Archives for August 2013


Defiance County commissioners, at Thursday’s meeting, approved a tax abatement and other matters related to the construction of a large egg production facility near Hicksville.
Hillandale Farms plans is building the facility on Rosedale Road near Hicksville, and plans to invest $41 million in it. The project includes eight production barns, water wells, manure waste handling and storage facilities and a waste lagoon.
The company has agreed to create 65 full-time jobs with an approximate annual payroll of $1,668,144. In return, the county has granted Hillandale Farms Ohio a 60 percent tax exemption for real property improvements for 10 years. Commissioners also approved a development agreement with Hillandale Farms.
Defiance County will do road improvements on Rosedale Road, and provide $50,000 in community development block grant funds, plus $214,000 in Ohio Department of Transportation jobs and commerce funds. Hillandale in turn, will contribute $166,000 toward the financing of the road improvements.
The county will also provide $440,000 to support the construction of just under three miles of gas main to be extended by Ohio Gas Company to the site. Ohio Gas will kick in $46,000.


General Motors Defiance based Casting Operations says it plans to lay off 135 workers beginning at the end of September. The announcement, made Thursday by GM, says the layoffs will be phased and will affect 48 temporary employees, 55 production employees, and 32 skilled trades employees… all hourly.
GM says the layoffs are due to newer engines going from cast iron to aluminum.
The Defiance plant also does some aluminum casting, but GM says there are no plans in the immediate future to switch out an iron-casting line with an aluminum line at the plant.
GM says the layoffs will not impact the new truck line at the plant. The V8 and V6 truck engine lines are up. The light-duty truck using the engines is already on the market, while the heavy-duty truck will be out later this year.


Get out your cowboy hat, scarf and “dancing boots” and get ready to kick up your heels.
The John Paulding Historical Museum is getting ready for their sixth annual hog roast and barn dance to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7.
The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, escalloped potatoes, baked beans, applesauce and brownies, and is to be served from 5-7 p.m. in Barn #2.
The dance will be from 7 -9 p.m. with Nancy and Company performing your favorite tunes.
Tickets are currently on sale from any historical society member or by calling Kim Sutton at 419-399-3667.
Tickets will also be available at the door. The cost of the dinner and dance is $10 per person. All proceeds will go towards the operation of the museum.
The John Paulding Historical Society Museum is located at 600 Fairground Drive in Paulding.


The Indiana Department of Transportation says that Indiana 8 in Auburn is shut down today for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.
The closure of the state highway, also known as 7th Street, is between Van Buren and Union streets and will last until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The detour uses Grandstaff and Auburn drives to Indiana 8 according to a press release by the department.


The Williams County Sheriffs Office is invetigating a theft. Sheriff’s officers say thousands of dollars worth of items were stolen from a property in the area of County Roads C and 16.
Investigators say the break in and theft took place some time between August 16th and this Wednesday and the loss was estimated at over $6,000.
Tools, including a drill, a wire welder, an air conditioning unit and a riding lawn mower were reported stolen. If you think you might have any information about it that will help, contact the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.


Enhancing security and peak population numbers highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
Board members were presented a new proposal in regards to installing additional fencing and concrete between the main facility and the separate two-story work release building. Under the proposal, the building which currently houses work release and community public works participants would also house minimum security offenders to offer more programming and better utilize the 143 available beds.
At the previous board meeting, members were advised the proposed project would cost almost $75,000 for additional fencing, concrete and driveway replacement.
Board members also learned that the Federal Communications Commission recently placed a cap on long distance telephone fees on inmate phone calls. The decision may amount to a reduction of 10 to 20 percent in revenues which help finance the jail’s capital improvement fund.
A new community service program will begin Sept. 5 in Williams County. Under the program, inmates will be directly supervised by a CCNO security officer to perform various service work.
Work sites will include Stryker, West Unity, Springfield Township and the Williams County fairgrounds.


Secretary of State Jon Husted, following a hearing a couple of weeks ago in Columbus, removed two members of the Putnam County Board of Elections Tuesday for violations of the state’s open meetings laws.
Husted and a hearing officer listened to arguments from Ann Dillinger and Martin Kuhlman that they did not receive proper training, their infractions were technical in nature and not intended to deceive the public and that the elections board had since cleaned up its act. It didn’t matter in the end. Both were let go
Earlier this year, a county judge found the Putnam County panel broke Sunshine Laws on several occasions from 2008-10 and ordered more than $40,000 in damages and attorney fees.


Look out! The coon dogs are coming!!
The Williams County Senior Fair Board met for a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the coon dog show.
The board decided to approve the Walker Days with the DeKalb County Coon Dog Association as long as they sign the regular building rental contracts.
The coon dog shows will take place next April. There will also be another coon dog event at the fairgrounds in September of 2014.


A search warrant was executed Tuesday at a Defiance business in conjunction with an investigation being conducted by the Multi-Area Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation agents and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Toledo office.
The operation also involved the the Secret Service, the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, the Defiance Police Department and the Defiance County Prosecutor’s office.
According to a press release, Wholesalers BBD, LLC on Baltimore Road in Defiance, “is alleged to manufacture large amounts of synthetic cannibinoids intended for consumption by users, as opposed to the claim that these substances are a type of potpourri or incense. The business distributes the substances across the United States as well as supplying local shops.”
No arrests were made while the investigation is ongoing.


The Bryan Fire Department responded to a call for help at a house fire just after 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at a home at 221 N. Cherry St. in Bryan.
No word on injuries or damage estimates. The investigation is continuing today.