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March 5th, 2013

Volunteers awarded

March 5, 2013

With the Auglaize County Fair less than five months away, organizers took the time Monday to thank those who make the 4-H program a success each year.

The Auglaize County 4-H Leadership Banquet awarded two prestigious awards — Outstanding 4-H Adviser and Friend of 4-H — and Beth Miller, Auglaize County 4-H youth development extension educator, told a room full of people in the Junior Fair Building Monday evening just how important volunteers are.

March 4th

Snow storm on the way

March 4, 2013

 

... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TUESDAY TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TUESDAY TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW AND SLEET.

* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 8 INCHES.

* TIMING... SNOW AND SLEET WILL BEGIN LATE TUESDAY MORNING AND CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BY EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

Seeking public servants

March 4, 2013

The mayor of Wapakoneta intends to review rules for seating members on two commissions to expand the net from which to entice members as well as to take advantage of the expertise of individuals in the region.

Mayor Rodney Metz said he needs to fill one position each on two commissions — one on Wapakoneta City Waste Minimization Commission and one on the Wapakoneta City Tree Commission — but he wants to do some research before he submits names to serve.

Monitor retires, will miss students

March 4, 2013

A local school employee is retiring from a place where she not only spent her career, but where she also spent her high school years.

Diane Schlosser retired from her duties as a cafeteria monitor and food service employee from the Wapakoneta Middle School at the end of February, but she will still be coming back to the building as she continues her duties as the administrative assistant for the Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA).

Spelling bee champ prepares for regionals

March 4, 2013

The reigning spelling bee champion is gearing up for a regional competition this month, but in the meantime she has been studying.

Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader Loren Hire, who napped the top spot at the school’s annual spelling bee, moves on to compete in the regional contest on March 23 in Lima.

“The school gave me a spelling packet, and it tells of different origins of words,” Hire said of a list of words she has been studying to prepare for the competition.

March 1st

Goodwill opens

March 1, 2013

The Goodwill store in Wapakoneta officially opened its doors this week.

The Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami County had been working on the store opening since mid-2012.

District Manager Gene Motycka said the company was more than happy to locate in Wapakoneta, and that feedback has been extremely positive the first week.

“As you can see, it is a large store,” Motycka said. “We have a showroom that is about 6,700-square foot and a back room where we do processing that is about 4,200-square foot.

Given a new heart to live

March 1, 2013

One young woman spent her 21st birthday — not celebrating with friends and family — in a hospital waiting on a heart transplant.

Botkins resident Rachel Doseck recently underwent a second heart transplant in January — and is now on the road to recovery.

Doseck had to be rushed to the Cleveland Clinic at the beginning of January after she became ill, and then she had to stay there more than a month after she received a heart transplant.

Kuffner leaves mark on community

March 1, 2013

ST. MARYS — Local volunteer, attorney and community advocate Jack Kuffner died Thursday, leaving behind family, fellow parishoners, Kiwanis and colleagues with memories of the ways he impacted the community.

As a lawyer, local attorney Kraig Noble said that Kuffner was highly respected in the local law community. As an assistant prosecutor, prosecutor and judge in the county court, Noble said he had high standards.

“Everyone knew you could trust Jack’s word,” Noble said. “If he said he’d do something, he’d do it.”

14 bridges slated for replacement this year

March 1, 2013

Fourteen bridges, costing an estimated $829,921, are slated for replacement this year in Auglaize County.

The projects are to be completed based on when easements can be maintained and utilities cleared, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.

This year’s schedule includes more smaller projects, because it is what they can afford with less revenue, the county engineer said. The investment for most of this year’s projects is just concrete and steel.

Recipe for success at downtown City Bakery

March 1, 2013

Perhaps the biggest obstacle Paul Eisert will have to face as he starts his new venture will be the jokes about law enforcement and donuts.

All jokes aside, the long-time Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his wife, Kathy Eisert, have purchased the building at 20 W. Auglaize St., that houses City Bakery. Eisert said he and his wife plan the donut shop much like area customers have grown accustomed to through the years.

Eisert said they plan to keep all of the old favorites that people have grown accustomed to at the bakery.

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