Looking back at the big stories of 2019


Staff Report



A section of downtown Swanton on N. Main Street was demolished.

A section of downtown Swanton on N. Main Street was demolished.


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Jeff and Pat Pilliod were named Christmas in Swanton parade grand marshals.


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Tony Schaffer was named new Swanton Fire Chief.


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Samantha Schmidt, a Swanton Elementary School intervention specialist, spoke to the Swanton Board of Education about Charlie, a therapy dog.


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FitPark Ride opened in Swanton in the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings Metropark.


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The air show returned to Toledo Express Airport in July.


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Gary and Gail Phipps were named Corn Festival parade grand marshals.


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A review of the year 2019 in the Swanton area continues with a look back at the last six months of the year.

July

Ohio’s Fifth District Congressman Bob Latta appealed for federal relief for farmers due to persistent rains.

The Toledo Air Show as held at Toledo Express Airport.

Soybean farmers attempted to salvage the disastrous growing season.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office added Ausko, a two-year-old German Shepherd, to its K-9 ranks.

Alonzo Irelan was sentenced to 17 years in prison for attempted murder.

Swanton Village Council approved the Swanton Downtown Design Review Board as part of an effort to encourage improvements.

August

The sheriff’s office was presented with a 2019 Chevy Tahoe awarded in the Vested Interest in K9s photo contest.

Brady Ruffer was named principal of Evergreen Middle School.

Gary and Gail Phipps were grand marshals of the Swanton Corn Festival parade.

The USDA included Fulton County in a disaster relief program due to a rainy, delayed growing season.

Following treatments, Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg received word that his lung cancer was declared dormant.

Paigelynn Place resident Anika Fields spoke at a Village Council meeting, alleging racial harassment in her neighborhood.

North Star Bluescope Steel announced a $700 million expansion project over two years.

Benfield Wines moved to Main Street in Swanton.

FitPark Ride, a mountain bike skills-building course was constructed in the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings Metropark.

September

Fulton County was invited to join a regional water commission through the City of Toledo.

Multiple fire departments fought a major blaze at the MetalX scrap recycling facility in Delta. The cause remained undetermined.

Swanton Local Schools were considering later start times, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Most area school districts received grades of B and C overall on the Ohio Department of Education’s district report cards.

Evergreen Local Schools held a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Metamora murder victim Sierah Joughin.

Amber Never and Riley Hensley were named Swanton High School Homecoming Queen and King.

Logan Guess pleaded no contest to causing a June train derailment in Swanton.

October

The renovated Fulton County Courthouse made its debut.

Swanton Village Council voted to conform the village’s boundaries in Lucas County. Included was an agreement with Swanton Township, where the village would be responsible for road maintenance on Brindley Road and the township on Scott Road.

Area school superintendents expressed frustration over the method used by the Ohio Department of Education to grade school districts.

Fulton County joined the City of Toledo’s regional water commission.

Garrett Swank of Swanton was medalist as the Bulldogs placed third at the sectional golf tournament, advancing to the district tournament.

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Delta High School.

Wheat planting was delayed due to delayed spring crops still in area fields.

The Swanton Marching Band hosted the 25th annual Bulldog Bowl.

November

The area housing market was reported strong.

Swanton Village Council approved placing a new park levy on the ballot to replace the two current levies.

Swanton graduate April Rietzke was a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award at Penta Career Center.

Neil Toeppe unseated Swanton incumbent Mayor Ann Roth in the Nov. 5 general election.

Gene Wilson defeated incumbent Phil Wiland in a Swancreek Township trustee race.

Swanton’s Riley Hensley was named boys soccer player of the year in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

Alexis Sarvo of Swanton was named volleyball player of the year in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

The Swanton Marching Band headed to the state competition.

A building at 91-93 N. Main Street in Swanton was razed due to its deteriorating condition.

December

Swanton swore in Anthony Schaffer as its new fire chief.

Jeff and Pat Pilliod were Christmas in Swanton parade grand marshals.

Evergreen Local Schools began considering the expansion of their middle school to include a performing arts center.

The use of a therapy dog was approved for Swanton Elementary School.

The Rover and NEXUS pipelines appealed to the Ohio Department of Taxation for lower taxes, which could mean a drop in anticipated revenue for Fulton County entities.

Paving was announced for the Wabash Cannonball Trail from County Road 1 (S. Fulton Lucas Road) to State Route 109.

A section of downtown Swanton on N. Main Street was demolished.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_MAin-Street-Demo-4-1.jpgA section of downtown Swanton on N. Main Street was demolished. File photos

Jeff and Pat Pilliod were named Christmas in Swanton parade grand marshals.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_Jeff-Pat-Pilliod-1.jpgJeff and Pat Pilliod were named Christmas in Swanton parade grand marshals. File photos

Tony Schaffer was named new Swanton Fire Chief.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_Tony-Schaffer-1.jpgTony Schaffer was named new Swanton Fire Chief. File photos

Samantha Schmidt, a Swanton Elementary School intervention specialist, spoke to the Swanton Board of Education about Charlie, a therapy dog.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_Schmidt-and-CHarlie-1.jpgSamantha Schmidt, a Swanton Elementary School intervention specialist, spoke to the Swanton Board of Education about Charlie, a therapy dog. File photos

FitPark Ride opened in Swanton in the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings Metropark.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_FitPark-Ride-1.jpgFitPark Ride opened in Swanton in the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings Metropark. File photos

The air show returned to Toledo Express Airport in July.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_Air-show-2-1.jpgThe air show returned to Toledo Express Airport in July. File photos

Gary and Gail Phipps were named Corn Festival parade grand marshals.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_Corn-Grand-Marshals-2019-1.jpgGary and Gail Phipps were named Corn Festival parade grand marshals. File photos

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