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Absentee voting information
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:11 PM

PAULDING – Absentee voting began on Tuesday, April 1.

Paulding County Board of Elections office hours for absentee voting are as follows:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, April 1-4

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, April 7

Cash mob coming
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:10 PM


OAKWOOD – The Cash Mob will be soon making an appearance in Paulding County. The Oakwood Economic Development Company will be leading the Cash Mob and everyone is invited to be a part.

Cash Mobs are becoming popular as they are geared to help small business owners. A group of members will meet, go to a business location together and shop. These dollars spent locally will help small business owners and the county as well. The evening could possibly end with going to a local eatery for a meal and providing them with business as well.


To register to be a part of the Cash Mob go to www.odcohio.org/cash-mob/. After registration, further information will be provided and the location of where the Cash Mob is going first will be revealed.


Jr. Fair livestock tagging
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:09 PM

By Staci Hiler

4-H Program assistant

OSU Extension

PAULDING – Saturday April 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the fairgrounds, all exhibitors planning to show the following animal species must attend tagging.

Payne Chamber involved in numerous projects
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:08 PM
Construction is quickly progressing on Antwerp Exchange Bank's new Payne Banking Center. Staff Photo/Paulding County Progress


PAYNE – Following the election of new officers in January, and the anticipation of having another great year, most everyone’s attention was diverted to dealing with the harsh winter weather. However, with spring’s arrival last week, we’re not only anticipating an increase in temperatures, but an increase in activity within the Payne Chamber of Commerce and the community.

The new Antwerp Exchange Bank’s Payne Banking Center construction is in full force – vault is in, walls are up, roof is on.

Denning’s Drive-In has opened; Meno’s House of Pancakes has reopened with a brand new menu under the new name of Sam’s Café; and the Puckerbrush Pizzeria and Good Times Saloon continue to provide daily lunch and dinner specials.

Easter and the Charity Basketball Marathon are just a few weeks away and the opening ceremonies for this 36th annual event will begin on Good Friday, April 18. In addition, events planned by the chamber for the year include the Payne Relief 5-K on July 26 and something new – an independent consultant open house. Stay up to date on plans for these events by following the chamber’s Facebook page.

To date, the Payne Chamber has 110 members and appreciate each and everyone of those members for their continued support. Most of these members have had a direct impact on the transformation of the downtown during the past few years.

When the construction of AEB’s Payne Banking Center is complete, the Village of Payne’s administrative offices and police department will move to the building currently occupied by the bank leaving, their former building vacant and available for purchase.

Anyone interested in this building is encouraged to contact chamber president Chad Benschneider for more information and/or a tour. He may be reached at 419-263-2277 or 419-769-4708.

In similar news, residents may recall that the chamber purchased and then demolished the former Billy-Jo’s (green awning) building early last summer. Until such time as this vacant lot is utilized for further economic development purposes, the chamber has considered several ideas on how the lot can be used . The most interesting idea that they are pursuing right now is that of allowing the lot to be used as a community garden – one that could be used for or by community members, or for 4-H projects, or for FFA projects, or for the enjoyment of, or by a garden club.

Items grown could possibly be used as local restaurant fare, or food for the local food pantries. While the lot is not huge, chamber leaders feel that a garden could be a very valuable asset to the look and feel of the downtown landscape.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the chamber for guidance and expertise in making this happen in our community.

For up-to-date information on the upcoming Payne Relief 5-K, independent consultant open house, available commercial space and the potential community garden, message them through Facebook, email at paynechamber@gmail.com, or phone Benschneider at 419-769-4708 or 419-263-2277 or chamber secretary Ashley Doctor at 419-406-0911.


Brigner watches governor sign bill into law PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:33 PM


Wayne Trace eighth grader Owen Brigner was invited by State Rep. Tony Burkley to witness Governor Kasich signing Rep. Burkley's House Bill concerning school calamity days on Wednesday, March 26.

This is a dream come true for Owen, as he loves politics, and wants to someday become governor of The State of Ohio.

Pictured below are Ohio Governor John Kasich, Owen Brigner, and Rep. Tony Burkley.


‘Point In Time’ survey: Area homeless numbers on the rise
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:28 AM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

Every winter, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) picks a night in January for a survey of the nation’s homeless. On Jan. 28, NOCAC and the Northwest Ohio Housing Coalition conducted the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

Paulding County had a total of nine people considered homeless.

They included: one adult male, one adult youth male, and a family consisting of a man, woman and a youth. Also homeless in the county on that PIT were three Paulding County veterans.

Those falling in the “at risk” category in Paulding County included: 13 adult men, 22 adult women, 18 male youth, 16 female youth and 40 families consisting of 29 men, 40 women and 49 youth.

On that day alone, there were 144 homeless persons seeking assistance and another 602 persons identified to be at risk of losing their housing within the next 4-6 weeks.

The number of veterans in the six county regions currently at risk of homelessness totaled 18, with Paulding County having three.

Families at risk increased significantly from 2012 and 2013, going from approximately 93 families to 181 families.

Also included were the total number of families and individuals who were being assisted for one night only (in hotels or motels) due to the weather which totaled 26.

As frigid winter weather descended on much of the region in January, there were serious concerns for the many people at risk of physical harm from the “polar vortex” cold.

In northwest Ohio homeless shelters were operating at capacity according to reports. This forced those who couldn’t get in to try to find alternate shelter or to seek shelter all night in a 24-hour truck stop to stay warm.

The PIT purpose is to take a statistical sample of what housing and homelessness looks like on a single day in communities throughout the United States.

This year’s PIT count day was the coldest on record for the region. The unexpected and unprecedented adverse conditions appeared to not only increase the awareness of the homeless in the region, but also served as a catalyst for communities to seek out the most vulnerable of those.

In addition, some agencies that have usually participated in the count could not this day due to counties issuing snow emergency level 2.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, there are 3.5 million homeless Americans, and on any given night, over 700,000 people are without a home.

Approximately 700 of these homeless people will die from hypothermia every year. Those deaths tend to occur in the East Coast and in the Midwest. Temperatures in the region have repeatedly stayed below freezing this winter leaving thousands of homeless people in danger.

Although homeless people living in rural areas tend to be less visible than those sleeping on city streets, curling up in doorways or under bridges, they are not invisible. They are sleeping in storage units, stores, unlocked vehicles, in tents, or their cars. Shelters are often harder to access, and too far away to walk.

As it has been in years past, the 2014 homelessness count is an effort to shine a stark light onto what, on any given day, is the reality of the “invisible” and very present problem of the homeless population of northwestern Ohio.


Number of Homeless:

County            Totals

Defiance            92

Fulton            26

Henry            77

Paulding            9

Williams            72

Van Wert            24

Overall            302

Number at Risk:

County            Totals

Defiance            258

Fulton            178

Henry            256

Paulding            187

Williams            260

Van Wert            168

Overall            1,307