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     Volume 142 No. 26, Paulding, Ohio One Dollar USPS 423630

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    County  Meeting reset   HAVILAND – The Wayne Trace Board of Education regular meeting will be at 6  p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 in the high school lecture room.

     Amateur radio informational meeting set   PAULDING – An informa- tion meeting for those inter- ested in learning more about amateur radio, referred to by many as “ham radio,” will  be held at 6:30 p.m. Thurs- day, Feb. 25 at the Paulding County Carnegie Library in Paulding.   During this meeting, partic- ipants will learn more about amateur radio, emergency communications, local com- munications, worldwide com- munications and how amateur radio can be a great hobby.   Find out how you can be involved by attending this im-  portant meeting. For more in- formation, contact Fred Pieper at 419-670-2980.

    Game change   HAVILAND – The Wayne

    Trace at Ottoville boys bas- ketball game scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, will now be a varsity-only game with the contest scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. No junior varsity game will be played due to Ottoville not having enough players to  participate in the contest.

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    Wayne Trace to Grandview Heights

     Woman found dead; suspect at large

      Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Frank Tracy Jr., 47, of Paulding, in connection with a homicide here last week. These two 2014 le photos of Tracy were provided by Paulding County Sheriff’s Ofce.

      Homicide victim Han-

    nah Fischer, 21, was orig-

    inally from Montpelier.

    By MELINDA KRICK  Progress Editor

      PAULDING – A warrant has been is- sued for a suspect wanted in connection with a death of a woman found in Pauld-

    ing early last week.  Former Montpelier resident Hannah Fischer, age 21, was found deceased Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 119. W. Perry St. Apt. C in Paulding.   On Feb. 11, the Paulding Police De-  partment issued an arrest warrant for Frank H. Tracy Jr., age 47, of Paulding. The warrant is for murder in the death of Hannah Fischer.   Prosecutor Joseph Burkard conrmed

    a sealed complaint with a warrant had  been led Thursday in the clerk of courts ofce.   It is believed that the apartment was rented to Tracy.

      A Chevy Silverado truck that Tracywas believed to be driving was found in Deance County on Friday afternoon, ac- cording to Police Chief Randy Crawford. Tracy was not found with the vehicle.   According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Ofce, Tracy’s most recent description is white male, 5 feet 9 inch- es tall, 150 pounds, with green eyes and  brown hair.   If anyone has any information as to the

    whereabouts of Tracy, please contact thePaulding Police Department at 419-399- 3311.   Authorities have declined to release in- formation about Fischer’s cause of death.   “That’s up to the prosecutor when to release that information,” Crawford said. “We want to protect the evidence and  protect the prosecution case.”   Asked if police are looking at any ad- ditional suspects, Crawford responded,

    “We’re looking at all kinds of theories.Wherever the evidence takes us.”   While investigating the crime scene, ofcers found a vehicle nearby that had  blood in it. The vehicle was taken by au- thorities. On Tuesday, Crawford said test results to determine whether the blood was Fischer’s are not yet available.   The  Progress was the rst to break

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      Steve Hall’s family turns to look up to the rafters at his retired jersey during the ceremony cele- brating him last Saturday in the Palace.


    Sportswriter   HAVILAND – It was the  perfect end to a perfect night.   When time ran out in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s non-league contest  between Wayne Trace and Grandview Heights to send the game into overtime, Raid- er assistant coach Ken Speice and Bobcat head coach Ray Corbett met at center court in front of the scorer’s table and hugged, capping a very special day honoring former Raid-

    er great and Bobcat teacher/coach Steve Hall.   By the time the additional four minutes ran out, it was the host Raiders who held on for an 82-74 victory over the Bob- cats, but it wasn’t about who won and lost.   “I told Kenny it was the  perfect ending to the night,” commented Corbett. “A great crowd, what an atmosphere here. A lot of people here to honor a great person and show their respect to his family. It wasn’t about who won tonight. It was about Steve Hall and I think you could see tonight what people thought of him.”

      Hall scored in double gures88 of 96 games in his Wayne Trace playing career, includ- ing all but one in his junior and senior years combined.

    He still holds four career re- cords at the home of the Raid- ers. He is highly ranked in sev- eral others areas but his great- est attribute doesn’t show up anywhere in the record books.   “He was a great teammate,” commented former Raider head coach Al Welch. “Steve

    always put the team rst and that was just the way he was in life. He always put everybody else rst and kept the focus on the team.”   That continued into Hall’s adult life.   Hall’s roommate in college, Kevin Richards, also told of Hall’s decision to leave an en- gineering position to become a teacher.   “He had a great job in en- gineering, traveling across the country as part of his po- sition,” Richards commented. “But he came to me one day

    and said he wanted to give back to society. I tried to talk him out of it, but it is what he wanted to do.”   After Hall had gotten his teacher’s certicate from Ohio Dominican, he did his student teaching with Richards at Grandview Heights.   “He had job offers from every position he interviewed for,” Richards continued. “But he picked Grandview Heights  because it reminded him the most of Payne and Wayne Trace.”   Hall then taught at the home of the Bobcats for 18 years, coaching 16 years of girls ten-

    nis and also coaching in boththe boys and girls basketball  programs.   Richards also announced that a men’s group from Grandview Heights has start- ed a scholarship that will be awarded to a Wayne Trace student in Steve Hall’s honor, another way to remind future Wayne Trace students of the Hall legacy.

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