Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

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…

Area Flooding Issues Exacerbated By Recent Heavy Rains

By: Josh Steiner After an already excessively wet May, the area continued to see heavy rainfall this week, with many areas from Fort Wayne, Van Wert, Decatur, southern Paulding County and others picking up at least several inches of rain. In fact, at the Fort Wayne International Airport, rainfall totals for the month exceed nine…

More Flash Flooding From Sunday Heavy Rains

The Villages of Oakwood and Melrose in Paulding County, Ohio suffered Flash Flooding Sunday evening, following isolated heavy rains the produced over 4 inches of rain in a short period of time. St. 66 and St. 613 were both closed for a period of time due to the high water. A number of country and township roads were or…

Flooding update

A number of residences in and around the Village of Payne and surrounding area were impacted by the flooding of the Flatrock Creek due to heavy rainfall amounts over the past two days. Volunteers in the Payne and Paulding areas have filled over 2500 sandbags that were made available to residents. Additional sandbags had been…

My Trip To Philly

By: Stan Jordan I just got back from a trip to Philadelphia to see my old buddy Ben Franklin. All the talk around there is about the coming Revolutionary War. My other old buddy, Juan Valdez, was there also, you know he is the guy that rides the burrow and sells coffee. He is something…

Surprise Severe Weather in Paulding County

By: Josh Steiner On May 18th, 2017, a few scattered thunderstorms impacted Paulding County, bringing sporadic straight-line wind damage to parts of the county. The two main areas impacted were near Haviland and Cecil. In Haviland, some power poles and tree limbs were snapped from the first storm. The second storm caused more significant damage…

I Don’t Like

By: Stan Jordan I don’t like a lot of this stuff that is going on in Washington. I don’t like, or agree with, all of sword rattling, threats, promises or waving of the atomic bombs or nuclear war heads at each other. We are growling at North Korea for doing things that we have already…

When Is A Beaver Not A Beaver?

By: Stan Jordan Rex Hurni gave me these pictures of some of the gnawing done like a beaver here on the Maumee River He received them from his granddaughter Laura Miller, who lives down by Delaware Bend. She has seen this animal twice. I have received a number of these reports on damage to the…

Some More On The Eagles

HorsePower Holiday By: Stan Jordan Dan and Traci Bowers tell me that they are sponsoring another HorsePower Holiday this year at the Paulding County Fairgrounds on May 5th, 6th and 7th – the first weekend in May. This consists of tractor pulls of all types, from little ones up to the 1000 horse power and…

The Eagles’ Nest Is Down Again

By: Stan Jordan We had a bad windstorm back on Thursday, April 6th. The wind was gusting up to 60 mph and in one of these blasts, our eagles’ nest blew down for the second time. It was raining hard then and the water in the river was out of the banks. I don’t know…