Archives for November 2013


The holiday shopping season got underway for many yesterday at the same time many others were enjoying their traditional Thanksgiving feast.
This year, more retailers kicked off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day instead of Black Friday, in hopes of getting a head-start on the lucritive holiday dollars.
According to a national survey earlier this week, approximately 140 million people said planned to shop sometime Thursday through Sunday. Of that 140 million, 33 million planned to go out yestereay, Thanksgiving Day.
Kohl’s, JCPenney, Sears, Elder-Beerman and Dunhams opened at 8 last night.
Store managers and officials say they are expecting large holiday crowds today, Black Friday, and throughout the weekend.


The Liberty Center Local Board of Education is asking residents for their input and thoughts about the location of a proposed new pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school.
On Tuesday night, many showed up at a meeting to offer just that.
The first 85 minutes of the school board’s meeting Tuesday evening was allotted exclusively for public comment, and that entire time was filled with questions and discussion from the audience.
The bulk of the discussion centered on the two major options — Option Black, a one-story building located on an undetermined generic new site; and Option Orange, a two-story building located on the existing school property.
Both facilities would have an area of about 151,000 square feet and cost nearly $37 million. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has committed to fund 64 percent of the non-locally funded initiatives, or about $23.4 million of that total cost.
But a third option has surfaced called the “Tiger Plan.” It is much like Option Orange, but without constructing swing space to hold classes during the building process.
The board has scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m for further discussion.


The 2014 budget option before Defiance City Council was given a first look Tuesday night.
Following a first reading, council let lie the ordinance which would approve the budget, six days after the county’s board of elections certified that the city’s 0.3-percent income tax for police and fire services passed. Nearly 400 votes that were uncounted on Election Day, but were tallied last Wednesday swung a 15-vote deficit into a 28-vote win.
The Crescent News reports that the budget ordinance is expected to receive a second reading next week.


Ten days after two storms left destruction in their wake, Putnam County is on the road to recovery.
The small village of Cloverdale was effectively “ground zero” for one storm cell which spawned a Category EF2 tornado on Nov. 17.
Four families who rode out the storm in the Cloverdale Community Club made the Oak Haven Residential Care Center, at 152 Main St., Cloverdale, their home for a few days after their own homes were lost.
Now, heavy equipment is working tirelessly to clear up the remaining debris and then the re-building will start.
Electricity has been fully restored to the village, however power has not been restored to all buildings due to damage that must first be corrected before crews can re-connect those homes and businesses safely.


Quadco Rehabilitation Center is set to hold their 2nd annual benefit and gift shop open house a week after Thanksgiving at their Stryker building.
Since last year’s benefit proved so popular, they are once again planning to hold a dinner in the cafeteria. This year’s menu will include spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, apple crisp and a drink for a free will donation. Take out will be available.
The event is slated for Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Along with the meal, there will also be an open house of the Carriage House Gift Shop behind the building. There will be plenty of baked goods and gift items such as unique signs, log cabins, stuffed animals, and more.
Proceeds from the benefit are to be used for Quadco participants who need help with field trip entrance fees, meals and other activities.


The Governor announced Tuesday that he has authorized the use of State Disaster Relief funds to assist Cloverdale in Putnam County continue to recover from the severe storms and tornadoes on Nov. 17.
The State Disaster Relief Program is an authorized reimbursement program intended to provide assistance to local governments and eligible private non-profit organizations for costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent work. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency continues to work with local communities in affected areas to determine the impact of the severe storms and tornadoes.
At its peak, the November 17th storm packed winds reaching 40-50 mph, with some wind reports indicating gusts of 75-80 mph. Wind damage to buildings, trees and power lines were severe across a wide area.


Defiance County commissioners got some updates at their meeting on Monday on road and landfill matters.
Commissioners were told that Weber Road has reopened after being closed for a bridge replacement.
County crews constructed geosynthetic reinforced soil abutments with recycled steel beams and concrete deck. The steel beams were originally part of a bridge over Mud Creek on The Bend Road.
The total cost for that project was $80,036.71.
Crews are working now on culvert replacement projects and tree removal along the roadways through the winter months, so that they are prepared to plow snow and salt the roadways as needed.


At a special meeting Monday, the Antwerp Village Council approved twin liquor permits for the River Street Market in that community.
The owner of the former IGA in the village told council that the market had yet to make a profit. So… in order to correct that situation, he is bringing in lottery machines and a rotisserie. He had previously requested that council okay permits for the sale of beer and wine.
At Monday’s meeting, Council approved the transfer of liquor permits from different jurisdictions.
The permits however, do not allow customers to consume alcoholic purchases on the premises.


The Patrick Henry Local Board of Education accepted the resignation of high school football coach Bill Inselmann during its regular monthly meeting Monday. Inselmann has served as the varsity football coach at Patrick Henry for 23 years.
The board also accepted the resignation of bus mechanic Mark Wilhelm who is retiring effective Feb. 28 after 30 years with the school district.
In other action at Monday evening’s meeting, the board approved the hiring of payroll specialist Pat Barnes. Barnes will begin her new position on Dec. 1.


A two-vehicle collision Monday evening sent one driver to the hospital.
The Henry County Sheriff’s office says the accident happened just after 6pm at the intersection of U.S. 24 and County road P, west of Napoleon.
25 year old Lynette Badenhop of Napoleon reportedly made a left turn and ran into a vehicle driven by 55 year old Beth Marshall of Napoleon.
Marshall was taken by ambulance to the Henry County Hospital.
That accident is still being investigated.