March 16th, 2012
Ohio’s two U.S. senators agree Ohio’s and the nation’s highway system needs major repairs and upgrades, but they split their vote on a two-year, $109 billion federal transportation bill which passed the Senate on Wednesday.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman supported the bill’s aim, but he balked at increasing the national deficit to fund the infrastructure improvements bill. He was one of 22 senators to vote against the bill.
Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple’s office recently took on two new interns — two German students who are digging deeper into their law studies.
Twenty-year-old Isabel Lischewski, who attends the University of Muenster, in Germany, came to Wapakoneta to study common law and experience law hands-on.
“I liked working with Judge Pepple,” Lischewski said. “He had interesting tasks for me, and he made an effort to explain stuff, like why he did what he did.”
A former local resident does everything she can think of to make family trips as enjoyable as they can be.
Her dedication has paid off.
Elizabeth Vining, 44, of Laurelville, recently earned the “Hospitality Hero of the Year” award at the 24th annual Hocking Hills Tourism Association Dinner in Logan held in February.
Vining said she felt privileged to be recognized for her efforts.
With certification from the state and now certification from a major transportation company, a greater effort needs to be placed on sharpening the message about Wapakoneta’s new industrial park, a business organization member says.
The city’s 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center received the Ohio Department of Development’s Job Ready Sites certification in October 2010, one of the first five in the state, and in February CSX Corp. certified the site under its new Select Sites program, one of first five in the country.
A state politician disagrees with the opinions of local dog wardens of the effect new legislation regarding “vicious” dogs will have on the number of attacks at the hands of pit bulls.
State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, said the state’s new legislation to remove the automatic labeling of pit bulls as a “vicious dog” was based on overwhelming evidence presented to Ohio Judiciary Committee members during fact-finding. Faber, who is a Celina attorney, is a member of the committee. The committee is chaired by state Sen. Barbara Sears, R-Sylvania.
Two Wapakoneta Redskins boys basketball opponents will square off for a trip to the state boys basketball tournament and a third is one step away from doing the same.
The Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds knocked off Worthington Christian 57-40 in the first Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at Bowling Green State University. Then the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans routed New London 55-27 in the second.
A U.S. senator from Ohio urged a federal commission to do more to curb speculation in the crude oil market.
“It’s extremely troubling to see Wall Street continue to make things worse through its risky speculation of the oil markets,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference. “Every time there is a fire at a refinery or an outage on a pipeline or turmoil in the Middle East, every time that happens, Wall Street and the oil industry use it as an opportunity to spike prices.”
Donald E. Miller Sr. 80, of Uniopolis, died at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
He was born July 20, 1931, in Lima, the son of Pearl Arizona (Roberts) and John Lawrence Miller, who are both parents are deceased. On Jan. 15, 1949, he married his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Shirley Ann Jackson. She survives in Uniopolis.
Tina M. Phlipot 50, 801 Manier Ave., Piqua, died at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minster.
She was born March 19, 1961, in Lima, to Sandra (Reineke) and John Eilerman, who survivie in Minster.
Janice Olive Metz, 82, of Botkins, died Sunday, March 11, 2012.
She was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Buckland, the daughter of Lucina (Agner) and Glen Sprague, On June 12, 1949, she married the love of her life, Victor Leroy Metz, a World War II veteran, they shared 62 years together, and he survives.