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March 25th, 2013

School closings, roads hazardous

March 25, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools, St. Marys City Schools and Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools are closed today, March 25, due to snow and hazardous road conditions.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon warned motorists that roadways are snow-covered and hazardous. He requests motorists to use extreme caution while driving.

March 22nd

New virus discovered

March 22, 2013

The county medical director brought attention to a new virus originating in the Middle East.
Discovered last year, the “novel coronavirus” — which is named after the virus’s crown-like projections visible under a microscope — appears to be related to viruses in bats and goats, and presents itself as a severe case of the flu. In older people, it can develop into pneumonia.
“It’s a new respiratory virus,” Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said. “We still don’t know how bad it is or how big of a problem it will be for public health.”

Goodwill receives a warm welcome

March 22, 2013

A cut of a ribbon signified the grand opening of a retail store in Wapakoneta.
The Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley opened its newest Goodwill store at 1240 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta, and an official says the business plans to bring more than just a retail store to the community.
“We are more than retail stores,” Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Marketing and Communication Specialist Kim Bramlage said. “All retail store proceeds support more than 40 programs and services.”
These programs and services build on the

Old Town Buffet opens today

March 22, 2013

A new restaurant offering both Chinese-style foods and American favorites opens at 11 a.m. today.
Old Town Buffet, which also is to feature a Mongolian and barbecue grill, plans to open offering both its buffet or dinners available for dine-in or take out.
Old Town Buffet owner Neng Lin said Wapakoneta seemed the perfect place for him to open another restaurant. He currently also has restaurants in Bryan and Bowling Green.
“We thought it was the perfect place with it being in the shopping center,” Lin said.

March 21st

Brown pushes tax bill

March 21, 2013

With less than a month until the April 15 tax filing deadline, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced legislation to provide grants for volunteer assistance sites and to make the funding more permanent.

Stone and concrete prices stay stable

March 21, 2013

Concrete and aggregate prices for 2013 remain relatively the same as last year, while the income paying for them continues to drop.

Bids for concrete came in at $85, the same as last year, from low bidder Spring Creek Concrete, of Minster.

Other bids were $87.45 from Quality Ready Mix, of St. Marys; $98.25 from Ernst Concrete, of Lima; and $101.50 from Ohio Ready Mix, of Huntsville.

“Concrete came in at basically the same price as last year,” Auglaize County Engineer’s Office Chief Deputy Gary Kuck said.

W’field reviews natural gas plan

March 21, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — A total of 35 people showed up at a public meeting at Waynesfield-Goshen High School Wednesday to discuss bringing natural gas to the village of Waynesfield and the possible neighborhood revitalizations throughout the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Craig Mescher, a representative from Fanning-Howey & Associates, facilitated the meeting, which elicited far fewer questions than a similar meeting held Feb. 20.

March 20th

Variety of programs offered by extension

March 20, 2013

Programs presented by Auglaize County Ohio State University Extension Office impact youth, families and the community, local office educators say.

Extension Office educators were able to reach more than 2,200 youth with the 4-H program through community clubs, school enrichment, and special events. Approximately 275 adult volunteers assisted with the programming, according to 2012 highlights.

Family donates, hopes to find cure

March 20, 2013

A family’s dedication to find a cure for cancer has lead to a generous donation.

The Knoch-Spinnati family started participating in the Auglaize County Relay for Life eight years ago, and now they host their own fundraiser to raise money for the organization.

Wapakoneta resident Vicki Spinnati and her family recently raised $4,000 from a basket bingo fundraiser, a homemade scarves sale and local donations.

Friends band together for library

March 20, 2013

With the Wapakoneta Public District Library, one of the few libraries in the region, without a support group, a group of local residents decided to come together and join efforts to support the local library as “Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library.”

They recently started their first membership drive campaign.

“All of the other local libraries had one,” Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library President Barb Harrod.

“We knew it was late but we are very proud to get it off the ground.”

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