Look back at 2018 continues


Staff Report



Swanton Elementary School students sing during the annual Veterans Day program.

Swanton Elementary School students sing during the annual Veterans Day program.


Swanton student Audrey Szalapski was honored by the Swanton Board of Education for winning a billboard contest.


Work to replace the bridge on W. Garfield Avenue took place in 2018.


Santa Claus reads to children during Swanton Shines.


A ribbon cutting was held at the site of a new Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church building.


Neil Toeppe was the grand marshal for the Corn Festival parade.


Middle school students listen to principal Matt Smith talk about the significance of the houses during a Swanton Seven Initiative ceremony.


File photos

The look back at 2018 continues in this issue of the Enterprise.

JULY

James Ramey of Toledo was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Delta resident Amanda Mangas.

The Swanton Planning Commission approved a site plan for Swan Creek Crossing, a senior apartment building proposed for Munson Road. The Commission also approved a pair of Metroparks Toledo entrance signs.

The Fulton County chapter of the Ohio State University Extension celebrated its centennial.

A September date was announced for Swanton’s fireworks which had been postponed due to hot weather.

The Garfield Avenue bridge closed for replacement.

A groundbreaking was held for “The Farmhouse,” a community hub for Metamora-Evergreen area.

Restoration at Hansbarger Stadium was announced.

AUGUST

A regional strategy was proposed by the Maumee Valley Planning Organization that would open up development opportunities for Fulton County.

The Village of Metamora celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Neil Toeppe was named Corn Festival parade grand marshal.

The proposed treehouse village on Waterville Swanton Road was discussed by the Swanton Planning Commission.

Dan Curtis was appointed the new principal of Evergreen High School, replacing Josh Clark.

Swanton Village Council honored former councilman William Belinger, who died in August.

The 4th Annual Battle Buddy Poker Run was held to raise money to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD.

In light of his appeals process, the Ohio State Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for James Worley, the convicted killer of Metamora resident Sierah Joughin.

SEPTEMBER

Swanton Village Council voted to create a fire advisory board.

Fulton County Commissioners raised questions over whether the county should tap into the multi-state Michindoh aquifer for its water supply.

The Swanton Seven Initiative brought excitement to Swanton Middle School.

Rain stopped long enough for the Swanton Fireworks Fest celebration.

OCTOBER

Swanton was selected to receive over $400,000 in Safe Routes to School funding. The money will allow for new sidewalks and other safety improvements near Swanton Elementary School, Swanton Middle School, and St. Richard School.

It was announced the Memorial Park pavilion would close for renovations in 2019.

Year-long $3.8 million renovations began on the Fulton County Courthouse.

Evergreen Community Library director Jan Dominique retired after 27 years of service.

It was announced that the Cannaley Treehouse Village would open in late 2019. It is located in the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings Preserve Metropark on Waterville Swanton Road.

Swanton Public Library honored both Rheba Burtch and Dan McQuade for 50 years service as trustees at a dinner and recognition ceremony.

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church held a ground-breaking for a new facility in Swanton.

NOVEMBER

Area veterans were honored during the annual Veterans Day program at Swanton High School.

The Fulton County portion of the controversial NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline was reportedly near completion.

The Swanton Planning Commission approved a revised site plan for Swan Creek Crossing, a new senior apartment building.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office won an SUV giveaway contest.

Syrian refugee Ahmad Tahhan gave Swanton Middle School students a first-hand account of how civil war impacted Syrians.

DECEMBER

A Swanton area man’s video of making his daughter walk to school after she was kicked off a school bus for bullying went viral.

A house and a trailer on the property of James Worley, convicted killer of Metamora resident Sierah Joughin, were razed at the direction of Joughin’s mother, Sheila Vaculik, who was awarded Worley’s property in a civil suit.

Mona Dyke was the Christmas in Swanton parade grand marshal.

The first Swanton Shines event was held to raise money for village Christmas decorations. It included a tree lighting, a 5K run, and other activities.

Swanton varsity football coach Randy Kerns confirmed he was leaving Swanton to take the head coaching job at Fairborn High School near Dayton.

Due to harsh weather, the Village of Swanton announced the closure of Garfield Avenue at the bridge would be extended until spring. The sidewalk did open to pedestrians.

The Swanton Board of Education commended teacher Todd Omey for coming to the aid of a student in distress, and student Audrey Szalapski for being the Fulton County State Farm Teen Distracted Driving Awareness Billboard Campaign winner.

Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 231, also known as “Sierah’s Law.” Named for local murder victim Sierah Joughin, the legislation will allow for the creation of a database of violent offenders living in the state.

Kasich also signed House Bill 58, requiring the Ohio Department of Education to offer school districts a cursive writing curriculum within language arts.

Swanton Elementary School students sing during the annual Veterans Day program.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Vet-Day-Kids-sing.jpgSwanton Elementary School students sing during the annual Veterans Day program.

Swanton student Audrey Szalapski was honored by the Swanton Board of Education for winning a billboard contest.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Szalapski-honored.jpgSwanton student Audrey Szalapski was honored by the Swanton Board of Education for winning a billboard contest.

Work to replace the bridge on W. Garfield Avenue took place in 2018.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Garfield-Bridge-sidewalk.jpgWork to replace the bridge on W. Garfield Avenue took place in 2018.

Santa Claus reads to children during Swanton Shines.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Santa-Reading.jpgSanta Claus reads to children during Swanton Shines.

A ribbon cutting was held at the site of a new Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church building.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Church-Ribbon.jpgA ribbon cutting was held at the site of a new Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church building.

Neil Toeppe was the grand marshal for the Corn Festival parade.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_Toeppe-Candy.jpgNeil Toeppe was the grand marshal for the Corn Festival parade.

Middle school students listen to principal Matt Smith talk about the significance of the houses during a Swanton Seven Initiative ceremony.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/01/web1_IMG_9431_ne201897155336417.jpgMiddle school students listen to principal Matt Smith talk about the significance of the houses during a Swanton Seven Initiative ceremony. File photos

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