Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

Looking Back on 2016 – Stan Jordan

Looking back on 2016 By: Stan Jordan As I sit here at my desk and look out across Main Street here in Antwerp, with all of the snow laying around and the mercury plunging down to zero, this is the first bitterly cold snap of the winter, and I am already tired of winter. We…

“Snow Squalls” to Hit Much of Indiana

“Snow Squalls” to Hit Much of Indiana Isolated snowstorms and gusty winds could create white outs and dangerous driving conditions   Isolated snowstorms combined with persistent and gusty winds are set to hit much of Indiana this evening and on Friday. The Indiana Department of Transportation and National Weather Service advise that these sudden, intense…

The Pocock Block – Stan Jordan

By: Stan Jordan The other day a lady asked me what the word “Pocock” meant on the building on the west side of Main Street in the second block. The Pocock brothers, John and Emmett, had a grocery store on the corner where the Hometown Pantry is now located. That was in 1887 and the…

‘Our Eagles Nest Is Gone’ and others – Stan Jordan

Our Eagles Nest Is Gone By: Stan Jordan On Monday night, November 28th, there was quite a wind storm and it blew our local eagle nest to pieces. In fact, the next morning, what remains of the nest is hardly any bigger than a squirrels nest. I talked to Jim Pendergrast about this situation, as…

INDOT Winter Update: Plunging Temps to Create Refreezing, Icy Temps

Temperatures are forecasted to plummet below freezing later tonight, creating the likelihood for icy conditions as wet and melting precipitation refreezes. The National Weather Service has declared winter weather advisories for most Indiana counties. As of 4 p.m., the Indiana Department of Transportation plans a deployment of more than 600 yellow salt trucks over the…

What I’m Thankful For

What I’m Thankful For By: Stan Jordan Here it is Thanksgiving time already. I must lay my ball point pen aside and look back over the past year. Last winter was a mild one, we didn’t have much snow, I’m glad of that but one of my friends had purchased a new snow plow and…

ODOT Inspects Snow-Fighting Equipment In Preparation For Winter

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is preparing for winter 2016/2017 by readying its snow and ice equipment, filling salt barns and ensuring operators and mechanics are well trained. Throughout October and November, ODOT crews around the state will conduct 150-point inspections to repair and fine tune snow removal equipment in preparation for winter. The…

The New Tanker, and other stories – Stan Jordan

By: Stan Jordan The above picture is of Antwerp’s new tanker, it will be used in all of Antwerp’s fire district and any emergencies in the surrounding area. The firemen in the picture are left to right: Nick Bragg, Fire Chief Ray Friend, Gale Jordan and Jim Terwilliger. These boys went down to the Atlanta…

Senior Resident Breakfast

Sam Rivers Indian Agent Senior Residents Breakfast By: Stan Jordan On Thursday morning, October 27th, we old timers were given a breakfast, dancing girls and boys, the Show Choir and the high school band. We were waited on hand and foot by members of the Honor Society. What a fine morning that was. The Show…

Christmas Came Early

By: Stan Jordan My desk here at the West Bend News is probably one of the best locations in town. I have a nice window right in front of me that looks over on East River Street, that was remodeled a few years ago and is one of the prettiest streets in town. I can…

Sam Rivers, Indian Agent Chapter 3 – Stan Jordan

The Paulding County Jail A Huge Snowy Owl Sam Rivers, Indian Agent Chapter 3: Still Here at Gothenburg By: Stan Jordan Here we are at the Goatville Pony Express station. We have had rain, sleet and blowing snow since right after noon. We are alright, the express rider (Luke) came in around four hours late,…