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December 1st

Judge sees little change in budget

December 1, 2014

In a recent meeting with the Auglaize County Commissioners, Municipal Court Judge Gary Herman said his department’s 2015 budget will remain “very close” to this past year’s budget.

The proposed municipal court budget for 2015 is up less than half a percent from last year, going from $310,922 to $311,422. 

Pair of fires fought

December 1, 2014

Wapakoneta firefighters were called to two separate fires that occurred within 24 hours of one another this past weekend.

The cause of a warehouse fire Friday night in Wapakoneta has been determined by fire officials, but another fire that occurred Saturday at a business near the scene of the first blaze is still being listed as undetermined, Wapakoneta Fire Captain Jeff Orphal said.

November 29th

Public defender seeks no change in 2015 budget

November 29, 2014

Auglaize County Public Defender Jerry Siesel told county commissioners there would be no changes to his department’s proposed 2015 budget, but outlined several circumstances that may have an impact on future budgets.

At a recent meeting, Siesel informed the commissioners about three interrelated reforms to Ohio’s indigent defense system, which includes county public defenders, court-appointed counsel and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. 

November 28th

Tradition keeps driver on the track

November 28, 2014

The dirt, the speed, the roaring of engines and the smell of treaded tires is what fuels Joel Ortberg. From the day he was born, racing has been more than just a passion, a hobby for the young Ortberg, it’s in some ways a family tradition. 

A four-generation tradition that is.

W-G finds solution in patrols

November 28, 2014

An agreement between Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office has led to an increased law enforcement presence in the district, and school officials hope this added security measure will work as a deterrent to a potential school shooter or any other criminal activity that could take place in and around the school.

November 26th

Wapakoneta finishes best season in school history

November 26, 2014

With a dominating defense, a versatile offense and sound special teams play, the 2014 Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team was the most accomplished in school history.

The standard this year’s team set is a lofty one for most high school football programs, but it’s a standard future Redskin teams will be expected to exceed moving forward under Travis Moyer, who just completed his first season at the school.

Toys that last a LifeTime

November 26, 2014

Wapakoneta resident Dave Severt doesn’t do it for the money.

As the owner of LifeTime Toys, Severt handcrafts items such as tractors, wagons and jeeps out of wood at his home on Glynwood Road. He then sells them for $25 or $30, depending on how large or detailed the toy is.

Severt, however, said almost all the money he makes on toys goes toward purchasing materials for the next batch of items he will create. 

Thanksgiving thoughts from kindergartners

November 26, 2014

Everyone has their own opinion about what Thanksgiving means to them. They invite family over, or travel miles away to see them, prepare the turkey and enjoy a day off from working the long eight-hour workday.

But what does Thanksgiving mean to a few kindergartners at Wapakoneta Elementary School? 

For Lizzie Childress, Thanksgiving is just as awesome as Christmas, mainly because Thanksgiving is her birthday.

Former Wapakoneta player, coach returns to sidelines

November 26, 2014

MINSTER — Life can throw you all sorts of audibles.

One minute you have your mind set on what you want to do with your life and then comes a 6-foot-3 safety blitzing right up the middle, bearing down as you drop back to launch a deep pass to the end zone.

This is the life of Wapakoneta native and Minster varsity football assistant coach Dustin Dobie, minus the pain of being whacked by that incoming safety.

Still, the metaphor holds its similarities to Dobie’s life.

Benefit to help Botkins pair

November 26, 2014

BOTKINS — Enjoy games, food and music on Saturday at the Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., in Botkins, all while supporting a good cause.

From noon until midnight, a benefit will be held for Corinne Woodruff, a Botkins High School senior with melanoma, and Kevin Orndorff, a cook for the Palazzo who has pancreatic cancer. All are welcome.

There will be a donation at the door. It’s $5 for individuals and $20 for families.

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