The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

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Paul L. Good, a Van Wert native and auctioneer, was posthumously inducted into the Ohio Auctioneers Hall of Fame on January 5. 

The ceremony was held in Columbus at the annual Ohio Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. Peter Gehres, also a Van Wert native and past president of the OAA, and Bill Sheridan, past president of the National Auctioneers Association, led the induction. 

Paul Good

For over 35 years, Good was a leading auctioneer of purebred Angus cattle, Arabian horses, and hogs, as well as benefit and charity auctions. From the 1940s through 1975, Good was in high demand from coast to coast, Canada, and Scotland and set records and was world-renowned for his knowledge of the animals, the market, and the buyers.

Leroy Van Dyke, the legendary auctioneer, country music star, and co-writer of the “Auctioneer Song”, was an associate of Good’s and remarked: “He was, and still is, a bright spot in the auction profession.”

Good was born in 1916 and raised on the family farm near Van Wert, along with three brothers and one sister. He attended The Ohio State University, where he majored in animal science. He was a member of the 1937 animal judging team and 1938 meats judging team. He was also a champion Ohio State wrestler and was one of the “10 Depression kids at OSU” that went on to establish a powerful record in the livestock industry.

“Paul L. Good was a dominant auctioneer and was among the most sought-after voices in our industry for nearly 40 decades,” said Sheridan, himself a member of the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. “Today’s auctioneers owe much to Paul for his example of product knowledge and professionalism on the block.”

Good held sales for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Senator Albert Gore, J.C. Penney, actor Fred McMurray, and many other well-known individuals throughout his remarkable career. In 1975, Paul’s auction career stopped suddenly after he was paralyzed from the hips down after surgery.


POSTED: 01/09/19 at 1:12 am. FILED UNDER: Business

POSTED: 01/09/19 at 1:10 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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Van Wert Manor has recently received several awards from HCF Management. HCF Management, Van Wert Manor’s corporate partner, recently held its facility awards reception.

Van Wert Manor Director of Nursing Jackie Hernandez (left) and Van Wert Manor Administrator Jacque Welch are pictured with the awards. photo provided

Van Wert Manor was awarded the “Facility of the Year” award; “Humanitarian of the Year” award; and the “Barb Masella Quality” award. Van Wert Manor also received a certificate of recognition for having the lowest employee turnover within HCF Management for 2018.

Van Wert Manor was named the “Facility of the Year” — a rating determined by several criteria. One annual winner is chosen from all Ohio and Pennsylvania facilities. Criteria include outstanding customer service, financial performance, activities, volunteer program, and heavy community involvement.

To be chosen for the Humanitarian Award, the facility must demonstrate the spirit and values most closely aligned with the HCF Management’s motto “a tradition of caring.” Criteria includes: demonstrated success in promoting the organization’s non-profit Lending Hands Foundation; local community involvement with other charitable organizations or programs helping community members in need; as well as encouraging facility staff to volunteer in community organizations that aid the general public.

“We are excited to receive these awards from our corporate partner, HCF Management,” said Van Wert Manor Administrator Jacque Welch. “This is the first time we have received the ‘Facility of the Year’ award, and I cannot be more proud of my team.

“I want to thank our residents, staff, and community alike for continuing to support us,” Welch said.

HCF Management, a health care facilities company based in Lima, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It currently serves nearly 3,000 care community residents and employs more than 4,000 employees. There are nearly 350 employees who have been with the company for 20 years, and 22 have been with the company for 40 or more years.

POSTED: 12/28/18 at 10:03 pm. FILED UNDER: Business

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OHIO CITY — Recently, Teem Wholesale participated in a “change war” to raise money for the 2018 Ohio City Village Toy Drive, with company employees able to raise $738.04 for the drive.

Shown are Ohio City Village Council members, representatives from the Teem Wholesale Shipping/Warehouse Department (winners of the competition), and other company staff members. photo provided

Proceeds go towards the purchase of toys, clothes, and other gifts for children in Ohio City.

This is the eighth year of the Toy Drive, which was able to help brighten the Christmas of more than 20 kids this year with the donations received.

For those who would like to participate in next year’s Ohio City Village Toy Drive, donations are accepted year round, although the event doesn’t officially start until the beginning of November. Drop off donations of toys, clothes (coats, hats, and gloves preferably), or money to go towards the purchase of these items to the Ohio City Village Hall, 103 S. Main St. Office hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

For more information about the toy drive, call 419.965.2255.

POSTED: 12/22/18 at 2:55 am. FILED UNDER: Business

Pond Seed recently presented Wayne Trace Local Schools with a check for $1,770 from its “Sign Me Up” program where $1 was donated for every AgriGold and Pond Seed Company sign put up in local fields the last two years. Farmers feed people and, with the money, Wayne Trace will start a fund to assist hardworking families who can’t quite stretch their dollars far enough some months by paying for school lunches. Here, Pond Seed owners Fred and Marcia Pond are shown with Pond Seed intern Tristin Miller and Wayne Trace Principals Mike Myers and Kevin Wilson.

POSTED: 12/17/18 at 7:42 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Youth

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DEFIANCE –Tyson L. Stuckey, CPA, CVA, MAFM, was recently elected by the board of directors of Shultz Huber & Associates to serve as the firm’s managing partner. This appointment comes after the shareholders voted to restructure the firm’s governance model and move away from an executive committee model of governance.

Tyson Stuckey

“As we continue to grow as a firm, in terms of the number and size of clients we partner with, the number of our firm’s offices, the number of team members within the firm, and the resources that we have available for our clients, we felt we needed a different form of governance than how we’ve been structured,” said Stuckey. “This change will allow us to adapt and respond more quickly to changes in addition to allowing us to simplify and expedite our decision-making abilities.”

As managing partner, Stuckey is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and operations. This includes working with the shareholder group to set long-term and short-term goals and implement strategies and initiatives as they relate to these goals. Stuckey will report to the board of directors, which is made up of shareholders Barbara L. Kohnen, Anthony L. Gericke, Robin K. Brinegar, Stacey A. Baer, S. Rob Bourn Jr., Kimberly A. Ray, and Steven S. Samples.

In addition to his responsibilities as managing partner, Stuckey will continue to serve clients of the firm. As a shareholder himself, Stuckey provides accounting, auditing, and taxation services. He also assists business owners with determining a value for their company, succession planning, gifting, estate values, sales, and mergers.

Stuckey’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business information systems, and mathematics from Goshen College. He also holds a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.


POSTED: 11/28/18 at 8:34 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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First Bank of Berne closed all branches and its call center on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Employees of the bank spent their day away from the office dedicated to serving community resources in their specific project needs.

First Bank of Berne is a community bank who believes in giving back tothe communities it serves. Employees of First Bank of Berne were encouraged to align themselves with volunteer opportunities that coordinated with existing affiliations, interests and community needs. Employees were also encouraged to partner and form teams to work together.

First Bank of Berne’s Van Wert office staff volunteered at Community Health Professionals during the Veterans Day holiday. photo provided

With several locations in Adams, Wells, Jay, Howard, Miami, and Van Wert counties, First Bank of Berne employees invested their time into a wide variety of community agencies and services. This list includes: Joe & Jane Project, Forgotten Children Worldwide, Family Life Care, The Hope Clinic, Family Hope Center, C.C.’s Closet, Persimmon Ridge Nursing Home, Van Wert Hospice and Adult Day Care (shown above), Adams County Historical Society, J. Edward Roush Reservoir, Helping Hands-Rockford UMC, First Missionary Church, Compassionate Ministries, United Way of Adams County, House 1:14, Berne Volunteer Fire Department, South Adams Elementary School, Community Harvest Food Bank, Tiny Treasures of Grace Daycare, Swiss Village, Boys & Girls Club, Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, King’s Kingdom Childcare, Adams Central Elementary Library and Southern Wells Community Schools.

Volunteers also assisted several elderly individuals who needed help with home improvement tasks and landscaping chores.

This is the second year First Bank of Berne has orchestrated this widespread effort to encourage volunteerism, though many of the employees were already aligned with these organizations and serve independently of this day of volunteer spirit.

“Our employees volunteer on a regular basis and many serve on local boards and community organizations,” said Vice President and Director of Marketing Chad Montgomery. “We had such positive feedback from the community and our employees when we did this last year. We had employees and organizations asking us to do it again.”

First Bank of Berne chose November 12 as a day of service in observance of Veterans Day to honor those who have served in the United States armed forces.

POSTED: 11/26/18 at 8:07 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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Community Health Professionals (CHP) Home Care & Hospice has been named a Top Agency of the 2018 HomeCare Elite, recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies annually and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by Ability Network, a leading healthcare information technology company. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, the leading source for news, analysis, and instructional guidance for the home health industry.

“I would like to congratulate the team at the CHP Home Care & Hospice and thank them for their commitment to providing consistently high-quality care,” Christine Lang, senior director for Ability Network, said. “During a time of increasing demands on home health professionals’ time and attention, these caregivers and leaders have demonstrated that they have prioritized their patients and created a solid foundation for serving their communities and partnering with other healthcare providers.”

Brent Tow, president and CEO of Community Health Professionals, credits the commitment of the staff and high standards of quality with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

“We’re proud of the work we do and this distinguished award really sets our staff apart,” Tow said. “It’s a great achievement and high honor for all of our staff. Healthcare today is being redefined, yet our experience and expertise in home care has stayed relevant. This recognition is particularly meaningful as we continue to strive to meet the needs of our community.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. The entire list of 2018 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the Ability Network website at

POSTED: 11/05/18 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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Dr. John Cook, DDS, has announced that Dr. Sean Kelly, DDS, has joined his Van Wert dental practice, which has been renamed Cook-Kelly Family Dentistry.

Dr. John Cook, DDS (left), and his new associate, Dr. Sean Kelly, DDS. photo provided

“We will be working together to serve your dental needs and maintain our friendships for years to come,” Dr. Cook noted.

Dr. Kelly comes to Van Wert from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has been practicing since his graduation from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He also has a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Scranton.

He and his wife, Chelsea, live in her hometown of New Haven, Indiana, with their young son, Henry.

Dr. Kelly will be accepting new patients at 723 W. Main St. in Van Wert. Call 419.238.4400 for an appointment.

For more information, go to the practice’s website at

POSTED: 10/24/18 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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Fifty years ago, a group of concerned individuals came together to fill a need for compassionate and rehabilitative care. They formed HCF Management Inc. in Lima on October 11, 1968. HCF owns Van Wert Manor at 160 Fox Road in Van Wert.

This small group began making quality nursing homes a reality. Burton Rubens was appointed president in 1968. He and the original founders, including Richard Unverferth, put HCF on the map. Rubens retired as president in 1995 after leading HCF for 27 years.

The original shareholders sold their HCF ownership to Unverferth in March 1977. He then became chairman of the board and kept the “Original Six” to guide the company to success. Unverferth masterfully steered HCF for over 27 years.

The company is owned and operated today by a second generation of the Unverferth family: Chairman and President James Unverferth. Unverferth has furthered the founders’ vison of compassionate care in today’s ever changing world.

HCF started with a modest beginning 50 years ago but now serves approximately 3,000 community residents and has over 4,000 employees.

A new chapter had begun in the 21st century with the expansion into home health with the purchase of Heritage Health Care, a skilled home care organization to complement HCF’s post-acute continuum. Heritage currently covers most of northwest Ohio, Dayton, Washington Court House, all in Ohio, and Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

As the need for better post-acute care services grew, so did HCF. This included the acquisition of a thriving therapy company in 2012. EncompassCare’s acquisition expanded the HCF service network, aiding their care communities and other therapy service centers throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.

HCF Management is a known leader in therapy care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home care, answering the need since 1968. The caring and dedicated employees who believe in the company’s mission make this record of quality care possible. HCF’s objective continues to be providing the best care to their residents and to enhance the quality of life for residents, their families, and employees.

Van Wert Manor is proud to be a part of this tradition of caring. For more information, contact Administrator Jacque Welch at 419.238.6655.

POSTED: 10/13/18 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: Business