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January 8th, 2013

Chairs shift at council

January 8, 2013

Matching skills and experience of Wapakoneta City Council members to the issues facing the city, the council president made minor adjustments to his committee assignments for 2013.

Wapakoneta Council President Steve Henderson, who typically does not change assignments in the middle of his term, announced he will have Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. chair the Utilities Committee and appointed new Councilor-at-large Randy Fisher as chair of the Health and Safety Committee.

Ritchie assumes mayor post

January 8, 2013

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council President Greg Ritchie will officially serve as acting mayor, and village councilors collectively selected Dave Kohlreiser to serve as the new council president during Monday’s council meeting.

However, the council seat left vacant by Ritchie’s move to the new position will be left open to save money.

January 7th

United Way official takes over for Walter

January 7, 2013

From the time this Wapakoneta area native sought an elected position to represent his sixth grade class, he knew he wanted to serve others in political office.

Starting later today, Randy Fisher will get his chance on a larger scale as he becomes the newest member of Wapakoneta City Council.

Students earn big in stock contest

January 7, 2013

Local seventh-graders recently took the top spots in a challenge that helped them build skills for the future.

Joan Wade’s seventh-grade math class at Wapakoneta Middle School split into five teams, and three of the teams took the top three spots in the Ohio Stock Market Challenge, a regional program offered through Wright State University.

“This is a good learning tool,” Wade said of the program. “The kids really got into it.”

Plan works for fundraiser

January 7, 2013

A Wapakoneta man came in with a plan and with that plan he left with more than $200 in groceries and helped raise money for the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program.

Joe Metzger bought two tickets in a December fundraiser to help out the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program and won the chance to hit the aisles Saturday morning at Community Markets.

“I liked it,” Metzger said after his grocery dash. “I haven’t moved that fast in years.”

With the starting countdown winding down, Metzger decided to adhere to his pre-set plan.

January 4th

County's budget lower than 2012

January 4, 2013

A final budget of more than $14.3 million approved this week by the Auglaize County commissioners reflects a 2 percent decrease from 2012, they increased employees salaries by 2 percent.

It’s the second year in a row salary line items for departments in the general revenue fund and under the the commissioners have seen a 2 percent salary increase. It is up to department heads specifically how that 2 percent increase in their salary line items is divided among their employees.

Reach Out Outreach Ministries opens a thrift store

January 4, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE — The heart of downtown in New Hampshire welcomes a new business — one that aims to serve others.

Reach Out Outreach Ministries had their grand opening of a new thrift store at 100 S. Main St., New Hampshire, and the founder of the ministries was pleased with how smoothly everything was going.

“It’s exceeded my expectations,” Reach Out Outreach Ministries founder Brian Paxton said. “People are coming in, and we’ve already received many donations. It’s great.”

Reports, inspections keep the county safe

January 4, 2013

Inspections, mapping and submitted reports of hazardous chemicals in the county provide more safety in the event of an emergency.

Any business in the county with hazardous materials over certain thresholds is required by the county and the state to register them and file plans to help emergency responders know what they face if there is a release, fire or other type of emergency at the site.

Crashes decline

January 4, 2013

Auglaize County followed the trend reported across the state, with the number of traffic crashes reported down during the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Weather is expected to have played a role in the decrease in crashes.

Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) made 115 vehicle contacts this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day compared to 119 last year. Forty-one citations were issued both years. Crashes were down to one from six reported in 2011.

K-9 Max retires

January 4, 2013

A member of an area police department is retiring after many years of dedicated service to the village.

The Cridersville Police Department K-9, Max, began his career with the village in April 2005, and his official retirement day was Jan. 1.

Max is a German shepherd from the Czech Republic and is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension.

“He’s been like a family member to us,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said of Max.

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