Category: Columns

Local writers and stories

Watch for Scams While Giving a Helping Hand

Right now with all of the destruction caused by last night’s tornadoes there are a few who have lost homes and many who have had lots of damage. It’s terrible and quite a few people are ready and willing to help their neighbors. While this is all true, there are people who are already attempting…

Confirmed Tornado Impacts 4-Mile Stretch Of Paulding County

August 24, 2016 The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Paulding County at 5:28 pm. There was confirmed touch down at 5:40 pm northeast of Antwerp, Ohio, in Crane Township, at the intersection of County Roads 63 and 220, heading in a Northeasterly direction. A four mile stretch in Paulding County was impacted…

Bob Johnson: Antwerp’s Gem of the Year!

By: Stan Jordan He was born in Payne, Ohio in 1925. His parents were Dale and Wanda Johnson. He was the only child. He went to school in Payne and graduated there in 1943. He played sports while in high school, but he also worked at the Alfalfa Mill while he was in school because…

Carryall Township by Stan

By: Stan Jordan I asked Josh Steiner if he knew why this township is called Carryall and he didn’t know. The above picture is of that rock taken from Mr. Ehrhart’s book. If you go west on 424, where the Maumee River runs the closest to the highway, you look down into the river and…

Legislation Keeping Ohio on the Path Forward

Guest Column from State Representative Tony Burkley The Ohio House of Representatives has been hard a work the past several months passing legislation that will benefit all Ohioans in all corners of the state. Three pieces of legislation in particular that I was proud to vote in favor of was a bill to give small…

AFD Showcase Firetruck at Rotary Program

Pictured are Rotarian Ray Friend and Antwerp Firefighter Gary Dunlap in front of the pumper unit #44. The unit has been in service for a year now and has several features that make the task of firefighting somewhat easier! The cab holds up to five firemen and the seats are set up in a manner…

Saturday Morning with the EMS

By: Stan Jordan Last Saturday was the big Cleveland Street Ribfest. The time that I was there was very enjoyable. Mother nature put an end to the fun way too early as it started to rain in earnest about 3:00 p.m. But actually this column is about the EMS anyway. The EMS was serving pancakes…

Weather update from Paulding County EMA

*** Moderate Risk of Severe Thunderstorms this Evening *** *** Potential for Heavy Rainfall Overnight *** Timing of Severe Weather Tonight: Starting after 8 PM for points east of I69 and starting 10 PM for points east of I69. Significant tornadoes are possible south of U.S. Rout 30. Widespread damaging winds with gusts in excess…

Heat Causes PEAK Alert – PPEC

PEAK ALERT TODAY (6-20-16) : Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op members are under a PEAK Alert for today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Current weather conditions are causing a very high demand for electricity.  During this peak demand period you are urged to reduce as much electric usage as possible during the peak time. Dial up air…

The LOBO Tank Busters

By: Stan Jordan We went back to the Ruhr Valley area this morning. That is a pretty good sized area, with a lot of anti – aircraft guns on guard all the time. I went down to about 500 feet altitude and made a pass across that whole valley looking for targets of opportunity. I…

The American Robin

According to our new bird book there are two types of robins in the world. The American and the European. The American Robin is a migratory song bird and is in the Thrush family, but it is named after the European bird because of the red breast. But other than that, there is no relation.…

Beautify the Environment With Simple Gestures

One of the most unsightly insults to our environment is litter. Not only is it unsightly and harmful, but it also costs our country billions of dollars. According to Keep America Beautiful, Inc., cleaning up litter costs our nation $11.5 billion annually. This is an exceptionally high cost for something that is avoidable and easily…

Letting Go: A Hard, But Sometimes Necessary Process

The Nurturing Well: By Jill StarbuckLife is full of difficult decisions and moments. Learning to let go often tops the list. For most of us, we fight change. Even those who adapt well to change or look forward to it still have to go through a process to accept that change. We get wrapped up…