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Auglaize County ended 2012 by shaving more than 1 percent off its unemployment rate during a 12-month period.
In data released Tuesday, Auglaize County recorded an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in December, up slightly from the 4.7 percent it recorded in November. In 2011, Auglaize County ended the year with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) Executive Director Greg Myers said the decline in the past year and the past month is a good thing because more people are back to work.
As the Auglaize County commissioners plan to move forward with construction of a dog shelter this year, talks of different ways to scale back costs are being discussed.
“Off and on we have been working on this for the last several years,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “It’s been way too long, but it is hard to justify the last bid amount we got for a dog pound.”
Bergman explained to date they yet to receive any reasonable, good bids on the proposed 2,200-square foot project.
The family of a longtime Auglaize County sheriff honored him by giving to a program to help area children.
“Every year, at our Christmas party, in lieu of buying gifts for each other, my family donates to a needy cause,” said Janice Longsworth, the wife of former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry Longsworth, who died in June after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Through the support of the community, a local facility is able to change lives for the better.
As a leading non-profit for strengthening the community, financial gifts given to the Wapakoneta Family YMCA will help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
With the cold temperatures in the air, people are dressing in more layers and are more cautious of exposure to the outside environment.
In addition with being conscious of the winter weather, there are many safety precautions to take when it comes to heath and safety.
When it comes to snow and ice, a local fire chief notes the proper way to walk without falling and slipping.
“Footwear is definitely a big issue,” Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. “Wear something that has traction when walking on ice.”
A fund dealing with the initial costs for city’s costliest sewer project in history is healthy as it is expected to top $1 million in 2013, a Wapakoneta City Council committee chair says.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week approved several personnel matters including, the resignations of Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex and Wapakoneta High School Secretary Jennifer Adkins.
Rex’s resignation is effective Feb. 1, while Adkins’ was effective Jan. 22.
Rex, who has been with the district 16 years, seven of which he spent as high school principal, plans to start in his new position as superintendent of Archbold Area Schools on Feb. 4.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members and community volunteers were recognized for their service to youth.
In the first of a new recognition for volunteers in the district, Linda and Terry Blosser were honored Tuesday during the school board meeting with a plaque for 30 years of devotion to students through the Octagon Club.
“You are two tremendous people who have impacted a lot of lives,” Superintendent Keith Horner said in introducing the Blossers.
Preliminary analysis of a 14-month wind study shows a new General Electric (GE) turbine at 80 meters could generate enough electrical power for Wapakoneta to justify the costs and provide cost-efficient energy for the city’s consumers.
North Coast Wind & Power Managing Director Tom Williams explained his firm’s findings to Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting in council chambers. He provided a summary of the firm’s results from a wind study conducted between April 2011 and May 2012.
Three Waynesfield-Goshen High School students, along with the help of some graduates, have turned a family’s musical background into a band.
A year later they can claim they are even No. 1, according to one poll’s ranking.
Last winter, Joliffe Huber, 17, a junior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, was jamming with his brother-in-law, Devin Shobe, 24, in the top of the barn at Huber’s home.
Within 45 minutes, the pair had written its first song, “I’m Keeping Me.” Immediately they decided it was time to form a band.