Staff Writer

Part 2 of 2

A continuation of the recap of 2018 local news stories as reported by the Progress:


The John Paulding Historical Society starts construction on its new addition.

Paulding County EMA purchases an emergency mobile generator for the county.

Antwerp Alleys, &Junque Boutique, Barnwood Creations and KB Scoops all open for business in Antwerp.

Red Oak Pet Cottage LLC opens for business at Cecil.

Antwerp Schools announce the hiring of a school resource officer. Caleb Miller and his K-9 Cooper will start at the beginning of the school year.

The Paulding County Youth Health Assessment is presented to members of the community.

Members of the Paulding FFA chapter travel to Washington, D.C. for the FFA Washington Leadership Conference.

Cooper Farms donates over 13,600 pounds of turkey deli meat to local food banks and summer food programs.

E&R Ceramics, located on the square in Paulding, opens for business.

Oakwood is the 9-10 Paulding County champion team in boys baseball.

John Paulding Days is held, featuring many new activities and ending with spectacular fireworks.

Krystal Albright defends her state cycling title at the Ohio Special Olympics summer games.

The Paulding Pancake House opens for business. They are located across from the courthouse in Paulding.

Payne Elementary hires Paul Jones as the new principal.


A microburst weather system hits Haviland, causing damage to local businesses and residential properties.

Leon Goyings places third in the statewide ODOT Roadeo.

Improvements are made to various businesses located in downtown Paulding.

The Sinn family are the big winners of the Grover Hill Summerfest kickball tournament.

Antwerp Local Schools partner with Discovery Education on a new learning initiative called STEM Foundations.

Kameran Clemens is hired as the school resource officer for Paulding Exempted Village Schools.

The John Paulding Historical Society presented an encore performance of “No Compromise” to another sold-out crowd.

Paulding Chamber of Commerce has huge success with its new Tunes, Brews & BBQ event.

The Paulding VFW honors Verl Dasher for his 60-plus years of involvement with the Boy Scouts.

Wayne Trace wins the 11th annual Black Swamp Bowl for the eighth year in a row.


The Black Swamp Nature Center forms a partnership with the Paulding County Area Foundation.

The Paulding Drug Coalition holds its first meeting.

The Paulding County Vision Board releases its comprehensive community development plan for the county.

A Payne woman is injured when a car drove up on her porch.

The annual Youth For Christ Auction was held and they came very close to reaching their fundraising goal.

The Bargain Bin of Paulding donates $12,000 to the Paulding County Hospital’s physical therapy rehabilitation department.

A group of motorcycles from the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball, a trip from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, travels through Paulding on their way to Illinois.

Michael Loop is charged with robbery and the shooting death of Philip Koenn of Cecil.

The Wayne Trace girls golf team wins its third straight Green Meadows Conference championship.

Oakwood celebrates its 99th annual homecoming.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office receives new drug scanner equipment.

The Archer football team breaks its five-year losing streak to Paulding.

Gerald Ross, a Paulding County native killed in action in the Vietnam War, is honored at a special rededication ceremony in Bloomington, Ind.

Another successful Flat Rock Creek Festival is in the books.

Paulding Panthers football team breaks its NWC losing streak by beating Bluffton 28-17.


Oakwood Elementary is named a Blue Ribbon School.

The Vision Board installs new “Welcome to Paulding” signs on Fairground Drive.

Employees from the Parkview Physicians Group office surprise Paulding resident Gale Mansfield with a new bike.

Kylee Baumle is awarded a Gold Medal of Achievement for magazine writing at a national media awards program.

Lady Raiders golf team moves on to girls districts by placing second at sectionals.

Matthew Dempsey, Briceton, pleads guilty to killing Gina Mann.

The newest wind farm in Paulding County is dedicated.

The Ohio Secretary of State honors Insource Technologies.

Susan Pieper announces her upcoming retirement from the Paulding County Carnegie Library.

A training facility for first responders is dedicated in Paulding.

William R. Miller, of Oakwood, dies of natural causes while awaiting trial for the homicide of his grandson.

Antwerp cross country runner Jake Ryan heads to state for the second year in a row.


Lafarge plans to build three wind turbines to power the cement plant in Paulding.

Paulding County Hospital names Ron Goedde as its new CEO to replace Randal Ruge, who is retiring.

Paulding Village hires Dale Goebel as village administrator.

Stylish Pets Pet Grooming opens for business in Paulding.

Secretary of State Jon Husted makes a stop in Paulding to campaign for his upcoming election as Lt. Governor of Ohio.

Keaton Altimus from Antwerp is named the football offensive player of the year; while Brian Merritt of Wayne Trace was named football defensive player of the year.

Zane Bartley is charged as an accomplice to the murder of Philip Koenn of Cecil.

Christmas for Kids makes a stop at Divine Mercy Catholic School in Payne.

Students and staff at Oakwood Elementary wear red to encourage classmate Tripp Foor, who is battling cancer.

Paulding County farmers file a lawsuit against Ohio over wind setback laws.

The Antwerp Police Department receive a donation from the Cooper Foundation to purchase a new golf cart for the village.

Kyle Mawer is promoted to chief operating officer at Paulding County Hospital.


Paulding greatly expands its Merry and Bright celebration into an all afternoon event full of activities and fun.

The Oakleaf Restaurant in Oakwood is packed for its annual Christmas for Kids drive.

Wreaths Across America holds their its wreath laying ceremony in Paulding at the St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding Township. Money was raised to purchase 477 wreaths, which was above and beyond their set goal.

Tristen Blair, of Grover Hill, pleads no contest to a charge of reckless homicide in the death of his infant son.

The annual TGIF celebrates its 19th year. Between 400-500 people were served this year.

Kevin Miller, former principal and teacher at Wayne Trace, is named as Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

The Antwerp Chamber of Commerce sponsors a shop with a cop event, where kids were able to shop for Christmas presents at the fire station with local law enforcement.

The Wayne Trace athletic boosters donate $11,000 to go toward a new weight room.

R&B Fabrications sews bags and donates toys to fill 31 bags for foster kids at the Marsh Foundation.

Coral Fetzer, former Paulding SWCD program administrator, is charged with theft in office.