Archives for May 2014

Hilltop High Scholars Honored

Scholarships were announced and awards were given out for outstanding students and GPAs at the recent 22nd Annual Academic Awards Banquet at Hilltop High School. The guest speaker was Dr. Shea Walkup, a 1995 Hilltop graduate. He currently is a dentist with the Bryan Dental Group.

War Memorial Moving Toward Defiance

The Moving Wall-Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display in Defiance next month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. The wall will be escorted into town on the morning of June 12th by a procession of motorcycles and will be erected on Webster Street at Defiance College.between Whitney and McReynolds halls. The Wall will be open to the public on June 12-15th. A number of related events will also take place at the college which will all be free and open to the public.

Construction Underway for New School

Construction at the site of the new Napoleon Elementary School is ramping up as the school year comes to a close. The new school on Westmorelnd Avenue is expected to be finished for the start of the 2015-’16 school year. A new junior high wing is also being added to the existing high school. The projects are being funded with a $31.5 million bond issue approved by Napoleon Area School District voters two years ago.

Have You Been Vaccinated?

State health officials urging Ohio residents to ensure they’re vaccinated for measles and mumps say graduation celebrations and summer travel can be opportunities for such diseases to spread if people don’t take preventative measures. At least 396 cases of mumps have been confirmed in an outbreak of the contagious viral illness in central Ohio.

Rep. Latta Meets With Vets About VA Scandal

Congressman Bob Latta held a series of listening sessions for veterans in his district this week amid concerns about the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly delaying care and fabricating documents to cover it up. The meetings were held in Perrysburg, Findlay and Definance

School Bus Crash in Indiana

Nine people were injured when a school bus carrying 47 students collided with a dump truck in northern Indiana yesterday. Seven students and two adults were taken to the hospital, then returned to the Wawasee Middle School in Syracuse, where they were met by school nurses while parents were notified. The students had been on a field trip to a water park.

Defiance Viaduct Struck by Truck

Emergency crews responded to a crash involving a big rig that the Jefferson Avenue railroad viaduct in Defiance yesterday. No one was hurt, but damage was extensive. The top of the trailer was peeled off.

Water Aerobics Being Offered

The Bryan Parks and Recreation Department has announced that it will be offering Water Aerobics Classes at East End Pool this summer.
Water aerobics helps burn calories and tone muscles while letting you stay cool in the water.
According to instructors, it’s a great workout for men and women of all ages. The pool will be closed to other swimmers during this class and no pool pass will be necessary.
Class will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks at a cost of only $30.
Walk-ins are welcome, and individual classes are $5 each.
It all starts June 24th. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.

The Cost Of Dying In Defiance Just Went Up

The cost of dying may soon increase in Defiance. City council’s buildings and lands committee is discussing increases in burial and grave fees for Riverside Cemetery in Defiance, after going over the numbers and coming up with the conclusion that a lot of money is spent on the cemetery, while current rates don’t even come close to covering the costs.
On top of that, Defiance officials say that soon, the cemetery will be out of room.
In the meantime, according to the Crescent News, the city has plans to transform the Tecumseh ballfield into additional burial lots, but even then, the cemetery may only have space for another 7 to 10 years of burials before it’s filled.
Under the fee increase proposal, rates for city residents would mostly all double. Rates for non-city residents would increase more than that.
The cemetery budget this year is just a few dollars shy of $218,000.

Road Work Scheduled

The Steuben County Highway Department has announced that County Road 200 West between 100 North and the Angola City Limits will be shut down on Thursday for roadside work.
According to Steuben County Engineer Jennifer Sharkey, the work will likely take all day tomorrow to complete.
If you need additional information, or want to check the schedule, which is subject to change based on the weather, contact the Steuben County Highway Department at (260) 668-1000, extension 3600.