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More than 19 percent of the Auglaize County population, a total of 8,765 seniors, received Social Security benefits in 2012 â€” but Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said they are not getting the benefits they deserve.
â€śBecause of Social Security, Ohioâ€™s poverty rate for seniors is 8 percent,â€ť Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference call. â€śItâ€™s one of our nationâ€™s best anti-poverty programs and has been for seven decades. Itâ€™s not a hand out, itâ€™s an insurance mechanism.â€ť
Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members approved funding for emergency response agencies to purchase advance warning signs during a regular meeting Wednesday.
The 4-foot square, bright pink signs would warn motorists of emergency scenes ahead to prevent further problems at the location, explained Jim Williams, who chairs the Grants Committee tasked with determining whether or not to allocate funding for the signs.
Looking at the statistics and having talked with foreign companies investing in the Buckeye State, a JobsOhio manager can say with confidence â€” â€śOhio is truly a great place to do business.â€ť
JobsOhio Foreign Direct Investment Manager Mindy McLaughlin addressed more than 100 people at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council annual meeting Wednesday by examining the numbers and the philosophy behind retaining jobs in and attracting jobs to Ohio from foreign firms.
After explaining that
The failure of two property levies and one income tax levy proved moot when Uniopolis village residents approved surrendering the village corporation powers to Union Township.
Forty-nine village residents voted in favoring of unincorporating the village compared to 23 voters against the move. Residents voted against the issue in November 2012.
Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert says he plans to meet with Buckland Village Council members and discuss where to go from here after a levy for fire and EMS services was voted down by residents for the second time on Tuesday.
The 5-year, 3-mill property tax levy for fire and EMS services for the village was defeated 45 to 34, according to unofficial results of Tuesdayâ€™s general election from the Auglaize County Elections Board.
Two incumbents and one former councilor will return to represent Wapakoneta as councilors-at-large when they take the oath of office for their terms starting in January.
Councilor-at-large Dan Graf, who served two terms as 4th Ward councilor and the last term as a councilor-at-large, returns to his seat. He received the most votes with 721.
Unofficial election results courtesy of the Auglaize County Elections Board Office
Wapakoneta City Council (3 elected)
Rachel Barber 687
Tom Finkelmeier Jr. 618
Randy Fisher 647
Dan Graf 721
President of Council Steve Henderson
Treasurer Barbie Steinke
1st Ward Jim Neumeier
2nd Ward Dan Lee
3rd Ward Bonnie Wurst
4th Ward Chad Doll
Cridersville Village Council (4 elected)
Shirley Anderson 192
Bob Conner 181
Paul Lynch 208
Eric West 194
Tony Zuppardo 161
Waynesfield Village Council (4 elected)
Beckie Clarke 64
The Interstate 75 overpass at Bellefontaine Street and even the one at Ohio 67 should be considered for beautification projects to commemorate the areaâ€™s history when they are reconstructed by the state, city officials and administrators say.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and Wapakoneta City Council Councilor-at-large Dan Graf said they plan to initiate a search for grants to improve one, if not both, of the overpasses to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong and
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the history of the region.
With fowl continuing to foul up the city, Wapakoneta city administrators say they hope experts from The Ohio State University have some answers at a seminar later this month.
For years, city residents have complained about the black birds in the late summer and fall taking roost in the tall trees making noise and bird excrement throughout the city, especially near Veterans Memorial Park.
City residents also have complained about Canada geese feces creating problems throughout the city, especially on the sidewalk along the Auglaize River and the midget football practice field.
With Veterans Day approaching, Auglaize County has one more reason to be proud of its military heroes â€” a local veteran is to be honored by the state for his community achievements.
World War II Navy veteran John â€śJackâ€ť Kuffner will be one of 15 Ohio veterans inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame from the class of 2013.
Veterans and their families will be presented with a medal and plaque signifying they are a member of the Hall of Fame.