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January 14th, 2014
ST. MARYS — Officers from the St. Marys Police Department assisted in the arrest of an Alabama man Monday night.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Many questions arise when you hear that heroin is becoming such a prevalent part of our nation’s culture, and more specifically, the culture of western Ohio.
As seen on the news, and read in many papers, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has called heroin abuse an epidemic, killing at least 11 Ohioans a week.
Executive Director of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (W.O.R.T.H.), Mark Fuerstenau, addressed his concerns with the substance, what leads to heroin use and why it has become so popular in our country and state.
As part of her tour throughout the state of Ohio, State Rep. Connie Pillich stopped in Wapakoneta to discuss her candidacy for Ohio Treasurer.
Pillich, who resides in Montgomery and represents Ohio’s 28th District, is no stranger to running for office. She lost her first statehouse race in 2006, won in 2008, and has been re-elected as State Representative in 2010 and 2012.
Built in 1911, Saint Joseph Catholic Church has not seen many significant updates since the 1960s, until now, and will be hosting an open house this Sunday for the public to view the new renovations.
Rachel Barber, Coordinator of Regional Life in Petersburg Parishes, said the building itself had some cracks and things that needed to be taken care of, but cosmetically there was a universal hatred for one aspect.
“It was painted mint green,” Barber said. “It was a color you don’t find in nature.”