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PCH Foundation, Bargain Bin to partner in 5K event PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:27 AM

PAULDING – The annual Paulding County Hospital Foundation Strides for Scholarships 5K will be held on Sept. 6. This year the foundation has decided to partner with the Bargain Bin organization to contribute to the building fund for their brand new building to be located in downtown Paulding.

A portion of every entry will go to the Bargain Bin building fund and a special kids’ bike raffle has been organized to supplement the funds. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at Paulding County Hospital or at the Bargain Bin, where the bikes are on display.

The Bargain Bin has been in existence for many years, serving a dual purpose of supplying low cost, gently used items for people of Paulding County and supporting Paulding County Hospital with equipment, mostly for the rehabilitation unit.

The current Bargain Bin building is small, old and all areas are not readily accessible to all of the volunteers. A new building will be wonderful for the volunteer organization and for the community.

The 5K race is held annually to raise funds for scholarships for local students who seek a healthcare career. Over the past 16 years, since the foundation has been in existence, over 50 Paulding County students have received scholarship money. Some of these graduates come back to Paulding County to use their healthcare education to take care of their friends and neighbors.

To learn more about the race, go to and click on the Foundation menu at the top for a downloadable race entry form or call Melanie at 419-399-1127.

Cooper Farms acquires Fort Recovery Equity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:01 AM

OAKWOOD – Cooper Farms announced Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Fort Recovery Equity, a chicken egg-layer and pullet cooperative based in Fort Recovery.

The purchase allows Cooper Farms to grow their egg division and branch into value-added egg products.

“Our Cooper family stockholders are very excited about creating a much more viable egg division for our company,” said Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms COO. “We have big plans for our future in eggs and value-added egg products.”

The purchase will give Cooper Farms an additional two million chicken egg-layers and the ability to raise up to six million pullets, for their own needs and outside customers. These birds are raised by more than 40 farmers, who will be joining Cooper Farms as contract growers.

“We are especially interested in the variety of specialty egg layers we are gaining,” said Cooper. “We see an opportunity to expand those numbers as we gain more niche customers”

Cooper Farms will also acquire a feed mill, Cooper Farms’ fourth, which will produce approximately 400,000 tons of feed in 2015. This mill will offer the ability to create specialty feeds and accept specialty grains.

The equity’s 75 team members have been asked to stay on as members of the Cooper Farms team as well. With these individuals, Cooper Farms will employ nearly 1,700 people total throughout northwest and west central Ohio.

“We are gaining a wonderful group of people with this acquisition,” said Cooper. “They have a lot of years of experience and dedication to the company, which will prove instrumental in this transition and as we work to create value-added egg products.”

Cooper Farms has based their success upon a value-added business model, in which they create products that provide consumers with quick and easy meal options.

“Value-added products are something that we focus on throughout our company,” said Cooper. “For example, with meat, we provide turkey burgers, cooked deli meat and sliced meat.”

The company plans to use this way of thinking in their egg division as well. In addition to the specialty egg portion of the business, Cooper Farms wants to also focus on other value-added products.

“We see great potential in providing liquid eggs and cooked egg products,” said Cooper. “We are working on a partnership with an Ohio-based company to purchase a new egg-breaking plant which will add to our value added egg product line.”

This transition has been a goal of the Cooper Farms team and family for many years, making the acquisition a welcome and exciting one for all involved.

“We had been looking at a variety of egg-related companies for the past few years in an attempt to enhance our egg division,” said Cooper. “We started seriously working on purchasing Fort Recovery Equity this spring, so we are excited to see it come to fruition.”

Antwerp's Day In the Park is Aug. 9 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 08, 2014 3:45 PM

ANTWERP – Antwerp’s 15th annual Day In the Park is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at Riverside Park. The day will be filled with community fun at the beautiful park along the Maumee River.

Start the day with the  Antwerp EMS all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m.-noon. Proceeds will go toward gear/equipment for Antwerp EMS personnel. Antwerp EMS station is at the corner of Cleveland and Daggett streets.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Antwerp. The crowd will then gather at the park at 11 a.m. for the official opening of the day’s events with the community band leading those in attendance in the National Anthem and a salute to the United States.

Following the patriotic celebration of music will be the presentation of this year’s Gem of Antwerp (Doug Bragg) and the Friend of the Chamber (the late Fred Kammeyer).

Entertainment will continue on stage to include the community band, Dance Dolls, the Alley Cats, “Johnny Appleseed” and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office will do a demonstration with their K-9 unit.

New this year will be a “chalk walk” for the kids and miniature golf.

Other popular activities returning this year will include the car show hosted by Larry Copsey and Dan Bowers. The Day In the Park cruise-in will begin at 10 a.m. No entry fee is charged. Dash plaques will go to the first 25 entries. Goodie bags and door prizes will be distributed until they are gone.

The duck race will also make its way down the lazy river, or if your talent is baking, there will be a pie baking contest.

As in the past, there will be many food and craft booths ready to serve the park attendees as well as a variety of informational tables. The Little Maumee Express train will be on hand to offer rides to the children rides.

The public is invited to bring their retired flags and leave them at the chamber table for a disposal ceremony at 4 p.m. by the Antwerp Boy Scouts and the Antwerp VFW.

One injured in rollover crash near Antwerp PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 08, 2014 3:33 PM

ANTWERP – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a serious injury crash Thursday evening on County Road 424 near Antwerp.

The incident occurred at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 near Township Road 43 in Carryall Township. Troopers said a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer driven by John Tuto, age 34, Antwerp, was westbound on 424 and drove off the right side of the road. Tuto then overcorrected and slid off the left side of the road. He then struck a driveway and overturned multiple times before the vehicle came to rest on its top.

Tuto was taken via Samaritan Life Flight to Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Tuto was wearing his seatbelt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and Antwerp Fire Department and EMS.

Cheerleders place first at state fair PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 08, 2014 3:31 PM
Raider cheerleaders at Ohio State Fair

The Wayne Trace cheerleaders competed at the Lincolnview Cheerleading Competition where they took second place in the varsity division. The next day, they traveled to the Ohio State Fair, where they took first place in the small varsity division. They also were crowned grand champions with a score of 93%.

Members of the squad are Ally Dunning, Kelsee Rittenhouse, Mackenzie Swary, Jessica Offerle, Courtney Mead, Brooke Ludwig, Blair Ludwig, Gabby Gudakunst, Monique Goings, Brooke Sinn and Alex Fast. They are coached by Christina Sinn, Chrissy Landrum and Kerry Gudakunst.

3 countywide tax issues on fall ballot
Friday, August 08, 2014 12:36 PM


By MELINDA KRICK • Progress Editor

Voters in this year’s general election will determine a levies for the library system and for OSU Extension, and choose a new county commissioner.

Aug. 6 was the filing deadline for the election, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4.