August 16th, 2011
Wapakoneta councilors unanimously agreed Monday night to establish incentives to attract new businesses by designating a community reinvestment area.
The City of Wapakoneta Reinvestment Area was incorporated as the municipal corporation of the city in its entirety. The move allows the city to attract new businesses by offering additional incentives in the form of tax abatements. The investment area also is to allow for abatements for remodeling existing residential dwellings. However, councilor Tom Finkelmeier said the primary focus of the move was made to initiate jobs.
Jeff and Mary Monfort were operating McDonaldâ€™s restaurants out west for some time when a unique opportunity arose for them to open stores in Wapakoneta and Celina in 1995.
That chance has turned into opportunity for many others beyond the thriving business-owning pair that has since opened restaurants in Coldwater and St. Marys as well.
Perhaps the coupleâ€™s business motto has been what has led to their success.
After much discussion, Wapakoneta City Councilors voted to shift money to the Auglaize County Dog Warden during Mondayâ€™s council meeting.
The council agreed to forward $5,000 that had already been set aside in the budget for the purpose of addressing animals running loose in the city to Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey after the recommendation was made by Wapakoneta Health and Safety Committee Chairman Tom Finkelmeier and other members of the committee. The money allotted will assist with staffing.
Robert J. Bayham, 95, 04370 Poppe Road, St. Marys, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He was born March 14, 1916, in Dayton, the son of Flora (Hobler) and Frank Bayham. On Jan. 5, 1946, he married Cecilia M. Bochenek and she died Oct. 3, 2008.
Two homes on Auglaize Street were the center of attention Sunday as the Womenâ€™s Civic League of Wapakoneta held its first Showcase of Homes.
Until this year, the Auglaize County Junior Fair had not hosted an event showing the Meleagris gallopavo. A local poultry club decided to give tradition up â€ścold turkey.â€ť
While the junior fair had hosted an event for breeding turkeys in the past, market turkeys had never been shown at the fair. That is, until this year.
By the way, for those curious, Meleagris gallopavo is the scientific name for wild turkey, which domestic turkeys are descended.
Jim Nowicki, president of the Western Ohio Poultry Club (WOPC), said the event was overdue.
With children soon returning to the classroom, an Auglaize County health official is reminding drivers to be extra cautious and focused on the road.
Citing a report on distracted driving recently released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said too many at the wheel of vehicles are voluntarily diverting their attention by either looking at something else, listening to something else, actively doing something else with their hands, or even thinking about something else while they are driving.
After missing much of the week of practice due to an injury, Waynesfield-Goshen product Joe Horn sat out the Indianapolis Colts preseason-opening 33-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Horn was sidelined by a nagging back injury.
The Colts signed Horn as an undrafted free agent on July 26 after the NFL lockout ended.
Late Sunday night, Horn posted on his Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/SundaysWith16): â€śBack on the field tomorrow #ColtsCamp canâ€™t waitâ€ť
The Wapak Football Parents will be holding a chicken dinner on Friday, Aug. 19 prior to the scrimmage with Minster and Triad.
The dinners are prepared by the American Legion and include a half chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll and butter. The presale ticket price is $7.
Pick up time is 4:30-6:30 at the west entrance to Harmon Field, with drive-up service on Hamilton St.
Come out and enjoy a chicken dinner and cheer on the Redskins! To order tickets call Dorinda Schmerge at 419-236-1531.
Saturday, Aug. 13 is the last day to order tickets.
The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Patrol investigated a one-car crash on U.S. 33 Friday. A passenger in the vehicle was transported from the scene. An officer said a female driver, a male passenger, and a child passenger were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. No other information was available.
Further information revealed that in fact a male driver had been driving the vehicle after investigation was done by the OSP.