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April 5th, 2013

Time to listen

April 5, 2013

CELINA — For the past year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s administrators have spent a lot of their time — listening.

They listened to farmers as well as representatives of commodity groups, Farm Bureaus, farmer unions — more than 125 groups total — in how the department should address the issues facing agriculture in Ohio and the department’s responsibilities, state Agriculture Director David Daniels told area commissioners and farm leaders from the region on Thursday in Celina.

Fun with Dr. Seuss

April 5, 2013

Approximately two dozen children visited the Wapakoneta branch of the Auglaize County Public District Library (ACPDL) on Thursday to have a party in honor of a notable author — Dr. Seuss.

Children took advantage of the opportunity to read books written by Dr. Seuss, including some of his most popular works such “Cat in the Hat,” and then made a special craft to go along with the book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” which happens to be Destiny Comer’s favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Botkins hires new fiscal officer

April 5, 2013

BOTKINS — On March 26, the village of Botkins officially hired its third treasurer in the past year.

Tammy Ganger, of rural Houston, was officially hired as village fiscal officer.

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Ganger said of her new position.

April 4th

New Knoxville student garners Walter Award

April 4, 2013

An area student — who has a passion for English and writing — was selected as the county representative for an annual award, and she nominated an inspirational teacher who introduced her to this passion.

Lydia Felty, a senior at New Knoxville High School, was chosen from among six county students to represent Auglaize County for state recognition for the Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Achievement Award.

Building contracts awarded

April 4, 2013

BOTKINS — Botkins Local Schools Board of Education members selected Charles Construction Services Inc. as its construction manager during Tuesday’s special board meeting.

Charles Construction Services, of Findlay, submitted the lowest bid to complete construction of the new school building approved by voters in November. Groundbreaking for the new school is April 14.

April 3rd

Power shutdown

April 3, 2013

The entire city of Wapakoneta is scheduled to be without power on Sunday for two hours.

Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said American Electric Power (AEP) officials have informed the city they need to shut down the electric grid to make improvements on their system.

Ford honors local worker

April 3, 2013

A Wapakoneta resident is representing North America, as he was selected as the recipient of a prestigious award from Ford Motor Company.

Ryan Kelly was named “Health and Safety Professional of the Year” for North America.

“It’s a huge honor to even be considered and being selected is very rewarding,” Kelly said.

The world headquarters of Ford Motor Co., in Dearborn, Mich., recently announced the 2012 President’s Health and Safety Awards. These awards honor outstanding achievements at Ford plants worldwide.

License Bureau partnering with local agency to fight hunger

April 3, 2013

The Auglaize County branch of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is joining a statewide drive to help end hunger and is partnering with a local agency to make a difference here.

State Registrar Mike Rankin became involved in Operation Feed on a local level in the Columbus area and decided to extend the effort across Ohio.

April 2nd

Corridor cash sought

April 2, 2013

After applying a federal grant rewarded to the city last year to a street project, Wapakoneta city administrators have resubmitted work on the Heritage Park river walkway project for a similar grant — and they have good indications they may receive the funds.

Wapakoneta City Council members heard the first reading to apply for $2.14 million in a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

K-9 deputy earns honor

April 2, 2013

A deputy with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office has been recognized as the top law enforcement officer in the district by a district service organization.

K-9 Deputy Mike Peterson, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office full-time for 17 years was named “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for 2012-2013 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 2. He has served as K-9 officer for the Sheriff’s Office since 2006.

Peterson said the award was humbling.

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