Dec. 5, 1968 . . . Stores in downtown Paulding will remain open until 9 p.m. starting Friday. There will also be free parking downtown for Christmas shoppers.

Judy Hanenkratt of Paulding, and cousin Ronnie Kadesch, also of Paulding, were winners of the national grand prize in the Cappy Dick puzzle contest.

Bruce Williamson was hired as the Melrose Village Marshall.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Oskey and daughter were Thursday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Manford Ross.

Mrs. Gilbert Woodburn was the host of the Ladies Literary Society last Friday evening.

Paulding Theatre is showing “Dark of the Sun” this weekend.

Jerry Whitman was appointed new water superintendent at the Payne Board of Public Affairs meeting.

Fred Hook of Payne is hunting in Pennsylvania this week.

Oakwood High School defeats Payne High School in boys basketball with a score of 71-48.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Birkhold, Louise and Jon, made a trip to Alamosa, Colorado over the holiday weekend.

Mrs. Berniece Shaw and Leroy Shaw and friend of Ft. Wayne, spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mosier and family.

The Huebner families had a Thanksgiving get-together with over 90 people present.

The Twirladiers’ Mothers met in the home of Phyllis Teegardin.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Doster, Mrs. Ann Densmore and Judy, Mrs. Dian Rinebolt and Tara, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Doster and family were Monday evening callers in the Lester Doster home in Payne.

Dec. 6, 1978 . . . Commissioners are working with the Paulding County Agricultural Society on constructing a new building at the fairgrounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Ward Elliott are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Commers called on his folks, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Commers, in Fort Wayne on Saturday afternoon.

The Jaycees held a Gobbler’s dance at the Jaycee Hall on Saturday night with the Reno Dance Band playing for them.

Homer F. Wearley will be installed soon as the Master of Flat Rock Lodge 580 in Payne.

Dorothy Singer and Edith Baker called on Mrs. Ray Baer and Ruby Nehiser at Van Wert Manor and Blanche Baker at Vancrest on Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Justus Welch were Tuesday evening visitors of Mrs. Buford and Mrs. Hill in the Clarence Wistner home.

The Friendship Class of the Oakwood United Methodist Church met Saturday night for their class party.

The Oakleaf Grange has decided to surrender its charter due to lack of interest and attendance.

The Paulding FFA Parliamentary Procedure teams received a silver rating at the bi-county contest.

Paulding High School boys basketball team defeated Antwerp High School, 78-40, in county rival action.

Mrs. Linda Meyers has been named cashier at Union State Bank.

Jay Hanenkratt was selected as Paulding FFA member of the month for November.

Dec. 7, 1988 . . . The teacher strike at Antwerp Schools has ended and the teachers are back in the classrooms.

Richard E. Overmyer Jr. of Payne, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

Shelly Clark of Grover Hill, won the stuffed lion in the quarterly drawing in Dr. Webb’s dentist office in Paulding.

First grade classes at Grover Hill Elementary School presented a Thanksgiving program for parents and kindergarteners.

Oakwood OCCL club members are opening their homes for a Christmas walk.

Over 100 deer were taken during the first day of gun season in Paulding County.

Marya Knuth of Antwerp represented Paulding County at the annual session of 116th Ohio State Grange Convention.

Paulding Kiwanis donated $300 to the Paulding County Hospital DME department..

Max Eifred and Rob Kesler of Paulding High School were named to the Division III All-Ohio Football first team. Max Eifred was also named Lineman of the Year by the AP.

Dec. 8, 1999 . . . . Laura Cooper of Grover Hill is relocating to Honduras to do mission work.

Paulding County resident Steve Wyatt was a contestant on the TV game show ‘Jeopardy.’

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hanenkratt celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

The Black Swamp Arts Council is now formed.

The Lady Raiders basketball team picked up their first win against Parkway. Sarah Bidlack scored a career high 22 points.