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January 29th, 2013

Natural gas moves closer in W’field

January 29, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — After hearing a brief presentation from the village’s engineering consultant, Waynesfield Village Council members elected to proceed with assessments to bring natural gas to the village — but not without objection.

This move brings the village one step closer to bringing natural gas to the village. Councilors now must decide on how they will assess property owners to help fund the project, which will be paid for the next four or five decades.

Sheriff warns of issues with Tannerite

January 29, 2013

Several recent complaints from county residents about exploding targets prompted the Auglaize County sheriff to issue a statement today warning of the problems they pose.

The targets are designed to explode when shot with a certain caliber rifle. Also known by the name brand Tannerite, the targets are legally purchased at shooting supply stores.

“What we have discovered recently is target shooters are purchasing the mixture and mixing large amounts to make a huge explosion,” Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said.

YMCA receives grant

January 29, 2013

A local facility received a special grant to implement a children’s reading program.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA received a $2,500 grant from Dominion Gas, which will be used to implement a reading program through their before and after school program, a Wapakoneta Family YMCA official says.

“On behalf of the YMCA, we are grateful of Dominion Gas for recognizing our child care program,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA CEO Joshua Little said.

January 28th

County selling courthouse items

January 28, 2013

Several pieces of history are to be sold as part of online auctions by the county.

To date, a wide array of surplus items have been sold that way by the county, but historical pieces also have joined that list with recent renovations of the Auglaize County Courthouse.

The latest items, which are to be posted for sale today, include large wooden doors, wood trim and door jams, decorative pedestals, window transoms, wooden and metal desks, chairs, light fixtures, filing cabinets, fainting couches, and wooden bars and an entertainment center used in courtrooms.

Following his folks footsteps

January 28, 2013

The newest addition to the Wapakoneta Fire Department did not have to look far for his inspiration — he comes from a family devoted to public service.

Standing in front of bright red fire truck Saturday morning in a bay of the Wapakoneta Fire Station, Adam Schulze repeated the firefighter’s oath as administered by Mayor Rodney Metz and started his career in public service.

“My mom got me interested in the medical side and my dad in public service,” Schulze said. “My parents and my siblings have had a big influence on my life.”

Student loves games, Doritos

January 28, 2013

As long as there are video games, “hot” Doritos and rap music, all is well in the life of a Wapakoneta 6-year-old.

Gavin Vaughn, who considers himself 7, even though his birthday isn’t until Sunday, said he plays games “all the time.”

He plays games on his Leapster Explorer, on the Wii and on an iPad he got for Christmas.

“There’s nothing else to do at my house,” Gavin said of games he plays, which range from Angry Birds to Number Bash and Skylanders.

January 25th

Going to Vegas: Sheriff's Office replaces K-9

January 25, 2013

As one K-9 retires from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, another has been brought into service.
Bandit, who was the department’s first K-9, recently was recognized by the Auglaize County commissioners for seven years of service to area residents.
“He contributed many hours of loyalty and dedication to the department,” commissioners wrote in a resolution. “Bandit was a true asset to the department.”

The beet goes on: County saves, city studies use

January 25, 2013

A new additive to the Auglaize County salt-limestone mixture is cutting through ice on roadways and is helping to cut costs, the county engineer says.
Pouring a thick and frothy brown mix into a styrofoam cup, County Engineer Doug Reinhart said this beet juice, when mixed with brine and the salt-limestone mixture and spread by county snowplow crews as a new way to remove ice and clear roads, has proven to be a success so far this winter.

Jobless rate down, outlook is brighter

January 25, 2013

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.

Simplified dog shelter being considered

January 25, 2013

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.

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