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Six inducted into FCCC Wall of Fame

ARCHBOLD — Six Four County Career Center graduates were inducted onto the Wall of Fame Monday evening, and one individual received a Distinguished Service Award.

Jade Crossland, Rodney Miller, David Klingshirn, Susan (Sager) Myers, Jason Michael Pfund and Rex E. Robison were recognized at the 22nd annual Wall of Fame awards program. Nominations for this honor are based on the areas of significant contributions to the individual’s career, the community, education and Four County Career Center.

Crossland came to the career center from Napoleon High School and enrolled in the industrial maintenance program, from which he graduated in 1998. Crossland is currently the operations manager for North American Stamping Group. He lives in Napoleon with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.

Miller attended the career center from Hilltop High School and graduated in 1974 in the building trades program. He is currently a retired journeyman bricklayer/foreman, Williams County Sheriff special deputy/Mounted Division and substitute teacher at the career center. He lives in West Unity with his wife, Michelle.

Klingshirn enrolled at the career center from Holgate High School, entered the appliance service program and graduated in 1982. He is the co-owner of Vince’s TV and Appliances, LLC, and lives in Holgate with his wife, Tammy.

Sager-Myers came to the career center from Patrick Henry High School, entered the early childhood education program and graduated in 1991. She is currently the early childhood education instructor at Four County Career Center and resides in Defiance with her husband, Brad, and two children.

Pfund enrolled at the career center from Wauseon High School and graduated in 2001 in the work transition program. He is currently a production worker at Triangular Processing and lives in Wauseon.

Robison attended the career center from Montpelier High School, entered the building trades program and graduated in 1981. He is currently the residential building official/zoning commissioner for the City of Defiance and lives in Defiance with his wife, Lori.

This was also the sixth year for the Distinguished Service Award presented to the individual who has displayed ongoing dedication and commitment to the career center and to the communities served by the career center. This year’s recipient is Carmen L. Cummins, retired administrator.

Cummins retired from the career center in 2011 after serving in several capacities for 39 years. Throughout the years, he was also very active in career-technical education at the district and state levels. He lives in Bryan with his wife, Ann.

A picture/plaque of each Wall of Fame and Distinguished Service Award recipient will be placed in the main entrance at Four County Career Center.

(Information courtesy of Four County Career Center.)

Third floor of Hahn Center renovations wrapping up

Renovations of office space on the third floor of the Hahn Center are wrapping up, although there are some finishing touches left.

Henry County Commissioner Glenn Miller said the third floor of the downtown Napoleon building, which formerly housed the health department, was in need of a “refresh.” While talks initially focused on both the OSU Extension office and Henry County Community Improvement Corp. (CIC) office, Miller said the main entrance from the elevator and OSU Extension office was done first.

Carpet was removed from the main area after exiting the elevator and replaced with laminate.

“It will be much easier to maintain,” Miller added.

Wallpaper was also removed, and the walls were skim coated before new paint was applied.

Within the OSU Extension office, Miller said wallpaper was also removed, with the walls skim coated and repainted, as well as the trim. New flooring was installed, some of which is laminate squares and others that is carpet.

The large counter that was in the center of the office was removed, and OSU Extension is purchasing the new furniture.

“We’re just responsible for taking care of the structure,” Miller said of the commissioners.

Along those lines, Miller said there were a few windows that leaked over the years that were repaired.

“The laminate that was on the windowsills pulled up, and there were problems with the drywall by the windows,” Miller said, adding new windowsills were installed. “It really looks nice.”

Miller said the remodeling, not including the carpet, cost less than $50,000.

“Next year, depending on how the budget is, we want to do the same thing for the CIC, and that desperately needs it,” Miller said, adding the entire Hahn Center does need improvements and the commissioners hope to look at that after the courthouse exterior projects are completed.

Over the past handful of years, the commissioners have been working on rehabilitating exterior sections of the courthouse. Items remaining include the tower, part of the roof and part of one of the exterior sides.

“We want to do that all as one project,” Miller said.

During one of those exterior projects last year, it was discovered water was leaking from the west stairs, which are above a women’s restroom, and the north stairs, which are above a men’s restroom. The leaks, as well as the lack of a moisture barrier between the bathrooms and the underside of the stairways, caused damage to the stairs and the concrete ceilings in the women’s restroom and the hallway outside the men’s restroom. Those areas have been repaired.

Miller said there are spots in the stones where holes were drilled to install vent pipes that do still need to be covered.

“There needs to be some kind of a covering put over them where air can still get through, but it matches the coloring of the stone,” he said.

Miller said the landscaping around the courthouse has suffered amid the projects, so, aside from the trees, all of the landscaping will be removed this fall.

“What our plan will be over the winter will be to look at historic photos of the courthouse, and possibly open up to the public for input, for how to return the courthouse to the beauty that it was,” he said. “I think it’s an important piece of our history to keep in the best shape that we can.”

Democratic rivals repeatedly criticize Warren during debate

Elizabeth Warren’s rivals repeatedly jabbed at her during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, accusing the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the costs of Medicare for All universal health insurance and her signature “wealth tax” plan.

Taking hits from all sides reflected Warren’s rise to a front-runner in the crowded field of candidates who are looking to deny President Donald Trump a second term. Joe Biden, who has led the Democratic field for months, had to address Trump’s unsupported accusations of wrongdoing by him and his son in Ukraine, but by and large avoided confrontation with his rivals.

Mostly out of the fray was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who spent the past two weeks recuperating at his Vermont home after a heart attack. He made no stumbles but failed to show the same fire as in previous debates. He got applause when he thanked supporters and rivals for their good wishes and declared, “I’m feeling great.”

Warren, as in other debates, was pressed about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for her health care plan — and, as previously, she would not say yes or no but argued instead that lower premiums would mean that overall costs would go down for most Americans.

“So, I have made clear what my principles are here,” she said.

More moderate Democrats, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, pounced, calling for an approach that stops short of fully government funded health care.

“I appreciate Elizabeth’s work but, again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done,” Klobuchar said.

Added Buttigieg: “We heard it tonight. A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question that didn’t get a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.”

The debate touched on foreign policy, too, a subject that has dominated the news in recent weeks as Trump said he was withdrawing most U.S. forces from Syria and then Turkey invaded the northern part of the country to attack Kurdish fighters. The Democratic presidential candidates denounced the president for abandoning Kurdish forces there, who are U.S. allies.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Iraq with the Army, questioned the need for U.S. involvement in “regime change” conflicts in the Middle East. That prompted Buttigieg to respond: “What we are doing or what we were doing in Syria was keeping our word.”

“I would have a hard time today looking an Afghan civilian or soldier in the eye after what just happened over there,” said Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan. “It is undermining the honor of our soldiers. You take away the honor of our soldiers, you might as well go after their body armor next.”

Biden had spent months facing sharp criticism from the rest of the field during debates, but he saw few candidates engage with him on Tuesday. Still, he struggled to fully explain why his newly promised ethics plan to prevent conflicts of interest involving his relatives wasn’t applied to his son Hunter when he was hired in 2014 as a director for a Ukrainian energy company.

That relationship has become a focal point of Trump’s effort to press for a Ukrainian government probe of the Bidens — an effort that was a major factor leading to the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.

On Sunday, Biden had vowed that “no one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they’re a cabinet member, will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country.”

But CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked, “If it’s not OK for a president’s family to be involved in foreign businesses, why was it OK for your son when you were vice president?”

Biden faltered some before offering, “My son did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong.”

Still, most of the back-and-forth focused on Warren. Taking aim at her proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans, Klobuchar said, “I want to give a reality check here” and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke suggested it was “punitive.”

The senator said that notion shocked her: “I don’t have a beef with billionaires.”

“Look, I understand that this is hard, but I think as Democrats we are going to succeed when we dream big and fight hard, not when we dream small and quit before we get started,” she said.

The debate stage of a dozen candidates made it difficult for any single candidate to stand out. And attacking Biden during previous debates did not result in major gains in the polls for other candidates — meaning criticizing Warren may not mean much this time around.

Hosted by CNN and The New York Times, the field’s fourth round of debates was the largest-ever. It took place on the campus of Otterbein University, just outside Columbus in Ohio, one of the nation’s toughest electoral battlegrounds, but also a state that has long helped decide presidential elections but has drifted away from Democrats in recent years.

The event also came as the impeachment inquiry against Trump has grabbed most of the nation’s political attention and left the Democratic race for the White House somewhat overshadowed.

Also debating were New York entrepreneur Andrew Yang, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Obama housing chief Julián Castro. Making his debate debut was billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

Weissert and Superville reported from Washington. Associated Press Writer Thomas Beaumont contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.

ODOT to look at 108/281 intersection

Following a fatal crash at state routes 281 and 108 in Flatrock Township, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be re-evaluating the intersection.

Henry County Safe Communities Coalition, funded through a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office, recently met to discuss traffic fatalities that occurred in the county between July 1 and Sept. 30. The coalition reviewed two fatal crashes that resulted in three deaths. During the review, coalition members looked at potential causes of the crash and other details. At that time, the coalition learned ODOT will be re-evaluating the intersection of state routes 281 and 108.

Earlier this month, Holgate Village Council approved a resolution asking for ODOT to make “significant safety improvements” to the intersection. One of the drivers killed in the Sept. 22 crash was a Holgate resident.

According to crash data from ODOT, there were eight crashes at the intersection from 2014-18 resulting in six injuries.

No additional safety measures were identified for the other crash.

Henry County Safe Communities is open to all community members. Anyone interested in being a part of the coalition to assist in designing and promoting traffic safety initiative can contact Tante Lovins, Henry County Health Department health educator at 419-599-5545.