Archive - May 2013 - News Article
ST. MARYS — The finishing touches are being put on an event that will offer challenges for area anglers as well as a way to help improve the water quality in Grand Lake St. Marys.
The second-ever “Get the Carp Outta Here” tournament is scheduled to take place May 17-19 and will pit anglers against carp. Auglaize-Mercer County Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Donna Grube said the event is drawing interest from across the region.
While the impact seems to vary from store to store, business owners whose shops are located near the roadwork on East Auglaize Street reported their sales have been negatively affected.
The effect on business sales were described anywhere from mild to major, owners said, depending on the location of the shops in relation to the construction.
The Herb Ladies co-owner Treasa Vetrick said business has been cut as much as 50 percent since the road construction began.
WAYNESFIELD — A Waynesfield-Goshen student had an essay she wrote selected as the top in the state from among more than 200 students.
Linda-Carol Spencer, 15, a sophomore, had her essay named as the best among 15 students selected to attend the Ohio Statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest on April 25. The contest is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics.
“I was so humbled to even be there,” Spencer said. “When I was named first place, well, I didn’t expect that at all.”
In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is asking that emergency responders statewide submit information on events planned in their jurisdictions.
“Everyone is kind of on edge again,” said Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee. “Everyone’s sense of awareness is highly elevated.”
The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office is having intermittent phone outages on regular and 911 lines. Administrators have no estimated time when the lines will be fixed.
Sheriff Al Solomon would like to apologize for any inconvenience and would like to request your patience during this problem.
A representative at TSC in Wapakoneta said problems with phone lines earlier today were due to a switch. The problem has since been corrected. Problem were experienced throughout the county at other businesses and residents as well as the sheriff's department.
The decision by Wapakoneta High School administrators to enforce the dress code now that warmer weather — and less clothing — has set in has been met with some students and parents saying they should have been better warned.
Summer Griner was sent home from school Wednesday by school administrators after telling the sophomore her athletic shorts were too short and did not have pockets. She changed and returned to class.
The community gathered Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta for one reason — to pray.
National Day of Prayer was celebrated nationwide Thursday afternoon, and the community of Wapakoneta joined in with their own prayer service that honored everyone in the community, from government officials to military and education personnel to families.
“I came because I believe in the cause,” said Darcy DeLeon, who is a minister at Wapakoneta Community Worship Center and the chaplain at Mercy Unlimited.
BOTKINS — A Botkins resident said the opening on village council was the perfect opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do.
“I wanted to be more active in the community,” Lance Symonds said. “This was something I was looking for.”
Botkins Village Council members unanimously elected Symonds to fill the opening on council at Tuesday’s meeting. The spot came open March 26 after Tammy Granger was hired as village treasurer.
Emergency Management agencies throughout the state are being charged with creating plans to handle exotic animals.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said state officials are requiring such plans be made after more than 50 exotic animals escaped from a farm near Zanesville in October 2011.
Forty-nine of the animals, including tigers, lions, black bears, mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves and a baboon, were killed when law enforcement responded. Six animals, a grizzly bear, leopards and monkeys, were captured alive.
Wapakoneta city officials rejected a proposal to convert the city’s fleet of vehicle to natural gas.
Wapakoneta City Council Utilities Committee members declined to give a favorable recommendation on a written proposal by Dennis Black with King Clean Energy LLC, of Tipp City, who provided documents showing the city would save thousands of dollars switching the city’s vehicles to natural gas from gasoline.