Archives for November 2012


An update on a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago…
Migrating geese are creating a hazard for planes flying in and out of the Williams County Airport. Officials met yesterday to finalize a plan to address that problem.
Their decision… the geese must go, and that means some of them will die.
They say it’s simply a matter of safety. Nobody wants to just kill the birds, but nobody wants an airplane to crash either.
The plan they came up with has been approved by the city of Bryan, Williams County, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Officials have announced that there will be a series of controlled hunts to reduce the goose population. All hunters will be required to abide by the state hunting laws, meaning they will need a hunting license. There will also be a three bird limit.
The hunts are set for Saturdays in the regular hunting season, now through January 26th.
If the hunts are successful, they will likely become an annual event.


After a day-and-a-half of testimony and almost two hours of deliberation, a Henry County jury found a Napoleon man guilty of aggravated murder late Wednesday afternoon.
23 year old Michael Peddicord was found guilty of the first-degree felony charge of fatally stabbed Kaitlyn Nagel back in January.
Judge John Collier immediately revoked Peddicord’s bond. Sentencing is set for 2:30 the afternoon of Dec. 21st. That’s when Peddicord could be sentenced to life in prison without parole or he could be eligible for parole after serving 20, 25 or 30 years in prison.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol has named it’s 2012 Trooper of the Year at the Defiance post. He’s Trooper Michael Dirr, who was chosen by his fellow officers for his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and his cooperation with everyone he comes into contact with each day.
Dirr is now in line for the possible selection of district and state trooper of the year awards.
Trooper Dirr joined the highway patrol 12 years ago and has been previously awarded the Criminal Patrol Award, Blue Max Certificate for Excellence in Auto Larceny Apprehensions, Physical Fitnesss Award, and the Safe Driving Award.
Dirr resides in Henry County with his two daughters.


The Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with the city park board and the holiday decorating committee, are starting a contest during this holiday season.
The lighted Santa display at Pontiac Park will begin to travel around the city of Defiance, visiting different areas of town.
Contest forms will be available for completion at the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau at 325 Clinton St.
Folks are being asked to fill out a form, listing all five locations that Santa is spotted during the contest period from today through Dec. 21. Santa will pull the lucky winner’s name at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 when he gets to his house at the corner of Clinton and First streets.
Area businesses are also sponsoring the contest. Proceeds from the business sponsorships will be divided between Christmas for Kids and the contest winner.
For more information, contact Cindy Mack at Defiance Development and Visitor’s Bureau, at 419-782-0739.


Board members of the Four County Career Center have approved the issuance and sale of up to $3 million in bonds for constructing, furnishing, equipping and improving school district buildings and facilities.
The approved resolution will allow for the sale of bonds for the construction project for a new 14,000-square-foot addition for classroom space, a health clinic and offices.
Over the last five years, Four County’s enrollment has increased between 7-10 percent and they need the additional room.


The bank says their risk assessment is too high… they’re calling the loan on Hillcrest Country Club.
Since 1929, Hillcrest has been a member owned country club. Board members say that the club hasn’t missed any loan payments and they haven’t even been late with any payments. They also say that they haven’t reported a drastic loss of membership. In fact, the membership at Hillcrest actually increased this past year.
Although the members had already raised enough money to keep Hillcrest going through 2013, the bank holding the notes assessed the financial risk as being too high and decided to pull the plug on Hillcrest. Hillcrest will close permanently on December 7th.


Napoleon Area School District has moved to appropriate land under its eminent domain authority by filing a lawsuit in Henry County Common Pleas Court.
The parcel involves a little over 56 acres just off Westmoreland Street across from the Napoleon High School student parking lot.
The complaint alleges that it is necessary for the district to acquire title to the property in order to develop and construct a new elementary school and athletic field. It further alleges that the board has declared that just compensation for the property is $360,000, based on the report of an independent qualified appraiser.


Former Western Buckeye Educational Service Center superintendent John Basinger has been selected as the new interim superintendent at Paulding Exempted Village Schools.
Basinger completed a nine-month stint as interim superintendent at New Bremen Local Schools last summer. His appointment was approved by a unanimous vote during a special meeting of the Paulding Exempted Village Board of Education.
He begins his new job in January and will be paid $375 per day.


This year’s drought has had an effect on business, mental health and much more than just crops. Those effects were discussed during a regional drought workshop held at Northwest State Community College in Archbold on Tuesday.
Officials said that Northwest Ohio was the hardest hit of any location in the state of Ohio. They say there are about 76,000 farms in Ohio and all 76,000 have been affected. The trickle down effect of the drought will be felt by everyone.


Problems accessing the local post office were the big story at the recent meeting of the Holgate Village Council.
Council heard a number of complaints from village residents regarding the Post office’s hours. They say the hours prohibit those with day jobs from obtaining their mail during the week. The only opportunity that anyone working a nine to five job has to get their mail is on Saturday morning.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to hold a meeting in Holgate in January. As of now, they plan to hold it at the local school and they expect at least 100 people to attend to voice their opinions.