Archives for October 2014

Cold For Halloween, But No Snow This Year

Remember complaining about the heat this past summer? Well, think about this now…
The first snowflakes of the year could show up today according to the National Weather Service.
Here is the forecast:
Today, rain showers before 2 p.m., then rain and snow showers. High near 44. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight, the trick or treaters could see some snow showers, mainly before 8 p.m. Low around 30. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

A Very High Level Visit

Both the current Governor, and the Lt. Governor, made campaign stops in northwest Ohio this week.
Governor Kasich and Lt Governor Mary Taylor stopped by the Hancock County Republican headquarters in Findlay on Wednesday, then went on to Archbold where they spoke at a Fulton County Get Out the Vote event.
Taylor talked about an improved state economy, success in job creation and a balanced budget over the last four years.
In her speech, she also urged young adults to take an active role in democracy.
The Governor, spoke about Ohio’s balanced budget, saying he does not intend to spend the state’s $1.5 billion surplus right away. He said it gives the state a buffer when faced with challenges that can crop up unexpectedly.
The Governor also talked about the state’s ongoing war against drugs that has involved law enforcement officials at both the state and local levels, saying new laws now make it tougher for people to obtain and abuse prescription medications, which has, unfortunately, led many people to heroin.
The Governor said that in order to combat drugs and other issues in the state, it’s important for communities to start talking and reaching out to one another.

Airport Improvements Explained

Work continues toward improvements at the Williams County Airport. It’s all part of an ongoing improvement plan for the airport, and it has been quite noticable for the past few weeks if you have been there, with the resurfacing of the runway being a big priority.
The Bryan Kiwanis Club is interested in what’s happening there. They hold the fourth of July Fly In Breakfast there every year, and it is a huge fundraiser for the club.
According to the Bryan Times, the airport manager met with the members of the Kiwanis Club this week to fill them in on what’s happening at the airport.
He told members that what has been happening over the past several weeks is what is called the overlay project for the runway. IT’s been planned for about two years, and will end up costing more than $1 Million. The good news is that more than 90 percent of the cost is being covered by a Federal Aviation Administration grant, with only 10 percent being covered by local funds.
Once the runway overlay is completed, grooves will be cut into the pavement to enhance aircrafts’ braking, and next spring the pavement marking will be completed.
The airport handles about 350 jet flights a year, many bringing in corporate officers, along with technicians and engineers.
In addition to jet flights, the airport also handles about 2,500 flights by propeller-driven aircraft, including many flights for agricultural spraying and seeding.
Airport officials say the upgrades can be expected to yield an increase in traffic at the airport.

Agreement Inked In Edon

The Edon-Northwest Board of Education and the Edon Northwest Teachers Association have agreed in principle to a one-year contract.
According to published reports in the Bryan Times, the deal was reached between the board and the ENTA Tuesday and the board ratified the contract at a special board meeting Thursday afternoon. The vote was 5-0 among board members.
The ENTA is expected to sign the agreement as early as today.

Husband Of Steuben County Woman Killed In Crash Now Arrested

The husband of a Steuben County woman who died in traffic accident back in August, has been arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death.
41-year-old Daniel Shroyer was arrested over the weekend, and released from jail on Saturday night after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.
The warrant for his arrest was issued on October 17th. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department suspected alcohol was a factor in the crash which took the life of 43-year-old Deanna Shroyer on August 1st.
Shroyer’s arrest came on the same weekend a benefit was held to help out the children of the couple. The Shroyers have adopted many foster children over the years as well as having their own children.

Wauseon Wins Paint The Plow Award

A local high school has come away as a winner in a statewide contest. Wauseon High School has been selected as a winner in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 2 Paint the Plow contest.
Sixteen high schools from Williams, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties participated in this year’s contest, which was originally developed by ODOT to teach students to become more involved in local communities, increase awareness of the department’s ice and snow operations and promote safety. Each school received a clean, black snowplow blade on which to paint their original design. Winners were chosen for Best Community Spirit and Best Ice and Snow Theme.
Wauseon High School will receive a $250 courtesy of the Northwest Branch of the Ohio chapter of the American Public Works Association. Marco’s Pizza will also supply the school with 50 pizzas.

Defiance Rain Garden Planned

Defiance City Council met Tuesday night and discussed a number of ordinances, including one calling for construction of a rain garden at Defiance Public Library.
The ordinance concerning the rain garden project passed following a third and final reading. Now, a contract with B.E. Mangas Construction of Defiance has been authorized, with the $17,800 cost coming out of the city’s capital improvements budget.
The garden will include an underground drainage system, and will be built in the center circle of a recently re-built parking lot adjacent to Defiance Public Library.

Bomb Scare At Holgate Under Intense Investigation

Police are investigating after a bomb threat Tuesday afternoon caused the evacuation of Holgate Local Schools.
According to Kelly Meyers, Holgate Schools Superintendent, the threat was discovered just after 1 yesterday afternoon iin the form of a note left in a boy’s bathroom, saying that the school would be blown up by a bomb at 1:30.
All students and staff were immediately evacuated to a nearby church.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Holgate Fire Department brought in special bomb sniffing apparatus and swept the entire building. Nothing was found, and students and faculty were allowed back in the building. School was then dismissed later in the day at the normal time.
During the scare, a message was sent out to parents to notify them of the situation. All after-school activities were held yesterday as scheduled.
Today, the bomb scare remains under investigation, and officals are asking anyone who may have some information that could be helpful in catching whoever is behind it, to contact the sheriff’s office. The number is 419-592-8010.

Power Outage Caused By Equipment Failure

A big power outage on Monday affected about 7,000 First Energy customers in Williams and Fulton counties, and now we know what caused it.
According to the utility, the outage was caused by a failure at the Stryker substation. Repairs have been made, and all affected customers are now with power. No word on exactly what that failure was though.

Quadco’s Financial Picture Is Brightening

The future is looking a bit brighter for Quadco…
Improving financial conditions are continuing according to Quadco leaders.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Quadco Administrative and Non-Profit Boards on Tuesday, board members were shown figures that show a growth in their finances, just as they had in the previous month.
There has been a surge in the sales of cardboard pallets made by people at the center, along with an increased interest in cardboard pallets in general. Quadco now feels that more companies will want to use them since they are clean and easily recycled.
The center currently makes 63 different sizes of cardboard pallets and will soon be adding 61 additional sizes to meet the demands of buyers, virtually doubling the sizes they can build.
The next meeting of the board will be on Nov. 25 in the Stryker main conference room.