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March 22nd, 2013

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.”

March 19th

Safe Routes to Schools grant program sparks old debate

March 19, 2013

One Wapakoneta City Council member is urging his fellow councilors to consider residents’ objections to the installation of sidewalks along five streets in Grandview Estates.

Another councilor points out the work is a city improvement, in the city right-of-way and is paid completely with state and federal funds with no assessments on the property owner.

Officials work with state on budget

March 19, 2013

Local health officials remain hopeful that changes will be made to limit the impact of the state’s biennial budget bill.

With the budget bill still in committee for hearings, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said Health Commissioners Association board members have proposed amendments they hope can be included to help limit the impact of proposed changes before the new state fiscal year begins July 1.

“There are a number of problems with it that get bigger and bigger as you think about it,” Parsons said.

March 18th

Man named in St. Marys shooting

March 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man shot by law enforcement officers Wednesday night on Derrick Street reportedly raised what later was determined to be a pellet rifle or BB gun at the officers as they responded to his residence.

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