July 26th, 2012
Local fans probably have seen this Wapakoneta man on the basketball court a hundred times. But most have probably never noticed him. He’s the proverbial unsung hero of high school sports.
His tools? A whistle and a striped shirt.
He is the referee.
Meet Steve Trout. Today he is the newest member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame and resident of Wapakoneta. Steve has been officiating basketball for more than 35 years.
The Auglaize County commissioners continue to explore their options for funding the construction of a new dog shelter.
“We are still trying to figure out where we are at financially with the building,” Commissioner Doug Spencer told Dog Warden Russ Bailey during a meeting this week. “We are looking at whether any advance is possible toward the Dog and Kennel Fund. There is still the potential that we may not be able to advance you but the need for a shelter has not lessened. Borrowing money for it may be the only viable option we have.”
A new state law addressing dangerous and nuisance dogs is keeping the Auglaize County dog warden busy.
Dog Warden Russ Bailey said he has been “very, very busy” since the new law took effect May 22.
“We’ve made six notifications so far,” Bailey said during a regular monthly meeting this week with the Auglaize County commissioners. “One was for a nuisance dog, the others were for dangerous dogs.”
He said five bites came from pit bulls.
Federal assistance and money are available for Ohioans whose homes were foreclosed in 2009 and 2010, a U.S. legislator says in his personal push to notify 140,000 people in his home state who may qualify for a free review.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown revisited the issue after only 6,000 of the 140,000 eligible Ohioans initiated the free Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) process and because Congress extended the review deadline for a final time to Sept. 30.
A former state official recently returned to the political limelight to support a new tax initiative proposed by the current governor.
Former state Agriculture Director Fred Dailey favors Gov. John Kasich’s plan to raise taxes on natural gas and oil production in the state to offset the effects on the state budget by his proposal to reduce and eliminate the state’s income tax. The proposed tax on natural gas and oil production would only affect large producing wells.
Air freight travel is the busiest it’s been in years at the Neil Armstrong Airport.
“June was the busiest month we have had in 6 to 8 years,” Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. “It was a great month for us.”
A regular act at the Auglaize County Fair’s Gospel Tent has been busier than ever during the past year and is looking forward to their annual performance to help kick off the fair’s festivities.
Just Us Quartet, who has been singing together for 12 years, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.
Just Us Quartet sings a variety of styles, including gospel, while sharing their faith through music. The local quartet from Wapakoneta, is a regular at the Gospel Tent.
Henry Charles Klima, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Wapakoneta, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012.
He was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Wapakoneta, the son of the late Loretta (Ritchie) and Henry Klima. His loving wife of 42, years, Cynthia Sue Klima, survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Kristine Graney, Mona Adams, Tina Vesecky, and Valerie Seed; a son, Henry Charles Klima II; seven grandchildren Erika, Serena, Jessica, Bradley, Jacob, Katie and Henry III; two sisters; and six brothers.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Klima and Donald Klima.
Helen Brown-Deerhake, 87, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:17 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Hospital, in Lima.
She was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Jennings Township, Putnam County, to Olga (Wreede) and Carl E. Kloeppel. On Nov. 24, 1946, she married Jacque Brown, who died June 3, 1981. On May 12, 1983, she married Louis Deerhake, who died June 2, 1990.
WAYNESFIELD – A pair of Waynesfield Village Council members Monday took aim at eliminating health insurance benefits for the mayor or any other elected village official, but they fell a vote short of a tie.
During Monday’s meeting, councilor Bill Motter made a motion to eliminate insurance for the mayor, which was seconded by Cheryl Jerew. Mayor Mike Ridenour is the only village elected official who receives any benefits paid by the village. Motter stipulated that if the motion passed that it be as an emergency, or that it would take effect immediately.