Archives for April 2017

Director of the Williams County Department of Job and Family Services reorganizes department

Fred Lord, director of the Williams County Department of Job and Family Services, told county commissioners on Thursday he has reorganized the department to make it more efficient. The Bryan Times reports Lord, who took over as director a year ago, presented a reorganized flow chart to illustrate the changes, which include moving the agency’s attorney from case management to an independent position to be able to represent the entire agency. In addition, Lord brought in Amy Johnson to serve as the department’s full-time business administrator, replacing the part-time fiscal officer position and merging separate eligibility/referral specialists under the income maintenance and workforce program administrator position. The county JFS department currently employs 41.

Free admission to Williams County Fair on September 14th

Fair goers can attend the Williams County Fair for free on Thursday, Sept. 14, thanks to a “substantial” donation by the Williams County beef, pork and dairy producers groups. The announcement was made by Fair Board Vice President Al Bennett at Thursday’s special board meeting. The free admission is all-day, but only for Sept. 14. Bennett said the idea of a free admission “Commodity Day” was broached by representatives of the commodity groups several months ago. He called the gesture, “very generous” and said this is the first time the fair will have a Commodity Day like this. The Williams County Fair is Sept. 9-16.

Some kudos and high fives for Bryan City Schools and Central Local Schools

Some kudos and high fives for Bryan City Schools and Central Local Schools as they have proven that workplace health is nothing to sneeze at, with both being named among the 150 healthiest workplaces by wellness program manager Interactive Health, which serves more than 3,000 firms in all 50 states. The list was recently featured by ABC’s Good Morning America as they highlighted employee wellness. To achieve a spot on the list, a workplace had to have 70 percent or more of its employees involved in an internal wellness program, and a “low-risk health score for their total population, based on rigorous and clinically sound health evaluations.” The rankings also took into account improvements in employees’ reported level of health related to cholesterol, glucose levels, triglyceride levels or tobacco use.

Absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by today

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted reminds voters that completed absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by today. Those who have not yet mailed their absentee ballot are encouraged to drop it off in-person at their county board of elections before the polls close tomorrow night at 7:30pm. A voted ballot may also be returned by a family member. By the close of the polls on May 2nd, Ohio voters will have had four weeks to cast their ballots during the early voting period that began on April 4th.

79-year-old Defiance man facing rape charges involving a minor

A 79-year-old Defiance man has been charged with two counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13. Miguel Urdiales of the 2100 block of Hawthorne Drive, Defiance, was arrested Thursday afternoon , and remains in custody at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Sheriff Douglas Engel said the case investigation showed that his conduct has occurred over the past 40 years. Defiance County Prosecutor Morris Murray said the case would be presented to grand jury for additional charges this week.

WEDCO presents findings of a wage and benefits survey

The Williams County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), on Wednesday, presented findings of a wage and benefits survey the organization recently conducted. WEDCO members and others associated with local business and industry gathered in conference rooms of the Williams County Community building in Bryan for an early morning brief on the study, presented by Elizabeth Murawski of COACT — a Toledo-based firm specializing in business growth. The study, which will be posted on the WEDCO website, will help identify what’s happening in the market, and what employee prospects are looking for, according to Murawski. She added, the employer market in Williams County is receptive to “creative thinking about how benefits are being offered.”

More than a dozen instances of vandalism reported Wednesday in Defiance

More than a dozen instances of vandalism were reported Wednesday, most believed to be related, in a case that remains under investigation by the Defiance Police Department. Between 2 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Defiance police responded to 12 reports of vandalism at various locations throughout the city. Several cases of vandalism were reported in the downtown area, though no single section of the city was targeted. During the same timeframe, the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office responded to two additional reports of vandalism, one at Packrat’s Pawn Shop, 1938 E. Second St., and another on Watson Road in Highland Township. Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they believe most of the instances are related, though it is unknown if all are. Officials said it appeared the suspect(s) possibly used BB or pellet guns to damage glass, car windows and other property around town.

Michigan company has shown interest in establishing a medicinal marijuana growing operation in Defiance

A Michigan company has shown interest in establishing a medicinal marijuana growing operation in Defiance. Mayor Mike McCann’s administration held a conference call with officials from Green Peak Industries, Lansing, Mich., last week to discuss the matter. However, the city expressed reservations about the matter. According to information provided by Green Peak to the mayor’s office, the company proposed to invest $600,000-$1 million for a 25,000-square-foot facility on about four acres. An additional investment of $700,000-$1 million was ssible later. When the operation is “fully scaled,” the company would employ about 100 employees with “jobs that pay well above minimum wage,” according to the information provided.

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. In addition to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office and Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force’s (MAN Unit) ongoing collection efforts, Montpelier will have a dedicated collection officer on duty from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Montpelier Police Station. The Defiance Sheriffs Office and Defiance PD will collect from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Defiance County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting pills only at the Sheriff’s Office located at 113 Biede Ave. in Defiance. Hicksville Police Department will have a dedicated collection officer on duty from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the department on W. High St. in Hicksville.

Latest unemployment rates released for northwest Ohio

Unemployment rates throughout the region decreased from February to March, according to the Ohio Department Of Job and Family Services. All but two northwest Ohio counties had an unemployment rate below the statewide, not seasonally adjusted rate, of 5.3 percent. The national rate, not seasonally adjusted is 4.6 percent. Local rates for Marchare: Defiance County, 5.1 percent; Henry County 6.3 percent, Paulding County, 4.3 percent, Putnam County, 3.7 percent; Williams County, 4.6 percent; and Fulton County 5.4 percent.