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Cuts for court: Decreases reflected in Common Pleas budget

December 29, 2011

The proposed budget for Auglaize County Common Pleas Court is expected to decrease by more than $17,300 in 2012 with some unknowns in a few areas.
The decrease is reflected in salaries due to a retirement but the request actually accounts for a 3 percent pay raise for remaining employees in the office.
The proposed employee salaries line item at $144,225 is $14,800 less than 2011 with decreases also seen in worker’s compensation and PERS for a total proposed budget of $232,934 in 2012.

SWCD requests the same in 2012

December 29, 2011

For its county portion of funding, the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District requested the same amount in 2012 that it received in 2011.
District Administrator Nancy Fisher explained they get a flat amount from the Auglaize County commissioners each year — in 2012 they are again requesting $139,653 — with the state providing a matching percentage.
“Last year it was 78 percent, sometimes its more, sometimes its less, we never know what we’re going to get until July,” Fisher said.

Kay Guyer, 57

December 29, 2011

Kay I. Guyer, 57, formerly of 00855 Noble Road, St. Marys, died at 7:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born July 5, 1954 in Huntingdon, Pa., to Irene (Rutherford) and J. Ralph Bowser.
Surviving is a son, Charles Guyer, of Huntingdon, Pa.
Private family services will be held. Burial will take place in Huntingdon, Pa.
Online condolences may be expressed at millerfuneralhomes.net.
Arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.

Lola Brautigam, 83

December 29, 2011

Lola M. Brautigam 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Fort Recovery, to Zella and Floyd Eichenauer, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 27, 1963, she married Donald Brautigam and he survives in Wapakoneta.

December 28th

Vicky J. Kiefer, 50

December 28, 2011

Vicky J. Kiefer, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at5:19 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2001, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 6, 1961, in Madison County, Ind., the daughter of J. Wanda (Robertson) and Kimley Douglas, who preceded her in death. On May 5, 2000, she married Barry A. Kiefer, and he survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Jason Brewer, of Columbus; three grandchildren, Cameron Rose, Chase Rose, and Lily Rose; a brother, Steve Douglas, of Indiana; and a sister, Judy Gerard, of Elwood, Ind.

Marie E. Bilyj, 88

December 28, 2011

Marie E. Bilyj, 88, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Dover, N.H., died at 6:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Otterbein Cridersville.
She was born July 10, 1923, in Crawfordsville, Ind., the daughter of Clenna (Odle) and George Galloway, who preceded her in death.
She was married to Stephen A. Bilyj for 34 years, and he died Sept. 5, 1998.

Florence C. Wireman, 78

December 28, 2011

Florence C. Wireman, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Alger, the daughter of Nellie (Williams) and Harry Coppler, who preceded her in death. On March 3, 1949, she married John F. Wireman, who died Feb. 21, 2003.

BASKETBALL: Redskins' rally falls apart as Flyers pull out win

December 28, 2011

Fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the Wapakoneta Redskins’ 56-42 loss to the Marion Local Flyers on Tuesday night, Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen still hadn’t emerged from the home lockerroom.

Once he did, Allen knew what the first question was going to be.

“It was the call,” Allen said.

“The call” was what Allen would later describe as a “phantom charge” against senior guard Tasha Helmstetter.

BASKETBALL: Rockets batter Trojans

December 28, 2011

BOTKINS — The Anna Rockets girls basketball team remained undefeated by easily taking care of Botkins in a 58-35 win Tuesday.

Anna jumped out to a big lead early, capturing an 18-7 lead in the first period and never looked back.

“They are a very good team,” Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. “They get up and down the court in a hurry. We were able to force them into some outside shots but it wasn’t enough.”

Anna’s quickness got them plenty of second shots, as they pulled down 13 offensive rebounds in the contest.

Director retires: County office holder to work up until last minute

December 28, 2011

One county office holder is anticipating what he may do when he retires. However, he anticipates working right up to the last minute for those he serves.
Auglaize County Veteran’s Service Commission Director Doug Howard maintained his work pace at the office on Tuesday as the minutes tick down to his last at 4:30 p.m Friday.
“They are working me right up to the end,” Howard said with a little chuckle.
Howard, who has served eight years as director at the Veteran’s Service Commission, said he could not imagine a more rewarding job.

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