Looking back at 2016


Both positive and tragic

Jeff Mazurowski’s fourth grade class at Delta Elementary School wrote a children’s book, “The Bad Creek Gang,” about building homes for the less fortunate. Pictured are, front from left, Maya Curry, Summer Mowry, Misha Curry, Ian Law, Leigha Pirrwitz - back, from left - Mazurowski, Blake Brown, Brock Webster, Gabe Aronjo, Alexis Savage, Ethin McKenzie, Nathan Jones.


Fulton County Historical Museum Director John Swearingen Jr. presents a poster used in World War II to arouse patriotism.


The Wauseon Public Library received assistance to repair and renovate its aged building. Work on the project is now underway.


Kathy Huner was sworn in as Mayor of Wauseon.


Commendations marking the 40th anniversary of Sauder Village in Archbold were presented to Erie Sauder’s granddaughter, Debbie David, second from left, by, in order, 2nd District Senator Randy Gardner, Congressman Bob Latta representative Kathy Shaver, and Gov. John Kasich representative Lu Cooke.


By turns, 2016 proved both positive and tragic for Fulton County and its residents.

January

Wauseon resident Irene Suarez was killed in a one-vehicle accident in German Township on New Year’s Day. The following day, five people were injured in another one-vehicle accident.

Romauldo Cordoba Jr., who was convicted of killing former Wauseon resident Joshua McJilton, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Fulton County school superintendents balked at what they called the skewed results of a partial district report card released by the Ohio Board of Education.

The United Way of Fulton County reached its goal for the first time in a decade, raising $340,000.

Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner, the city’s first Hispanic mayor, was sworn in Jan. 4; Stacie Radabaugh was sworn in as a Wauseon Board of Education member.

Archbold began plans for its year-long sesquicentennial celebration.

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation reported the county was prime for economic growth.

February

The Columbus law firm Goldman & Braunstein tried to block NEXUS Gas Transmission attempts to build a pipeline before compensating property owners for easements.

Support staff at Northwest State Community College sent a strike notice to the board of trustees due to stalemated contract negotiations.

In the wake of high lead levels discovered in Flint, Mich., water supply, Fulton County residents were assured local water had levels below EPA limitations.

Political campaign signs were reported stolen in areas of the county.

No cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported in Fulton County, despite four verified cases in Ohio.

March

The Archbold and Wauseon school districts placed renewal operating levies on the March 15 ballot.

Fulton County school districts received poor grades on the 2014-5 state reports cards released by the Ohio Board of Education. Local superintendents again criticized the grading methods.

Con Agra Foods in Archbold announced a major expansion project that would add more than 100 jobs. Worthington Steel in Delta also announced an expansion that would add up to 26 additional jobs.

Fulton County Chief Deputy Tracy Zuver won against incumbent Paul MacDonald in the Republican race for for the Clerk of Courts office. Jon Rupp won the Republican primary for the Fulton County Commissioners, besting opponent Gary Loar.

The annual Heart Radiothon was nudged just over its $24,000 goal.

April

Wauseon City Council voted to annex the city’s bicycle trails.

Fulton County announced a long list of construction projects including resurfacing and bridge replacements.

Nearly eight inches of snow blanketed the Swanton area during a late-season snowstorm.

The Wauseon Public Library received $200,000 in federal assistance to renovate its aged building.

Kinder Morgan sought federal approval to install a section of its proposed $500 million Utopia pipeline through Swancreek, Amboy, and Fulton townships in Fulton County.

The Fulton County Historical Museum launched an ambitious exhibit, “Fulton County Fighting for Freedom in World War II.”

The sports mascot for Pettisville schools was named among Ohio’s top 25 by an online Texas company.

May

A Michigan investment group looked into optioning 400 acres in Fayette to build a $300 million entertainment complex on State Route 127.

Delta Middle School was evacuated after a bomb threat was discovered in a restroom.

Wauseon City Council approved bidding for a new community swimming pool.

Archbold and Defiance County residents complained that a proposed project to transform a section of County Road 24 into a new State Route 66 would increase traffic and reduce property values.

Area farmers were anxious as wet, cool weather delayed planting.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for a new $300,000 handicap-accessible playground at Sara’s Garden in Wauseon.

June

A fourth-grade class at Delta Elementary School wrote a children’s book, “The Bad Creek Gang.”

Delta announced it will not renew a fire services contract with York Township when it expires in 2017 unless billing for emergency medical services was removed.

Kinder Morgan began eminent domain proceedings against six Fulton County residents on behalf of its Utopia pipeline project.

Wauseon took precautions against an algal bloom discovered in the Maumee River near Defiance.

The Fulton County villages of Archbold, Delta, and Swanton proposed separation from associated townships, citing overlapping government and conflicting interests.

Sauder Village in Archbold celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Jeff Mazurowski’s fourth grade class at Delta Elementary School wrote a children’s book, “The Bad Creek Gang,” about building homes for the less fortunate. Pictured are, front from left, Maya Curry, Summer Mowry, Misha Curry, Ian Law, Leigha Pirrwitz – back, from left – Mazurowski, Blake Brown, Brock Webster, Gabe Aronjo, Alexis Savage, Ethin McKenzie, Nathan Jones.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_the-bad-creek-gang.jpgJeff Mazurowski’s fourth grade class at Delta Elementary School wrote a children’s book, “The Bad Creek Gang,” about building homes for the less fortunate. Pictured are, front from left, Maya Curry, Summer Mowry, Misha Curry, Ian Law, Leigha Pirrwitz – back, from left – Mazurowski, Blake Brown, Brock Webster, Gabe Aronjo, Alexis Savage, Ethin McKenzie, Nathan Jones.

Fulton County Historical Museum Director John Swearingen Jr. presents a poster used in World War II to arouse patriotism.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_wwII-exhibit-4.jpgFulton County Historical Museum Director John Swearingen Jr. presents a poster used in World War II to arouse patriotism.

The Wauseon Public Library received assistance to repair and renovate its aged building. Work on the project is now underway.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_library-foundation-crumbling.jpgThe Wauseon Public Library received assistance to repair and renovate its aged building. Work on the project is now underway.

Kathy Huner was sworn in as Mayor of Wauseon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_Mayor-Huner.jpgKathy Huner was sworn in as Mayor of Wauseon.

Commendations marking the 40th anniversary of Sauder Village in Archbold were presented to Erie Sauder’s granddaughter, Debbie David, second from left, by, in order, 2nd District Senator Randy Gardner, Congressman Bob Latta representative Kathy Shaver, and Gov. John Kasich representative Lu Cooke.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_sauder-commendations.jpgCommendations marking the 40th anniversary of Sauder Village in Archbold were presented to Erie Sauder’s granddaughter, Debbie David, second from left, by, in order, 2nd District Senator Randy Gardner, Congressman Bob Latta representative Kathy Shaver, and Gov. John Kasich representative Lu Cooke.
Both positive and tragic