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March 1st, 2013

Kuffner leaves mark on community

March 1, 2013

ST. MARYS — Local volunteer, attorney and community advocate Jack Kuffner died Thursday, leaving behind family, fellow parishoners, Kiwanis and colleagues with memories of the ways he impacted the community.

As a lawyer, local attorney Kraig Noble said that Kuffner was highly respected in the local law community. As an assistant prosecutor, prosecutor and judge in the county court, Noble said he had high standards.

“Everyone knew you could trust Jack’s word,” Noble said. “If he said he’d do something, he’d do it.”

14 bridges slated for replacement this year

March 1, 2013

Fourteen bridges, costing an estimated $829,921, are slated for replacement this year in Auglaize County.

The projects are to be completed based on when easements can be maintained and utilities cleared, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.

This year’s schedule includes more smaller projects, because it is what they can afford with less revenue, the county engineer said. The investment for most of this year’s projects is just concrete and steel.

Recipe for success at downtown City Bakery

March 1, 2013

Perhaps the biggest obstacle Paul Eisert will have to face as he starts his new venture will be the jokes about law enforcement and donuts.

All jokes aside, the long-time Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his wife, Kathy Eisert, have purchased the building at 20 W. Auglaize St., that houses City Bakery. Eisert said he and his wife plan the donut shop much like area customers have grown accustomed to through the years.

Eisert said they plan to keep all of the old favorites that people have grown accustomed to at the bakery.

History seminar set in Wapak

March 1, 2013

Historians from across the state will soon be gathering in Wapakoneta.

The Auglaize County Historical Society is hosting a regional conference, aimed at bringing together historians from across Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16 at St. Joseph Church Parish Life Center.

The theme for the conference is “Connecting Treasured Pasts & Bright Futures.”

February 28th

Standoff ends peacefully

February 28, 2013

A nearly 3 1/2-hour standoff at the Western Suite Inn in Wapakoneta ended peacefully at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday when two men wanted on warrants out of Logan County surrendered to local law enforcement.

Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team managed to talk the two men — one wanted on a charge of burglary and the second on a charge of domestic violence — to surrender without incident.

Athletic Boosters seek new members, new ideas

February 28, 2013

This school organization helps hundreds of students who participate in athletics in the Wapakoneta City School system.

The Wapakoneta Athletic Boosters, consisting of members off the former Dad’s Club and other parent organizations, exists to help the sanctioned sports offered at Wapakoneta High School and Wapakoneta Middle School through donations.

New president takes over DWP, has many ideas for 2013

February 28, 2013

With the new year, a downtown organization has a new president and a busy schedule ahead.

The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) recently named Judie Presar as their president during this month’s annual dinner meeting on Feb. 12. She said there are many items on the agenda for this year, as the organization continues to grow since it’s establishment a few years ago.

“We are making a push for the community to partner with downtown,” Presar said. “Downtown is the heartbeat of the community.”

Snow delay

February 28, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools is on a two-hour delay this morning, Feb. 28, due to snow-covered and icy roads.

Apollo Career Center and Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools also are on two-hour delays this morning, Feb. 28, due to snow-covered and icy roads.

February 27th

Standoff at Western Inn Suites

February 27, 2013

 

Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) took two men into custody at approximately 6:30 p.m. after a nearly 3 1/2 hour standoff in Wapakoneta.

Responsibilities change, but treasurer loves serving area

February 27, 2013

In her fifth year at Botkins Local Schools, the school district’s treasurer is learning the responsibilities of her position continually change.

Along with rules and regulations changing on a yearly basis, Jody Jones is seeing her responsibilities increasing even more as the district tackles a new building project.

The district recently passed a levy to build a new school with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) program. and planning is currently underway as the project’s groundbreaking is scheduled for April.

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