Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

Antwerp’s Foreign Exchange Student

By: Stan Jordan Johannes Faust was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany on October 28 of 1998. There are three children in the family. He went to school at Bingen Am Rhein. He likes math, physics, chemistry and biology. When he gets home, he will start his junior year. His father, Stefan, is and architect and…

The American Badgers’ Range

The above picture from wikipedia shows that the American Badger is native to northwest Ohio. Yes, there are a few around, but they are nocturnal somewhat and are shy and never stray far from their hole in the ground, so you don’t see them very often. The American Badger is a significant predator of snakes,…

Things Just Fall Into Place

By: Stan Jordan Back in 1989, I and my brother in-law Ray Gross went to Florida bass fishing for a couple of weeks. His wife, my sister Grace, was still working and at the Paulding County Hospital. We did not have reservations at the fish camp on Lake Istapoga so we stayed at a motel…

How Forecasting Really Works

By: Joshua Steiner Forecasting is a process that is often thought of as a guessing game by non-meteorologists (and many meteorologists alike). And in some instances, this is correct. But for the most part, the science of meteorology has gained tremendous ground within the last fifty years, in scientific discovery, in observation networks and platforms…

Lest We Forget

By: Stan Jordan In a couple of days it will be July 20th, 2017. It has been 10 years on the 20th of July about 7:00 in the evening that three of our EMS squad were fatalities of an accident while on duty, along with two patients. They were transporting two people to the Paulding…

The Cecropia Moth By Stan Jordan

This picture of the Cecropia Moth was taken here at the West Bend News. Charlie Jones brought this moth in to show its size. There are a number of species of the giant silk moth, native to our area. In late May or June, the adult Cecropia moth emerges from the cocoon. Their wing span…

Rain, Flooding and Damage in Paulding County

On June 29th and 30th, heavy rain and thunderstorms impacted a large part of the area, especially Paulding County, with flash-flooding. Later Friday afternoon, numerous heavy thunderstorms trained across a large portion of Paulding County, especially the central and southern part of the county. This prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood…

More News On The Badger

By: Stan Jordan Yes, there are badgers in the area, they are not plentiful, but there are some here. They are extremely fast and shy, and you are lucky to see a live one. If you do see one, he is always running for cover. He will dive into his hole or a catch basin…

Auto By Otto

Otto was married and moved to town is 1907, he had pretty much made up his mind that photography would be his life’s work. But all his life from a little boy in Germany, he loved birds and animals and wild life. He got interested in taxidermy and it became a big hobby for him.…

Summertime Is Peak Time For Thunder And Lightning Storms

In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 18-24 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer. Summer begins on…

Ehrhart Homestead

By: Stan Jordan This is a picture of the Ehrhart Homestead, it was built in 1902 or 1903. There was 3 children in the family. This homestead was west of Antwerp on old US 24, about one forth of a mile east of the state line on the south side of the road. Well, Otto…

What do you think about this?

By: Stan Jordan The city of Fort Wayne is contemplating making a River Road Way there in that part of town, after the three rivers come together and form the Maumee River. They plan on spending 20 million dollars on the project, maybe even a little more. Right here in the Antwerp area, we can…

Rain, Rain and Flooding!

Starting around May 19 rain came pouring down from the heavens. The fields were drenched and the ditches and creeks began to fill. So much so that the rivers couldn’t move the volume of water fast enough to accommodate all the rain that continued to fall. Areas around Payne to Paulding along the Flatrock Creek…