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January 15th

County administrator quits

January 15, 2014

Auglaize County Administrator Mike Hensley resigned without notice at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“We accepted his resignation and that’s all there is at this time,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said Tuesday afternoon.

Hensley became county administrator on Feb. 1, 2012, replacing Joe Lenhart, who held the position for 12 years.

Command vehicle training

January 15, 2014

The Wapakoneta Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are undergoing training in two command vehicles, which are used as alternative dispatch locations.

“Any emergency — if you have a very large crime scene — you can put it in and have all of your resources right there,” Lieutenant Steve Stienecker said.

Stienecker said the command vehicles provide dispatchers the use of radio communications and dispatch system operations.

January 14th

Waynesfield-Goshen rejects proposal to adopt indoor track and field

January 14, 2014

At its regular board meeting on Monday evening, the Waynesfield-Goshen Local School Board rejected a proposal to make indoor track an official sport.

Although indoor track is recognized by the board, it is not officially recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The original proposal was made at the December board meeting by Jim Epperly, head track coach at Waynesfield-Goshen. Epperly proposed making the sport recognized by the OHSAA through paying the coach and by funding other expenses such as travel.

SMPD helps with high-speed chase

January 14, 2014

ST. MARYS — Officers from the St. Marys Police Department assisted in the arrest of an Alabama man Monday night.

Cridersville council looks back to look forward

January 14, 2014

The Cridersville Village Council met for the first time in 2014 last night for a two hour meeting addressing the month of December, 2013, as a whole and what is on the slate for 2014.

Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers opened the meeting by welcoming new council member Robert Conner and by seeking nominations for council president. 

January 13th

Library to host college planning event

January 13, 2014

Tomorrow night, the Auglaize County Public Library is hosting a paying for college seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Andrea Burton, Adult Services Coordinator at the library said the Wapakoneta branch of Minster Bank will be presenting the information to parents and students.

“They (Minster Bank) were actually the ones who approached us about coming and doing some seminars at the library, and we’re hoping that this is just going to be the beginning,” Burton said.

Trooper promoted at Wapak post

January 13, 2014

A recently-promoted sergeant will be transferring to the Wapakoneta Ohio State Highway Patrol Post to serve as assistant post commander.

Sergeant Jeremy D. Allen, who most recently served as a trooper in Marysville, said his main focus is on benefitting the community.

“What can I do to contribute to a safer Ohio?” Allen said. “That’s what we all strive to do. We’re very mission-oriented.”

Insurance scholarship offered

January 13, 2014

Wapakoneta High School students looking to attend college can take advantage of a scholarship being offered to high school seniors.

The Grand Lake Area Insurance Professionals and Celina Insurance Group are offering $1,500 for a 2014 graduating high school senior who resides in either Auglaize or Mercer County, and is pursuing a degree in an insurance industry major. Eligible majors include: accounting, actuarial science, business, computer science, finance, risk management and insurance, among others.

Drug rehabilitation center sees rise in heroin patients

January 13, 2014

Heroin addiction is on the rise in Western Ohio.

Just ask Chuck Honigford, Director of Clinical Services at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center, or WORTH.

Honigford said he has seen an increase in the number of residents who are sent to their facility who are addicted to heroin and need help overcoming their addiction.

Trafficking a challenge for law enforcement

January 13, 2014

Deemed the “drug of choice” in both Auglaize County and the state of Ohio, heroin trafficking is a long-standing, ever-growing challenge for law enforcement.

“It’s an effort by all of my officers and all the officers within the county,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “We have regular round-ups two, three times a year. It’s not just heroin, it’s all drugs, but we are seeing a trend in this area.”

The trend seems to be coming from Dayton, Hunlock said.

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