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June 15th, 2012

Board preparing polling places

June 15, 2012

Auglaize County Election Board members are taking steps now to get into compliancy for voters with disabilities before the November presidential election.

“We have to have all the polling locations in compliance before the next election,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said of a list of areas still needing improvement as pointed out in a recent letter from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.

Locals warned of new scams

June 15, 2012

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is, a local law enforcement authority says.

Wapak-oneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said he can’t emphasize that piece of advice enough when it comes to criminals trying to cash in on unsuspecting residents.

He said it’s what his officers hear all the time when taking reports on Internet and phone scams and schemes being used to try and get personal information or money.

BASEBALL: Wapak ACME edges St. Marys

June 15, 2012

 

What a difference a week makes.

Seven days ago, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team sent rival St. Marys home with its tail between its legs thanks to a 17-0 shellacking at K.C. Geiger Park.

Thursday at Wapakoneta High School, St. Marys jumped all over Wapak starting pitcher Andrew Hines for four first-inning runs.

But Hines settled down and Wapakoneta chipped away at the St. Marys lead to pull out a 5-4 win.

Wapak improved to 5-0 on the season.  St. Marys is 3-4.

June 14th

‘Land’ing dream job: Teacher known for rockets, tree plantings retires

June 14, 2012

A recently retired Wapakoneta Elementary School third-grade teacher knew back in the sixth grade that she wanted to teach.

“I had the same teacher for fifth and sixth grades (a looping class) and I guess she impressed me enough to want to go into education,” said Yvonne Cook, who began teaching fifth grade in 1977 at Centennial Elementary School.

Brown favors Senate Farm Bill

June 14, 2012

With one in seven Ohio jobs and more than 16 million American jobs tied to farming, a U.S. lawmaker favors passage of the Senate’s 2012 Farm Bill which calls for only $23 billion in cuts — not as drastic as two House proposals — and should help with job creation and economic relief.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown outlined provisions in the legislation — the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 — that would replace direct payments with a market-based system and would boost local food production for sale directly to consumers.

Art camp inspires children

June 14, 2012

Young artists have the opportunity this week to express themselves at a local art camp.

The Riverside Art Center, in Wapakoneta, is hosting an art camp at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ this week where the students can work with clay, paints and oils.

“The whole focus is to give them inspiration and to let them use their own imagination,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director and art camp co-instructor Anna Fisher said. “We want them to make it their own piece.”

June 13th

BASEBALL: Wapak ACME rallies past Minster

June 13, 2012

For four innings, Wapakoneta’s big bats were quiet.

Too quiet.

In the fifth and sixth innings, they started to make some noise.

A lot of noise.

Brandon Miller and Chandler Kaeck, Wapak’s fourth and fifth hitters, combined to drive in six runs in two innings as Wapak rallied from behind for an 8-4 win over Minster in a key ACME baseball game Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.

Miller and Kaeck were a combined 0-for-4 through four innings as Minster jumped out to a 4-1 lead.

Bedding on loans: Sale of beds at Acres could pay back loan

June 13, 2012

A plan to sell the rights to 40 beds could give Auglaize Acres the money needed to pay back the county for money borrowed several years ago.

That’s the hope, said Acres Administrator Connie Pierce, who would at least like to pay a portion of the money owed if proceeds from the sale are not enough to pay it all.

Health Board renews contracts

June 13, 2012

As contracts for a family planning pharmacist and school nursing services were renewed, plans were made to replace an administrative position with the Auglaize County Health Department.

During a regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Auglaize County Health Board accepted the retirement of Kelli Roettger, accounts clerk III, effective Sept. 1.

Roettger, who has been employed with the Health Department for 33 1/2 years, said the decision to retire was a tough one.

OT hours under review

June 13, 2012

BOTKINS — After discussing employees’ pay and hours for more than 60 minutes Thursday, Botkins Village Council members tabled closing a loophole in the way employees can claim work hours.

Councilors spent a large amount of time trying to come up with a solution to the way employee vacation and sick time can be used in conjunction with overtime hours that are received every three weeks. Currently, three village workers work a regular 40-hour week plus must work a mandatory two hours of overtime every third weekend.

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