Archive - Mar 16, 2012 - News Article
A local farmer will likely see a significant increase in his business expenses in the near future.
Personnel from several different county and state agencies investigated a significant fish kill in Pusheta and Owl creeks on Friday.
Workers from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) gathered at the scene at 9 a.m. after receiving a call about numerous dead fish in the two creeks.
Despite initial concerns about when Auglaize County may be reimbursed for grant-funded renovations at the courthouse, the Auglaize County commissioners no longer are anticipating any delays.
While the commissioners authorized an advance of the $1.16 million which they are still owed from a state grant covering HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and lighting portions of the project, from the countyâ€™s general fund into the countyâ€™s permanent improvement Fund this week, Commissioner Doug Spencer said it was an accounting issue.
In 2009, Rebecca Luthman had numerous luminaria and 14 torches taken out in her name by members of the public and the team formed to support her.
For Melissa Deal, the torches were the most she had ever seen for one person. Deal, who has been involved with the luminaria and the torches for approximately five years, returned this year to organizing the luminaria for the 15th annual Relay for Life.
While the torches have been discontinued, Deal and the rest of the Relay for Life Committee have given a couple twists to the luminaria.
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.