Archives for May 2015

United Way Awards Locals

The United Way of Williams County handed out awards for Campaign 2014…first place in industrial one was Spangler Candy Company….first place in Industrial 2 was ITW/Tomco..and in Industrial 3 it was Daavlin-rhymes with TRAVELIN….first place in the commercial sector was Bryan Ford Lincoln….in the govt/schools/libraries sector first place went to Williams County Employees…Parkview Physicians Group took first in the medical sector…Grace Community Church in the service clubs/church sector and Andres O Neil and Lowe was first in the financial,insurance,real estate,and legal sectors.The largest percentage increase from the previous campaign belonged to Sauder Manufacturing..the Stryker plant….and finally the top overall contributor in corporate and employee giving was the Spangler Candy Company of Bryan

OVI Checkpoints Planned

The Ohio State Highway conjunction with Defiance City Police and the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that an OVI checkpoint will be held tonight from 9pm-2am on Clinton Street..near Arabella Avenue in the city of Defiance.The OVI checkpoint..funded by federal grant funds…is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes.

Ohio Jobless Numbers Released

The jobs report for Williams County is looking bright. In fact, the unemployment rate fell in every Ohio county in April, including here in Williams County, where it dropped one full percentage point, to 4.1 percent, its lowest level since May 2001. According to the numbers released on Thursday, Williams County ranks 64th out of 88 counties in the state for its unemployment rate. In Henry County, the numbers were even more dramatic. The jobless rate in Henry County dropped from 7.7 percent in March, to 5.9 percent in April. Nevertheless, Henry County’s unemployment rate is still the highest in our region. Here are the numbers, as released yesterday…
• Williams: 4.1, down from 5.1 in March.
• Defiance: 4.6, down from 5.5 in March.
• Fulton: 4.7, down from 6.3 in March.
• Henry: 5.9, down from 7.7 in March.
The statewide unemployment rate stood at 4.6 for the month of April. It was 5.4 in March and 5.2 in April last year.

Bryan Police Make OVI Arrest, But Few Details Revealed

An arrest in Bryan for OVI… Bryan Police stopped 36 year old Damien McCullough of South Walnut Street on Thursday morning around 10am, and charged him with OVI. McCullough was released. Bryan Police have not released any details surrounding the arrest of McCullough, such as just where he was pulled over, if there was an accident, or if anyone was hurt. According to the limited information released, we only know that McCullough was released after his arraignment.

Relay For Life This Weekend At Paulding Fairgrounds

The Relay for Life of Paulding County is being held at the Paulding County Fairgrounds today and Saturday. It’s a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with all the proceeds going toward patient assistance and cancer research. This year, a car show, along with a lot of activities for kids, will also be a part of it. Included will also be a silent auction. The relay begins tonight at 6 with cancer survivors walking on the first lap. Then, it continues through the evening with members of the 21 teams taking their turns on the track. On the fairgrounds there will be many activities for children including photo booths. For the adults, there will be raffles, a silent auction, and vendors selling handmade items, along with a variety of food, like sandwiches, pizza, and delicious desserts. On Saturday morning, there will be a car show from 8-11, with free admission. The whole thing wraps up tomorrow at noon. The goal this year is to raise $93,000.

Toledo Give Withdrawal Notice

The city of Toledo has announced it’s intention to withdraw from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, due to it’s objections to recent amendments to the CCNO bylaws that Toledo claims would put an additional financial burden on the city. The Bryan Times reports that CCNO was informed by a letter from the Mayor of Toledo at CCNO’s special board meeting held Wednesday. The city of Toledo specifically objected to amendments that require the city to pay for at least 228 jail beds per year at CCNO, regardless of how many jail beds the city actually uses. It also would require Toledo to pay for offenders sentenced in Toledo Municipal Court under the Ohio Revised Code instead of requiring Lucas County to pay for such offenders as required by Ohio law.

Oakwood Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

A woman was arrested in Oakwood following the execution of a search warrant there on Tuesday night. It all involved a suspected meth lab at a home on Road 191 in Oakwood. 27 year old Jessica Beane was the only one home when the raid was carried out. She’s now charged with illegal manufacture of drugs; and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs… both of which are felonies. Meanwhile, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying that if you know of any drug related activity in the area, you should call them at 419-399-3791. You can also leave information via Facebook or online at Your information may be kept anonymous.

Williams County Crash Leaves One Man Dead

A crash Tuesday afternoon in Williams County leaves a man dead, and a woman with serious injuries. It happened right around 5 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of County Road 15.D and U.S. 127, when the man, in a Pontiac Vibe was struck by an eastbound Dodge Durango. The Pontiac then slammed into a utility pole… The Durango came to rest on the north side of 127. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, whose name also is being withheld, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The cause of the crash and other details are under investigation today.

Bryan Police Hold Back Details Surrounding Arrest Of Cecil Man

Bryan Police nabbed a man on a bench warrant. 27 year old Justin Phipps of Cecil was arrested, but we have no information from Bryan Police on just what that warrant was for, or from where it was issued. We do know that Phipps was taken to CCNO, but no other details are being released by Bryan Police.

Quadco Meeting Held Tuesday

At their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, Quadco board members learned more about changes that are being made to the way services are to be provided to individuals with developmental disabilities who also receive support from Medicaid. The board members watched portions of a video webinar about a transition plan the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities submitted to the Centers on Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) in response to a rule they revised. The rule, published in March of 2014, revised the way CMS home and community-based waiver services are to be provided, assuring they would be done in the most integrated setting. The state’s transition plan was submitted in March of this year and speaks to how the state plans to meet the new standards.
In the webinar program, John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities said that CMS was concerned that services through the waiver were becoming institutional in nature. So, CMS revised the rule to draw a “bright line between community services and institutional services.”
After the webinar, the Executive Director said he felt it would be a problem for QRC to come into compliance with the new standards, even by 2019 should CMS not allow for an extension. He noted the state biennial budget process is still ongoing. The Ohio House, concluded their budget process including in it a provision that calls for committee oversight on any closing of institutions. The annual summer picnic was talked about too. A number of activities are planned for those who come, including the serving of the ever-popular root beer floats. The picnic is scheduled to take place on June 12 in Archbold. The next joint meeting of the boards is scheduled for June 23 at noon in the Stryker conference room.