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January 29th

Botkins joins towns lacking road salt

January 29, 2014

BOTKINS — At a regular Botkins Village Council meeting, Village Administrator Jesse Kent addressed council with concerns about the village roadways.

“County Engineer Bob Geuy said at this point there’s no more salt to be had,” Kent said. “We’re under a statewide shortage. We’re going to make do with what we have.”

If there is an urgent need for salt, Kent said the village will be able to get by. He said the village still has a sufficient supply of grit.

January 28th

Waynesfield OKs survey on gas pipeline

January 28, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield Village Council approved a survey to assess the community’s response to a proposal to construct a natural gas pipeline through the village.

At a council meeting Monday night, Orwell Natural Gas Co. representative Giselle Felice proposed a plan that would cost $3.5 million dollars for the first phase of construction on the pipeline. The proposal also required that 75 percent of homeowners in Waynesfield sign up for natural gas before the project can proceed.

Icy interstate blamed for pair of mishaps

January 28, 2014

Two accidents resulting in serious damages were reported over the weekend in Auglaize County by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Three commercial vehicles were involved in an accident near milepost 108 on I-75 at 9:46 a.m. on Saturday in Pusheta.

Michael Hartopp, 28, of Florida, was driving a Freightliner Cascadia cargo van and traveling 45 mph in a 70 mph zone when William Roache, 62, of Dayton, driving a Freightliner Cascadia cargo van, lost control on the ice covered roadway and slid into Hartopp. Roache was traveling 45 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Dog ward nears completion

January 28, 2014

The new Auglaize County Dog Ward is nearing completion.

Located behind the Auglaize County Sheriff’s building, which is on Dearbaugh Avenue, the dog ward is accessible through the entrance to the Fairgrounds.

Auglaize County Dog Warden, Russ Bailey, said he hopes to be moved in within three weeks.

“We’re getting really close, our hope is within a couple of weeks to be operating here,” he said.

January 27th

Kindergartner loves math, spending time with friends

January 27, 2014

No matter where six-year-old Wapakoneta Elementary School student Brayden Opperman is — whether it’s school, the park or his own backyard — you can always find him on the slides.

“I really like to play outside,” Brayden said. “I go down the slide tons of times.”

At his house, Brayden has two slides that are connected by a bridge that his dad built for him. One of those slides runs into his trampoline, which Brayden said he really enjoys. He also has a rock climbing wall in his backyard.

Franchise opportunities

January 27, 2014

Between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2014, Walmart has offered Maggie Wannemacher, founder of PC-ER, LLC, an opportunity to open 20 veteran-operated franchises in Ohio.

PC-ER, LLC stands for personal computer and equipment repair, and according to Wannemacher, is a business opportunity for veterans or veteran’s family members interested in technology repair.

Firefighters go in for the chill

January 27, 2014

CELINA —  At 6 a.m. Sunday morning, the small access road located to the left of Trenary Hall at the Lake Campus, and winding back all the way to the ice-covered lake, was plowed and clear of snow as area first responders took to the frigid waters for an annual training session. 

January 24th

Firefighter files suit in federal court

January 25, 2014

The case of a Wapakoneta fire captain who was demoted to firefighter and later fired has gone to the next level.

Tom Stinebaugh, who was demoted in March, 2012, and fired that September, has filed a civil suit in federal court.

Stinebaugh was a fire captain at the beginning of 2012, but was demoted to firefighter in March of that year.

The city claimed that Stinebaugh, without authorization, spoke out to council members against the city’s decision to spend $476,000 to purchase a heavy rescue fire truck.

Fun and sharing in the kitchen

January 24, 2014

After all of the food had been tasted, the awards had been handed out and everyone was cleaning up to leave the Kids in the Kitchen cooking contest, Garrett Etzkorn, 12, helped show what the event was all about.

Although Etzkorn did not win, he marched over to the overall winner, Robbie Lynch, 8, and shook his hand to congratulate him and have a chat.

According to Karie Maurer-Enneking, Youth Services Coordinator at the Auglaize County Public Library, she wants to offer opportunities for kids to come together and share cooking tips with each other.

Sertoma plans chili event

January 24, 2014

The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club gave the honorary first ticket to its upcoming chili day to Mayor Rodney Metz on Tuesday afternoon.

Sertoma, which stands for “SERvice TO MAnkind,” is a local organization that serves members of the community.

The 39th annual chili day will be held  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Wapakoneta Knights of Columbus Hall.

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