first was taken Feb. 11 on Road 224 outside of Cecil at the Eugene Strable residence. His daughter, Melody Hurtig, got this picture as the raptor hung out in a tree from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The second picture was taken by Mary Molitor at her mother’s home on Ohio 111 west of Paulding on the roof of an outbuilding.

Generally arctic residents, these owls are “massive” and hunt during the day. Most years their presence is found in the Lake Erie area, but this year the OOS says sightings have been made in over 40 Ohio counties. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources publication about owls states in a typical year, only a dozen snowy owls would be seen in Ohio; most would be first-year females.

IRS continues smooth start to filing season
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON — The IRS announced today that, three weeks into the filing season, it has received about one-third of the individual income tax returns that it expects to receive during 2014. The IRS has processed almost 98 percent of the 49.6 million returns received so far. Each week this filing season, the IRS has processed a greater percentage of the returns received than during comparable weeks last year.

More taxpayers are filing their returns electronically this year. Overall, 46.6 million returns have been e-filed this year, up 1 percent from the same time last year. As in prior years, the greatest increase is among individuals filing from their home computers. Almost 22 million returns have been e-filed from home computers this year, an increase of almost 7 percent compared to the same time last year.

The IRS has issued more than 40 million tax refunds this year, an increase of more than 6 percent compared to the same time last year. Almost 90 percent of these refunds were directly deposited into taxpayers’ accounts.

Lake Erie walleye daily limits reduced March 1
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2:50 PM

FINDLAY – Anglers are reminded that the daily limits for walleye are reduced beginning March 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Beginning March 1, anglers fishing the Ohio waters of Lake Erie may only take four walleye per day and the size limit of 15 inches remains in effect.

With so many ice anglers fishing Lake Erie this winter, the Division of Wildlife wants to remind people aware of the change. Anglers who fish Lake Erie tributaries in the spring are accustomed to the change. However, it has been several years since ice anglers have had the opportunity to be out during this time period.

“We just want to get the word out to anglers that the daily limit will be reduced beginning this Saturday,” said Kevin Newsome, wildlife officer supervisor. “There are a lot of anglers from throughout Ohio and other states coming up to Lake Erie and we want them to know about the change.”

From March 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 the daily bag limit on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie for any combination of walleye, sauger and saugeye is four with a minimum size restriction of 15 inches. The daily bag limit has been 6 since last May. Anglers are encouraged to review the Ohio Fishing Regulations for additional information and regulations.

Regulations from May 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015 will be set later this spring after the Lake Erie Committee meeting.

For more information about fishing Lake Erie or Ohio’s fishing regulations visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at wildohio.com.

Homestead Exemption applications being accepted through June 2
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:20 AM


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PAULDING – For some homeowners, a June 2, 2014 Homestead Exemption deadline could be the last chance for some homeowners to qualify for the government program.

According to Paulding County Auditor Claudia Fickel, county auditors are now accepting applications for enrollment in the Homestead Act Exemption for 2014.

“This may be the last chance for some homeowners to qualify for the property tax break,” said Fickel.

Payne Council approves new snow blade purchase
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:20 AM



PAYNE – The purchase of a new snow blade, the formation of the records retention committee, and submission of two names as new members of the fire department were presented at the Payne Village Council meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 24.

A motion unanimously passed to purchase a new snow blade due to the harsh winter and large snow amounts. The original cost of the blade was $3,241.50 with a trade in value of the old equipment at $1,446.50. The final cost for the new blade is $1,795.

WT may start transitional kindergarten
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:00 AM

Wayne Trace Local Schools is pleased to announce the possibility of two kindergarten age programs for 2014-15.

These options include a possible Young 5’s classroom (transitional kindergarten) and a regular traditional kindergarten. Both will be all day, every day programs that provide students with a kindergarten curriculum based on the Ohio Department of Education content standards.

After each child’s kindergarten screening, a team of academic professionals will meet and gather their findings. A recommendation will then be made to parents regarding a placement for their child.