Archives for April 2016

Counseling for vets with PTSD available

Military veterans who suffer from PTSD or have been the victim of a sexual assault can find help in Defiance at the Veterans’ Office. Counseling is being offered one day a week, beginning May 4th. Get more information or schedule an appointment by calling the VA Hospital at 260-460-1456.

Communications tower is non-compliant to today’s regulations

A recent engineering study on a communications tower owned by Paulding County shows the tower doesn’t comply with wind-speed and ice build-up standards.

The issue was discovered by one of the tower’s users, which wanted add equipment and be sure the tower could handle it. A study by a structural engineering company determined that the tower doesn’t meet current regulations. The Sheriff Jason Landers told the Bryan Times that they’ve closed off the roadway and going to get a second opinion.

The tower is located on the Paulding County Fairgrounds on Fairground Drive.

Food pantries noticing an uptick in need

Local food pantries are reporting an increase in adults without children and senior citizens needing assistance. The director of one group, Community Compassion, told the Bryan Times that a lot of adults are really hurting in the area, and they can’t get government help. Kay Byroads said “if you don’t have child in your household, you’re basically out.” And senior citizens are reaching out more. The United Way is reportedly helping out the food pantries even more, including providing food and much needed hygiene products and laundry soap.

WillCo Commission to apply for housing grant

Commissioners in Williams County are expected to apply for a state grant to provide and improve affordable housing in the county and in Bryan for low- and moderate-income residents. The funding from the CHIP program gives much-needed money to communities to begin housing-related activities. The commission says if they receive the $800,000 grant, most of it, about $630,000 would be available to help homeowners bring their homes up to code. It’ll also be able to help pay for one or two emergency issues homeowners have, and some money is earmarked for landlords to improve their rental properties. Habitat for Humanity would get about $20,000 and Met Housing about $25k.

The commission says they should probably know in August if they’re awarded the grant.

Lincoln School open house

The open house for Lincoln School is this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The century old school is slated to come down in August as a new school is being built. There will be a guided tour, a special tribute video, photos, refreshments and activities for kids.

Angola/Fremont miss the top 8, come home with cash

You may remember we told you that Angola/Fremont were competing in the Americas Best Communities Contest in D.C.

They were part of the top 15 cities competing, and when it got down to 8, Angola/Fremont was not on the list.

Madison was the only one of three Indiana communities to advance. Valparaiso was also eliminated.

Angola/Fremont did get an awesome and lovely parting gift… 25 thousand dollar consolation prize for making the cut to the final fifteen out of more than 400 cities and towns nationwide. That’s just part of the total 90 thousand dollars they won in the competition.

Healthy Kids Day is tomorrow

The YMCA of Steuben County and the Williams County YMCA are holding their “Healthy Kids Day” events on Saturday. The annual event promotes that “every kid be healthy, active and ready to learn” through fun and meaningful activities.

At the YMCA of Steuben County, the Healthy Kids Day Health Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome at the YMCA in Angola this Saturday from 10am-2pm. Events in Angola will feature bike give-a-ways, healthy cooking, bounce house, and more.

In Williams County their features a Bounce House, Canoe & Kayak Lessons, Door Prizes, and much more. The Williams County YMCA activities are available from 10am-1pm.

Both are FREE events. The YMCA will be waiving their joiner fee for all memberships during the event Saturday.

Bill to give shoppers a back to school tax break is back

If you like saving money on school supplies during the tax amnesty day, you’ll get another one this August. The state has renewed the bill to allow shoppers to buy certain school materials without paying state sales tax. The interesting part of the plan was that last year, the state actually made money because shoppers actually spent more on other items when they shopped for school supplies, book bags, textbooks, notebooks and the trust old number 2 pencils. The bill is going to Governor Kasich for his signature.

WillCo moving toward electronic traffic ticketing

If you’ve noticed that black stripe on the back of your state of Ohio Driver’s license, you’re probably aware that information is all about you. Now Williams County is working towards using that to help ticket traffic offenders more quickly, with computers, printers, and software made available from the state, the courts and Indiana. It’s already used by Bryan Police, Edon Police and OSP. Troopers equipped with computers can swipe your id, download all your information, and click the offenses.

Tree program honors lost loved ones

Arbor Day is Friday, and the city is allowing residents to plant a memorial tree in honor of a loved one. The city of Bryan’s Memorial Tree Program, developed by Parks and Rec, goes from April through June, then again in October and November. Residents need to pick up an application at the Bryan Parks and Rec office. The minimum cost for a tree is $100, plus a metal stake and name plate can be added. Trees are planted in a city park. Call Parks and Rec. for more info.