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November 2nd, 2012

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.”

The living dead — fact or fiction?

October 31, 2012

The dead walk the Earth, devouring the living.

The living cower, fight back, turn on one another or get eaten.

A scene from a popular television show or a glimpse into the future?

It never occurs to two local 6-year-olds that there could be any reality in the existence of the walking dead. Aidan Johnson and Abby Makuh know zombies aren’t real.

Staggered terms, longer terms on the ballot

October 31, 2012

While voters have been inundated with information regarding state and national elections, Wapakoneta city residents have two local proposals to consider at the polls this November.

On Nov. 6, voters can cast ballots on one issue to extend the term of Wapakoneta City Council members and the council president to four years from two years and on a second related issue to stagger the council president’s term of office with the mayor as well as the stagger the terms of councilors-at-large with those of ward councilors.

October 30th

Separate entity: Miracle Meal Inc. has received non-profit status

October 30, 2012

After 16 years of working alongside with Mercy Unlimited, a local organization decided to form a separate entity to preserve the future of an annual event.

Miracle Meal Inc. has now received their own non-profit tax status from the IRS as a public charity. Miracle Meal Inc. now has its own board of directors who are the primary organizers and operators of the event.

“This is our 17th year, and we thought to make sure it goes on in the future, we need to be our own entity and create a board,” Miracle Meal Inc. President Rollie Kent said.

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