Like most years, 2018 was filled with both ups and downs. It saw victories and losses, business openings and closings, instances of caring and hope, and sentencing for a crime the shocked the area.
Swanton Village Council approved variances for two separate apartment buildings in the Turtle Creek development off Airport Highway.
A cold snap continued, with temperatures dipping below zero.
A study revealed that only two opioid deaths were recorded in Fulton County in 2017, much lower than the state average.
Fulton County began the task of centralizing its record system.
Toledoan Jeshua Gilmore was sentenced to nearly 27 years in prison after being convicted of charges that included shooting Fulton County Deputy Jeremy Simon. Gilmore’s accomplice, Skye Thibodeaux, was given 30 months in prison.
Jim Hoops was selected to replace Rob McColley as Ohio’s District 81 state representative. Hoops would represent southeastern Fulton County.
About 30 flu-related hospitalizations were reported in Fulton County, and a pediatric flu death was reported in Lucas County.
The NEXUS pipeline project was underway.
The closing of the Swanton branch of PNC Bank was announced.
Sesario Duran and Steven T. Haller were inducted into the Swanton Local Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Swanton wrestling team won a regional championship and advanced to the semifinals of the State Dual Tournament.
Swanton High School began offering an introductory welding class in cooperation with Swanton Welding and Machine Co.
Evergreen Community Library in Metamora decided to ask voters to approve its first-ever operational levy request.
The Swanton boys bowling team finished as league runners-up.
Fulton County joined other Toledo water customers as interested parties of a proposed regional water authority.
Area Realtors reported a shortage of available housing and rental properties.
Swanton Village Council accepted the resignations of fiscal officer Karla Sexton and James Reckner, superintendent of public service.
Five Swanton wrestlers advanced to the state tournament, with Chase Moore placing fourth, Tommy Lytle fifth, and Ryan Marvin eighth. The Bulldogs placed 11th as a team.
Swanton Village Council retired the number of Patty Brown from the Swanton Fire Division. Brown, a longtime firefighter/paramedic, died after a battle with cancer.
Swanton students Trevor Schaller, Seth Rains, and Isaac Thomas advanced to the national Business Professionals of America competition.
Camp Palmer in Fayette honored 40-year employee Chuck Wurth after he died from a tragic fall.
Following a lengthy, often graphic jury trial, James Worley, charged with the abduction and murder of Metamora resident Sierah Joughin in 2016, was found guilty on all counts.
Fulton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Robinson sentenced convicted killer James Worley to death for the murder of Sierah Joughin.
A Take Back the Night event was held in Swanton as part of a national movement promoting an end to violence against women.
A grand ball was held in celebration of the new Fulton County Historical Museum on State Route 108 which opened May 5.
The Swanton High School quiz team competed at the Small School National Championship Tournament.
Swanton was recognized as a Tree City for the fourth time.
Saturating rainfalls delayed corn and soybean planting in some area fields.
The Village of Swanton sought funds for renovation of the closed pavilion in Memorial Park.
Portions of Swanton received treatment for gypsy moths.
Fulton County unveiled “On the Trails of Fulton County,” a promotional guide.
Swanton High School girls track and field won a district championship.
Julia Smith of Swanton won the state title in the high jump at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Columbus. Sidney Taylor was third in the discus, and the 400m relay team was fifth, while the Bulldogs finished ninth as a team.
Kenneth W. Geiger was honored with an Ohio Turnpike Memorial Sign near Swanton. Geiger, who worked at the Swanton Maintenance Building, was killed while by a semi while working for the Turnpike Commission.
Evergreen Local Schools Superintendent Jim Wyse resigned to become superintendent of the Millcreek-West Unity school district. Eric Smola replaces him.
A two-year contract was approved between Swanton Local Schools and Swanton teachers.
A proposed senior housing project in Swanton, Swan Creek Crossing, was among those that received 2018 Housing Tax Credit program awards from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
Work began on improvements to Church Street in Swanton.
Fulton County school districts learned that questionable practices by Columbus-based charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow cost them a combined total of $1.1 million in state revenue.
The look back at 2018 will continue in the next issue of the Swanton Enterprise