Looking back at 2019


An overhead look shows the extend of the June train derailment in Swanton.

An overhead look shows the extend of the June train derailment in Swanton.


Photo by Anthony Wright

Onlookers view the train derailment in Swanton.


File photos

A village truck plows ice off the street following a damaging ice storm.


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Gary Jones and Brenda Kumm were inducted into the Swanton Local Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.


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Sydney Ruiz is hugged after winning the first Amazing Shake competition at Swanton Middle School.


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The last year has been busy in the Swanton area, with a train derailment among the big stories of 2019. A look back at the biggest stories of the first six months of the year follows.

January

The Fulton County real estate tax form was revamped to become less confusing.

Fulton County Recorder Sandra Barber retired after 23 years of service.

Coding clubs formed at Swanton Public Library.

The rare Kirtland snake was found nesting in the area.

Swanton Village Council discussed bringing historic Brailey Depot to the village.

The first major snowstorm of the season hit, dumping as much as 7 inches of snow.

Keeahra Peeples was found shot in her Maddie Street home. Marcus Penn was charged.

The Delta Public Library announced a $392,000 upgrade.

February

Swanton Police Officer Lee Kusz was honored for saving a cardiac arrest victim.

Gary Jones and Brenda Kumm were inducted into the Swanton Local School District Alumni Hall of Fame. Jones is an Academy Award-nominated costume designer and Kumm serves as a health commissioner in Kansas City.

Swanton students Jordan Bailey and Kiernan Wealleans each won the Fulton County Spelling Bee in their grade level.

An ice storm coated the Swanton area leading to power outages, downed tree limbs and other damage.

Evergreen Local Schools were awarded the Ohio Board of Education Momentum Award for the fourth consecutive year.

A water line break in Swanton caused the loss of 350,000 gallons of water.

Denton Saunders was selected as the new Swanton High School football coach.

Fires at Arrowhead Lake manufactured home community were deemed arson. Five juveniles were later charged.

March

A fundraiser was held for Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg, who was diagnosed with lung cancer.

A MetalX recycling facility in Swancreek Township closed permanently.

An open house was held as planning began for the future of Memorial Park.

John Bell, Sean Gladieux, Adam Najarian, Jeremy Stinehelfer and the 1981-82 boys basketball team were inducted into the Swanton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Swanton Middle School held the first round of its Amazing Shake competition.

Swanton’s four voting precincts in Fulton County were combined into two.

April

Construction season on the Ohio Turnpike impacted area drivers both on and off the highway.

Evergreen High School and Delta High School both presented versions of the musical “Freaky Friday.”

Swanton High School brought “Mary Poppins” to the stage.

Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria visited Swanton Middle School.

A tree fell on the Beard Pavilion in Memorial Park, damaging it beyond repair.

The county’s Humane Society acknowledged a major problem with stray and feral cats.

Fulton County announced plans to update its comprehensive plan and invited residents’ feedback.

Swanton police officer Kevin Howard was placed on unpaid administrative leave following charges in Oregon Municipal Court. He later resigned.

Swanton announced that major sewer separation work was pushed back to 2020.

Swanton was named a Tree City.

May

Quiz teams from Swanton and Evergreen schools competed at the National Academic Quiz Tournament near Chicago.

Work began on a new senior apartment building on Munson Road.

Sydney Ruiz won Swanton Middle School’s Amazing Shake competition.

Paula Marks-Bolton, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, shared her experiences with students at Swanton Middle School.

The “Eyes of Freedom” traveling memorial honoring fallen Ohio soldiers received an escort through Swanton, eventually ending at the Fulton County Museum.

The Swanton school board approved recognition of the Swanton eSports Club as a club sport.

Farmers remained patient as persistent rains delayed the planting season.

The Swanton softball team won its first sectional title since 2000.

June

A vehicle abandoned on the railroad tracks near Main Street in Swanton caused a major derailment. It resulted in a power outage affecting over 4,000 electric customers, a brief evacuation and clean up that lasted months.

Farmers reached a crossroads as continuous rain meant either toughing out the planting season or giving up.

A Muslim tenant of the Paigelynn Place rental properties in Swanton sued the development’s parent company for discrimination.

More donations were collected as construction continued on the Cannaley Treehouse Village in Oak Openings in Swanton.

An overhead look shows the extend of the June train derailment in Swanton.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/12/web1_Derailment-drone-photo1.jpgAn overhead look shows the extend of the June train derailment in Swanton. Photo by Anthony Wright

Onlookers view the train derailment in Swanton.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/12/web1_Derailment-4.jpgOnlookers view the train derailment in Swanton. File photos

A village truck plows ice off the street following a damaging ice storm.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/12/web1_Plowing-Ice.jpgA village truck plows ice off the street following a damaging ice storm. File photos

Gary Jones and Brenda Kumm were inducted into the Swanton Local Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/12/web1_Kumm-Jones-Hall-of-Fame.jpgGary Jones and Brenda Kumm were inducted into the Swanton Local Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. File photos

Sydney Ruiz is hugged after winning the first Amazing Shake competition at Swanton Middle School.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/12/web1_Ruiz-hugged-2.jpgSydney Ruiz is hugged after winning the first Amazing Shake competition at Swanton Middle School. File photos