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Hospital announces staff reductions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 3:05 PM


PAULDING – Paulding County Hospital announced Friday, Aug. 15 that it is reducing a number of staff positions to offset losses resulting from lower utilization of services and due to reductions in reimbursement.

Seven positions will be eliminated while two positions will be reduced in hours. Included in the reduction are two management positions.

High deductible insurance plans require that patients pay more money out of their own pockets, thereby causing many to choose not to utilize healthcare services. Insurance plans have put tighter controls on covered services which in turn limit patients’ access to care.

Medicare, one of the hospital’s primary payors, has reduced payments below the actual cost of providing services. Reduced utilization combined with reduced reimbursement mandate that the hospital immediately reduce overhead cost to focus resources on the delivery of high quality healthcare.


Tickets available for Oakwood library dinner PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 9:37 AM

OAKWOOD – “We’re Havin’ a Fiesta” is the theme for this year’s Cooper Community Branch Library’s fund raising dinner to kick off the Oakwood Labor Day celebration.

The Village of Oakwood was established in 1889, invoking the 2014 Labor Day weekend theme of “Celebrating Oakwood: 125 Years of Memories.”

The traditional kick-off for the weekend for the last 10 years has been a themed dinner show on Friday. This year “We’re Havin’ a Fiesta” and changing up the entertainment. There will be no original skits by local talent, but there will be entertainment throughout the dinner. The dinner will take place at 7 p.m. in the large tent located near the park.

Organizers say, “Guests can expect a bright colorful atmosphere, laughs, and prizes, but don’t let the ‘fiesta’ part scare you away if you are not fond of Mexican cuisine! There will be chips and salsa, but then expect a delicious meal with chicken breast as the main entree, along with rice, colorful vegetables, a great salad and more, plus cheesecake for dessert. Frozen strawberry drinks will also be served as you are seated.” The Event Planners have gained a reputation for great parties, elaborate decorations, and lots of fun while bringing the community together raising funds to help maintain the Cooper Community Library, a branch of the Paulding County Carnegie Library. The best seating will be given to those calling in first and each table seats eight.

Tickets are $15 each and are limited to 200 this year and can be purchased at the library or by calling 419-594-3337.

YFC auction on Saturday
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:19 PM


Feature Writer

The Defiance Area Youth for Christ (YFC) will host their 27th annual auction on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Extension building located on the Paulding County fairgrounds. The annual fund raiser is the organization’s biggest social event of the year and this year promises to be the best ever. Two years ago, YFC raised $55,000 and last year $57,000 marked the total for the auction.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday the bake sale will open up the day’s festivities. A great time to select some of the best baked sweets and a cup of coffee for a freewill offering will be prior to the 9:30 auction. Later in the day other food items will also be made available including rib eye, brats and whole hog sausage sandwiches.

Weekend meals a blessing for Payne students
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:18 PM


Progress Staff Writer

PAYNE – Like all schools, Payne Elementary and its students are gearing up for another exciting year. Students will be meeting their new teacher, developing new friends while deepening friendships from past years.

However, learning in the classroom is always a key element for each student while witnessing their progress throughout the year. This year, many of the students at Payne will have a better opportunity to grow in their learning while growing nutritionally thanks to the generosity of several community minded groups who see the importance between learning and nutrition.

Local grad is editorial director for book publisher
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:17 PM



NASHVILLE – MacKenzie Clark Howard was born and raised in Paulding, the daughter of Tommy and Sandra Clark. MacKenzie is a 2000 graduate of Paulding High School. She graduated from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in 2004.

In college, when she had to decide on a major and figure what she wanted to do with her life, she became interested in Christian publishing. Howard noted, “I’ve always loved books and words – reading has always been important in our family, and my parents read to us from the time we were very little. My mom does a great job of being intentional about encouraging our interests and abilities, and she mentioned that she thought a career in writing could be a good fit for me.”

Mabis uses ‘trick of magic’ to convey Christian message
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:17 PM


Feature Writer

PAYNE – The podium at the front of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne said it all – “Magic is just an illusion.”

Payne resident Tim Mabis originally utilized various visual aid tools to communicate gospel stories to a children’s Sunday School class. Then he was asked to teach an adult class. In time, the concept of “Christian magic” became a part of his illustrative repertoire.

The idea of “magic” is no stranger to Mabis’ family. His uncle, Ron Mabis, who, like Tim, is from Payne, has been a professional magician his entire life, doing shows in front of large audiences nationwide.