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February 11th, 2013

Hoel brothers are best friends

February 11, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — Looking up with the same ornery grin, brothers Jack, 7, and Joseph, 8, Hoel admit they have a lot in common.

“We both like Legos,” Joseph starts out. “And baseball,” Jack says, before Joseph continues, “and football.”

And the list goes on.

They have the same favorite video game and say it in unison, without any prior discussion — “Call of Duty Black Ops II.”

February 8th

Acres to conduct facility analysis

February 8, 2013

The findings of a facility assessment of the Auglaize Acres are expected soon to offer ideas for operational improvements.
The Plante & Moran firm was hired to conduct the assessment in January at a cost of between $12,000 and $15,000, plus reimbursable expenses.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said they have been talking about doing such a study for quite a while, with some ideas spurred on by the use of the facilities by other county offices during courthouse renovations.

Centered on weatherman

February 8, 2013

With Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast last fall, and a blizzard slamming the East Coast Friday night and today, local students have been taking a closer look at weather in their classroom.
Fourth-grade students in Jill Briem’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School have been studying a weather unit, and were recently visited by a local meteorologist.
Chief Meteorologist Kyle Adams, of Your Hometown Lima Stations, talked with the students about weather topics ranging from tornadoes to radars and everything in between.
Classmates John Kohler and Jewel Barber

Hite eyes budget process

February 8, 2013

An area state senator says he plans to keep a close eye on the budget process before Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget ends up in the Senate’s chamber.
On Monday, Kasich unveiled his $63.3 billion budget with state House members getting the first crack at the measure before it is passed and sent to the Senate. Until that time, state Sen. Cliff Hite said he plans to pay close attention to the testimony and proceedings that come out of the House regarding the budget.

Choco Mania: Fourth-graders in business

February 8, 2013

What better way for fourth-graders to learn about business than getting their hands a little chocolatey?

Letting out a deep sigh as she paused just a second to push her hair back off her forehead, Olivia Woten says candy making is “way harder” than she thought it would be.

Only an hour into the morning long activity, Olivia said she had already burnt herself seven times. The rubber gloves they had to wear while they were working with confectionary treats made her hands sweaty and the melted chocolate stuck to them and was hard to get off.

Churches gear up for Lent

February 8, 2013

A local organization is gearing up for a weekly Lenten tradition.

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) Lenten worships and lunches will begin next week on Ash Wednesday and will follow the theme, “He was … for our sins,” which is found in Isaiah 52-53.

Portman fights trafficking

February 8, 2013

To help battle the scourge of sex trafficking of children, a U.S. legislator proposed an amendment which has bipartisan support to make these victims eligible for grants to receive counseling, medical attention, legal representation and other services.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio,

February 7th

Saturday mail delivery halted

February 7, 2013

While the broader effects of an announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have yet to made public, USPS officials issued a news release Wednesday stating that Saturday would be eliminated from the mail delivery schedule beginning the week of Aug. 5 to help control costs.

The move should save the USPS approximately $2 billion annually.

More testing wells to be added

February 7, 2013

Five additional test wells are to be added this year for improved monitoring at the St. Marys Landfill.

The investigative wells were recommended by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improved monitoring at the site. The cost for adding the wells is approximately $45,000.

“It was suggested by the EPA and we want to make sure residents are not affected by anything negatively there,” Auglaize County Administrator Mike Hensley said.

He said they expect the process of monitoring the former landfill site to be long term.

February 6th

Optimists donate to Support Campaign

February 6, 2013

The Wapakoneta Optimist Club helped kick off the YMCA's annual support campaign last week with a $1,200 donation! Presenting the check is Optimist Terry Blosser; accepting the check are Y campaign representative Van Wright and YMCA CEO Josh Little.

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