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February 15th, 2013

Loan for bridges: Engineer seeks funds to replace structures

February 15, 2013

For the first time in 30 years, the Auglaize County engineer is taking out a loan for bridge replacement projects.
“I’m not comfortable with taking a loan out for the first time, but in this case I have to,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said. “I don’t want to create debt for the county or the next engineer, but it adds up to me needing to move forward with this.”
The loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) is for $176,000, to be combined with a county match of $44,000. Interest on the 20-year loan is zero percent and it would be repaid at less than $9,000 annually.

Room with a view

February 15, 2013

Three young girls and two cats were the inspiration for a painted mural placed in the upper level of a local downtown shop.
Thrifty Treasures, 117 W. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta, has a special touch in the windows above their shop thanks to students in the Wapakoneta High School Art Club.
This project was arranged through the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP), as they worked with Thrifty Treasures owners Donna Parsons and her sister, Lisa Schott.

Helping 'Honor' veterans

February 15, 2013

The nephew of a couple who devoted their lives to the U.S. military plans to help veterans living in Auglaize County travel to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial.
Tom Stinebaugh, the nephew of Lt. Col. Marie Bilyj and Col. Steve Bilyj, is offering to help veterans get into contact with Honor Flight organizers in Findlay to ensure they get the chance to visit the World War II Memorial.

Recommendations for Tdap vaccine change

February 15, 2013

The recommended administration of a vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, has changed for 2013.

Auglaize County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said the new recommendations for when Tdap should be administered is a “big change.”

The changes include a recommendation that the vaccine be administered to pregnant women during each pregnancy between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, regardless of the number of years it has been since the expectant mother last received the vaccine.

Income tax moves closer

February 15, 2013

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members heard the second reading Thursday of an ordinance to institute a 1 percent income tax on village residents.

Councilors began looking into the possibility of instituting the 1 percent income tax in November after voters defeated a 2.6-mill property tax levy on the November general election ballot. The levy was expected to generate approximately $20,000 annually.

The income tax ordinance will provide zero tax credit for people working in Buckland and living out of town.

Organizers plan 2013 Relay for Life

February 15, 2013

With the end of February nearing, local organizers have already started thinking summer, as they have an annual event on their minds.

The 16th annual Auglaize County Relay for Life is slated for June 21 and 22, and a theme, committees and teams are forming.

“It takes a while to plan,” Auglaize County Relay for Life Staff Partner Sarah Burke said. “We usually take a month off after Relay and then start talking next year’s Relay.”

February 14th

Sweethearts for 70 years

February 14, 2013

For the past seven decades, Betty has been Vernon’s Valentine.

And for those same 70 years, Vernon has been Betty’s Valentine.

This year, Betty and Vernon Schwarck will be celebrating with chimichangas at El Azteca.

“I guess when we were first married he would get me a heart-shaped box of candy or flowers, but that hasn’t been for years,” Betty said.

The 89-year-olds lived a simple life through the years, she said.

That simple life may just be what kept their love so strong, Betty remarked.

Curfew law closer to passage

February 14, 2013

The Wapakoneta police chief provided a couple of definitions Wednesday to be incorporated into the city’s curfew ordinance as city elected officials work to improve the legislation.

DWP initiative will be part of budget

February 14, 2013

The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) is getting the funds needed to start a program to improve the look of downtown buildings.

Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members agreed to set aside $10,000 in the 2013 city budget for a façade improvement program proposed by Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership in September. There will not be separate legislation, but they intend to set aside the $10,000 each year for the next three years as part of the budget process.

February 13th

Health board discusses concerns about state budget proposal

February 13, 2013

Auglaize County Health Department members expressed concerns Tuesday about how Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals could affect local health departments.

“There is a lot of contention across the state about this, especially from smaller health departments, who are under stress already and don’t have the financial resources to make this happen,” county Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.

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