Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

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,…

The Paulding County Jail

By: Stan Jordan I visited the Paulding County Jail the other day, and I was impressed with the appearance, inside and out. It was very neat and well organized. Maybe I better slow up,  that was the sheriff’s office that we visited. The incarceration area is well organized with double bunks and tables for 14…

El Paso Sam, Indiana Agent Chapter 1 – Stan Jordan

About the Eagles Nest The Wind Mills El Paso Sam, Indian Agent Chapter 1: Sam & Callie Get Married By: Stan Jordan El Paso Sam and Slim Jim Martin arrived in North Platte, Nebraska Territory right at Christmas time in 1851. The fellows had to go to the livery stable and take care of the…

A little history of the Antwerp Fire Department

By: Stan Jordan In April 1880 Antwerp purchased the first hook and ladder truck from Ft Wayne second-handed for $800. In 1920, the first piece of motorized fire equipment was acquired by the village and that is the top picture here, a Model T Ford. In 1933, Antwerp purchased the Dodge fire truck. On that…

The End of the Lobo Tank Busters – Stan Jordan

The End of the Lobo Tank Busters By: Stan Jordan The Lobo Tank Busters are no more. Col. Bainebridge came over last night and what he said changed our lives forever. We are going home! The war in Europe is about over and the col. said all four of us qualified to be discharged. We…

The Surprise Tornado Outbreak of August 24th

By: Joshua Steiner On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, I was walking back from my atmospheric thermodynamics class (ironic isn’t it?) around 4:00 p.m. when I heard the news that a tornado had touched down in Kokomo, Indiana. A few minutes later, two tornado warnings were issued for the northern section of Indianapolis. One of the…