2016 in review


Looking back at the previous year

The Wauseon High School marching band performed at the state competition.


Former Wauseon Mayor Jerry Matheny


John Poulson was named Agriscience Teacher of the Year.


Plans for an historical marker to commemorate the Native American Winameg Mounds were announced.


A Violent Offender Registry public forum was held with, from left, Sheriff Roy Miller, State Senator Cliff Hite, and State Senator Randy Gardner on hand.


Editor’s Note: This is a the second part of a two part look back at the previous year.

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

July

James D. Worley of rural Delta was charged with the murder of Metamora resident Sierah Joughin after her body was found following her disappearance during a July 19 bicycle ride.

Archbold Administrator Dennis Howell retired after serving the village for 40 years.

Fulton County Commissioners negotiated local water rates per a 20-year agreement with Toledo and Lucas County.

County crops were left parched and stressed from dry weather.

The Wauseon Public Library moved to temporary quarters on Shoop Avenue to accommodate renovations at its Elm Street location.

A draft Environmental Impact Statement released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not recommend re-routing of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline in Fulton County.

Fayette Local Schools placed a bond issue and levy on the Aug. 6 ballot to raise $1.4 million to construct athletic fields and an addition onto the district’s agriculture building.

August

A public forum prompted by the murder of 20-year-old Metamora resident Sierah Joughin, and including State Senators Cliff Hite and Randy Gardner, was held at Evergreen High School to discuss a Violent Offender Registry.

Accused murderer James Worley attended a Fulton County hearing by video feed from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio to hear a 19-county indictment filed against him for the abduction and killing of Joughin.

Plans for an historical marker to commemorate the Native American Winameg Mounds were announced.

Dozens of area people crowded into a one-on-one formatted meeting held at Swanton High School by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to voice their displeasure over the proposed NEXUS pipeline.

A nearly $195,000 renovation of the Fulton County Detwiler Building in Wauseon was nearing completion.

Fayette voters approved a school bond issue and levy to fund improvements to athletic facilities and expand an agriculture building.

September

Public hearings were scheduled for the villages of Archbold and Delta, who requested formal separation from their associated townships in June.

The Lyons Historical Society celebrated its 25th anniversary with a public event.

John Poulson, a veteran Pettisville schools instructor, was named Agriscience Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

The Wauseon Fire Department pursued the creation of an executive assistant position to help with increasing duties within the department.

James Worley pleaded not guilty to all charges in a 19-count indictment concerning the abduction and murder of Metamora resident Sierah Joughin.

The Fulton County Health Center received a $54.6 million federal loan to construct a four-story medical facility on its campus.

Corey L. Richardson, one of two suspects in a rash of burglaries around Fulton County, was arrested by the sheriff’s office.

Wauseon City Council discussed placing a moratorium on local medical marijuana dispensaries after medical marijuana was approved by Ohio voters.

Four County Career Center in Archbold asked voters to approve a 1-mill continuing levy worth just over $3 million, the first time the center asked for new money in 29 years.

October

A pharmacy chain was added to the area businesses that dispense naloxone without a prescription. The drug counteracts the effects of a drug overdose.

The 54th Annual Wauseon Rotary Auction was held at Spangler Arena at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Taking a cue from the Village of Archbold, Wauseon City Council discussed a smoking ban in public parks. The council also discussed unexpected overages in the estimated cost of a new city pool.

The Fulton County Health Department announced an education program on the importance of quality indoor air.

The county’s fall harvest showed better yields of soybean than of corn.

November

Former Wauseon Mayor Jerry Matheny, know as one of the city’s greatest advocates, died Nov. 3 at age 79 of congestive heart and kidney failure.

Early voting by Fulton County residents proved to be down slightly from the 2012 presidential election.

The Wauseon High School Marching Band qualified for state competition after receiving a superior rating at the Bulldog Bowl in Swanton.

The Village of Lyons instituted a one percent income tax after an expensive Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandate hurt the village’s finances.

Wauseon City Council voted to place a six-month moratorium on the production and distribution of medical marijuana.

A National Drug Take-Back Day netted 123 pounds of prescription medications in Fulton County.

Citing a duplication of fire services, a shared fire district was proposed for the southeast portion of Fulton County.

Former Lyons resident Desteny Lamb, whose husband was sentenced for arson and insurance fraud in connection with a 2015 house fire, was similarly charged for the offense in a four-count indictment by a Fulton County grand jury.

December

Two Wauseon residents, Jill Dorsey and Leonel Ayala, died when Ayala shot Dorsey, then himself, in a murder-suicide.

Rick T. Lamb Jr., who was convicted in Fulton County Common Pleas Court of six counts related to arson and insurance fraud, was sentenced to six years in prison.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement which approves the NEXUS pipeline. The statement paves the way for the pipeline company to receive a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity needed to begin construction.

United Way of Fulton County asked for more donations to reach its $360,000 goal.

Swanton Village Council approved a feasibility study for a joint fire district in southeast Fulton County.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation claimed it convinced the Village of Archbold to remove a religious image from its seal and a religious phrase from its website. Mayor Jeff Fryman called their claim nonsense.

Plans were announced for JJ SafeHouse, the first-ever domestic violence shelter in Fulton County.

Fulton County Commissioners voted down the separation of the villages of Archbold and Delta from their associated townships.

The Wauseon High School marching band performed at the state competition.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_wauseon-marching-indians-1-.jpgThe Wauseon High School marching band performed at the state competition.

Former Wauseon Mayor Jerry Matheny
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_matheny.jpgFormer Wauseon Mayor Jerry Matheny

John Poulson was named Agriscience Teacher of the Year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_john-poulson.jpgJohn Poulson was named Agriscience Teacher of the Year.

Plans for an historical marker to commemorate the Native American Winameg Mounds were announced.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_Marker-Winameg.jpgPlans for an historical marker to commemorate the Native American Winameg Mounds were announced.

A Violent Offender Registry public forum was held with, from left, Sheriff Roy Miller, State Senator Cliff Hite, and State Senator Randy Gardner on hand.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/12/web1_Miller-Hite-Gardner.jpgA Violent Offender Registry public forum was held with, from left, Sheriff Roy Miller, State Senator Cliff Hite, and State Senator Randy Gardner on hand.

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Looking back at the previous year