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Those Were the Days — Aug. 2, 2014
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Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM

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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, thousands of soldiers and firefighters were mobilized to battle fires in four western states that had already ravaged more than 140,000 acres. All measures were being used to bring the blazes in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Washington under control, including using volunteers from 19 states from Alaska to Florida. Even though this blaze was widespread, so far the year had seen fewer fires than normal, only burning 1.3 million acres compared to 2.1 million acres at the same point the previous year.

Deanna Perrin was one of the students of Marlene Wehri who presented a piano recital Monday at Delphos Senior Citizen Center. Other students who participated were Matthew Knebel, Laura McClure, Nathan Stark, Leah Morris, Renee Perrin, Jimmy Mox, Kendra and Marshall Thompson, Nick, Joseph and Katie Wehri, Margo Downey, Ranee Jostpille, and Erica Miller.

The ribbon was cut on the 1989 Farm Focus event in Van Wert County. The kickoff took place on the host family farm of Harry and Helen Neate, Roger Neate, and Brent Neate.

Music is in the air
Written by Gary Levitt   
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Music has definitely been in the air this week. First, we had Christmas in July on the 25th (of course) with the cool sounds of Chuck Summers and his trio of musical masters (I still can’t figure out how they fit in that small box). The wine flowed, the refreshments were devoured, and we were dancing and singing to music we hadn’t heard in years. It was so refreshing. If you didn’t make it to the festivities at the Postal Museum, you missed a great party.

Then we topped off the weekend as the concessionaires of the Phil Dirt and the Dozers concert in the park. As you probably know, the concert was rained out after one song so we get to try it again with the banjo players next Sunday. Come out and enjoy the freshly cooked brats and shredded pork – I guarantee you’ll want more than one.

Interest in our museum has definitely been on the rise. We are being contacted by travelers who have stopped in the various tourist booths around the area and they are enjoying our new hours. We are fortunate to have someone working with us now each Tuesday through Friday. Joyce Maye has been working in the museum for several months now and she treats each visitor to an enjoyable tour of the museum.

One area in particular seems to grab everyone’s attention and that’s the representation we have of a Ben Franklin era post office. It even sports an 1885 Chandler and Price printing press. True it was made a hundred years after those used by Franklin, but we hope to be able to refurbish it and do some old style printing. We have access to plenty of type for it. Franklin was quite an extraordinary fellow.

Area braces for Crossroads weekend
Written by Ed Gebert   
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, August 01, 2014 9:18 PM )


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VAN WERT —Many things happen when you are in the center of the action. Once again this year, Van Wert will be in the center of the action.

The Crossroads Festival consists of crowds from the north and south descending on the area via U.S. 127 for the U.S 127 Yard Sales, from the east and west via Lincoln Highway for the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sales, and from everywhere for the Eighth annual Van Wert Rib Fest.

“I’m looking for a crowd similar to what we’ve seen before, maybe a few more,” stated Van Wert Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Larry Lee. “I think there is some additional interest generated by some of the magazine articles, Midwest Living magazine, and a few other publications. I think there has been a lot of good advertising about outlet sales and other events, and publicity through vendors. I’m looking for a busy, busy weekend with the yard sales.”

Suspect arrested for murder in Oakwood cold case
Written by Melinda Krick   
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM
Steven G. Noffsinger, 58, Defiance, was arrested Friday as a suspect in connection with the 1981 murder of Alma Noffsinger. (Photo submitted)


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PAULDING – On Friday, Aug. 1, officers with the Defiance Police Department, assisted by members of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a suspect in connection with a 1981 homicide.

Steven G. Noffsinger, age 58, from Defiance, was arrested on a warrant of indictment for aggravated murder with specification, an unclassified felony.

This arrest comes as a result of a special grand jury that was held in Paulding on July 31, in regards to a cold case homicide from 1981. On Dec. 17, 1981, Alma Noffsinger was found beaten to death inside her residence in Oakwood.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
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Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM


The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of Aug. 4, 2014

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, please visit