Archives for October 2012

MONTPELIER AND PIONEER TRICK OR TREAT CHANGE LISTED

Last night’s trick-or-treat in Montpelier was canceled due to weather concerns. Both Montpelier and Pioneer trick-or-treat has now been rescheduled to this Friday, Nov. 2 from 6-7 p.m. The Montpelier parade will preceed trick-or-treat.

HUGHES WILL CONTINUE TO RUN

Dan Hughes continues to run for Williams County Sheriff in the general election, in spite of charges brought against in the Bryan Municipal Court.
Lasst month, Hughes was charged with a misdemeaner because he attempted to run for county office while still an employee of Williams County.
Hughes held a part-time position with the county’s Department of Aging back in January when he obtained a petition to run for office.
He resigned on March 19, at the request of county commissioners, to prevent any conflicts of interest between the two positions.
His attorney has filed to dismiss the charges, saying Hughes never intended to violate any laws.

WILLIAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET

Williams County Commissioners approved eight supplemental appropriations while in session on Monday morning.
The commissioners also accepted the resignation of Department of Aging finance officer, Sue Manley effective Dec. 31.
Finally, Commissioners met in executive session with courthouse maintenance supervisor Gary Hendricks to discuss employee discipline. No action was taken afterward.

BLUFFTON MAN KILLED IN PUTNAM ACCIDENT

A Bluffton man was killed in a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

22 year old Dustin Brown was pronounced dead at the scene by the Putnam County Coroner.

Brown was northbound on Ohio 115, just north of Ohio 694, when he hit a southbound van headon driven by 41 year old Gregory Bowers of Stryker.

Bowers and a passenger suffered minor injuries. Ice on the bridge is believed to be a cause of that accident.

CRASH FATAL TO WAUSEON WOMAN

A Wauseon woman died yesterday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Wauseon when her vehicle slid on an ice-covered bridge.

56 year old Tina Goodwin was pronounced dead at the Fulton County Health Center.

Goodwin was eastbound on U.S. 20A, when she lost control on an ice-covered bridge. Her car slid into the path of a westbound pickup truck driven by 59 year old Jared McClarren of Wauseon.

McClarren survived. No report on his injuries. He was wearing a safety belt. Goodwin was not.

TRICK OR TREAT RESCHEDULED IN ARCHBOLD, HOLGATE, AND WAUSEON

Archbold and Wauseon have also decided to move their trick-or-treat dates. Wauseon will have trick-or-treat from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Archbold will have trick-or-treat from 6-7 p.m. Friday. The village of Holgate has rescheduled its trick-or-treat date to Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m.

DEFIANCE COMMISSIONERS STAND ON SOLID WASTE ISSUE

Defiance County commissioners attended the Four-County Solid Waste District meeting at the Fulton County commissioners office along with Ohio 1st District Sen. Cliff Hite and Chase Francis of the governor’s office. They discussed solid waste legislation, in particular Ohio House Bill 592 (HB 592) and its effects on the local solid waste district.

Commissioners believe that HB 592 may work for the larger counties, but it does not work well for the smaller counties like Defiance, Fulton, Paulding and Williams.

According to information provided by the commissioners’ office, “Ohio EPA and the solid waste industry are proposing a major rewrite” of HB 592 which created the state’s solid waste districts.

WEATHER MAKING NEWS TODAY

A wind advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the counties of Defiance, Henry, Fulton, Paulding, Putnam and Williams.

The wind advisory is in effect from 5 p.m. today to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 mph will begin this afternoon and continue into Tuesday. Gusts of 50 mph are possible. Some areas could even see a few gusts as high as 60 mph on Tuesday.

According to the weather service, snow is also in the forecast for this week, but we should expect little or no accumulation.

THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR PARADE IN DEFIANCE

Thousands of people from all over the area turned out in downtown Defiance Saturday for the 67th annual Defiance Lion’s Club Halloween parade.

The parade included nine bands and many non-commercial and commercial floats.

Prizes were awarded by the Lion’s Club for the top three floats.

Noncommercial float winners were: Kaitlyn’s Cottage, first place; Mendoza Family, second place; and Defiance Humane Society, third place. Commercial winners were: Korner Pizza, first place; 2nd place went to Fischer Plumbing and Heating; and Fancy Petals, third-place.

LOCAL BILLBOARDS CREATE NATIONAL STIR

GM is alive, Bin Laden is dead.

Two short and simple statements.

But put them on three billboards in rural northwest Ohio and suddenly there’s national controversy.

During the past week alone, three billboards in our area have gotten national publicity from CNN, the Washington Post and the “Morning Joe” television show.

“The billboards state two facts, ‘GM is alive’ and ‘Bin Laden is dead.’

Two of the billboards are still up — one across from GM Powertrain on Ohio 18/281 and the other on Ohio 66 north just north of Defiance Metal Products.

CNN reported on its website last week that another billboard was “quickly taken down after residents objected to it,” but the people responsible for that billboard said that report was incorrect, and CNN has since changed its story.

They say that particular billboard was only available for four weeks at that location and came down solely because the duration of the contract ended.

One of the men behind the billboard is quoted as saying that it’s really quite simple… ” Most people would agree that the fact Bin Laden is dead makes our world a safer place. Most people would also agree that the fact that GM is alive is also a good thing.”