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November 5th, 2012

Sensory movie well received

November 5, 2012

Children with special needs often have little chance to attend movies with their families due to societal “laws” that exist in a movie theater.

Thanks to the Wapa Theater and the volunteer work of Jennifer Horman, who has a special needs child, children in the area are finally getting that chance.

“We try to have it every few months,” Horman said. “It’s usually based on whatever is showing and what would be appropriate.”

November 2nd

‘More work to do’

November 2, 2012

LIMA — President Barack Obama declared Americans need a champion for their causes and interests in Washington, D.C. and more work needs to be done on Capitol Hill to move the United States forward.

Obama addressed approximately 3,000 people gathered Friday afternoon in the gymnasium at Lima Senior High School, the third stop in a whirlwind one-day trip in Ohio, to rally Democrats with the election four days away.

Experienced politicians square off for representative

November 2, 2012

Two politically experienced men are making bids for the 84th district state representative seat during the Nov. 6 election.

Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), the current office holder, squares off against challenger Ron Hammons (D-Celina).

Either man would bring a wealth of experience to the position, as both have served in elected positions for more than 20 years.

River logjam project comes in 62 percent below estimate

November 2, 2012

Four bids for clearing log jams in the Auglaize River came in where one Auglaize County official thought, while he says one bid far exceeded his expectations to the point of suspicion and skepticism.

Engineers estimated clearing logjams and trees along a 62-mile stretch of the Auglaize River from Westminster in Allen County, through Auglaize County and ending at the Allen County-Putnam County line at $776,020.

Festival of Trees accepting donations

November 2, 2012

A traditional Christmas season event in Wapakoneta will soon be underway.

The 14th annual Festival of Trees is slated for Nov. 14-18, with donations still being accepted until Nov. 10.

The Festival of Trees is a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees and other decor to raise funds for the organization’s hospice care.

“It definitely gets you in the mood for Christmas,” Community Health Professionals Marketing Coordinator Niki DuVall said. “I have people tell me that they go every year.”

2 WPD auxiliary retire

November 2, 2012

Two auxiliary officers retired from the Wapakoneta Police Department force Thursday — ending more than six decades of combined association with the local law enforcement agency.

John Nester, 67, retires after 14 years on the auxiliary and concluding nearly 42 years on the force. He worked more than 28 years as a full-time officer with the Wapakoneta Police Department before retiring in 1998.

“I have really enjoyed it,” Nester said

November 1st

Locals help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012

ST. MARYS — Two Auglaize County residents are among a group from the Northwest Ohio Region of the American Red Cross who are traveling to New Jersey to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Richard and Colleen Bekemeier, of Wapakoneta, Jean Schroeder, of Ottawa, and Rodney Knauss, of Van Wert, were deployed on Wednesday to Ocean, N.J., to help out with relief efforts in the wake of Sandy's devastation earlier this week. Much of the region remains without power and towns, homes and businesses have been leveled because of the storm.

Chiefs hope cookbook catches ‘fire’

November 1, 2012

Most of the time, fire chiefs in Auglaize County work to put out fires. Now, they have they hope a new item catches “fire.”

In an effort to raise funds for firefighter training, the Auglaize County Fire Chiefs Association recently released a cook book of their favorite recipes — made by their mothers, their wives, other relatives and even by themselves — and they said they hope it becomes a hot item for the holidays and beyond.

Mock ag business gives real life lessons

November 1, 2012

BOTKINS — Students in Chad Berning’s Botkins High School agricultural business class recently learned first-hand some of the ins-and-outs of starting an agricultural-related business.

For a class assignment, students were to develop detailed plans to open a business from the ground up. All of the ideas were presented to  the class, with classmates choosing the top four. The top four in turn presented their plans a second time to Botkins Village Administrator Jesse Kent, who selected an overall best presentation.

October 31st

Letter at issue

October 31, 2012

A letter circulated in Uniopolis Tuesday may or may not contain correct information, but Uniopolis Mayor Bill Rolston is refusing to divulge the source of the information given.

On Tuesday, a few village residents received a letter that read, “Attention. This was never brought to the town people…. The Township could change (charge) $650 per house if it went to township because it would come under new housing for township. Pluse (sic) the 3 mill.”

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