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March 15th, 2013

Fourth-grader ‘erupts’ to top of W-G spelling bee

March 15, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Winning the school spelling bee once during an academic career would be quite an accomplishment.

Graham Knerr, 9, of Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools, says he would like to go for a clean sweep.

Knerr, a fourth-grader, knocked out 19 other students to win the Waynesfield-Goshen School spelling bee and to qualify for the regional competition to be held in Lima March 23.

He won the competition by first spelling “humility,” and then following it up by spelling “eruption” to take home the title.

March 14th

County responds to local TB case

March 14, 2013

A rare case of tuberculosis (TB) in Auglaize County is being investigated by local health officials to prevent its spread.

A man working at a Wapakoneta business was found to have contracted the disease and tests are being conducted on his co-workers and close personal contacts, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.

She said earlier this week nurses tested 90 percent of the man’s co-workers.

“We have no results yet,” Parsons said.  “All of his family contacts have been tested, also.”

Polling locations limited to one ballot box

March 14, 2013

Each polling location in the county is expected to have just one ballot box for the May primary.

Auglaize County Elections Board members discussed the option Wednesday during their regularly scheduled board meeting.

Auglaize County Elections Director Carolyn Campbell suggested they take one ballot box to each polling place except St. Marys.

March 13th

The smoke was white!

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis hails from Argentina.

Challengers experience Zumba at YMCAs

March 13, 2013

MINSTER — After participants in the Grand Health Challenge learned about healthy food choices last month at Pantry Pride, they went on location again this month to learn about healthy fitness choices.

On Tuesday, people visited the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, Auglaize-Mercer YMCA North, in Celina, and Auglaize-Mercer YMCA South, in Minster, and participated in tours of the facilities, including the weight room, cardio room, aerobic track and the pool area, along with a YMCA employee explaining each portion of the tour in depth.

Health Commissioner’s contract renewed

March 13, 2013

The Auglaize County health commissioner’s contract was renewed for another two years during Tuesday’s meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.

“It’s virtually the same contract I have had for 10 to 12 years,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said after the meeting.

Health Board members approved the renewal after an executive session Tuesday morning.

The contract, for an approximate $85,425 annual salary, has no changes, Parsons said.

W-G BOE to refinance school bonds

March 13, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members decided to refinance several school bonds to save district taxpayers thousands of dollars and take advantage of current lending rates.

Board members decided during Monday’s meeting to begin the process to refinance several bonds from 2006 based upon the recommendation of the board’s Finance Committee, which met at 6 p.m. just prior to the board meeting. Preliminary figures are showing the district could save as much as $268,000 by taking advantage of current rates.

March 12th

Water rate debate

March 12, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — Elected officials in a northern Auglaize County village are talking about potentially raising the water rates on their residents.

Finance Committee and Utilities Committee members met last week and informed Cridersville Village Council members Monday on the status of a possible water rate hike.

“At our joint committee meeting we discussed the future rates for water and the possibility of increasing them,” councilor Paul Lynch, who chairs the Utilities Committee, said. “There was no decision at that time.”

W-G super set to testify

March 12, 2013

Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Superintendent Chris Pfister is one of several school administrators scheduled to testify in front of the state’s House of Representatives Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee concerning Kasich’s recently released new funding model for public schools.

Fair to start with a ‘bang’

March 12, 2013

No easing into this year’s Auglaize County Fair schedule, the Auglaize County Agricultural Society, or Fair Board, secretary says, the entertainment and livestock shows should start “with a bang” on Sunday and should continue with an exciting schedule the entire week “without easing up.”

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