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PD warns of AEP scam
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:02 PM

The Delphos Police Department was made aware of a current scam in the local area.

Residents are contacted by a person claiming to be with AEP. This person is calling and telling the resident that they are late or behind on their payment and have one hour to make a payment or their power will be shut off.

Do not give your credit card or bank account information to these individuals. This is a known scam and AEP has the following information on their website.

SCAM ALERT: Thieves are calling customers, telling them their power will be shut off if they don't quickly make a payment over the phone. Before you pay, call AEP Ohio's Customer Operations Center at 1-800-672-2231 to see if you have a payment due and to check the status of your account.

You also can check the balance of your account at

Continental Structural Plastics to acquire Magna’s Composites Operations
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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VAN WERT — A company with a location in Van Wert’s Industrial Park on the city’s south side has announced an acquisition it says will make the firm in a good position to grow globally.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) announced last week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP the world’s largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounder and manufacturer, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.

Tom Harth at the Van Wert facility stated, “The acquisition of five additional manufacturing plants from Magna will allow our company to continue to grow our customer base and sales. I will be the Regional Director of the compounding facilities of Van Wert and Grabill, Indiana. The Van Wert plant is currently fully utilized and at manufacturing capacity. The CSP Van Wert plant is a unique facility that produces the highest volume of sheet molding composite in the world today. In addition to the acquisition, Continental Structural Plastics has appropriated over $1.3 MM in capital investment for new control equipment in the Van Wert facility, scheduled for installation in the last quarter of 2014. Our intent is to maintain Van Wert at a fully utilized level and add new sales and compounding manufacturing requirements to the Grabill facility has we continue to grow.”

CSP’s Van Wert plant is located at the south end of Industrial Drive. The headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and other CSP facilities are located in Carey, North Baltimore, and Conneaut in Ohio, Huntington, Indiana, as well as in Louisiana, France, and Tijuana, Mexico.

Under the terms of the agreement, CSP will acquire Magna Composites manufacturing facilities located in Lenoir, Newton, and Salisbury, North Carolina; and Saltillo, Mexico, and a compounding facility located in Grabill, Indiana. Collectively, these facilities employ more than 1,000 people and encompass 600,000 square-feet of manufacturing space, according to a release.

“This acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to become the global leader in light-weighting solutions,” said Frank Macher, chairman and CEO of CSP. “The incremental capacity and resources gained position us extremely well for on-going growth and the ability to pursue a number of new business opportunities.”

For more than 40 years, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has provided leading-edge technologies in lightweight materials and composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP provides full-service engineering support, and holds more than 50 patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design and manufacturing technologies.

“We have a solid foundation upon which we are building a bigger, more competitive company,” Macher added. “Through this acquisition, we gain significant heavy truck and consumer products expertise, as well as an expanded manufacturing footprint and broad range of manufacturing and technical capabilities.”

Van Wert County Fairgrounds Gospel Pavilion to be rebuilt for 2015
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM
The Gospel Pavilion on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds will be rebuilt for the 2015 Van Wert County Fair. The current structure was damaged by heavy winds earlier this year. (Submitted photo)

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VAN WERT — Another building change at the Van Wert County Fair was announced on Monday. The Gospel Pavilion will be taken down and replaced for this year’s fair, with a tent covering the current stage area.

Farmers wade through Farm Bill at forum
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM


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BOWLING GREEN — The Ohio Farmer’s Union held a Farm Bill Implementation Forum on Friday at Bowling Green State University to help area farmers wade through the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill. A panel of experts, including Jonathan McCracken, Legislative Agriculture Assistant to Senator Sherrod Brown; Joe Shultz, Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; and Dr. Carl Zulauf, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State University, gave an overview of the bill followed by a question-and-answer session.

Local foreign language teachers lead European tour
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:42 PM )
In front of the Roman amphitheater in Arles, France, are St. John’s students Ashlyn Troyer, Shannon Bockey, Samantha Wehri, Colleen Schulte, Haleigh DeWyer, Morgan Musser, Samantha Bonifas, Lucy Bonifas, Ethan Benavidez, Erin Williams and Justin Berelsman. The group was on a trip with foreign language teachers Haley Keller and Karen Schaffner. (Submitted photo)

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St. John’s foreign language teachers Haley Keller and Karen Schaffner recently took a group of students to France and Spain.

The tour started on June 8 with the first few days spent in Paris. The tour focused on the artists of France and Spain, therefore, a visit to the Louvre was a must. There, they were surrounded in priceless works of art from around the world, and were able see the iconic Mona Lisa. There was also a day-trip to visit the gardens in Giverny where artist Claude Monet lived and painted his most popular scenes.