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March 16th

Portman balks at bill: Portman, Brown split vote on transportation bill

March 16, 2012

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.

Intern learns law hands on

March 16, 2012

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.”

Vining makes Hills inviting

March 16, 2012

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.

March 15th

Gain a sharper focus: WAEDC works to make message clearer on JRS site

March 15, 2012

With certification from the state and now certification from a major transportation company, a greater effort needs to be placed on sharpening the message about Wapakoneta’s new industrial park, a business organization member says.

The city’s 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center received the Ohio Department of Development’s Job Ready Sites certification in October 2010, one of the first five in the state, and in February CSX Corp. certified the site under its new Select Sites program, one of  first five in the country.

Faber backs vicious change

March 15, 2012

A state politician disagrees with the opinions of local dog wardens of the effect new legislation regarding “vicious” dogs will have on the number of attacks at the hands of pit bulls.

State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, said the state’s new legislation to remove the automatic labeling of pit bulls as a “vicious dog” was based on overwhelming evidence presented to Ohio Judiciary Committee members during fact-finding. Faber, who is a Celina attorney, is a member of the committee. The committee is chaired by state Sen. Barbara Sears, R-Sylvania.

Brown urges curb on crude speculation

March 15, 2012

A U.S. senator from Ohio urged a federal commission to do more to curb speculation in the crude oil market.

“It’s extremely troubling to see Wall Street continue to make things worse through its risky speculation of the oil markets,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference. “Every time there is a fire at a refinery or an outage on a pipeline or turmoil in the Middle East, every time that happens, Wall Street and the oil industry use it as an opportunity to spike prices.”

March 14th

‘Vicious’ cycle: State, local officials disagree over new law

March 14, 2012

In light of a recent pit bull attack on its owner in Celina, an Auglaize County official says state legislators may have acted irresponsibly by eliminating the “vicious dog” label on pit bulls in a new state letter.

What native is on game show? Wright!

March 14, 2012

A Wapakoneta native will be putting his knowledge to the test, as he will be a contestant on an episode of Jeopardy that airs Monday.

Alex Wright, who had went through the show’s multi-step tryout process, was selected to fly to Los Angeles to film the show.

Being on Jeopardy had been one of the 2002 Wapakoneta High School graduate’s dreams.

Health Dept. projects cuts in 2013 budget

March 14, 2012

A projected budget for 2013, annual confidentiality statements for employees, and a less expensive copier lease proposal were all approved Tuesday by the Auglaize County Health Board members.

The local Health Board is required to submit a proposed budget for 2013 to the state by the first Monday in April.

“It’s a guessing game,” said Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons, who based the projected budget on this year’s numbers.

March 13th

W-G super hired: Pfister can remove interim for top post title

March 13, 2012

Chris Pfister can remove interim from his title.

During their meeting Monday, Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members officially hired Pfister officially as its superintendent.

“When I came to Waynesfield, I did not know what to expect,” Pfister said. “I knew there were community issues and obviously financial issues with the recent buy-out and reduction-in-force. I also knew that the board was very concerned with academic achievement and fiscal stability, their top two goals for 2011-12.

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