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November 13th

ACHD adds salary reserve

November 13, 2013

The Auglaize County Health Board approved another deposit to its salary reserve fund.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said the $5,000 will be added to the fund, which they try to keep between $15,000 and $20,000 to pay out of for retirees who have accumulated vacation or sick leave.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Parsons said in the past they have had to pay out as much as $16,000 upon the retirement of a long time employee who had maxed out sick and vacation leave.

GIS offers app

November 13, 2013

As the way people gather information changes with technology, so does the way information is offered to the public.
“We have seen the need for people to access the same kind of data through their smart device,” Auglaize County Geographic Information System (GIS) Director Joe Collin said.
In response, he developed a new online mapping application “app” to be used on those smart devices, from phones to tablets.
“We felt a need to create an application that would work on more than the basic computer with the emergence of mobile devices,” Collin said.

Thefts from cars probed

November 13, 2013

Thefts were reported from three vehicles parked at homes on Lambert Road, St. Marys, during the weekend.
Bradley Keller, 40, 15238 Lambert Road, reported having a $50 pair of binoculars, $30 in cash, $5 in change, and four boxes of ammunition valued at $28 taken from his vehicle.
According to a report from a deputy with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, the items were taken from a 2005 Chevrolet parked in a detached garage. No force was used to gain entry to the vehicle.
The theft occurred between 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

November 12th

'Spitballing' with Lackey

November 12, 2013

The title of a new book focuses on the life of a turn-of-the-century baseball player, but its author says it is so much more than a biography about an athlete.
Long-time newspaper reporter, columnist and editor Mike Lackey, who spent 36 years writing sports for The Lima News, penned a 368-page book about the life of Auglaize County resident Bob Ewing in the book, “Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing.”

Bus safety goes smooth

November 12, 2013

No violations were reported during a recent week of emphasis on school bus safety, an Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) official says.
OSHP Wapakoneta Post Assistant Commander Sgt. Kristina Bennett said troopers followed 110 school buses on portions of their routes and worked school zones during restricted hours as part of National School Bus Safety Week at the end of October.
“There were no violations for passing a stopped school bus witnessed by our troopers and no citations were issued for speeding violations in a school zone,” Bennett said.

Real Money. Real World. hits WMS students

November 12, 2013

Wapakoneta Middle School students got a glimpse of their “real world” future, where taxes, child care and credit debt lie in store for them.
“Real Money. Real World.,” an Ohio State University Extension program, was created to give youth an opportunity to make budgeting decisions in a “real world” simulation.
“This helps teach kids how to man a household, keep a checkbook, learn about taxes and deductions, understand the importance of an education and how that can influence income,” OSU Extension Educator Beth Miller said.

November 11th

Saluting servicemen

November 11, 2013

Three generations of soldiers sat around a table together sharing their memories Saturday night.
They didn’t serve in the same branch of the U.S. military and two of them didn’t know each other before the night began, but their service to their country made them brothers.
Volunteers from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8445, the post’s men’s and women’s auxiliaries and community donors helped bring 175 veterans and their guests together for a special dinner and evening in their honor at the VFW.

Wing Fest’s aim serve those who served

November 11, 2013

For two Wapakoneta businessmen, taking 10 months to organize and coordinate one day of fun for the Wapakoneta area is worth all the days they and their supporters contribute as they make local veterans’ lives easier and more pleasant.

Showing off home inspirations

November 11, 2013

The Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta hosted the third annual “Showcase of Homes,” an event where three Wapakoneta homes opened their doors to the community for a view of the interior remodeling and designs.
WCL member Edna Rayburn said each of the three showcased houses coincidentally were featured in the garden showcase held earlier in the year. Since guests had an outside view, many came back for a view inside the house, as well.

November 8th

Valuing vets

November 8, 2013

The Wapakoneta community came out to honor the nation’s veterans during the Wapakoneta Middle School’s (WMS) annual tribute to local heroes.
“It will never be equal to what they do for us,” WMS Student Council President Katie Engle said. “We want them to know we appreciate what they do for our country.”
She said student council members organized the event to give thanks to veterans’ many sacrifices and she thought the choirs and music were what made the assembly special.
“When every grade started singing, I think that’s what
See VETS, Page 8A

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