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Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:04 PM

Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the stories and photos of the year. Here is the first of four 2013 wrap-ups.



Jan. 2

Another historic building in Paulding was slated to hit the ground as county commissioners have taken steps toward demolishing the old jail building on South Williams Street. The jail was built in 1876 and operated continuously until a new facility opened in 2007. The building had been empty for five years and used only for storage.


Jan. 7


The Delphos Stadium Club planned to take delivery of a rated 5-ton walk bridge at Waterworks Park on Tuesday. The purchase of the bridge was made by generous contributions from area foundations, businesses and individuals.

Jan. 9

Residents on South Cass Street would soon get relief from poor water quality. Delphos Safety Services Director Greg Berquist announce at Monday’s council meeting that Bunge North America will allow the city to install a water line loop along the railroad tracks adjacent to Bunge. Poggemeyer Design Group has been contacted for the engineering on the project.

Jan. 10

The Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees met for its first meeting of 2013 to install officers and welcome a new director. Kelly Rist, who came to the Delphos library from Brumback Library in Van Wert, stepped into former director Nancy Mericle’s shoes when she retired at the beginning of the month.

Jan. 14

Despite disturbing nationwide reports on epidemic-like flu outbreaks, Allen County has seen a slight increase in the number of hospitalized flu cases — from 66 last year at this time to 89 this year — and Putnam and Van Wert counties remain consistent with last year’s numbers with 13 and three hospitalized cases.

Jan. 18

Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos ranked 13th — scoring 94.82 out of 100 — among more than 900 facilities participating in the 2012 Nursing Home Family Satisfaction Survey.

Jan. 24

The building that housed the C. Scherger Monument Company, which was started in 1874 by Constantine Scherger, was being torn down. The current building at 507 N. Main Street stands in the same spot where the original building stood until 1914, when it was moved back toward the canal.

Jan. 26

One hundred and thirty fifth-graders from Landeck, St. John’s and Franklin elementaries received certificates Friday afternoon as graduates of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.

Jan. 28

Relay for Life team members rallied for the 2013 kickoff at Delphos Recreation Center on Sunday. Chair Cindy Metzger hosted the event, which included bowling, pizza, raffles and more.

Jan. 30

Ohio Child Conservation League (OCCL) Dimples and Grins Mother’s Club, which started in 1976 in Fort Jennings as an organization for mothers with young children, celebrated its 37-year anniversary. Today, the group has evolved into a club geared toward home life and grandchildren.



Feb. 1

St. John’s High School sophomore Elizabeth Winhover and senior Tricia Warnecke were among 18 winners chosen out of the 63,000 students in Ohio who took the American Legion’s Americanism Test in November of 2012. Winhover and Warnecke will be given a guided tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, various memorials and museums in D.C. and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, among other sites.

Feb. 2

The government, for the first time, was proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of most candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules proposed by the Department of Agriculture Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, low-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead. Lunchrooms that now sell fatty “a la carte” items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to switch to healthier pizzas, low-fat hamburgers, fruit cups and yogurt.

Feb. 6

Since the Delphos Public Library joined the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) Consortium in January, patrons now have the privilege of accessing library materials 24 hours a day from the comfort of their own homes. Among these materials are the long-anticipated eBooks as well as other downloadable content for computers, portable readers and devices.

Feb. 7

As one of the 480 school districts in Ohio participating in the federally-funded Race to the Top initiative, Delphos City Schools administrators and educators are using the third year of the program to meet state-mandated assessments. Jefferson High School’s Principal John Edinger said Phase III of Race to the Top primarily deals with Ohio Teacher/Principal Evaluation Systems (OTES), which are common core standards measuring education effectiveness, including student growth and educator observations.

Feb. 9

Solar energy was finally becoming a reality for Vantage Career Center as the Board of Education approved the long-awaited contracts with Solar Planet. The agreement will remain in place for 25 years.

Feb. 11

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, announced he will resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

Feb. 13

With just three days left to accept applications for the superintendent’s position at Delphos City Schools, board of education members set an executive session meeting for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to review applications. Board President Perry Wiltsie announced at Monday’s meeting there were nine applications to review so far.

Feb. 18

Accomplishments of the past year and parcel post’s 100th birthday were celebrated at the second annual Delphos Museum of Postal History Gala Sunday evening. More than 130 guests received a special parcel with sweets and other surprises inside.

Feb. 20

Governor John Kasich told the crowd of 17,000 at the Civic Center Tuesday night “the world is watching Ohio” to see what happens next. During Kasich’s speech, he pointed to the creation of 120,400 jobs, making the state the number one in the Midwest and sixth in the nation in job creation.

Feb. 21

This week marked the last for Delphos’ first female police officer and most senior in the department. Bev Cross-McNeal announced her retirement after 33 years of service.

Feb. 22

A snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest but those areas affected were united by one thing this morning: difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge. Accidents and slide-offs were reported from Kansas to Michigan as the storm pushed east today.

Feb. 28

Area school districts fared well as the final two elements of the 2011-12 state report cards from the Ohio Department of Education were released on Wednesday. The additional data for Ohio 614 traditional public school districts had been delayed since August because of a statewide attendance-tampering investigation. Delphos City Schools had the top grade, earning an Excellent with Distinction rating, had a performance index rating of 101.2 and performed above the value-added measure.



March 1

Ohio drivers can now be ticketed for texting. For the past six months, officers could issue warnings to those who weren’t complying with the statewide texting ban.

March 4

Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI’s decision to retire. The Vatican said that 103 of the 115 electors had arrived, while the other dozen are en route. The dean of the College of Cardinals said a date for the conclave won’t be set until all cardinals have arrived.

Jefferson senior Colin McConnahea placed seventh after beating Heath’s Gunner Loughman 6-0 on Saturday and besting him in the championship preliminaries on Thursday at the 2012-13 OHSAA State Wrestling Championships held at Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

March 6

A March 6 snowfall left children and some parents with free time to be creative with the bounty. Jason and 3-year-old Avery Gogler spent the afternoon on their snowman complete with a hard hat and safety vest. (Herald file photo)A late winter storm blowing through Ohio dumped six inches of snow or more on parts of the state early today, creating treacherous driving conditions for the morning rush hour and closing hundreds of schools, including those in the Tri-county area. Most of Ohio was under winter storm warnings or advisories through this morning.

March 8

The Delphos City School Board of Education narrowed its superintendent search to two candidates: Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Kevin Brinkman and Ayersville Principal Kevin Wolfe. The pair were chosen from more than a dozen applications hoping to fill the shoes of Interim Superintendent Frank Sukup, who is leaving at the end of this school year.

March 13

The Jefferson FCCLA Chapter Service Project Team competed at the Regional Rally at Vantage Career Center. They received a gold rating and will compete at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in April. The team includes Kristina Claypool, Jennifer Ditto and Sara Zalar.

The FCCLA National Programs in Action Team, comprised of Tori Schleeter and Viktoria Brunswick, competed at Regional Rally and received a silver rating and will compete at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in April.

March 15

The Delphos Area Art Guild was given new life in the form of an ultra-dynamic, innovative executive director, Shauna Turner-Smith, who is eagerly anticipating opening the doors to the community in early April.

The Ottoville girls basketball team won the Division IV Regional title on March 9 at the Elida Fieldhouse against Arcadia. The win sent the Big Green to the Division IV State semifinals for their fifth trip to state. (Herald file photo)March 20

Residents would see a raise in water and sewer rates on the next billing in May. Delphos City Council suspended the three-reading rule and approved the rate increases for both utilities on the second reading. An increase of 5 percent plus the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.7 percent was approved on sewers for the billing periods of May 1 through April 30, 2014. Water rates will also increase 2 percent plus the 1.7 percent CPI for the billing periods of May 1 through April 30, 2014, and 2 percent plus the 2013 CPI (to be determined) for the billing periods of May 1, 2014, though April 30, 2015.

March 29

Maverick Media of Lima LLC announced the sale of 5 local radio stations including: 92.1 The Frog (WFGF); 93.1 The Fan (WWSR); 107.1 (WDOH); 104.9 The Eagle (WEGE); and 940 WCIT, to Childers Media Group LLC led by President Matt Childers.

Last Updated on Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:01 PM

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