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April 2nd, 2012

Hitting their mark: Pheasants Forever group celebrates habitat work

April 2, 2012

After two decades, an Auglaize County organization eclipsed the $500,000 mark for their cause — funds used to protect and develop land for pheasants and other wildlife.

The Auglaize County Pheasants Forever organization celebrated reaching the milestone Saturday during their 21st annual banquet and fundraiser in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

Spring gives city a jump

April 2, 2012

Like area homeowners, city crews have taken advantage of the warm weather, but one city administrator does not want to predict they can do any additional projects this summer until the later this spring.

“It has been a extremely busy this spring and we have even been busy this entire winter since it has been extremely light weather,” Mayor Rodney Metz said. “The Electric Department has been able to be out all winter changing transformers to keep up with that project. In the past, we haven’t been able to do that.

Thousands available to students for college

April 2, 2012

With $55,000 in scholarships available to Wapakoneta students, the director of an area community foundation wants to make sure everyone who can take advantage of the opportunity to apply for aid.

Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WCAF) Executive Director Larry Tester has been working closely with school administrators to get the message out about how much is available in a variety of scholarships for local students seeking college degrees.

“We are offering 40 scholarships this year,” Tester said.

March 30th

Program released

March 30, 2012

The Auglaize County engineer scheduled 21 structures for replacement or rehabilitation as part of Auglaize County’s bridge replacement program in 2012.

The total price tag for the projects is $549,200, with $200,000 representing material costs.

“It’s all very labor intensive,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said. “By the fact that income from license plate fees and gasoline taxes for 2012 are projected below the income seen in 2006, much of the program will be comprised of bridge rehabilitation.

Local wins award

March 30, 2012

For one local woman attending the Lima Jefferson Awards banquet earlier this week as one of eight finalists served as a recognition for her work beyond her belief.

As she sat in the audience Tuesday reflecting on the accomplishments of the other seven people, Wapakoneta’s Marlene Froning says she was just so honored to be mentioned with an esteemed group where any of the others work could earn them the privilege of attending the national Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. ­— and then they called her name.

Audio for a cause

March 30, 2012

As owners and operators of JCS Audio, Jean and John Slone looked forward to providing sound for the Auglaize County Relay For Life each year.

For 12 years, the Slones offered their sound services at a substantially reduced rate for the relay.

“We would do all of the sound from start until the end,” Jean Slone said. “We played music while people were walking. We would provide sound for the opening and closing ceremony. Some years we had bands or choirs or other acts. We would set up the sound for everything.”

‘Movin ‘Groovin Chocolate Company

March 30, 2012

Dipping salty pretzel rods in warm, melted milk chocolate, a group of fourth-grade girls carefully twisted the pretzels around to make the perfect treat.

The key — not to get too much chocolate on the pretzels — the girls said in unison after some time spent making the confections they plan to sell next week to other Wapakoneta Elementary School students.

Also important are speed and neatness, which don’t always go hand-in-hand in the candy-making business.

Zoning revision: Cridersville to evaluate, change zoning codes

March 30, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village are reviewing their zoning ordinances and building codes, which has not been changed much since the 1990s.

“First we need to get an active committee,” Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald said, advising council create a Planning Committee.

McDonald, along with the councilors, agreed on Thursday at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting that they want to have the Planning Commission involved with the decisions of the updating of the zoning, since they will be the ones hearing zoning issues.

River project moves ahead

March 30, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners voted this week to approve the Auglaize River and Two-Mile Creek enhancement project, a project which has been met with much criticism.

Commissioners from each participating county had 60 days from March 6 to vote on the measure.  Also on March 6, a joint board made up of officials from Shelby, Allen and Auglaize counties submitted plans for the project.

March 29th

Park plans proceed: Groups meet with city admins regarding park ground

March 29, 2012

With the former Centennial Elementary School property now under city control, initial discussions started Wednesday regarding the layout and improvements to the land as the ground enters the Wapakoneta parks system.

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