Archives for January 2013


Retired Williams County Department of Aging Executive Director Karen E. Richard of Montpelier died Monday at Advanced Specialty Hospital of Toledo. She was 68.
Richard served as executive director of the Williams County Department of Aging from 1985 until her retirement in 1999.
In 1995 she helped bring the senior program under county and federal guidelines and she was instrumental in organizing Senior Day at the Williams County Fair.


It’s a winter celebration all this weekend in Sandusky.
The annual Arctic Ice Festival is being held Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 4pm throughout the downtown area.
Some highlights of the two-day event will be an Underground Railroad trolley tour, model boat-building for kids, special exhibits and educational programs, and ice carving and diving demonstrations.
Food and drinks will be available.
Erie Metro Parks will be the scene of ice fishing demonstrations and other activities beginning at noon both days at the museum.
Ice boat races are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the sailing club, and an amateur ice carving contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at the museum.
For more information call 419-624-0274 or visit


An Edon woman is dead following a crash Wednesday morning.
48 year old Saralee Handy was killed yesterday morning when her car veered across Indiana 427 near Waterloo, Indiana and into the path of a vehicle driven by 60 year old Thomas Suntken of Hamilton, Indiana. A third vehicle driven by 44 year old Glen Crawford of Angola then too slammed into Handy’s car.
Suntken received a broken leg, and Crawford was not injured.
All the vehicles were heavily damaged.


Yesterday, we told you about the sudden resignation of Bryan City Council President Mark Kelly.
This morning, we have more information which might explain it.
Kelly admitted yesterday that he was responsible for misappropriated funds from the Williams County Genealogical Society. Kelly admitted that he took the money, but he also reportedly returned it, along with interest and legal expenses. The Society board indicates that since Kelly returned the missing money, no further action will be taken.
Kelly served on Bryan City Council for seven years as a representative of Ward 2 before being elected Council President at the beginning of the year.


Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers of Bryan announced yesterday that the hospital is shutting down its home health and hospice programs.
Officials there blame it on present and future reductions in payments.
The hospital’s board of directors have opened discussions with Community Health Professionals about partnering with the hospital and to operate the home health and hospice program.
However, if an agreement with CHP can’t be hammered out, the home health care and hospice will close by May 1st.
Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers currently has 19 full-time positions in its home health and hospice program. They say all positions will be eliminated in a shutdown.
Hospital officials cite the impending closing as an example of the coming reform of health care in the United States.
They say as more employers drop health care insurance for employees, closings such as this are likely to become more common.


A Paulding County woman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash.
Christina Martinez was traveling on U.S. 24 in Richland Township around 1pm when her vehicle ran off the side of the road and hit a fence and two trees.
Martinez was taken by air ambulance to ProMedica Toledo Hospital in serious condition.
The crash remains under investigation.


The Bryan City Council President has announced that he’s stepping down.
Mark Kelly was elected Council President earlier this month, on January 7th. Kelly said he’s quitting for personal reasons.
Council accepted Kelly’s resignation and then elected Tommy Morr as the new President. Keith Day was elected Vice President.
Kelly, who’s resignation was effective immediately, served on the council for seven years.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that they will accept SURE applications for 2011 crop losses through June 7th of this year.
The SURE Program provides payments to producers when crop revenues are less than the crop guarantee.
The SURE payment is equal to 60 percent of the difference between the crop guarantee and revenue.
To see if you are eligible, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.
Additional information about 2011 SURE can be found at the Fulton-Western Lucas FSA office in Wauseon or online at


Police are just now releasing information about a two car crash that injured five people Saturday in Defiance County.
16 year old Samantha Stewart of Defiance was driving east on Ohio 249 as 57 year old Robert Mohre of Blakeslee was driving north on US 127.
Stewart ran a stop sign and collided with Mohre.s vehicle at an intersection.
Stewart and a passenger in her car, 16 year old Brittany Taquino of Defiance were taken to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan where they were treated and released.
Mohre and his passengers… 88 year old Noah Prince and 78 year old Dorothy Bodie, both of Edon, were taken to the same hospital where Bodie was treated and released. Mohre and Prince were then transfered to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Both were discharged from that hospital on Sunday. Both vehicles were severely damaged. Stewart was cited for failure to yield.


Archbold residents and business owners came out Monday to hear Mayor Jim Wyse offer his annual state of the village address.
Most of Monday’s address focused on area water and wastewater issues.
Wyse said that the village’s “big project for 2013” at the water treatment plant is a project aimed at reducing the amount of tri-halo-methane in the village’s water. That project will likely cost roughly $2 million, and also includes the replacement of a generator.
The village has also budgeted $70,000 for video detection cameras at intersections, $50,000 for sidewalks, and $165,000 to replace a water line at Miller Avenue.
Sauder reported another good year according to Wyse, and added 130 new jobs in 2012. Sauder Manufacturing added 39 new jobs in 2012, and set an all-time high for sales volume.