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December 26th

Ex-employee sues village over firing

December 26, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — The actions of a few Waynesfield Village Council members have led to litigation against the village from a former council member.

Former council member and part-time worker Howard Traucht is suing the Village of Waynesfield after an ordinance, spearheaded by council member Richard Hardin, was passed at a September village council meeting. 

Treasurer notes lower ’15 budget

December 26, 2014

Auglaize County Treasurer April Bowersock proposed a budget for 2015 that is 4 percent less than last year during a recent meeting with the county commissioners. 

The largest drop is under the line item for contract services, which decreased from $25,000 in 2014 to $20,000 in 2015. 

“Contract services dropped because we’re not paying bank fees, which was a large chunk of that expense,” Bowersock said.

Health board disputes results of national poll

December 26, 2014

When it comes to fighting infectious diseases, Ohio is one of the worst prepared states, according to a new national report.

Non-profit groups Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used 10 indicators to judge all states’ abilities to prevent, detect, diagnose and respond to outbreaks. According to the report, Ohio only met three of the 10, ranking it, along with six other states, just one point above the worst state, Arkansas.

December 23rd

Bluffton tops Wapakoneta in overtime

December 23, 2014

A 3-pointer by Bluffton’s Bret Rumer with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 46-46, and the undefeated Bluffton Pirates emerged from overtime with a 59-53 win Tuesday over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a non-league varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.

The Redskins had a five-point lead with 2:39 left in the game and attempted to exhaust the remaining time, but a missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Pirates possession with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Good tidings at the pump

December 23, 2014

Motorists in Wapakoneta and the surrounding area are getting a nice Christmas gift this season with gas prices down dipping below $2.00 at the pump for the first time in years.

Actually, it has been the first time since the middle of 2009 that gas prices have been this low, right in the middle of the Great Recession. 

Trees’ fate left at the curb

December 23, 2014

While many have opted for an artificial Christmas tree to help celebrate the holiday season, some still find value in purchasing a real tree, complete with the fresh pine smell and allure of Christmases past, long before the advent of fake trees.

Real trees look and smell great, but they don’t last.

So what happens to them when Christmas ends?

Festival hosts three local choirs

December 23, 2014

Wapakoneta, Botkins and Waynesfield-Goshen are among 27 area high school choirs performing in the annual WTLW TV-44 Holiday Music Festival.

The program, which lasts four hours, will run at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 7 a.m. and noon on Christmas Day.

Over the course of three days, Dec. 10, 11 and 12, the choirs came to the TV station in Lima to have their performances recorded, the station’s Director of Marketing Jennifer Beck said. 

Officer, Firefighter of the Year named

December 23, 2014

Praising the Wapakoneta Police and Fire departments as “second to none,” VFW Commander Delmar Merricle on Monday presented officer Shannon Place and firefighter Zach Heinfeld with the VFW awards for Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year. 

Couple brings hope to local families

December 23, 2014

Some people may call it God’s work that these are just good people, or it is just what you do for Christmas.

John and Grace Puskar are more like guardian angels who saved Christmas for many strangers.

Village OKs deal with AEP

December 23, 2014

CRIDERSVILLE — The Village of Cridersville and American Electric Power Company have come to an agreement allowing AEP to stay on the village’s land for another six months, while guaranteeing the village monetary gains once the company is done.

On Monday, Cridersvile Village Council held a special meeting with representatives from AEP to finalize and ultimately come to an agreement on a new deal. 

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