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2 arrested in connection with meth lab
Monday, August 04, 2014 3:54 PM

LATTY – Two men are facing felony charges after deputies allegedly discovered a meth lab in Latty on Friday.

Vantage orientation meetings, schedule pickup dates PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 04, 2014 12:40 PM

VAN WERT – To prepare for the upcoming school year, Vantage Career Center will hold two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.

The first orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. This is designed for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Building & Grounds Maintenance, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding.

The second orientation meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 and is for students in the following programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.

All students new to Vantage and their parents should attend this meeting.

Both meetings will be held in the Commons Area at Vantage. The evening will include a brief general session as well as an opportunity for students and their parents to reacquaint themselves with the Vantage facilities, talk to the teachers, complete electronic forms, and get measured for uniforms. Class schedules and student handbooks will be available for pick-up and students will be able to pay their program fees.

Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12. Please return completed emergency medical forms when picking up schedules and paying fees.

Returning students who are unable to pick up their schedule on the above dates should call Vantage Student Services at 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2126 to make arrangements to pick up your schedule before school starts.

The first day of school for new students is Tuesday, Aug. 19 starting at 8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Wednesday, Aug. 20 starting at 8:23 a.m. The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

For any additional questions, please call Vantage Student Services at the number above for more information.

HGTV coming to US 127 yard sales
Monday, August 04, 2014 11:12 AM

Not just a big sale, a big day for Van Wert! HGTV is coming to the 127 Yard Sale! They are looking for interesting and unusual antiques and collectibles.

The HGTV team will meet first with Van Wert City Mayor Don Farmer, who says he will “welcome them to our community for a weekend of events asking them to enjoy the use of Rotary Park and the Van Wert festivities.”

From there, they will head to the fairgrounds where the 127 sales and rib fest will be full force. Everyone is invited to the Van Wert fairgrounds for some great ribs, listen to some Nashville Crush, play some cornhole, and see what bargains you can find.

Contact Ann Marshal at or the fair board office 419-238-9270 if you are interested in participating in the 127 sales. Space is limited – call today.

Listed below are some of the items they are looking to buy:

old toys: cast iron, tin windup

old signs

old neon signs

pedal cars

folk art

military items

coin-operated machines

antique guns

Civil War antiques

juke boxes


cast iron



old movie posters

early furniture


old photographs

radios: transistors and tabletop

oil paintings


cookie jars

Western/equestrian gear


old bar equipment

antique clocks

election memorabilia

duck decoys

gas pumps

old dolls

vintage diner items

wood carvings


sports collectibles

vending machines

’60s, ’70s, ’80s merchandise

NASA memorabilia

Hawaiiana/tiki collectibles

pinball machines

soda fountain dispensers

advertising items

antique casino/gaming equipment

musical instruments

firefighter collectibles

Circus and carnival memorabilia

old photographs

police officer collectibles

Group opposed to megafarms to meet Aug. 5 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 04, 2014 8:27 AM

A Paulding County group opposed to the expansion of animal megafarms in the county as well as the continued construction of manure pits to hold animal waste produced by out-of-county megafarms will hold a work meeting starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Black Swamp Nature Center, 753 Fairground Drive, Paulding.

The group has held several informational meetings recently; however, the purpose of this meeting is to form working committees around specific awareness and advocacy tasks. Persons interested in helping the group are welcome to attend.

For more information about the meeting, please call Pat Paulus at 419-399-2827.

Suspect arrested for murder in cold case PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 01, 2014 3:14 PM
Steven Noffsinger was arrested Aug. 1 in connection with the 1981 beating death of Alma Noffsinger in Oakwood.

PAULDING – On Friday, Aug. 1, officers with the Defiance Police Department, assisted by members of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, arrested a suspect in connection with a 1981 homicide.

Steven G. Noffsinger, age 58, from Defiance, was arrested on a warrant on indictment for aggravated murder with specification, an unclassified felony.

This arrest comes as a result of a special grand jury that was held in Paulding on July 31, in regards to a cold case homicide from 1981. On Dec. 17, 1981, Alma Noffsinger was found beaten to death inside her residence in Oakwood.

"Deputy Rob Garcia and Lt. Brion Hanenkratt have put a lot of man hours into this cold case over the past several months, along with cold case investigators that were brought in to assist our office. I commend them for their dedication to see this through. I am pleased to know the healing process can start for Alma's family."

Steven Noffsinger was Alma's ex-husband.

The case is the focus of an episode of the TNE series "Cold Justice." The episode, titled "Second Thoughts," is set to air at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.


US 24 in Paulding County to be focus of public meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:22 PM

Recent accidents along the route to be discussed

LIMA – The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will lead an open discussion next week regarding accidents which have recently occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Ohio State University Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding.

Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 deputy director, will lead the discussion with county officials, local law enforcement and the public regarding what the accident data indicates, what has been done to this point in response, and to learn the thoughts of the community on the issue.

“We’re looking internally at what could be done from an engineering perspective, but the perspective of local drivers is an important part of the analysis,” said Slusher.

Last year, officials with ODOT District 1 consulted with federal officials, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and both the Paulding County Commissioners office and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in response to the accidents. As a result, pavement markings were added to the intersections with U.S. 24 at County Road 21, Township Road 83, County Road 87, County Road 115, County Road 232, County Road 133 and County Road 143.

It was thought the markings would better define the median areas and provide a visual to motorists of where they could safely wait before crossing or turning into the lanes of travel. The work was completed last fall.

“This was a measure that was viewed positively by the public and we still believe it is a good enhancement to the intersections,” said Slusher. “Unfortunately, additional accidents have occurred since this was done,” he said.

From 2010 to present, 22 accidents have occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County. Five of those accidents resulted in six fatalities which occurred at County Road 143, County Road 87 and County Road 115.