Wood County accepting spirit award nominations
Nominations are being accepted through April 30 for the annual Spirit of Wood County Awards. Commissioners James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman will present the awards on June 9 during Wood County Heritage Days at the county historical center.
County residents are invited to nominate current or former county residents for one of seven awards: Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the county website, www.co.wood.oh.us, by following the “Spirit of Wood County Awards” link.
A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms are also available in the 2013 annual report released this week.
For information contact the commissioners’ office 419 354-9100.
Voter registration deadline
April 8 is the closing date for new voter registrations and changes of address for the May 7 primary election.
In Ottawa County, the new registrations and address changes may be made at public libraries, bureau of motor vehicle offices, health department, or at the county courthouse at the clerk of courts title department or treasurer’s office.
Changes of address may also be completed online at www.MyOhioVote.com.
Rex Huffman, president of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, notes in his annual report that businesses and agencies in the county last year completed or embarked on several projects.
• The Ohio Department of Transportation completed construction and opened a new configuration of State Route 18 that provides improved access to the CSX Intermodal Terminal.
• Ground was broken for the Calphalon/Newell Rubbermaid Distribution Center and a FedEx Freight Distribution Center which will retain about 250 jobs and create about 80 new jobs.
• Expansion projects at Johnson Controls and Northwood Industries should result in retaining almost 200 jobs and creating more than 50.
• Owens Illinois has plans for a new research and development facility that may create more than 40 new jobs.
Wade Gottschalk, who was the associate director of the commission for more than 11 years, was picked to replace Tom Blaha, who retired last year as director.
The commission is observing the 20th anniversary this year of its incorporation.
The Ottawa County commissioners have hired Jamie Blausey as deputy dog warden, effective March 27.
James Schnabel resigned the position a week earlier.