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January 4th

Crashes decline

January 4, 2013

Auglaize County followed the trend reported across the state, with the number of traffic crashes reported down during the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Weather is expected to have played a role in the decrease in crashes.

Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) made 115 vehicle contacts this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day compared to 119 last year. Forty-one citations were issued both years. Crashes were down to one from six reported in 2011.

K-9 Max retires

January 4, 2013

A member of an area police department is retiring after many years of dedicated service to the village.

The Cridersville Police Department K-9, Max, began his career with the village in April 2005, and his official retirement day was Jan. 1.

Max is a German shepherd from the Czech Republic and is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension.

“He’s been like a family member to us,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said of Max.

Bids in for county farmland

January 4, 2013

Bids were accepted Thursday by the Auglaize County commissioners for leasing county-owned farmland.

The approximately 72 acres is located near Neil Armstrong Airport, the county airport, east of New Knoxville.

It’s the second parcel of farmland the county owns to be leased for 2013. The other, is approximately 233 acres close to Auglaize Acres, the county’s nursing home, north of Wapakoneta.

Andy Kuck, at $405 per acre, was awarded the lease for the farmland near the Acres. He was one of seven bidders.

January 3rd

Kentner kids complete half-marathon by 12

January 3, 2013

In a place “where dreams come true,” one family has been experiencing just this.

Amy and Matt Kentner’s children, Eli, 14, Olivia, 13, and Emma, 12, have not only had the chance to visit Disney World several times, but they were able to run in a 5K and a half-marathon with their mother and grandparents.

All three of the children will have accomplished a goal — which is running a half-marathon by the age of 12 — and not just any half-marathon, but one in Disney World.

County to have two EOCs by end of month

January 3, 2013

With courthouse renovations complete, two Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) are back in operation in Auglaize County.

Having two such facilities makes Auglaize County a rarity in the state, but local emergency officials say they feel it is necessary.

Rather than designating a primary and a secondary EOC, as previously discussed, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said they will be referred to by the designations east and west.

New Year’s baby born in St. Marys on Jan. 1

January 3, 2013

ST. MARYS — The New Year’s baby for Auglaize County is Atticus Logan Kinsey, born to Chelsie, 23, and Brandon, 30, Kinsey, of St. Marys at 7:33 a.m. Jan. 1. The newborn weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 20 inches long. Atticus Logan was born at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

Chelsie Kinsey said she was playing “Duck-Duck-Goose” with her two children, Cashis, 3, and Mikayla, 7, about five minutes after watching the ball drop in New York City when she went into labor.

January 2nd

Myers named to state committee

January 2, 2013

A local man was recently named to a state committee which will help make recommendations in awarding funds to local and state history projects.

Greg Myers has been named a member to the History Fund Review Committee, as well as part of a panel to help recommend recipients of grant funds for history projects in Ohio.

“I was very honored,” Myers said of the position. “It’s a pleasure to be asked for the first round.”

Deputy retires, reflects on rewards

January 2, 2013

Reflecting on the rewards a law enforcement officer retiring from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office took from the job, the deputy says he always wanted to help somebody.

Rusty Krugh started on the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office auxiliary in 1985 and plans to return to serving on the auxiliary upon his retirement.

Tea and gifts store opens in Wapak

January 2, 2013

Kim Lee, co-owner of LouAnn’s Tea sPot & Gifts, received her inspiration to open the business from a much younger family member.

Lee promised her young niece, Jana Metz, a tea party for her birthday. Lee took her niece and her mother to Eleanor’s Tea Cottage in Troy. The idea for a similar-type business immediately began to form with Lee after the trip.

Lee asked her husband’s aunt, LouAnn Egbert, if she wanted to form a partnership. As a result, the pair opened LuAnn’s on Dec. 4.

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