Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
Tending to plants including tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, beans and corn, a Wapakoneta teenager says a garden in a community plot behind the local high school is teaching her responsibility.
In the mornings, her friend, Megan Steinke, waters and cares for the plants, and in the evenings, itâ€™s Courtney Hamel. The two Wapakoneta High School junior FFA members thought it would be a neat experience taking care of their own garden in newly dedicated community plots.
â€śSo far, our plants arenâ€™t growing like the others are but we started later, itâ€™s just taking a while,â€ť Courtney said.
The roots into Southern Gospel music run deep for the tenor of a group serving as headliner for the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.
When David Sutton was 10, he began playing the drums for Watchman Quartet, who were out of Goldsboro, N.C., where he grew up. His father sang for the group, and David was inspired to become a vocal artist at a young age.
When he was 15, David sang with the Kingsmen Quartet during one of the performances.
â€śThere was something about that night that showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,â€ť Sutton said.