January 18th, 2013
Motorists are reminded to watch their speed to prevent serious crashes on Ohio roadways.
Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) officials this week warned that excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of traffic crashes.
OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said they are urging all motorists to obey posted speed limits and drive within their abilities.
An area fire department received a generous donation this week — one that will help a four-legged member of the family during a time of emergency.
Baker Animal Hospital, in Cridersville, donated three pet oxygen masks to the Cridersville Fire Department to help assist them in calls involving a pet needing resuscitation.
“These masks will be a valuable tool, if needed, and will give our members the best chance in helping an animal in distress,” Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller said.
Four employees and a union representative met with Auglaize County commissioners John Bergman and Don Regula on Thursday afternoon about their concerns with contract negotiations, which began in early 2012. Two meetings were held in May with a fact finding meeting in July.
If awareness of head injuries had been as focused six years ago as it is now, parent and tennis coach Brice Brenneman says he might have worried more about the three sports concussions his son suffered while in high school.
“The first one was a routine heading in soccer,” Brenneman said. “He came home, got sick, fell asleep. The first one the doctors treated as a fluke.”
The second and third concussions were treated more seriously, leading physicians to recommend he wear a foam padded helmet to play sports.
Auglaize County residents have less than two weeks to purchase their dog tags for 2013 without penalty.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said the tags may be purchased without a late fine through Jan. 31. They may be purchased online, by mail or at a special Saturday sale planned at two locations on Jan. 26.
“We know there are those people who work Monday through Friday,” Bailey said. “We are hoping this helps them get their dog tags purchased before they incur a late fee.”
It is not too late for those who haven’t gotten the flu vaccine to get it, county health officials say.
The Auglaize County Health Department has no more adult vaccine, but has a couple hundred doses of the pediatric version of the vaccine for children ages 6-months to 18-years-old. The adult vaccine is still available at physicians’ offices and pharmacies in the county.
Two Wapakoneta city elected officials expressed a desire for a city administrator to explore putting offices in an existing building as an alternative to including them in the plans for a new building.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members reviewed the Water Treatment Plant and the Water Expansion funds Wednesday which included $350,000 for a possible building next to the new Water Treatment Plant on the south side of U.S. 33. The proposed building would house 10 vehicles, supplies, several offices and restrooms.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen School Board members agreed to put a 4.9-mill renewal levy on the ballot in the May primary election.
The levy, which has been in place since 1988, funds permanent improvements for items such as grounds, buses, equipment, and technology. While voters passed the levy at 4.9 mills, the levy generates approximately $196,000 per year and has rolled back to an effective rate of approximately 3.3 mills, meaning it currently cost a homeowner with a $100,000 home approximately $116 per year.
Estimated resources and permanent appropriations for 2013 were approved Tuesday by Auglaize County Health Board members.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said the department’s overall budget of more than $1.8 million, plus more than $324,390 for Families and Children First, is a decrease of $100,000 from 2012.
“It’s a difference in grants,” Parsons said. “The general fund is about identical.”
A profound artist will soon visit the area to teach about painting.
Steven Walker will lead the 2013 Painting Workshop at Botkins Local School, and this event will be open to the public.
“I’ve taken a class with Steven and can promise you’ll not only leave a better painter, but you’ll enjoy the learning,” Botkins High School art teacher Dan Knepper said.
Any artist is eligible to attend the workshop, as Walker specializes in helping all ability levels.