Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol and firefighters with the St. Johns Fire Department responded to a crash near the intersection of Wapak-Fisher Road and U.S. 33 at approximately 11:30 a.m Thursday.
A passerby driving a semi-tractor trailer noticed a gray Chrysler New Yorker with Auglaize County plates setting off of the road on the bank of the pond on the south side of U.S. 33 in front of a trailer park. Officials at the scene found a female motorist unconscious and did not know how long she had been sitting there in a clump of trees.
BOTKINS â€” A Botkins man has finally decided to step down from a local business that he had been running since 1978.
Sixty nine-year-old Ron Steinke recently decided to retire from the family business with his last day coming last week. However, Steinkeâ€™s Marathon Service station will remain under the Steinke banner, as his sons, Steve, 38, and Andy, 40, will continue to run the business that has been in the family for more than 100 years.
Board members of a local economic development organization faced a decision of teaming up with Toledo or Dayton as part of regionalization of Gov. John Kasichâ€™s JobsOhio reform of Ohioâ€™s government.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins school board members officially chose a dollar amount to ask from district voters to build approximately $23.3 million worth of new school facilities.
Botkins Schools Board of Education members will seek the issuance of bonds totaling $6.95 million to pay the 25 percent local share of the construction in November. That total also includes locally funded initiatives not paid for under the yet-to-be-signed official agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) and money for land acquisition costs.
ST. MARYS â€”Â Sunny skies and calm waters brought a slew of boaters and campers to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park for the holiday weekend.
â€śIt was a good weekend,â€ť Park Manager Brian Miller said. â€śThe campground was at 90 percent occupancy, which is the best weâ€™ve seen since Memorial Day weekend. Boat traffic was well above what it was â€”Â we had people tubing, skiing and people using boaters beaches for swimming. There also was a lot of fishing, having picnics and people enjoying the area.â€ť
The Auglaize County commissioners are looking for someone to serve on the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties.
The four-year term is to replace the Rev. Steve Nelson, whose term has expired.
The boardâ€™s mission is to â€śreach out and provide vital prevention and treatment services to every resident,â€ť board Executive Director Mike Schoenhofer said
The Cridersville Firemenâ€™s Jamboree will include something for everyone of all ages this Friday and Saturday, as event organizers work to make it bigger and better each year.
This will be the 47th year for the Jamboree, and Cridersville Fire Chief Ron Mertz said there will be fun for all ages at this annual fundraiser for the fire department.
â€śItâ€™s a neat event for everyone, and there is a little bit of everything for everyone,â€ť Mertz said. â€śItâ€™s a small-town type of atmosphere, but has a great feel.â€ť
Fewer than 11 miles of county roadway is scheduled for resurfacing in 2011.
â€śItâ€™s the fewest number of miles weâ€™ve paved since 1984,â€ť Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said as he submitted plans to the Auglaize County commissioners this week. â€śIf we stay at that, weâ€™ll have a 30-year rotation on county roads. Roads we paved this year, we wouldnâ€™t be back to resurface again until 2041.â€ť
The single bid submitted for the work was for a little more than $1 million from Shelly Corporation, of Findlay. It includes all materials needed for the resurfacing.
From the time Maverick Liles was young boy, he knew somehow he was going to be involved in the agricultural industry.
â€śBefore we moved here, we lived close to my grandparents,â€ť the 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate said. â€śThey had a 1,200-acre crop farm and a swine farm. I spent a lot of time there. I still work there two or three days a week.â€ť
This yearâ€™s annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival was deemed an overall success by organizers as the event culminated with a fireworks display Monday night.
â€śWe had a few spells of high heat, but overall the weather cooperated very well,â€ť St. Joe Fourth of July past chair Tom Vehorn said. â€śWe had a large crowd that was very enthusiastic in participating in the different events we had.â€ť
Vehorn said the motorcycle poker run that began at 1 p.m. Monday was well attended, as well as the kiddie tractor pulls held Monday and the tractor and truck pull held Sunday.