February 8th, 2012
A mild winter has left the Auglaize County engineer in a unique predicament of what to do with extra salt.
To date this winter, the county has dispatched snowplow trucks 12 times and spread 923 tons of a stone and salt mixture. At this same time last season, county trucks had been sent out 41 different times and applied 4,132 tons of grit mix.
“We were in the middle of an icing event at this time last year where we experienced heavily packed snow and ice compounded with lower than average temperatures,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.
If an international corporation builds the wind farm north of Wapa-koneta, the towers and blades will stretch more than 40 stories into the sky — visible to people as far away as three miles, members of a new local group say — and they believe local people should have input regarding if the project should proceed or stop.
The group — Auglaize Neighbors United — recently formed to disseminate information to the public about the advantages and disadvantages of wind farms in the area, especially those planned north of Wapakoneta.
A hardworking man, who gave his all no matter what he did will be remembered for that, those who knew Larry Fledderjohann and worked alongside him for years say.
“I met Larry as a board member and he became a very good friend,” Auglaize County Elections Board Chairman Fran Engle said of Fledderjohann who at age 68 died Monday evening at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He had been battling several types of cancer, including spine and brain cancer, for the past nine months.
Discussions regarding the scaling back of an income tax credit to people living in Wapakoneta but working outside the corporation limits are to continue — in committee and before the entire council.
After Wapakoneta City Council members heard a Finance Committee report where the topic was introduced, councilors started to voice their thoughts on the issue in light of general fund expenditures outpacing revenues — and the path the city should take.
Residents and commercial business owners can finally take advantage of a tax advantage pursued by the city for the past three years.
Mayor Rodney Metz announced state officials informed him in a letter received Monday the city’s request for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) tax incentive area was approved. Residents and businesses can now take advantage of the tax credit which was approved by the state on Jan. 24.
Word like parasite, chickabiddy and militant had three young ladies thinking on their toes Monday afternoon.
Three students from New Bremen went head-to-head, as they all took the top three places at the Auglaize County Spelling Bee.
Returning champion, Erin Smith, a fifth-grader at New Bremen Schools took home the first place trophy for the second year in a row, by spelling “romaine” — a type of lettuce — correctly.
“I was nervous, but not that nervous,” Erin said.
Two regular games and five Baker games.
Thatâ€™s all that stands between the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team and an undefeated season.
Well, that and the equally undefeated Versailles Tigers.
Wapak and Versailles head into the final match of the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference season with identical 14-0 records. The Redskins are listed in first place based on total pins this season.
But that wonâ€™t matter when the two teams square off at 1 p.m. Saturday at 20th Century Lanes in Lima.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Jacob Frank scored 31 in a pair of varsity boys basketball contests over the weekend. But the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers split the games, both at home, to fall to 6-9 on the season.
W-G lost a tough one to Northwest Central Conference foe Ridgemont as the Golden Gophers came out on top 63-57 on Friday.
With the scored deadlocked at 29-29 at halftime, Ridgemont outscored the Tigers 17-11 in the third quarter to take a six-point lead.
That would be the final margin as W-G battled but came up short of knocking off the 10-5 Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter.
Fred Cook, 79, of St. Marys, died Monday evening, Feb. 6, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Larry Fledderjohann, 68, of rural New Knoxville, died Monday evening, Feb. 6, 2012 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Vornholt â€“ Miller Funeral Home in New Knoxville.