It was a year of change for Swanton in 2017. Here is a look back at some of the people and events that made news during the first half of the year.
Shuckers Seafood & Pasta closed for a face-lift that included renaming the restaurant Mail Pouch Saloon under new owner Jamie Wietrzykowski.
Jon Rupp started his first term as Fulton County Commissioner.
The Village of Swanton’s population grew 5.3 percent from 2010 to 2016, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Swanton grew the most in Fulton County, and Delta was the only other municipality to gain population, with an increase of 0.6 percent.
Early work on the Swanton Local Schools building project began. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Park and Crestwood elementary schools.
Swanton basketball player Gunnar Oakes eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark.
The Swanton High School wrestling team won a regional championship and qualified for the state dual tournament. They lost to eventual state champion Milan Edison at the state tournament in Columbus.
Swanton High School won the Fulton Henry County High School Quiz Tournament.
Two Swanton High School football players signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and football careers. Gunnar Oakes signed with Eastern Michigan, and Zach Dziengelewski with Bowling Green.
The NEXUS pipeline that is planned to travel west of Swanton faced a delay due to a lack of a quorum on the FERC Board.
Park Elementary student Jordan Bailey won the Fulton County Spelling Bee.
Swanton Village Council voted to explore the idea of making Swanton Cemetery a union cemetery with Swancreek Township. The township trustees had voted 2-1 against the idea.
It was announced that Tronair would move 104 exisiting jobs to the former BAX Global facility at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton Township and also bring 110 new jobs.
The Swanton boys and girls basketball teams both advanced to the district tournament.
Swanton coach Eric Oakes was named NWOAL girls basketball coach of the year.
Swanton Township and Norfolk Southern Corp. reached an agreement related to the Swanton area staging yard. The township supported the closing of Scott Road and Norfolk Southern agreed to pay the township over $2 million.
Heather Kost announced her resignation as Fulton County EMA director.
Swanton boys basketball coach Matt Smith and football coach Mike Vicars both resigned as coaches but remained with the district.
Swanton High School presented “The Lion King Jr.”
Trevor Schaller, Jarrett Macek, Madelyn Silveous, and Allison Mishka qualified for the National Business Professionals of American competition.
The Swanton High School quiz team competed in the National Championship Tournament in Chicago.
Swanton Local Schools held an auction of items from the school buildings on Cherry Street.
Swanton students celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of a tree at Park Elementary School.
Swanton teacher Ron Kauffman authored a Business Professionals of American contest.
It was announced that the Swanton Coliseum roller skating center was closing its doors.
Swanton voters approved an increase in the village income tax from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.
The Swanton baseball team won its first sectional title since 1976, using a five-run seventh inning to defeat Delta 9-8.
Sandy Brazeau, Susie Hill, Wayne Flathers, and the 1988-89 girls basketball team were inducted into the Swanton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Julia Smith broke a school and district record by clearing 5’8” in the high jump at the district competition.
Randy Kerns was hired as the new Swanton High School football coach. Joel Visser was hired as new boys basketball coach.
A plan for roundabouts on U.S. 20A south of Toledo Express Airport was announced.
Gypsy moth larvae were found in northeast Swanton.
Younique Boutique opened on Main Street in Swanton.
Swanton Locals School superintendent Jeff Schlade resigned to take a position at Lakewood Schools in northeast Ohio.
Mikayla Rochelle of Swanton was elected president of the Senate at Buckeye Girls State.
The Swanton Wrestling Club finished as national runners-up in the Community Division II at the AAU Scholastic Duals.