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Campaign kick-off

January 31, 2013

“Do it one person at a time,” were the inspirational words spoken by a campaign chair during a local facility’s annual fundraiser.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA kicked off their annual campaign on Wednesday, and chair Van Wright spoke to a room full of supporters to help with this cause.

“Our goal is to make sure the YMCA doors are open to everyone,” Wright said.

The annual support campaign helps to raise funds, as more than 10 percent of the members of the YMCA are receiving some form of financial assistance.

January 30th

Survey sought: Salary, job duties would be revisited

January 30, 2013

By 2014, the Auglaize County commissioners plan to have a new salary and wage schedule in place to help guide pay for county employees — including a suggestion to move toward pay increases based on merit and away from across the board raises.

Commissioners met recently with representatives of Clemans & Nelson, a Lima management consulting service, to discuss possibilities for conducting a salary survey of county employees’ jobs in comparison to those in other similar counties. The last time such a survey was done was 2000.

W’field revisits animal ordinance

January 30, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Council members returned to discussing an issue confronting the village for nearly the past year  — farm animals within the village limits.

They addressed the issue at great length Monday, but again took no action. However, Mayor Mike Ridenour urged the council to continue to focus on the issue and make a decision that will be acceptable to all residents  involved.

New C’ville fire chief eases into new post

January 30, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — An area fire chief keeps busy by doing what he loves.

Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller, who took over the new post after former Fire Chief Ron Mertz retired at the end of 2012, says he grew up a firefighter.

“I grew up at the fire department,” Miller said. “My dad was a fireman and was a lieutenant before he left.”

So whenever his father went to the fire department, Miller would tag along.

“It was like my second home,” Miller said.

January 29th

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.

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