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June 21st, 2012

Unemployment tumbles

June 21, 2012

Unemployment rates across the region tumbled in May.

According to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in May, a decrease from 5.9 percent in April. That figured ranked the county six-lowest in the state and among seven that recorded a figure at or less than 5.5 percent. Last year, the county had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.

Boater found dead in lake

June 21, 2012

ST. MARYS — Less than 24 hours after a drifting boat touched off a search for a missing boater, the body of a 59-year-old man was found near Riley Bay in Grand Lake St. Marys.

The body of James Price was found near Riley Bay Wednesday afternoon — less than a day after emergency personnel started searching for him after his 22-foot pontoon boat was found adrift Tuesday night. Price’s body was found near where his boat was located.

Emergency response coordinator earns certification

June 21, 2012

The emergency response coordinator for the Auglaize County Health Department recently earned certification from an international board.

Don Jump recently earned the certified healthcare emergency professional (CHEP) designation from the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM). He had to meet educational, experience and examination requirements set forth by the board to earn the master level designation.

June 20th

Search starts: Man believed to go missing while fishing

June 20, 2012

CELINA — A boat found adrift on Grand Lake St. Marys Tuesday night sparked a search for a missing person that continued this morning.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft spokesperson John Wisse said officials received a report early Tuesday evening that an officer found a vacant boat adrift on the lake. Evidence found on the boat led to a search for a missing person — a 57-year-old male who was reportedly fishing on the 22-foot pontoon boat earlier in the day.

W’field native honored

June 20, 2012

Benjamin F. Yale, better known as Ben, always wanted to be in a position to help out.

Yale died at 11:58 p.m. June 13. The Waynesfield native had his hands involved in a lot of activity in the area.

However, Yale often operated behind the scenes and did not want any attention to himself, friends say. It was that trait, a quiet humbleness, they say that made him so well known.

Veterans groups hold fundraiser for memorial

June 20, 2012

The veterans organizations in Wapakoneta have joined forces to help beautify the entry to Veterans Memorial Park and help defray the costs of a new monument to be dedicated in July.

The Wapakoneta American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445 and the Amvets Post 333 are holding a chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park. Tickets can be purchased through June 27.

June 19th

War of 1812 recalled

June 19, 2012

With Monday marking the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812, locals gathered for a special ceremony to commemorate the event.

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain. Now, 200 years later, the day was remembered, and the Auglaize County county administrator, representatives from the Historical Society and local reverends gathered outside of the Auglaize County Administration Building to raise a flag to remember day.

Crossing questions: Local physician, wife seek review of sidewalk plan

June 19, 2012

A Wapakoneta couple brought their concerns regarding a proposed sidewalk path which crosses a busy city street in the middle of the block — a concern, a city councilor says, that is to be addressed by city administrators and school officials.

Gwynne and Dr. Thomas Freytag voiced their concerns with the Safe Routes to School sidewalk plan which includes a crosswalk crossing Lincoln Highway, or Ohio 501, at Liberty Street. The Freytags discussed the issue with Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting.

Wapakoneta’s ‘biggest fan’ dies

June 19, 2012

A man who was considered “Wapakoneta’s No. 1 fan” and his children and grandchildren’s “biggest fan” has died.

Ferd Heller, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday at the age of 86.

Heller contributed much to the Wapakoneta community, especially through his 12 years that he served on the Wapakoneta City School Board of Education, which he was president for four years during the building of the new high school.

June 18th

Festival successful despite rain, fire calls

June 18, 2012

Whether it was fire or rain, the elements could not put a damper on the Buckland Fireman’s Festival held Saturday in this village, northwest of Wapakoneta.

Firefighters with the Buckland Fire Department responded Friday night to Easy Campgrounds near St. Marys while setting the festival up. They had already been called out earlier Friday afternoon for a mutual aid call. They were again called on another fire run Saturday night.

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