September 28th, 2012
The highest paid mayor in Auglaize County is not the highest compensated in the county, an investigation into mayoral salaries and benefits show.
St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan is the highest paid with an annual salary of $15,000, followed by Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz with an annual salary of $10,000.
An Auglaize County dispatcher reported to work for the last time Friday — ending nearly a 24-year career with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
Carolyn Zenz, who started more than two decades ago, celebrated her career Friday with former and current dispatchers and deputies at the Sheriff’s Office.
“Carolyn Zenz has been a great asset to this office,” fellow dispatcher Mary Vorhees said.
Her ability to multi-task did not escape the eye of Sheriff Al Solomon.
CRIDERSVILLE — After much research and review, an area tree commission is ready to start on a big project.
Cridersville Tree Commission members are now ready to plant trees on the tree lawn on Main Street in the village.
Tree Commission Vice President Stacey Cook notified Cridersville Village Council members during Thursday’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting that three different species of trees will be planted, which are maple, cherry and snow crab. Cook also is a member of the council.
CELINA — With an estimate of more than 5,000 unsolved homicide cases in the state of Ohio, Attorney General Mike DeWine created a centralized database for unsolved homicides to help local law enforcement solve these crimes.
CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Village Council members and local residents took advantage of a chance to speak their minds on a pressing issue in the village.
Cridersville Village Council Safety Committee members Thursday addressed the ownership and housing of animals within the village.
Before the second reading of an ordinance addressing pit bulls at the last regular council meeting, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake requested councilors table the issue after listening to concerns of the residents.
WAYNESFIELD — Roope Metsa’s experience of being a foreign exchange student at Waynesfield-Goshen High School has produced plenty of positives for all.
Metsa, 18, who is a native of Finland, coming from the city of Jarvenpaa, said the country’s most popular sport is ice hockey and not football — a sport he now plays for the Tigers.
Due to the recent rain the past three days, the bonfire and associated activities at Harmon Field have been canceled for tonight. It was supposed to start at 7:40 p.m. at the football field and move to the softball diamond to the east of the Wapakoneta WaterPark. Organizers thought it best to cancel the event to the wet ground and mud in the area.
NEW HAMPSHIRE — While an investigation is incomplete, a fire that caused extensive damage to a residence at 13290 McBeth Road in New Hampshire Wednesday night appears to have been caused by an overloaded circuit at an electrical outlet.
Wayne Township Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 8:52 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a fire at the residence to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
Wapakoneta City Schools expenditures and revenue are both anticipated to remain relatively flat for the next three years, the district’s superintendent reported during a monthly financial report this week.
Superintendent Keith Horner in presenting the information to the district’s Board of Education members showed actual operating expenditures for fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012 as compared to operating revenues during those same years. Then he compared them to estimated expenditures and revenues for 2013 through 2015.
The Pumpkin Prize Patrol will soon be driving through the streets of Wapakoneta looking for the most “spooky” scene.
This is the seventh year for the Orange Light District, and local residents are invited to decorate their homes in orange lights and Halloween decorations to celebrate the upcoming holiday.
Anyone that lives in Wapakoneta is eligible to compete, by participating for a chance to win prizes.